On the day that the European parliament called for an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, because of its bombardment of Yemen, it should be noted that David Cameron is pretty chuffed with his role in helping BAE sell weapons to Riyadh. Of course, with those weapons being used for the indiscriminate murder of men, women, and children, it is easy to conclude that our Eton spiv’s advice to Jeremy Corbyn to “put on a proper suit, do up your tie and sing the national anthem,” comes from a man who, at the very least, is morally bankrupt.
However, therein lies our hope. In the House of Commons yesterday, Cameron was responding to the Labour leader saying that his (Corbyn’s) mother would have told him to “stand up for the principle of a health service free at the point of use for everybody.” However, as a free health service is something most British people still support, it just wouldn’t have been politically expedient for Cameron to argue against this. Therefore, instead of responding to Corbyn’s position on the NHS he was obliged to resort to a pathetic personal insult.
Of course, what offers us hope is that as a tactic this is quite hopeless. Or, can it be expected that members of parliament attacking the government’s arms sales to Saudi and an array of disgusting regimes would have the PM responding by making pathetic remarks about their attire or appearance?
Corbyn was to later quote Albert Einstein when he tweeted, “If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes & shoddy furniture let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas & shoddy philosophies.” In other words, shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies cannot win the arguments.
However, is not the personal insults from Cameron and his creed that should worry us most, but rather how those shoddy philosophies and shabby ideas actually have real implications. This evening men, women, and children are dying in Yemen, because of Cameron helping Saudi equip its airforce and every month cuts in the NHS are causing hundreds of deaths. Are we really interested in how Jeremy Corbyn dresses?