Labour's Dictator Double Standards

Labour cheerleaders have been queuing up to lay into Tory MP Andrew Rosindell over his comments about General Pinochet.  As we celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of our victory in the Falklands they choose to attack the Chilean leader who was our only ally in in the region during that conflict thousands of miles away. Pinochet gave crucial support, allowing British Special Forces to enter his country and British long range radar to be based in Chile saving the lives of British pilots and seamen. He also provided vital intelligence to Britain in the fight against the Argentinian junta.  Political Scrapbook ran a story on Friday and today Ed jumped on the bandwagon:

Rent-a-Gob Karl Turner has gone even further:

“It’s astonishing that a MP should praise a military dictator who overthrew an elected government and was responsible for the murder, torture and arbitrary imprisonment of thousands of people.”

That sounds familiar…

Guido is sure Labour types would want to be completely consistent on the issue and condemn all dictators equally.

Odd then that 65 Labour MPs – including usual suspects Diane Abbott, Jeremy Corbyn and Paul Flynn – signed a motion praising the Cuban military dictator Fidel Castro in 2008. They paid tribute to Castro’s “achievements” and “the esteem in which he is held by the people of Latin America”. Will Ed condemn their words?




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David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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