The fear of castration
The vacuity of thought behind Labour’s revival of patriotic, flag waving fervour was underlined this morning with a quote from Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey, who in affirming Labour’s support for the Trident nuclear missile system said “Labour is the party of sovereign defence capability.” This word ‘sovereign’ I imagine is going to be implanted in many a shadow minister’s speech, even when it is blatantly untrue—that is, when we have no ‘sovereignty’ at all, as with the US controlled Trident missile system. I dread to think where the Party is headed to. With Peter Mandelson called in to help Starmer through these choppy times, how long will it be before we see Labour party political broadcasts reincarnating Mandelson’s famous castrated bulldog© from 1997? If we’re so concerned with so-called sovereignty, I hope to hear more opposition from the Labour benches against those enclaves of foreign dominion otherwise known as ‘freeports.’ Opposition? Is that a new concept? The party's leadership is behaving as if it were caught in the headlights of an oncoming juggernaut without the faintest idea which way to turn (well, almost: anything to do with 'Corbynism' is being airbrushed).
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