Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Labour's Corbyn denies pacificism, but says military force has not worked

Britain's Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn.            
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Melinda Barton | 04 June, 2017, 03:36

"In recent years we have seen a right-wing surge across the continent, as the policies of austerity have led to a rise in right-wing populism and nationalism", the statement said.

Mr Corbyn says that on entering No 10 he would order an immediate review of RAF air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. "And pandering to an erratic administration will not deliver stability".

"The fact is that the "war on terror" which has driven these interventions has failed".

"It doesn't make me a pacifist".

Voting intention figures published by YouGov this week show the Tories hold a large 16 point lead - but the gap to Labour has actually shrunk by three points since a week ago.

Corbyn was laying out the main policies his election campaign is based on, in the run-up to the general election, slated for June 8.

At the same time, he will condemn the "bomb first, talk later" policies of recent British and U.S. governments and will promise to pursue an independent foreign policy "made in London", which protects United Kingdom interests by seeking peaceful solutions to conflicts around the world.

Later, Labour's leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said the manifesto had been approved in an amended form by a party committee, but he would not say which elements had changed.

"I accept that military action, under global law and as a genuine last resort, is in some circumstances necessary", he said.

He said the world was "more unstable than even at the height of the Cold War" because of a failed approach to global security, with botched foreign interventions making the world a "more unsafe place".

Though never brought into being under Tony Blair, Cook's idea was for a foreign policy based on human rights, the rule of law, and trade.

Corbyn also criticized the Conservative Party for their hawkish approach to security issues.

He said that Labour was committed to "not first use" nuclear weapons and spoke of how he will do "everything necessary" to protect the country. For years, liberals have argued that the party has been unsuccessful because it has not offered voters a sufficiently radical alternative to Conservative policies, and that theory looks likely to be tested in the coming elections.

However just 30% agreed that Mr. Corbyn should be given a fair chance at leading the country, while 56% said he would be a "disaster" as prime minister.

PM May will say that people have voted Labour for generations but many are "appalled" by Jeremy Corbyn's beliefs. "It would mean world leaders had already triggered a spiral of catastrophe for humankind".