Cameron on Turkey: clueless or deceptive? (VIDEO)

On 21 March 2016, MP Julian Lewis told David Cameron in the House of Commons about his:

concern at the steady Islamisation of Turkish society by its government

Let’s put to one side the fact that Turkey has always been a majority Muslim country, whether the official state doctrine has been secular or not. Let’s also ignore Lewis’s apparent assumption that any kind of “Islamisation” is a bad thing. Let’s just assume that by “Islamisation” he is referring to the divisive form of ethno-religious nationalism being pushed at the moment by the ruling AKP – which without a doubt is very dangerous and destructive.

The main focus of this post is Cameron’s response.

The Prime Minister said:

when it comes to this issue of wanting to return migrants to Turkey, it’s very important that Turkey is, and remains, a safe country, but that’s what it is today

There are two main points to make in response to this comment:

  1. Firstly, the word “return” seems to suggest that migrants and refugees somehow belong in Turkey. In reality, very few migrants actually enter Europe from Turkey itself. And while many people pass through the country, they often keep moving because they have such a bad experience there.
  2. Secondly, the fact that Cameron calls Turkey a “safe” country is simply laughable. What could possibly be safe about a country whose regime has supported Daesh (ISIS/ISIL), attacked anti-Daesh fighters, allowed civilians to be killed by easily-preventable terrorist attacks, and waged war against its own citizens?

This begs the question: Is Cameron clueless or just covering for his NATO allies?

Investigative journalist Dr Nafeez Ahmed thinks the answer is quite simple. He has spoken of the Turkish State as the “leading sponsor” of Daesh, and has criticised the West’s:

shameless affair with [President] Erdogan’s terror-regime, which funds and arms our very own enemy [Daesh].

This affair may well be why the British police cracked down on protesters in January rather than arresting the Turkish Prime Minister for his government’s war crimes. It may also explain why a London protest of over 10,000 people in early March was ignored by the majority of the mainstream media.

Considering all of this, it seems most likely that Cameron and Co. are consciously deceiving the British people – something which will surprise very few opponents of the current Conservative government.

The full parliamentary exchange can be seen here:

My UK articles at The Canary (Oct-Dec ’15)

December 2015 – Media bias, UK bombs Syria, and some progressive victories

November 2015 – Warmongering, Tory distraction techniques, and Corbyn’s maturity

October 2015 – Mainstream media attacks Corbyn, but these are the real issues

Yet more anti-Corbyn propaganda from The Telegraph

The original:

And this comes just two days after:

Some of the responses on Twitter to the December 4 article:

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The story behind #IStandWithFisher (Tweets)

In my 6 November article about Jeremy Corbyn’s mature and respecful attitude at PMQs when faced with insults directed at his team (which can be seen here at The Canary), I mention the diversion tactics used by David Cameron to distract people from the real political issues of the day. Now, this red-baiting appears to have spread into the ranks of the Labour party itself (once again).

The purge of Corbyn’s policy chief Andrew Fisher has resuscitated the sentiment felt during the Labour leadership elections – when countless leftwingers were purged from the party for not having remained loyal to the Blairite elites. This time, however, the shadow chancellor John McDonnell was quick to support his colleague, saying:

The Jeremy Corbyn for PM campaign on Facebook and Twitter also chipped in, defending Fisher’s record:

Fisher

The following messages, meanwhile, showed the feelings of some Corbyn supporters on Twitter:

Others claimed that, if anyone should be purged from the Labour party, it should be those who have openly been plotting to overthrow Corbyn:

The attempts of the Labour right to keep a hold of the party are likely to continue, but I would bet that they won’t have much success. After all, they must know that Corbyn has the overwhelming support of both members and sympathisers of the Labour party. And they must know how silly they look when they enter into the red-baiting game.

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After two decades of cruising along the contaminated economic canals built by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, the Labour Party’s failure to win the 2015 election proved quite definitively that it had no fuel left (even with the oil stolen from Iraq) and was heading for disaster. Fortunately, one dissenter had a proposal for changing course and the energy to do so. His colleagues, however, maintained they were heading in the right direction, with Tony Blair himself (“the poster child of Labour’s loss of principles and integrity”[1]) calling on people to “get a transplant” if they disagreed.[2] Having sold out British workers in favour of their powerful corporate backers,[3] though, the Blairite attempts to send the “arsonist” back to “put the fire out” were useless, as most Labour supporters knew that Jeremy Corbyn was the only candidate capable of truly extinguishing the blaze.[4]

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