Cameron’s outburst at the Tory party conference reveals – amongst other things – just how rattled he is by Corbyn’s continued insouciance toward the monarchy. Yes folks, Mr Corbyn has been at it again; this time, failing to participate in a ritualised abasement of self, in honour of an ancient Norman tradition.
However quaint the concept of kneeling before Her Majesty (and kissing her ring) in the Privy Council, Corbyn has resolutely declined the offer. Therefore, Corbyn has progressed from being a loony lefty, easily squashed in the press, to being a “security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating” ideologue.
Yet, what is a Republican to do? Should he have succumbed to political pressure from the far right media? Should he have taken part in a ceremony that – some might argue – belongs more properly on the medieval stage than in the political theatre of 21st century Britain?
It is evident from Cameron’s virulent outburst that there is a deep-seated insecurity about Corbyn’s apparent notion that the monarch is not necessarily superior to ordinary British mortals.
Surely Cameron’s vitriolic accusations ring hollow. In his conference speech, Corbyn expressed his love of Britain, not least because of its enduring values.
It is this sense of fair play, these shared majority British values that are the fundamental reason why I love this country and its people. These values are what I was elected on; a kinder politics and a more caring society.
Isn’t it time the media grew up and recognised that love of nation is not dependent upon adherence to outmoded tradition; it goes far deeper than that. Time will tell whether Corbyn has the makings of a true leader, but his attendance or non-attendance at the Privy Council ceremony is not the yardstick by which to judge him.
Cameron on Corbyn
You only really need to know one thing: he thinks the death of Osama bin Laden was a “tragedy.”
Corbyn’s actual words
Well, I think that everyone should be put on trial. I also profoundly disagree with the death penalty, under any circumstances for anybody. That’s my own view. On this, there was no attempt whatsoever that I can see, to arrest him, to put him on trial, to go through that process.The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.