One month ago to the day Corbyn said this…
Corbyn has been saying the same thing for a long time now and his fellow travellers at the BBC have been campaigning[and yes that is the right word] along similar lines constantly attacking Saudi Arabia for its alleged human rights failures in the war in Yemen demanding arms sales stop.
Today, as BAE Systems says it will cut jobs due to sales to the likes of Saudi Arabia drying up, Labour are up in arms…
Nia Griffith, Labour’s shadow defence secretary, said: “This is truly appalling news for BAE’s workers and for communities across the UK.
“The jobs that BAE are cutting are highly skilled and their loss will be felt in areas that have a strong tradition of defence manufacturing.
“It is time for the Government to address the clear uncertainty that is felt by the industry and come forward with an urgent plan to save these jobs.
“This must include the possibility of bringing forward orders to provide additional work for BAE’s employees, such as replacing the Red Arrows’ fleet of Hawk aircraft that are approaching the end of their service life.”
So very concerned about jobs at BAE that McDonnell, only last May, was prepared to see BAE practically closed down if the Bosses were paid too much in his opinion….
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has warned BAE Systems risks losing its government defence contracts if Labour wins the election, unless its top boss agrees to a reduction in pay.
Amusingly Emma Barnett actually tackled Labour on their hypocrisy on this issue [Chi Onwurah, Labour MP for Newcastle Central & Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation]….which is all well and good if it weren’t for the fact that the BBC is equally guilty of exactly the same hypocrisy, calling for arms sales to Saudi Arabia to be stopped but expressing dismay and shock at job losses …er…due to a failure to sell arms to Saudi Arabia. Amused the Labour MP completely at sea on this. Good to know industry, science and innovation safe in her hands should she ever be in government 🙁