David Cameron’s speech today, to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, seems to have most political journalists and analysts reaching for the same conclusion – that the Labour Party, under the tumultuous new leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, is finished as things stand.
Cameron’s speech was received by most as being a very astute piece of political posturing, reclaiming the centre-ground and leaving Labour to flounder as it gets drawn towards a militant-looking far left.
If Cameron wanted to stay for another ten years, he could.
— Janan Ganesh (@JananGanesh) October 7, 2015
I'm not going to join the Tories. But it may take me a while to come up with a coherent reason why.
— Dan Hodges (@DPJHodges) October 7, 2015
The Bin Laden death ‘tragedy’
The Corbyn supporters have come out in force, on Twitter as is their usual procedure, picking specific portions to get outraged about. One such ‘issue’ is that Cameron stated that Corbyn had called the death of Osama Bin Laden a ‘tragedy’.
The fact is, my red friends, he DID call it a tragedy. You can harp on about the quote being ‘taken out of context’ or being ‘misrepresented’, but the fact is, the word ‘tragedy’ was uttered initially by Corbyn, Cameron simply repeated it.
Cameron’s exact words:
And on the subject of protecting our country from terrorism, let me just say this:
Thousands of words have been written about the new Labour leader.
But you only really need to know one thing: he thinks the death of Osama bin Laden was a “tragedy”.
A tragedy is nearly 3,000 people murdered one morning in New York.
A tragedy is the mums and dads who never came home from work that day.
A tragedy is people jumping from the towers after the planes hit.
My friends – we cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology on the country we love.
Corbyn’s exact words:
There was no attempt whatsoever that I can see to arrest him, to put him on trial, to go through that process.
This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy.
The World Trade Centre was a tradegy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died. Torture has come back on to the world stage, been canonised virtually into law by Guantanamo and Bagram.
Can’t we learn some lessons over this?
So, point of fact, Cameron did not misquote, misrepresent or anything else – he simply quoted Corbyn’s exact words, used to describe the death of Bin Laden, regardless of what we feel about the justification for how the Yanks actually did the deed.
Suck it up Labour, this is probably only the beginning of a very bumpy ride under Mr Corbyn.
Update: It’s been a long day of outrage for the Left over this minor point. It’s been caled a smear, lie and many other things. The fact remains, Corbyn DID say the words.
Thing is, Cameron KNOWS Corbyn didn't say the death of OBL was a tragedy. He is DELIBERATELY smearing and lying. Deeply dishonourable.
— Rufus Hound (@RufusHound) October 7, 2015
Whilst Rufus is one of the funniest men in UK at present, his political affiliation is blinding him to reality.