Britain's Cold War With Russia Poisons Corbyn's Labour

Authored by Finian Cuningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

British Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May’s dramatic escalation of hostility towards Russia this week has had one benefit closer to home. Labour’s erstwhile popular leader Jeremy Corbyn has fallen casualty to renewed Cold War politics.

May, who up to now was beleaguered from the Brexit debacle with the European Union, has suddenly rallied support for her Cold War agenda towards Russian within her own Conservative party – and from opposition lawmakers on the Labour side of the parliament.

While May was roundly cheered for her rhetorical attacks on Russia, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was subjected to vicious heckling from all sides in the House of Commons, including from many MPs within his own party.

May’s announcement that her government was going to expel 23 Russian diplomats for the “attempted murder” of a former Kremlin spy living in exile in Britain was widely exalted in the House of Commons.

The expulsions mark the biggest diplomatic sanction by Britain against Moscow in 30 years. Moscow has vowed to carry out reciprocal measures in the coming weeks, as bilateral relations tumble in a downward spiral.

The British move was denounced by Russia as “unprecedented hostility” and a violation of normal inter-state relations.

Arguably, the Russian response is reasonable, given that the alleged attack on 66-year-old Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury on March 4 is far from evidenced. The entire official British position of directly blaming Moscow for attempted murder rests on unverified claims about a Soviet-era nerve toxin, as well as on wild supposition.

But such is the hysterical Cold War climate being generated by British politicians and dutiful news media impugning Russia that anyone who merely questions the lack of due process is immediately pilloried as a “Russian stooge”.

That’s what happened when Jeremy Corbyn stood up in the House of Commons this week and dared to ask the prime minister for “evidence” that the alleged Soviet-era toxin was indeed linked to Russian state actions.

Corbyn also enquired if the British authorities would be providing the alleged toxin samples to Russian investigators so that they could carry out their own independent assessment – a procedure that is mandated by the 1997 international treaty known as the Chemical Weapons Convention.

In short, what the Labour leader is simply requesting was for due process to prevail. That is, a rational, evidence-based approach to the furore. Which, one would think, is a reasonable, cautionary minimum especially owing to the present danger of a catastrophic military conflict breaking out at a time from already sharp geopolitical tensions between US-led NATO states and Russia.

“Our response must be decisive and proportionate and based on clear evidence,” said Corbyn, who also refused to condemn Russia as guilty, given the lack of incriminating proof at this stage – less than two weeks after the apparent poisoning attack on the Skripals.

The Labour leader could hardly make himself heard amid boorish taunts of “shame, shame” from the Conservative (Tory) benches.

“You’re a disgrace to your party,” shouted out one Tory minister, Claire Perry, inciting the mob around her.

British news media followed suit, going on full-out Cold War offensive against Corbyn. The rabidly rightwing Sun, which last week was calling for military action against Russia, blasted its front page with the headline: “Putin’s Puppet”.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid “explained” to its readers with outraged tone that “Corbyn refused to condemn Russia” and that he had “questioned proof” of a Russian link to the attack on Sergei Skripal.

Another rightwing tabloid, the Daily Mail, also ran a front page vilification with the headline: “Corbyn, The Kremlin Stooge”.

The newspaper elaborated with the subheading that “Mutinous Labour MPs accuse [Corbyn] of appeasement for not condemning Putin”.

Meanwhile, the BBC was reporting that senior lawmakers within Corbyn’s cabinet team are mounting a rebellion against their leader precisely because of his “refusal to blame Russia” over the poisoning incident in Salisbury.

The return to Cold War politics in Britain is not just marked by knee-jerk hostility towards Russia – based on Russophobia and irrational innuendo – it is also characterized by the British establishment shutting down any dissent by smearing critics as “enemies within”.

British politics are this week hurtling back in time to the old days of Cold War witch-hunting against “Commies” and “Reds”. In the same way that the United States is still poisoned with the J Edgar Hoover and McCarthyite era of the 1950s and 60s.

Due process and rational, critical thinking are being banished again.

The poisoning incident of Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia should be a matter of criminal investigation to establish facts, motive and perpetrator.

Instead, the incident was immediately turned into a propaganda opportunity to assail Russia. The alleged logic that the Kremlin carried out a “revenge” attack on a traitor-spy who had been living for eight years in England, openly and undisturbed as part of an exchange deal with Britain’s MI6, does not make any sense. Indeed, it’s absurd, given the timing of Russian presidential elections this month and the forthcoming football World Cup to be held in Russia.

Resurgence of Cold War mania, however, suits the British establishment very nicely. Suddenly, the much derided Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May and her party are being portrayed as the noble defenders of national security against a “malicious” Russian enemy.

Even better is that the opposition Labour party which had been rejuvenated by Jeremy Corbyn with a bold, progressive and socialist policy is now being cast as a useless Russian “stooge”. Corbyn’s political enemies within his own party – rightwingers who detested his successful rise as leader – are now empowered by the Cold War climate to tear him down.

Ironically, the toxic nerve agent that was used to paralyze former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter is having several invigorating political effects for certain British state interests. The Cold War Russophobia appears to be re-energizing the formerly feeble Tory leader and her party, while numbing the once promising rise of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his socialist program.

Still, it remains to be seen whether the wider British public buy into the latest Cold War debacle. If it turns out to be a cynical stunt by the British state – as seems to be the case – then the popular backlash against the Tories and the establishment will be horrendous.

Comments

JimmyJones TheSilentMajority Mon, 03/19/2018 - 05:26 Permalink

They still use the same play book, they haven't realized we've read it.

That's why we know it's all BS, what motivation would Russia have to do this?

The powers thay be, have become so greedy their "people" aren't their people anymore. They broke the social contract. They didn't give any back, they created a situation where we work more for less, we have realized it. We can't even afford to have kids anymore, how F'ed up is that? Yet we are supposed to believe that we've never had it better or we can't go back? Well why the "F" not?

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HowdyDoody Precious Hawk Mon, 03/19/2018 - 06:31 Permalink

The UK police say the case is complex and it will takes months to complete the investigation.

So we have verdict first, investigation afterwards. How very Alice in Wonderland. The UK government is playing the Mad Hatter's Tea Party with May as the Hatter, Boris BloJo as the Dormouse, Williamson as the March Hare and Hammond as spilt tea on the table.

Calling WB7. Please come to the white courtesy phone.

 

BTW - the Zionist pet stooges, the Ukrops, have stopped Russians in Ukraine going to Russian consulates to vote. There is direct interference in an election, fully supported by the west.

 

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wildbad HowdyDoody Mon, 03/19/2018 - 06:52 Permalink

...and here it is again....get the proles snapping at each other instead of looking up at the puppet master manipulating the stage.

 

the main point should be that Russia had no obvious advantage in doing this.   Its not whether May or Corbyn or right or left gains points...its about the entire game being rigged.

this was a Cabal false flag to dovert attention from the total corruprion of the MISLEADERS in ALL WESTERN GUMMINTS.

FUCK THE GLOBALIST PEDOPHILES

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popeye earleflorida Mon, 03/19/2018 - 15:10 Permalink

It has been that way for centuries. The Brits are conditioned to follow orders. It wont change.

They are great thespians and comics - maybe thats a distraction from their reality. 

The ones that do escape from Airstrip One are often bitter, sour, whining, obnoxious. We've always put that down to the English weather, but maybe serfdom does that to a person.

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DPLETTENBERG wildbad Mon, 03/19/2018 - 07:48 Permalink

Why do we even care about Britain? They had a great empire once but are pretty much a third rate power who, like in WWI and II are totally dependant on the US to back them up militarily. 

Didn't we declare independence from them a few years back? Why do we have to come to there rescue when they act like jerks? 

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commoncourtesy Precious Hawk Mon, 03/19/2018 - 07:02 Permalink

I don't think Terry May was trying to interfere with the Russian elections, however, I think she covets his popularity and power. I think it is more probable she is trying to infer chemical weapons to attack Russia directly and rejoinder False flag Syria chemical attacks. Don't forget Russia (tongue in cheek) is responsible for every foe in THEIR world.

May has no real power. She is an Actor. The UNITED KINGDOM is a corporation. She sits on the board as Prime Minister which is a PERSON acting as agent for another in performance of specified duties or orders. Another word for a Minister is a PERSON ordained to the usages of some church or associated body of Christians for the preaching of the gospel and filling the pastoral office e.g Prime Minister. QEII is Head of the Church of England and it is HER GOVERNMENT. May preaches gospel from her pulpit. Who dictates her gospel?

'Mr WikiLeaks Assange' is leaking secrets (the farce) the USA Inc. et al are perpetrating.The U.S.A. is also a RELIGIOUS Corporation. Who is on the board of directors of ‘UNITED STATES OF AMERICA INC.?'
The IRS, CIA, Federal Reserve and Social Security are also corporations. Is the FEDERAL RESERVE a state? Is USA INC. a state?

Is Washingon DC a state? 

Treason is the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance; or of betraying the state into the hands of a foreign power. Treason consists of two elements: Adherence to the enemy and rendering him aid and comfort. 

     

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Dark star Precious Hawk Mon, 03/19/2018 - 07:14 Permalink

Letter from British Daily Mail in response to "Putin did it". Article

 

The truth will set you free.

 

"A very interesting letter was published in the Times on the 16th March, from Dr Stephen Davies (Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust):

"Sir, further to your report (Poison Exposure Leaves Nearly 40 needing Treatment), may I clarify that no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only ever been three patients with significant poisoning. Several people have attended the emergency department concerned that they may have been exposed. None has had symptoms of poisoning and none has needed treatment. Any blood tests performed have shown no abnormality. No member of the public has been contaminated by the agent involved."

Very interesting. There seems to be a lot about this that doesn't add up. I read yesterday, I think, that 131 people may have been exposed to it - but none of them show any signs of being ill. What does it all mean? I have no idea how these things are used of course - perhaps there has to be direct physical contact with some, perhaps there doesn't with others. But it all seems very strange.

Posted by: Persephone | 18 March 2018 at 04:03 PM

 

Please copy and repost as widely as possible.

It's the old game; whenever PC Plod is injured however mild the injury, they are told to take a month of work in order to dramatise the injury and influence any Court proceedings.

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commoncourtesy Dark star Mon, 03/19/2018 - 07:42 Permalink

Thank you. "no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only ever been three patients with significant poisoning" says it all.

PR. No wonder all politicians call themselves ACTORS.

I remember someone did similar research as to the Certificated number of actual deaths from 911. They went through the actual death register by hand and officially recorded stats contained nowhere near the approx. 3000 reported deaths?   

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commoncourtesy DPLETTENBERG Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:42 Permalink

That is really sad but probably true.

I believe the first thing drilled into the military is discipline. Everybody must obey THEIR commands without question. That is dictatorship.

Young people are the future generation of our world. It is their inheritance. They are not cannon fodder, to be used and abused for private gain and control. Negotiation with weapons and force, propaganda and lies, bribery and blackmail is so last century!

 

  

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FakeNewsBandit Mementoil Mon, 03/19/2018 - 06:03 Permalink

Double agent, or traitor? The traitorous snitch became useless to mi5, so they whacked him and are now using his death to push us peace loving brits towards a war we would certainly lose. The anti-russia propaganda here in UK is laughable, apparently it's russias fault we are getting snow in mid march (but it seems to be british planes leaving those big trails that turn into snow clouds). 

 

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fleur de lis Mementoil Mon, 03/19/2018 - 13:11 Permalink

Mementoil, you are one of the most poorly read posters on this board.

WW1 was planned in the 1890's which was why the Fed was rushed through to fund it.

Yes, it was vanity and lust for power, but who would that have been?

Jacob Schiff was giddy at the thought of destroying Russia.

Ever hear of him?

No, of course not.

Ever hear of his employee Trotsky?

Thanks to Schiff, millions on end were put to daath inside Soviet Russia, but of course you know nothing of that either.

And they were only two -- there were many others.

Do some reading for a change and try to improve that empty cranium of yours.

 

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philipat JimmyJones Mon, 03/19/2018 - 05:44 Permalink

I never thought that I would ever agree with a single word that came out of Corbyn's mouth. But on this latest false flag operation against Russia, he had it absolutely correct. Essentially, all he said was, before we start risking WWIII can we please have some evidence? Seems reasonable to me. Yet the uproar from both sides against him demonstrates the degree of propaganda and indoctrination which has taken place over the years. At least in Parliament. What the ordinary British people think we will never know because the MSM in the UK, just like in the US, will never publish anything contrary to the official line.

All very sad. It's clear that the UK MSM have become just the propaganda arm of Government but are MP's (who are supposed to be smart enough to represent "we the people") and the general population really so stupid that they cannot even critically question this event and the disingenuous way it has been handled by the UKG? If so, I guess UKG calculated correctly..

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Precious Hawk philipat Mon, 03/19/2018 - 06:22 Permalink

Agreed Phil.  What is the motivation for their (it's not just her) stupidity?

They are not above the law, yet they have just upped the WW111 risk, possibly hoping to get the British Public behind them.

I dislike everything Corbyn stands for, but he is correct here.

These things have a way of rebounding with unexpected consequences.

I hope the reaction really exposes the warmongers (of both parties) for what they are and a process to publish their finances via lobbying.  100 thumbs up if I could.

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scallywagrab philipat Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:57 Permalink

So you don’t agree with his views on the foreign utilities companies that line their pockets with obscene amounts of profit by continually pushing our bills up?.....or his views on public transport?.....what about his views on how successive gubbermints have privatised all the profit making departments in the nhs & left the loss making wards/departments in the sphere of public funding?....all these scenarios being left as they are only benefit the bigwig billionaires, you know the ones that fund the campaigns of all the politicians that are constantly firing at Jeremy.....’oh look, he dresses like a geography teacher, who’d vote for him?’...was 1st . Then it was ‘oh he doesn’t have the charisma of a leader’....then ‘oh look how unkempt his garden is’.....none of these are legitimate reasons for anyone to give as the logic for not voting for him. This tells me that they only have those issues to make a deal of, never hear them rubbishing his policies as a reason not to vote for him. Stop buying into what you hear being parroted by mps, media, big Corp bosses etc etc who are only looking out for each other, never ever for all us mere peasant farmers at the bottom of the ladder. Just my 2 bobs worth ;-)

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shortonoil JimmyJones Mon, 03/19/2018 - 09:11 Permalink

In 2017 the world burned 36 billion barrels of oil, and discovered less than 4 to replace it with. Russia has some of the last high production fields remaining in the world. The huge Middle Eastern fields are in rapid decline. The US shale fields will require $7.3 trillion over the next 5 years to keep their production level. The Russians don't have to do anything but wait. The process called depletion will do the rest, and the Russians are very aware of it. The Western elites are crapping in their own nest! The West is governed by self deceived, hubris fools.

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Offthebeach shortonoil Mon, 03/19/2018 - 10:15 Permalink

Phafftt.

Been listening to we are going to run out of carbon for 50 years.  Been reading about declining/dead fields in 100 year old reports.  Bull.  Haven't even touched it yet.  

There is all the oil people are wanting to buy, and 50 years of known reserves.  Suspected reserves into hundred.

Then there is a couple of hundred years (easy) of coal liqidfcaton .

 

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