Much criticism has been aimed at Jeremy Corbyn as the Labour leader cannot hide from his past as sympathiser of the IRA, but today the link was well and truly cemented as Gerry Adams endorsed him.
The uncomfortable thumbs up of approval came from the man accused of ordering the murder and secret burial of Jean McConville in 1972 and other awful acts, by calling Mr Corybn an outstanding politician. Adams was speaking to Andrew Marr as he enters his final week as president of the party he has led for almost 35 years.
Corbyn has given interviews in which he has been challenged to condemn the IRA’s campaign of violence unequivocally – without equating it to other parties involved in the conflict – and has declined to do so.
It’s no secret that the Labour leader has long supported the end of British rule in Ulster, and that he met the leaders of Sinn Fein and other Republicans in the 1980s and 1990s, when the Provisional IRA was still bombing and shooting people.
Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Corybn continues to stay silent on the matter as he loses the respect and faith of many of the party faithful. This will come as a much unwanted distraction for Labour and many in the party who have spoken of not renewing their membership, citing reasons such as the u-turn on Brexit and not pledging to tighten immigration. Labour have not represented the working class in decades.
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