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19 Sep, 5 tweets, 2 min read
This is basically indistinguishable from a Labour Party press release. Fine, but Corbyn never seemed to get puff pieces like this on the BBC. Waaah . . .
These may well be values that some people hold dear, among lots of others. But for me what they are talking about, given the context, is sugar coated jingoism and nationalism. And it won’t resemble anything the socialist, anti-war, anti-imperialist left can get on board with:
Policy wise I think it amounts to business as usual: arms sales, military aggression but cloaked as something progressive, unquestioning veneration of the armed forces.

Lots of brown folks will die but at least we don’t have that nasty Corbyn anymore.
It was an old New Labour trick.

Bang on about ‘Ordinary, Decent, Hard Working Families’.

And you know what comes next?

‘Who are being failed by left-liberal metropolitan elites with their daft ideas about not bombing people and treating asylum seekers like human beings’.
Anyway, my brain is a bit frazzled at the moment.

I can’t tell you exactly how Labour foregrounding Hardwork and Decency is code for ‘You can trust us to bomb the middle-east’, but I think that’s what it is.

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