Former Shadow Culture Secretary Dugher isn't the only one with a disappointment, I'm feeling several. It seems that the opposition is in a shambles, and all because they can't put their differences behind them. After a continual barrage of propaganda from the media, orchestrated by many, including MPs on both sides of the Commons, the legally and democratically elected leader of the Labour Party is forced to make drastic changes to his inner circle. Perhaps the debate in the Commons on action in Syria has been a catalyst for an increase of pressure on all sides, the result has been a boiling pot of media and social media speculations. I must applaud Corbyn for his calm and collected manner in this situation but I do feel that a reshuffle at this time has given his opponents extra cannon fodder. Perhaps putting his foot down was the right thing to do, and we can allow the media to speculate on why who is being removed and for one, I feel that it has more to do with who has been influencing the route to his removal the most, and not who is against the action in Syria.
Using the words "terrorist sympathiser" to describe a person is is against heavy handed military action is unjust. Of course, anyone who opens fire upon or attacks in any other way, citizens in an otherwise peaceful situation, deserves to be hunted down like a rabid animal. The reason their actions are so wrong is because they cause death, pain and suffering to many. So stating that the appropriate response is to NOT do exactly the same thing is a rational one. It accepts that the manner of their crime is wrong and that we should not do it, because it is wrong.
My personal opinion on how to defeat evil around the world is to firstly stop making excuses for those who support them directly. Soft power can change tides, by refusing to trade with nations who promote violence and non liberal ideology it can be possible to politically alter the landscape over time without hurting anyone. Then assist local authorities, to do their job. If we stride in and do what we like in the name of peace, it makes a lot of local people angry. If we work with them, from day one, it can be possible to work together with out the need for a hatchet to bury at the end.
Back to Business
So while the press are having a field day over what is going on in the opposition ranks, who knows what the Conservatives are carving up for private sale right now? Who is there preventing them? I imagine the opposition are carrying on as normal but with this extra layer of attention which has come at a very important time, democratic progress can only be hampered.
Rowan Blair Colver