Jeremy Corbyn has sparked disapproval for questioning the point of commemorating World War I, while at the same time criticizing the ‘shedloads of money’ spent last year on centenary events.
The Labour leader’s remarks have come out on the eve of the Remembrance Sunday service next week where Jeremy Corbyn is scheduled to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph.
Jermey Corbyn made the comments at an event coordinated by the Morning Star, and the footage was posted by the Communist party in April 2013. In the footage, Jeremy Corbyn states that he is unsure of what there is to commemorate about World War I.
Last year, to mark the 100th anniversary of World War 1, a series of events were organized including a sculpture of a blanket of 888,246 poppies at the Tower of London which four million people visited. Every single poppy represented a British military fatality.
The Government committed more than £50 million in total to the 2014 commemorations, a sum which annoyed Jeremy Corbyn.
At the Morning Star event, he said that he viewed it as a war of declining empires, but condemned the mass slaughter on the Western Front of young men.
Regardless of Jeremy Corbyn’s criticism, ministers praised the World War I commemorative events. Michael Gove, the justice secretary, said that they were a worthy memorial.
Jeremy Corbyn bowed to convention last week when he wore a red poppy at Prime Minister’s Questions. The anti-war MP has worn a white poppy in previous years as a symbol of political protest.
At his first meeting as leader with Labour MPs, Jeremy Corbyn stated that he was unsure if he would go to the commemorations at the cenotaph alongside the Royal Family and other politicians.