I watched the debate last night, 2 June 17 with Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. As Jeremy Corbyn pointed out it was not actually a debate, more a Q & A with the audience. This is nothing like the same. Corbyn and May have access to a wealth of political dealings and as such can question or debate with each other on a level playing field.
If May gives a response to almost any question her supporters will applaud while her opponents will gasp in horror. But they have one thing in common – neither of them has a clue about the veracity of the response – not a clue – and why would they?
Watching the debate I was amused but not surprised that May failed to answer a single question – full stop. Corbyn at least answered the questions in an intelligent manner – even if we disagreed with his answer, he at least gave an answer and should be applauded for that.
I believe that a good outcome in the present climate would be for Labour to Win or hold the balance of power in England while the SNP are able to form a progressive alliance.
So, with that in mind I would like to offer him some rather obvious but friendly advice. During questioning and subsequent reporting in the media the main focus on Corbyns’ performance was predicated on the question around the use of nuclear weapons.
So here’s the answer. And this is from someone living in the shadow of Faslane and Rosneath at the heart of the European nuclear defense capability. Someone who wants to see them gone – but traded away under a multilateral initiative. Jeremy Corbyn stated clearly that the Labour Party had passed a motion to renew Trident. Several members of the audience questioned him on first strike, second strike or any kind of strike. Let’s make this real easy. Jeremy, are you paying attention:
‘We, the Labour Party have committed to renew trident. That is more than enough information for you. We are renewing. Please do not insult the intelligence of the audience, the people of the United Kingdom and the people of the world to imagine that, on air, I will discuss, as the Prime Minister, our Strategic Nuclear Defense Policy – and that is final. Now, next question please and let’s hope it is one we can debate’.
You see Jeremy, this is probably a failure of your support team. People all over the world know that this is the only answer to the question – so please use it at will and let’s get on. Thank you.