Labour is at least ambivalent on Union in relation to Northern Ireland

Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor

Re ‘Labour rebels: We won’t be expelled’ (28 April):

Labour in England and their leader operate a hypocritical mindset when it comes to the Union.

In Scotland they claim the Union is a great thing, even though 45% of Scots voted to end the Union, but in relation to Northern Ireland Labour is at the very least ambivalent on the Union.

The UK party leadership talk much more about consent and about being an honest broker between Unionist & Nationalist in Northern Ireland.

While it can be argued that the politics is very different in Scotland compared to Northern Ireland, the fact is that Labour are desperately defending their electoral position in Scotland in contrast to Northern Ireland where they have never sought a single vote. So they have nothing at stake here and can play silly games in regard to Northern Ireland.

For example the UK Labour Party still maintain the nonsense that the SDLP is their sister party who they do not wish to compete with; when it is well known that the SDLP is anything but socialist being Catholic, nationalist and right wing with no trade union links, opposing for example women’s rights on birth control.

Corbyn we know is a supporter of Irish unity and opposed the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. It’s fair to assume he doesn’t want his party to organise here because it is contrary to his long term ambition for the future of Ireland. But Corbyn will not be honest about this.

Since becoming leader nine months ago he has said nothing of substance about Northern Ireland, refusing to set foot in the place because no doubt he fears his conflicted position on unionism will be exposed.

The critical test for Jeremy Corbyn will come if he is successful in 2020. If by then his party still deny the democratic rights of voters here, he as a lifelong republican and opponent of imperialism will be forced to govern NI as a Prime Minister whose party has refused to seek a single vote here. That will make Corbyn a colonial governor.

What way will Corbyn jump then?

William Methven, Bushmills