A Guardian contributer, Richard Seymour, has sparked outrage today after dismissing a British war hero’s comments on the Falklands Islands, in which he attacked Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn for planning to “surrender” to Argentine demands. Seymour slammed war veteran Simon Weston on Facebook, claiming, “If he knew anything, he’s still have his face”. Weston was horrifically burned in the Argentine attack on the RFA Sir Galahad in 1982.
Seymour, who is the author of the Lenin’s Tomb blog was responding to the article published by the Telegraph, posted by a Facebook friend of his. In the article, Weston noted of Mr Corbyn’s plans: “It is a repugnant idea. I don’t see why it should happen given that the Argentines never had the islands. They have no right to them.
“It could cause civil war again by emboldening the Argentinians. It frightens me enormously because he claims to be such a supporter of democratic freedoms while what he is suggesting throwing the Falkland islanders right to democracy out.
“I don’t ever see him winning an election because his policies and his attitudes just won’t wash with the British public.”
Seymour didn’t quite see it that way. But instead of responding to Mr Weston’s points, he wrote beneath the article: “Seriously, who gives a shit what Simon Weston thinks about anything? If he knew anything he’d still have his face.”
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(RG) If it was not for servicemen like Simon Weston and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this Country so called journalists like Richard Seymour would not be at liberty to spout his cowardly attack on a soldier that was horrifically burnt in the Falklands War. When we go to War we don’t do it for any political party and Simon did not go for Margaret Thatcher or the Tories, many of the Welsh guards came from mining communities and would most likely be Labour voters. The same with the Iraq War British troops did not go into Iraq for Tony Blair and the Labour party, they went because they are professional and go where their Government tells them. Simon was giving his opinion on what he thinks is best for the Falkland Islands and looking at his scars I would say he has that right. So to answer your question, “Who gives a shit what Simon Weston thinks? “ Quite a majority of this Country actually and the people of the Falkland Islands that were invaded by a Fascist dictatorship. As for you Richard you have now had your two minutes of fame, Simons memory along with those that lost their lives fighting for each other will live on forever. Every time you attack one of us we will close ranks and defend each other for a reason that you could never understand because your twisted view of the world does not include Honour, Respect, Patriotism and brotherhood, I actually pity you.