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Corbyn’s progress (and why did Caroline Lucas resign from the Stop The War committee?)

Bridgend's Green Leftie

I have just been reading Tariq Ali’s essay in the London Review of Books entitled “Corbyn’s Progress’. http://www.lrb.co.uk/v38/n05/tariq-ali/corbyns-progress Tariq is always worth listening to, but he has not got anything particularly insightful or revelatory to say about Corbyn’s period as leader of the Labour Party to date.

The most interesting section, to my mind, was that he has to say about debates over whether bomb Islamic State positions in Syria. Ali speculates that part of Cameron’s motives were to try and make Corbyn’s position as leader untenable in the aftermath of Maria Eagle shafting him over Labour’s trident position. Ali suggests that in this light, Corbyn should not have allowed a free vote on the issue, thus allowing Hilary Benn to deliver his disgraceful tirade citing Hitler and the Spanish Civil War, and culminating with 66 Labour MPs voting with the Tories. However, the majority of the PLP did support…

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