Newton Emerson: Corbyn’s view of North stuck in a time warp

Notion of NI as former British colony was laid to rest with the Belfast Agreement

 UK Labour Party  leader: Anti-imperialist, anti-racist analysis is the bedrock of the British far-left’s worldview. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty

UK Labour Party leader: Anti-imperialist, anti-racist analysis is the bedrock of the British far-left’s worldview. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty

The UK media spent last weekend discussing Jeremy Corbyn’s attitude towards the Northern Ireland peace process. The Labour leader made a number of contested claims about his role. However, it was a statement from his close colleague Diane Abbott, dug up from an article in 1984, that best revealed his circle’s philosophy at the time.

“Anyone who comes from a former colony knows the troops always have to come out ,” Abbott wrote in Labour and Ireland, a journal to which Corbyn also regularly contributed.

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