We victims of the IRA are furious about Jeremy Corbyn

We have had more than a full week of Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the Labour Party. That is more than enough for those of us who have suffered at the hands of the IRA, or have lost friends to those gangster — not to mention those who are Jewish. 

Of course Mr Corbyn denies being an anti-Semite, but he has plenty of friends who don't bother to do so. He assures us that his kind remarks about the IRA were designed to advance the peace process, which is no doubt why he fawned on Gerry Adams and Martin McGuiness before the wreckage of the Grand Hotel Brighton had even been cleared, and later observed a minute's silence for eight IRA terrorists killed by the British Army. 
Jeremy Corbyn (left) with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, at the House of Commons in 1995
He has kind words for the Argentinian ambition to seize the Falklands and for Vladimir Putin's ambitions in central Europe. At the weekend, under pressure from The Sunday Telegraph, he stepped down from the rabid republican Stop the War Coalition following its patently absurd allegation that The Queen has a "criminal record," but praised the group and pledged his support for it. 
Sadly that merely underlined his inability to distinguish between making a case for republicanism and attacking the Queen, whose record of unselfish service to the country contrasts with that of all too many of our elected politicians.
In short, as we enter the party conference season, it is hard to see how the Party of Attlee, Wilson, Callaghan and Blair can now escape from domination by a gang who admire and support any and every enemy of the British people.
We, the victims of the IRA and Sinn Fein, see the advancement of men who admire those who sanction violence to get their way.
Those concerned with schools and education see the appointment of a man convicted of wilfully setting light to the curtains of his hotel bedroom whilst in a drunken stupor. Farmers face a shadow agricultural secretary who is a dogmatic vegan opposed to the farming of animals, whilst the route to political advancement for other Corbynites seems to be via the soiled sheets of his marital bed
Diane Abbott allegedly told Jeremy Corbyn's former wife Jane Chapman (R) to Diane Abbott allegedly told Jeremy Corbyn's former wife Jane Chapman (R) to "get out of town"  Geoff Newton/Martin Pope
All in all, I keep thinking of that old adage that he who sleeps with dogs is likely to catch fleas.
Happilly, the threat that Mr. Corbyn might have discredited the No campaign at the EU referendum campaign by supporting Brexit is now receding.
During this week of shame, the most shameful conduct of all has been that of those Labour MPs and peers who have followed the example of Quisling, Petain and Laval rather than that of Attlee and Bevin by supporting for personal gain what they know to be wrong rather than what they believe to be right.
For rational and honourable Labour MPs, the first objective must be to survive the planned de-selection purges. Already the Corbynites and their trade union backers have been flooding hundreds of members into their constituency parties. For the moment, despite the allurements of Lib Dems such as Vince Cable, they will probably play for time, trying to give the tricoteuse no cause to sharpen their guillotines. At some point in the next four years, however, they will have to choose between early retirement, the surrender of their brains and consciences, standing in 2020 as "Independent Labour", or flight to the Lib Dems. 
In politics, indeed in life in general, it is best not to laugh too loudly in public at the discomfort of one's opponents. So I hope that Mr Cameron and those who aspire to succeed him before the 2020 election are giving a great deal of thought about how they might best assist Mr Corbyn and his supporters to self-destruct before then.
It will not all be easy. Those who cannot remember how awful the old nationalised British Rail was are all too likely to support Mr Corbyn's proposal to renationalise the industry.
Mr Cameron got it about right in his response to Mr Corbyn on their first meeting at Prime Minister's Questions. He should remember that the public agree with Mr. Corbyn that what has long been a noisy and confrontational waste of time needs a very different approach. Indeed, Mr Cameron should have led the way on that in dealing with Mr Miliband. The challenge now is for him lower the decibel count and exchange the bludgeon for the rapier and poisoned dart. It is very difficult to be angry whilst laughing, which makes humour an invaluable weapon in wining the arguments.
I cannot believe that the British electorate will fall for Mr Corbyn in 2020, but he may demean the whole of Parliament on his way down.


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