The Manchester bombing has sent waves of shock around the country. 22 lives have been taken; many more have been irreparably damaged. This disgusting act of violence must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
There is, of course, no silver lining in such events. But the Tories will almost certainly attempt to manufacture one.
Since the contents of their ghoulish General Election manifesto first came to light last week, the Tories’ have been plummeting in the polls. May has already been forced to backtrack on her hated dementia tax. And their plans to scrap the triple-lock on pensions and remove winter fuel allowance has significantly eroded their traditional voter base.
But now, May will cynically try to capitalise on the bombing by restating her strong and stable mantra, which will now be given a more militaristic hue. Already the army have been brought onto the street to guard “key locations”. The capitalist press will go to town in trying to paint Corbyn as a terrorist sympathiser, pointing (fallaciously) to his relationship with the IRA and Hamas.
Unite against terror, war, racism, and poverty
Corbyn must hit back at the Tories’ opportunism. Terrorism is the direct consequence of the endless wars pursued by successive New Labour and Tory governments. The atrocity committed in Manchester clearly demonstrates the need for a different sort of society.
This case must be made as clearly as possible!