A man who deals in insults has no place dealing with war

03_december_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,274

Thursday 03 December 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I have written a great many letters to you on a great many subjects but I never thought I would ever write such a one as this.

Jeremy Corbyn has taken some stick in recent times and the further to right the more hysterical and strident it has been, but he’s had it from all sides, not least from within his own party and, of course, from you and your party. He has quite rightly won the respect, support and even love of those who’ve risen into a great tidal wave of support for him and the direction he has been mandated to lead this country, not least by actively encouraging thoughtful grass roots activism and action in communities across the UK, by the people, for the people.

He has spent his adult life, including his time as an MP working and being active for peace, he has the best credentials it is possible for anyone to have, he’s put his feet on the ground and, as the expression goes, put his money where his mouth is. You and the press have wilfully and deliberately, with malice aforethought, taken his words out of context and tried to smear and discredit him and yet he has consistently maintained his composure and behaved with dignity and respect.

I has been widely reported and even raised in the debate on Syria that you warned Tory MPs not to vote alongside ‘Jeremy Corbyn and a bunch of terrorist sympathisers’. A slanderous and entirely unwarranted and despicable insult, not least because it is an insult to intelligence.

I am an active user on social media and it is widely accepted that the moment anyone stoops to insults in pursuit of an argument, they’ve lost the argument. I have watched many a comment thread descend into the chaos of traded insults and it is not pretty and often cringe worthy as grown adults turn to spite, anger and vengefulness and pursue a hopelessly lost argument for hours at a time. Jeremy Corbyn has personally called for an end to insults and bullying, saying, ‘I want to be very clear – there is no place in the Labour Party or from those that support us – for bullying of any sort, from any side of the debate. It flies in the face of everything I believe and everything I stand for’.

You are meant to be the Prime Minister of this country and the debate on Syria is the most serious debate a parliament can have; considering the case for war and whether to commit our armed forces to a parliamentary call for war, the sole national body with that burden and responsibility. In the debate on Syria you were offered, twelve or more times, the opportunity to apologise for making such an egregious insult against Jeremy Corbyn and those of us opposed to war and you ignored them all. You are neither fit to hold office nor fit to take us anywhere as dangerous and potentially, at least, as disastrous as war.





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