Iain Martin: Does Jeremy Corbyn hate Britain? – CapX
On subject after subject – relations with Russia, the IRA, the need to kill that scumbag Emwazi – Corbyn struggles to make even vaguely pro-British noises. The roots of this on the far left are deep. Its origins may lie in some democratic socialists in the 1920s identifying with the Russian Revolution and the sense in the 1930s that one had to choose one tyranny – socialism – in order to defeat another – national socialism or Nazism. This led some traitorous twits to betray their country as spies, but among a larger group that would never have gone that far it left a residual contempt for Britain. Everything the UK did could be seen through the prism of imperial decline, decadent fading grandeur, American aggression, capitalist oppression and the class system (even though some of those who hate Britain then and now went to leading schools and are appalling snobs.)
It must be maddening for the Corbynistas that the UK has actually recovered rather well from the traumas of the mid-20th century. It has shed an empire, while offering protection to the Falklands, in a remarkably well-ordered way compared to what happened when the empires of other nations collapsed. There are plenty of problems, in terms of social mobility and community breakdown, but the record in the last quarter of a century of tackling this in education (in England, and best of all in London) is outstanding.