After years of the right wing media demonising Jeremy Corbyn with inaccurate reporting, distorted facts and misleading, out of context stories, it is perhaps not surprising that a shocking video has just emerged of the British Army at their firing practice… with a photo of Jeremy Corbyn as the target.
In the short video clip, which can be seen below, uniformed paratroopers appear to be using a large photograph of Jeremy Corbyn for target practice. In response Penrith & The Border’s MP Rory Stewart described the behaviour as “completely wrong” and said that the soldiers’ behaviour was “outrageous”. “They should not be political – they are there to defend the country and the Queen”, he said.
We’ve seen consistent repetition of a hysterical narrative that Corbyn is a terrorist sympathiser, anti-Britain, working with dictators, and spying for the Russians. There’s been articles read by millions with alarmist headlines like ‘Labour Must kill the Vampire Jezza’.
It all has huge consequences, from the most recent firing squad video, to the assault on Corbyn at Finsbury Park mosque, and the plot the 2017 Finsbury Park mosque killer had also made to kill Corbyn.
Throughout, Corbyn has risen above it, refused to engage with gutter politics and never given into attacks, despite the onslaught. But the far-right have grown increasingly aggressive, with a disturbing normalistion of violence, such as Farage’s claim that if Brexit isn’t delivered he will “pick up a rifle”.
We need to keep taking a stand against the far-right and their narrative of hate and increasing violence. A spokesperson for the army said, “The video shows totally unacceptable behaviour that falls far below the behaviour hat we expect”.