It has to be said that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has had a tough ride from the press; he has become leader in probably the most difficult time in recent Labour history. It hasn’t been a good start, quite the opposite; it seems that bad PR just attracts itself to him like a magnet.
Corbyn’s time as leader isn’t helped because he appears to be either badly advised or isn’t exercising good judgment.
The Lawyer of a Muslim fraudster accused of funding ISIS tried to use a letter of support from Jeremy Corbyn to keep his client out of jail over Christmas.
Isn’t Christmas a special time?
The guy in question was part of a gang who targeted elderly people for cash, matters only came to light after police came across this while investigating the funding of terrorism.
The fraudsters aren’t however up in court for terror charges but just targeting the elderly for cash.
What should Jeremy Corbyn have done?
Should he have written on behalf of his constituent in this matter to attempt to keep him out of jail?
What Jeremy Corbyn should have done was not touched this with a barge pole, luckily for the public, the judge turned down the pleas of the conman to get bail in this case.
This is good judgment.
The circumstances are the the Labour leader wrote a letter on behalf of Mohamed Dahir who has been found guilty of conning pensioners out of their life savings of almost £1million.
If this came across your desk as an elected politician, you wouldn’t be writing letters of support, or become involved. If this letter had been written while Jeremy Corbyn had been leader, it would mean his position would be seen as untenable, however, he did this as a backbencher so will probably continue as leader.
My advice to him is to wise up fast, he is losing any chance to win over the people and it seems that he needs to fight an internal battle to win over his own staff.
How can you get the rank and file members to believe in you when your own staff don’t; this is a worse problem than the fraudster, although this is bad enough.
Jeremy Corbyn isn’t Jeremy Corbyn anymore, he is the leader of the Labour Party, his old life is gone; he has responsibilities beyond his own needs, wants and ego. If he doesn’t reflect on that aspect of leadership, he will lose the next election, his first and probably last as leader.
His job, his main task is to set Labour on a path that it previously tread, it is to restore trust in politics, restore trust in the Labour Party and made Labour the ‘go to’ organisation for people who need help.
Nine fraudsters are facing jail after conning the elderly out of £904,000 by pretending to be policemen investigating bank account scams.
Nine people; did Jeremy Corbyn or his staff seek to establish the circumstances of the case, if a junior MP did this, people could simply write it off as a lack of experience but Jeremy Corbyn isn’t a junior MP.
I would suggest that Jeremy Corbyn takes time off over Xmas to do some serious thinking, because as much as Labour members were crying out for change, this isn’t what they expected.
Last night Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism division described the scam as ‘one of the biggest courier fraud investigations carried out by British police’.
Commander Richard Walton said:
‘We uncovered this fraud after a separate terrorist investigation found suspicious payments into a bank account of an individual who is now believed to have travelled to Syria.
‘This callous group of criminals stole vast sums of money from extremely vulnerable and elderly people from across the country. Their despicable actions have had a terrible and devastating impact on their victims with some losing their life savings. The targeting of vulnerable men and women in their 80s and 90s is quite simply beyond belief.’
Dahir, Shakaria Aden, 21, Yasser Abukar, 23, and Mohammed Abokar, 28, were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud between May last year and May 2015. Ibrahim Farah, 23, was cleared of the same charge. Mohammed Abokar was also convicted of converting criminal property. Fahim Islam, 20, Achmed Abdulaziz Ahmed, 23, and Makzhumi Abukar, 23, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud. Anrul Islam, 24, and Mohammed Youssfi, 37, pleaded guilty to money laundering.
A Labour spokesman said:
'Jeremy Corbyn condemns the actions of his constituent as appalling acts against vulnerable people and wholly unacceptable.'
I think it is time that Jeremy Corbyn decided as Labour leader that he does not do letters for people facing criminal proceedings under any circumstances.
Finally, time for a joke!
“A young man moves to a village in Wales and gets talking to an old man from the village. He asks the old man what his name is; the old man gets very irate at this point and says: "See that line of houses over there? I built them all, but do they call me Jones the house builder? Do they hell! See those railway lines over there? I laid them all, but do they call me Jones the engineer? Do they hell! See those bridges over that river? I built them all, but do they call me Jones the bridge builder? Do they hell! But, a long long time ago, I fucked *one* sheep..."
The same joke applies to people who help fraudsters, something Jeremy Corbyn should remember, people have long memories and…… they vote!
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University