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Well one problem here is that all the people you mention have different economics. I'm not sure that Picketty's model is compatible with Keen's for example. And I think McDonnel also has his own economic world view. Finally inviting too many primadonna experts into your team can blow up spectacularly. For example Richard Murphy of "people's QE" fame now supports Owen Smith.

Just thinking about the practical. Ideally you'd want to get rid of most of the 172 who voted no confidence. However since there is no way to do so before the next election you'll probably have to try to keep the majority onboard. If more than half split they could claim official opposition and the media could freeze Corbyn out.
Supposing Corbyn wins of course. NEC would have to purge well over 100k voters . And there are some indications they just night.

by generic on Mon Sep 19th, 2016 at 06:52:28 PM EST
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Well, of course yes. But it's not as if any front rank economist is going to soil himself with Labour after the way Stiglitz and Piketty were treated. So it's McDonnel only (we're doomed)

Well, the boundary changes will have an impact on some of the 172. TBH, I don't think you have to get rid of anything like the amjority; there are those who have no real argument but require more organisational competence from the top, there are those who can be accomodated and there are a few who really ought to be banished to the darkest, coldest backbenches to make their own minds up about their future. I'd suggest that there are possibly fewer than 20 irreconcilables.

That said, I think the membership who have been stripped of their vote are pretty miffed to say the least and will want some high profile heads.

But most commentators suggest that Corbyn is going to walk it

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Sep 19th, 2016 at 07:14:03 PM EST
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I haven't heard anything from Stiglitz or Piketty. And it is pretty difficult to accurately appoint blame in this case.
But frankly you have an economic advisory board as a form of advocacy. You don't keep them around for advice.
Maybe Keen's work is getting close to giving you useful input, but you don't really need economists if you take some general MMT points on board and don't try to do complicated things. If you have a housing crisis build social housing, if you have unemployment hire people and if you have a climate apocalypse build better infrastructure, raise taxes on bad things and outright ban even worse things.
And more than economists you need international law experts to warn you of the traps the neoliberal international has left. As well as experts on the internal structure of your political entity. UK political institutions aren't likely to be friendlier to even the mildest socialism than the NEC.
Having said all that I don't think that Corbyn's labour currently has anything close to a sufficient plan. And realistically they will spend the next few years on the defensive against Tory insanity and sniping from the backbenches.
by generic on Mon Sep 19th, 2016 at 08:46:18 PM EST
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Guardian - Former Corbyn adviser Thomas Piketty criticises Labour's 'weak' EU fight

The French economist Thomas Piketty has criticised Jeremy Corbyn's "weak campaign" for Britain to remain in the EU as he confirmed that he had quit as an adviser to to the Labour leader.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Sep 20th, 2016 at 12:03:53 PM EST
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IOW, he resigned from advising a Labour Party whose PLP membership were largely Blairites.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Sep 20th, 2016 at 03:04:50 PM EST
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Ah, now I remember.
However what he said explicitly was:
Mr Piketty added the decision was "not because of political disagreement" but "simply because I was never able to find the time to be properly involved in this council".
But, he added: "That being said, I am of course deeply concerned with the Brexit vote, and with the weak campaign of Labour (even though Corbyn is obviously not the primary [person] responsible for this disaster)."

From here
I know others were a lot more bitter about the whole thing but this seems to be the Guardian spinning again.

by generic on Tue Sep 20th, 2016 at 03:14:09 PM EST
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