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UK politics: of pigs and Pinochets

Bourgeois politics in the UK is obsessed with the news that Prime Minister David Cameron put his penis in the mouth of a dead pig.

The contrast with Jeremy Corbyn could not be clearer. In the 1980s, while Corbyn was protesting against apartheid, David Cameron was taking time off from pig fucking to, in the words of Julian Borger in The Guardian, ‘visit apartheid South Africa in 1989, when he was 23, on an all-expenses-paid “fact-finding mission” funded by Strategy Network International, a lobbying group seeking to lift sanctions.’

 

 

The mainstream media in Britian have been hoist with their own petard. They have made a song and dance about Corbyn’s clothing crimes, his failure to sing the national anthem, his attendance at a constituency consultation rather than a piss up in a corporate box to watch England at the Rugby World Cup, the fact he once ate cold baked beans out of a can, and 30 years ago had an affair with one of his now Shadow Ministers. Evidently too his great great great grandfather did something really bad and that was Corby’s fault as well.

Of course all of this gutter press is about destroying Corbyn because he threatens the old duopoly of austerity politics in the UK between the Tories and their pale imitation, the Blairite British Labour Party. Corbyn has given hope to that working class section of society that wants to see an end to austerity and a better world for themselves and their children.

However in playing this silly game (which may in fact have backfired on the bourgeoisie but they are too dumbstruck by the Corbyn phenomenon to understand that just yet) the press have had to address the fact that their Tory hero is a pig fucker. What is good for the goose is good for the gander, or maybe what is good for the sow is good for the boar. Except of course, Corbyn is not of the same political genus as the Camerons and Blairs of this world. He is no pig. He is a man of the people, committed to destroying the neoliberal consensus.

Apart from news of pig fornication, something even more sinister happened in Britain the other day. A senior military officer warned there could be a coup if Corbyn ever became Prime Minister. According to Caroline Mortimer in the Independent, an unnamed senior general told The Sunday Times:

‘The Army just wouldn’t stand for it. The general staff would not allow a prime minister to jeopardise the security of this country and I think people would use whatever means possible, fair or foul to prevent that. You can’t put a maverick in charge of a country’s security… [Y]ou would face the very real prospect of an event which would effectively be a mutiny.’

Apparently a democratically elected Labor Government, led by Jeremy Corbyn, and committed to scrapping Trident, pulling out of NATO or announcing plans to cut the armed forces would face a coup led by the senior ranks of the defence forces.

This should not surprise anyone. The defence forces of capitalist countries are there to defend their country’s capitalists and expand the influence and reach of those capitalists wherever possible. They also exist to put down rebellion by their own population. This is a true of the Australian armed forces as it is of the British ones and the Chilean ones

What response should Corbyn develop to this threat? Corbyn is challenging the old way of doing things. He will go the way of Allende if he thinks the powerful interests embedded in all the institutions of capitalism will peacefully accept his radical (by their standards) program of re-distribution.

That means Corbyn has to build the movement he has started into a genuine mass grass roots movement. In the community rallies he is holding or will hold across the country he could also begin discussing a people’s militia to defend the gains his election will bring and to radicalise the working class in its workplaces in defence of his incoming government. On top of that he could start agitating for democracy among the rank and file of the defence forces now.

Will he? Nothing in his politics suggests he will. He could become another Allende, or even more tragically, another Tsipras. But that is a story for another time.

In the meantime for the media there are always the pigs to fall back on.

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