Political positions of Jeremy Corbyn through the decades, what is the hope he will suddenly change now?
Posted by Geoff Bishop.
Taken directly from the records of Wikipedia.
Corbyn: “Am I a Marxist? That is an interesting question! (He does not deny it!)
When Andrew Marr asked Corbyn “do you regard yourself as a Marxist?”, Corbyn responded by saying: “That is a very interesting question actually. I haven’t thought about that for a long time. I haven’t really read as much of Marx as we should have done. I have read quite a bit but not that much.” Similarly, defending John McDonnell’s statement that there is “a lot to learn” from Karl Marx’s book Das Kapital, Corbyn described Marx as a “great economist”
Corbyn supports Irish Republicism.
Corbyn is a long-standing supporter of Irish republicanism and describes himself as an “anti-imperialist campaigner” for the region. He invited Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams to London in 1984, from which the Party Leader Neil Kinnock “did everything in his power” to disassociate himself. A second meeting in 1996 was cancelled following pressure from Tony Blair.
Corbyn describes Hamas and Hezbollah as Friends.
At a meeting hosted by Stop the War Coalition in 2009, Corbyn said he invited “friends” from Hamas and Hezbollah to an event in parliament, referred to Hamas as “an organisation dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people and bringing about long term peace and social justice and political justice in the whole region” and said that the British government’s labelling of Hamas as a terrorist organisation is “a big, big historical mistake.”[
Corbyn describes Osama Bin Laden’s death as a tragedy.
In an interview with Press TV, he stated about Osama bin Laden’s death that there was “no attempt whatsoever that I can see to arrest him and put him on trial, to go through that process” and that “this was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy”.
Corbyn describes taking back the Falklands as ‘A Tory plot’.
In 1982 Corbyn opposed the sending of British troops sent to retake the islands during the Falklands war, instead declaring the war to be a “Tory plot” and condemning the war as a “nauseating waste of lives and money”. Before the 2017 UK general election, he said that he “wanted a UN brokered plan” and “there should have been an opportunity to prevent that war happening by the UN”. Corbyn supports a “negotiated settlement” with the Falkland Islands that may involve “some degree of joint administration” with Argentina. His election as party leader was welcomed by Argentine president Cristina Kirchner who described him as a “great friend of Latin America”.
Corbyn describes Castro as a huge figure and he said his achievements were many.
Corbyn is a longtime supporter of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, which campaigns against the US embargo against Cuba and supports the Cuban Revolution. In November 2016, following the death of former communist President of Cuba Fidel Castro, Corbyn said that Castro, despite his “flaws”, was a “huge figure of modern history, national independence and 20th Century socialism…Castro’s achievements were many.”
Corbyn declares Chavez as an inspiration.
A proponent of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, Corbyn praised Hugo Chávez, the socialist President of Venezuela, as “an inspiration to all of us fighting back against austerity and neoliberal economics in Europe” in 2013 and following Chávez’ death, said “he made massive contributions to Venezuela & a very wide world”. Corbyn also shared support for Chávez’s successor, President Nicolás Maduro, in 2014 while congratulating him on his presidency. Following the 2017 Venezuelan Constitutional Assembly election, which was condemned and not recognized by over 40 nations, including the European Union, pressure was mounted on Corbyn to speak out against President Maduro’s election. Corbyn condemned “violence done by all sides” but did not personally criticise Maduro.
In 1975 Corbyn opposed Britain’s membership of the EU.
In the 1975 European Union referendum put forward by the Labour Party in the United Kingdom, Corbyn opposed Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU). Corbyn also opposed the ratification of the Maastricht Treaty in 1993, saying: “… the whole basis of the Maastricht treaty is the establishment of a European central bank which is staffed by bankers, independent of national Governments and national economic policies, and whose sole policy is the maintenance of price stability[.] That will undermine any social objective that any Labour Government in the United Kingdom—or any other Government—would wish to carry out. … The Maastricht treaty does not take us in the direction of the checks and balances contained in the American federal constitution. It takes us in the opposite direction of an unelected legislative body—the [European] Commission—and, in the case of foreign policy, a policy Commission that will be, in effect, imposing foreign policy on nation states that have fought for their own democratic accountability.”
In 2011 Corbyn backed a proposed referendum on British withdrawal from the EU.
Corbyn also opposed the Lisbon Treaty in 2008 and backed a proposed referendum on British withdrawal from the European Union in 2011. Additionally, he accused the institution of acting “brutally” in the 2015 Greek crisis, accusing the EU of allowing financiers to destroy its economy.
In 2015 Corbyn said he would not rule out advocating for a British exit from the EU.
In July 2015, Corbyn said that if Prime Minister David Cameron negotiated away workers’ rights and environmental protection as part of his renegotiation of Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU), he would not rule out advocating for a British exit in a proposed referendum on EU membership, and has expressed that he is in favour of leaving the EU if it becomes a “totally brutal organisation”. Pro-European Labour MPs and campaigners already fear Corbyn’s allegedly lukewarm attitude towards the EU may convince Labour voters towards withdrawal. However, in September 2015, Corbyn said that Labour would campaign for Britain to stay in the EU regardless of the result of Cameron’s negotiations, and instead pledged “to reverse any changes” if Cameron reduced the rights of workers or citizens. He also believed that Britain should play a crucial role in Europe by making demands about working arrangements across the continent, the levels of corporation taxation and in forming an agreement on environmental regulation.
In April 2016 Corbyn seems to support the EU while repeating some of the claims of the Leave campaign.
Corbyn made a speech on April 14, 2016, in which he supported the EU; but in which he also appeared to repeat some of the claims of the Leave campaign: “Over the years I have been critical of many decisions taken by the EU, and I remain critical of its shortcomings; from its lack of democratic accountability to the institutional pressure to deregulate or privatise public services.” He summarised his stance as being “for ‘Remain – and Reform’ in Europe”.
In June 2016 Corbyn was for staying in the EU because of its protection of workers.
In June 2016, in the run-up to the EU referendum, Corbyn said that there was an “overwhelming case” for staying in the EU. In a speech in London, Corbyn said “We, the Labour Party, are overwhelmingly for staying in, because we believe the European Union has brought investment, jobs and protection for workers, consumers and the environment.” Corbyn also criticised media coverage and warnings from both sides, saying that the debate had been dominated too much by “myth-making and prophecies of doom”. In the same speech, Corbyn listed various criticisms of the EU, and stated: “that’s not to say we can be satisfied with the European Union as it is.” He also rejected the claims that leaving the European Union would lead to a “year-long recession”, implying that George Osborne had made the claim in error, adding “This is the same George Osborne who predicted his austerity policies would close the deficit by 2015. That’s now scheduled for 2021.”
In July 2017 Corbyn was confused and had to be rescued from his confusing remarks.
In July 2017, Corbyn said that Britain could not remain in the single market after leaving the EU, saying that membership of the single market was “dependent on membership of the EU”. Shadow Minister Barry Gardiner later clarified that Corbyn meant that Labour interpreted the referendum result as wanting to leave the single market, with others pointing out that several countries are in the single market but not in the EU.