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Hats off to Corbyn for sheer hypocrisy

When Jeremy Corbyn recently attacked Theresa May for her close ties with Saudi Arabia, her defence was that the UK needed to maintain the relationship in order to be able to influence the regime in Riyadh.The exchanges in the House of Commons were tetchy.
You might be forgiven for thinking that the Labour Leader (beloved by his supporters for supposedly being on the ‘right side of history’) had taken the moral high ground here. But actually there’s no moral high ground with the far left when it comes to defence, security and foreign affairs.
We can see this in Corbyn’s latest interview with the BBC, in which he was asked about UK ties with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Here is his reply: “Would I do business with Putin? Sure. And I’d challenge him on human rights in Russia, challenge him on these issues and challenge him on that whole basis of that relationship. You have to deal with people who are in the position they are as head of state…”
To be fair to Jez, one senses that he is proba…
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Why Syria should make the left rethink Iraq

We hear a great deal about how many deaths have stemmed from the Iraq War in 2003. This is often numbered in hundreds of thousands. Some people claim as many as a million, although of course the vast majority of the tragic fatalities have nothing directly to do with the actions of American, British or allied troops. In making the calculations, opponents of the war count every death they believe stems from that war and the destabilisation it ultimately caused.
This is the logic that allows the more hysterical sections of the left to claim that Tony Blair is a ‘war criminal’ or ‘mass murderer’. Quite when deaths in the region will no longer be attributed to the Iraq War is anyone’s guess. The relationship seems to be pretty indefinite, which is clearly illogical and completely ahistorical. A little like saying that everything happening in America now is the result of 9/11 or blaming the Luftwaffe for deaths in London in the early 1960s.
So there are many reasons to dispute the whole narra…

Social democracy in Europe and Corbyn's conjuring trick

A constant refrain from Corbynistas is that their new model Labour Party is thriving, while other social democratic parties in Europe are in terminal decline. This argument was wheeled out once again after the recent elections in Italy, which saw a big boost for the eccentric Five Star movement in the south and the right-wing Lega in the north.
As with all Jezuit ideology, the thought process is pretty muddled.
Corbyn achieved a 40% share of the vote in the general election last June, having scored a much lower percentage in the local government polls just weeks beforehand. It was certainly unexpected and I would be the first to admit that I was badly caught out. But does it really signal that left-wing parties would do better at the polls across the EU?
The first thing to point out is that in many European countries, there are electoral systems which are far more proportional than the one in the UK. Of course, they vary considerably and Italy has changed its model recently, but most of …

Is Corbyn's coalition beginning to fracture?

It’s always heartbreaking when besties fall out.
The Corbynite left is in a tizz over the battle to replace Iain McNicol as General Secretary of the Labour Party.
Essentially, the disagreement is between those who believe that the position should be fixed in the traditional way behind closed doors and others who want it thrown open – at least in the future – to some kind of democratic vote of the ‘movement’.
The two personalities at the heart of the current dispute are Jennie Formby of the Unite union and veteran activist Jon Lansman, who runs the hard-left Momentum organisation forged out of Corbyn’s original leadership campaign.
Moderate MPs are so worried at the prospect of either of these figures taking over the party’s administration that they are pleading for some kind of hustings at Westminster. This would supposedly be an opportunity to seek guarantees that the lawmakers will not be subject to vilification and deselection in the future. There hasn’t been a worse misreading of the…

Jez's 'seismic' speech: should we be quaking with laughter or fear?

I know that many people rate Jeremy Corbyn’s conversion to ‘a’ customs union as tactically astute, although let’s get things in perspective. When we see Jez say something vaguely sensible, we’re inevitably left wondering who could possibly be behind it.  In this instance, the veteran leftist has been under immense pressure from his backers in the trade unions and from fellow MPs to align with moderate Tories against the May government. 
As a staging post along the way to a softer Brexit, his pronouncement should, I suppose, bring some modicum of comfort. But there’s plenty to provoke serious head-scratching too.
As Lib Dem Leader Vince Cable pointed out, the UK doesn’t need to be part of ‘a’ customs union. It needs to be part of the Customs Union. The one that already exists. The one that the EU negotiators are prepared to talk about. Not the hypothetical, bespoke arrangement that probably only exists in the imaginations of wishful thinkers.
And take this gem from Corbyn’s speech in Cove…

With McNicol's departure, we need to see the arrival of courage.

At what point was the Labour Party actually lost?
Historians may make an argument for the moment of madness in which Sadiq Khan, Margaret Beckett et al lent Jeremy Corbyn their charity nominations in 2015, allowing him on to the leadership ballot paper.
Maybe it was the actual election of the veteran leftist a few months afterwards?
Or perhaps it was when Jez won for a second time in September 2016? (This was my own personal watershed and when I decided I could no longer give money to the party for the first time in 30 years.)
Everyone has their own lines in the sand. The disgracefully lacklustre campaign against Brexit. The whitewash over anti-semitism. The coup in Haringey against Labour’s most senior female figure in local government.
But if anyone had any doubt that the party now belongs irrevocably to the far left, the departure today of general secretary Iain McNicol should clear it up. Whoever it is that ends up replacing the outgoing official, we can be certain they will be enti…

The far left have ridden the social media wave. Will it prove to be their downfall?

The speed at which the hard left seized control of the Labour Party in 2015 took many by surprise. In one summer of madness, an unlikely veteran backbencher went from near-forgotten has-been to happening hero.
Social media played an important part in spreading Corbyn’s message and supercharged the pace of the initially preposterous, yet ultimately remarkable, coup. Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, activists in groups such as Militant and Labour Briefing would work tirelessly and painstakingly to control branches and constituencies, aiming to advance the revolution one resolution at a time.
Fast forward to the 21st century and the takeover was achieved in just a few months, in no small part due to shared posts and viral memes. Many of the people involved in turning the Labour Party upside down three years ago had never attended a meeting and advanced Corbyn’s cause from the comfort of their front room.
In this way, social media is the amphetamine of modern politics. It supercharge…