British politician Jeremy Corbyn sparked concern with a chilling remark that he appeared to be making in jest to photographers.
The Labour Party leader’s joke to photographers vying for position during a photo opportunity on the campaign trail left many on social media worried they were seeing a glimpse of the future under his progressive party.
“No guys, you’ve got to cooperate,” the left-wing parliamentarian who first won his party’s leadership in 2015 said to the media in Blackpool.
“You see, under Socialism you will all cooperate,” he quipped.
Corbyn’s message to the media: ‘Under socialism you will all co-operate’ pic.twitter.com/8vE92i7cWd
— Jason Groves (@JasonGroves1) November 12, 2019
The 70-year-old democratic socialist has been the Member of Parliament for Islington North since 1983 and has taken the Labour Party more to the left since assuming leadership. He has also been critical of the leader of the Conservative Party and new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and has endorsed holding a referendum on the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
Corbyn refused to attend a state banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth II for President Donald Trump when he visited the UK earlier this year, but did attend a protest outside of a joint press conference held by Trump and then-Prime Minister Theresa May.
He spoke of Labour’s plans for education on Tuesday, which include six years of free education for adults.
Labour’s National Education Service:
? 30 hours free childcare for all 2-4 year olds
? Reverse school funding cuts
? Scrap tuition fees
? Free adult education
We’ll make education a right, not a privilege.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) November 12, 2019
He also spoke about the two cyber-attacks on the party’s digital platform which have left him feeling “nervous” about the upcoming election.
“A cyber attack against a political party in an election is suspicious.”
After Labour suffered two cyber attack on its digital platforms in 24 hours, leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was “nervous” about what it could mean pic.twitter.com/QVCScacerY
— PA Media (@PA) November 12, 2019
Meanwhile, Corbyn’s comments to photographers about socialism drew quick reaction on social media.
Many a true word is spoken in jest.
— Lord Muckington (@LordMuckington) November 12, 2019
— Paul ⚓ (@CaptPaul777) November 12, 2019
Corbyn’s message to the media: “Under socialism you will all co-operate.” – Not threatening or chilling at all…
Underneath the unwashed Santa Clause appearance lies a very vindictive man who should never be in number 10.pic.twitter.com/Naf50VDd0m
— Chris Rose (@ArchRose90) November 12, 2019
Of course I am. It doesn’t matter if he says it in jest. Telling the free press “under socialism, you will co-operate” in the UK, in 2019, is some disturbing shit.
— DSG ?? (@thedsggroup) November 12, 2019
Not even “Under Labour” but “Under socialism”… ooh boy.
— Chirps (@JonRob_Arts) November 12, 2019
Trouble is some people think that’s just a funny throw away comment from him, but in reality that is what he seriously thinks . Scary. ?
— Jon Berrett (@_welder65) November 12, 2019
There’s something really sinister about that ?⚠️
— Kieran L (@KieranALeigh) November 12, 2019
This has to be a joke right ?
— SAM M vote labour? (@samjmckee) November 12, 2019
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