The Threat of Red Britain

By Rich Lowry


Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a shadow-cabinet meeting in Salford, England, September 2, 2019. (Andrew Yates/Reuters)

It’s hard to exaggerate the threat represented by Corbyn and Co. taking control of our most important ally.

Tory prime minister Boris Johnson has, to his credit, seized the initiative in the battle over whether Britain will truly exit the EU, and on what terms. But no one can know how this high-stakes gamble will turn out. Johnson just lost his slender parliamentary majority, and the prospect of a new election looms. If things break the wrong way, the winner could be opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, a throwback leftist redolent of the bad old days of Britain’s self-imposed stagnation.

It’s hard to exaggerate the threat represented by Corbyn and Co. taking control of our most important ally. In U.S. terms, Corbyn is a mashup of Bernie Sanders and the Squad, mixing orthodox socialist economics with a hostility to U.S. foreign policy and Israel.

He is a lefty caricature. George Orwell once complained of “the smell of crankishness” in the socialist movement, and wished he could send every vegetarian and teetotaler home “to do his yoga exercises quietly.”

Corbyn is, indeed, a vegetarian who rarely drinks. One British newspaper relates that his favorite restaurant is a spot “where he likes to eat hummus after taking part in demonstrations in Trafalgar Square.” His first wife reports that he never took her out to dinner, preferring to eat beans straight from a can to save time.

He is a figure that time is supposed to have forgotten. He inveighed from the back benches against Labour’s turn away from the old-time religion under moderate prime minister Tony Blair. When he mounted an unlikely leadership bid in 2015, he found an audience, much as Bernie Sanders did in 2016. Now the old-time religion is a few lucky breaks away from power.

Corbyn’s past, and present, is littered with valentines to left-wing thugs. He cozied up to the IRA in the 1980s when it was trying to decapitate the British government by bombing. He wrote for a pro-Soviet newspaper during the Cold War. He called the Russian invasion of Ukraine “not unprovoked.” He’s said warm things about Hamas and Hezbollah, and can’t bear to condemn Islamic terrorism without also criticizing the West.

It’s no accident that his Labour party has become lousy with anti-Semites.

His left-hand man, John McDonnell, shadow chancellor of the exchequer, is fond of implicit threats of violence. To wit, “Any institution or any individual that attacks our class, we will come for you with direct action.” He has called Tory MPs “social criminals.” This from the man in line to become, in our terms, secretary of the treasury of one of the great banking centers on the planet.

If McDonnell’s style of rhetoric has a grim revolutionary cast, it’s for good reason. In an interview with — no joke — the Trotskyist Alliance for Workers’ Liberty years ago, he said that the most important influences on him were “Marx, Lenin and Trotsky, basically.” Corbyn has expressed similar sentiments, for example calling Karl Marx “a fascinating figure,” one “from whom we can learn a great deal.”

At least they don’t leave any doubt where they are coming from. If Corbyn had his way, it would be as if Margaret Thatcher had never happened (indeed, McDonnell has mused about going back to the 1980s to assassinate her — you know, the way many people do about Adolf Hitler).

Corbyn’s program would renationalize sectors of the economy, punish shareholders and landlords, and impose stiff new taxes. If his campaign against capital crashed the pound, he’d surely be inclined to respond with capital controls, truly taking Britain back to the 1970s.

Every election in a democratic society is important. But Britain in the coming weeks will be faced with unquestionably momentous choices: Whether to take back its full sovereignty from the EU, and whether to throw in with a dangerous radical. Its modern history, and perhaps that of the West, is in the balance.

RICH LOWRY is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: @richlowry


  1. A good article which does not exaggerate one bit. If anything, tovarish CorbLenin and his Marxist troika of McDonnell, Milne and Abbott are even worse than the author describes. They all hate America and Israel with a passion that can hardly be comprehended. They are of course all rabid antisemites, as are all putlerites without exception. CorbLenin was codenamed ‘Agent Cob’ by his Russian handlers more than 40 years ago and has worked for them ever since. Russia’s switch to fascism has not deterred him one bit. Until fairly recently he was an employee of the Russian state hate and lies propaganda channel; RT. If his repulsive gang of scum get hold of power, he will take Britain into a new bloc consisting of Russia and its equally vile allies Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Belarus, plus assorted African tin pot dictators.

    • Looks to me like Boris was betrayed big time by members of his own party. It’s pathetic to think after 3 years, people elected to run the country haven’t sorted this Brexit mess out.

      • He had one bargaining chip: the threat of no deal Brexit, which would be worse for the Eurotrash than for us. They took that away from him and of course those turds in Labour, the lib dems, the scotz natz and in his own party who drivel on about the importance of blocking no deal are in fact simply trying to block Brexit altogether. The election, when it comes, will be as crucial as anything in our history. Lab/natz will form a coalition and the scummy lib dems could end up being kingmakers. Boris could even end up in the awful position of having to do a deal with putinoid filth Farage and his rabble.

      • I see a major problem that has been instigated by the Silver Spoon league of unelected Lords. These pious and pompous arses get money from the EU for the acres of their land holdings that have been in their family for possibly centuries. If Brexit goes through, the rich loose a cash cow, so have been fighting Brexit tooth and nail.
        IMHO it is time the commoners cut the pants off the pomous asses and send them home bare ass and wind in a sailless mast.

  2. If there was to be another election I’m afraid to say we couldn’t rely on the intelligence of the Nation to make a wise descision. Sadly people have very short memories and so have forgotten how much of a fuck up the Labour commies made of our Country last time they were in power.
    Those of voting age now, who weren’t even born when the commies were in charge have been attracted by them with their vote buying tactics of free University education and other popular spending plans, plus their almost constant demonisation of the Conservative Party.

    Under comrade corbyn and co the Country is fucked.

  3. Brit Labor Party business plan soundsan awful lot like the Canadian New Democratic Party or NDP. Socialist core with provincial and federal parties. They have not yet been able to get bi representation federally, but have formed governments in a number of provinces. Usually appeal to youth
    during times of some other issue using the same strategies as CorbLenin. Business does not like the policies they promote, so go elsewhere. Eventually the province is in major debt and people elect another party.
    Alberta elected a NDP government just over 4 years ago who were not as bad as some others. We voted them out and elected a new conservative government a short while ago. Now the federal election is getting going and looks to be a dirty scrap to get the entitled and corrupt Dustbin Turdope out of the PM pants.

What is your opinion?