Venezuela: Jeremy Corbyn blasted for not condemning socialist President Nicolas Maduro as violent conflict escalates
There is a perverse and rather sinister obsesseion with the media and particularly television "interveiwers", in seeking to secure from Jeremy Corbyn a "condemnation" of some person or organisation or event. This time it is connected with events in Venezuela and the actions of President Nicolas Maduro and the bloody crackdown on protests against the result of last weeks poll which inaugurated a constituent assembly. The media "stories" and the interrogation by the television interviewers, are as subtle as a sledgehammer being nothing more than a variation on the "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" question, which so many repoters use in order for them to make themselves appear very clever, but infact demonstrates only their ignorant naivety.Even Vince Cable with his questionable history, was paraded before the television camera's to criticise Corbyn and suggest that Labour consider "Chávez and his successor could serve as a dry run for government in the UK", which is as absurd as it is offensive.
The Mail (of course), Telegraph, Express and others carry headlines to the effect that Corbyn refuses to condem the Venezuelan President with some even suggesting that, "Labour MP's" have denounced the leader for not criticising or condeming events in the country.
The motivation for these scurrilous stories and interview techniques,(more suited to 15th and 16th Century Europe than to modern day United Kingdom), is the same motivation that has stalked Jeremy Corbyn since he became leader of the Labour Party some two years ago. The media, television and the establishment that they serve, fear the man and the party he now leads and will go to any lengths to discredit, smear and undermine his position as leader.
They only grudgingly report that Corbyn actually condemned all violence in Venezuela saying that "What I condemn is the violence that's been done by any side, by all sides, in all this. Violence is not going to solve the issue.The issues in Venezuela are partly structural because not enough has been done to diversify the economy away from oil - that has to be a priority for the future," which seems clear enough for even the "Fleet Street hacks" from the Mail and Express and the microphone weilding cyborgs from the BBC and SKY News to understand.
Venezuela and Maduro can be added to the list of topics used by the media and television to press for "condemnation"form Corbyn no mateer what he may say. Even the obnoxious Andrew Pierce on the Sky Newspaper preview last night (07 August) attempted to link this story with Hamas, the IRA and Syria, "Corbyn had got away with it last time by not condeming these events. This story on Venezuela will do him a lot of damage", Pierce said more in hope than expectation.
The "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" is a line of questioning that the readers and viewers now regognise as naive and foolish and reflects only upon the questioner.