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I try to avoid getting into the personality side of things, but after Matthew Parris' character assassination of May your look at the dilemmas facing Corbyn is worthy of a separate diary and discussion. I do think he is in an invidious position: his job is to oppose and present an alternative strategy, but all the Media and chattering classes want him to do is bail May (and the Country) out.  For him to bail May out is political self-immolation, for him to bail the country out (a near impossibility for an opposition leader) he must time his intervention perfectly and gain the support of a mixed bag of political ne'er do wells who can't be relied on to do anything right.

Ultimately, the situation is outside his control, he can but hope that an opportunity arises before a no deal Brexit becomes a reality.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Feb 25th, 2019 at 12:51:43 PM EST
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Labour have just announced they want a People's Vote, so... that's a good thing.

It puts the Tories on the spot. If they vote against it, Brexit becomes their baby. If they vote for it, Brexit is killed democratically, and Labour take the credit.

IMO the press narrative around Corbyn is completely wrong. Labour played some blinders in the run up to the last GE, and it was only an inexplicable outbreak of terrorism - which inexplicably evaporated immediately after the GE - which allowed the Tories to scrape their not-quite-majority.

This move is likely to be more of the same. It undermines the TIGs and takes the wind out of their pro-PV posturing, while putting even more political pressure on the Tories. It also keeps the Labour members who forced a pro-PV motion through conference happy and onside.

It's irrelevant how much of this is down to Corbyn personally, and how much is the work of the team around him. Miliband certainly never had similar heft.

As for May - an infinite number of sweary insults would be nowhere near enough to describe the worst PM, and perhaps even one of the worst people, in recent British history.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Feb 25th, 2019 at 05:54:24 PM EST
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How is it even conceivably possible to have a "people's vote" within a month? Seems to me that this is all political positioning leading up to a grudging approval of May's agreement.
by asdf on Tue Feb 26th, 2019 at 12:55:55 AM EST
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It can only happen in conjunction with a vote to delay Brexit, something the EU has said it will agree to if it is to facilitate a second referendum or an election.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Feb 26th, 2019 at 09:29:20 AM EST
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There's increasing chatter about a 21 month extension that takes it to the end of the current budget period and almost certainly kills Brexit stone dead.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Feb 26th, 2019 at 11:55:49 AM EST
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