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But what I am proposing or suggesting might happen would be quite normal in most other European polities - different parties with different interests coming together around some common policies for a limited period, especially at a time of national crisis.
The visceral hatred, at a personal, level which you see between Tory, Liberal, Labour and Brexit party supporters isn't always apparent between "colleagues" at Westminster many of who have happily collaborated on specific pieces of legislation.
A lot of the hostility on view is for show, and here my point about winner takes all electoral systems discussed elsewhere on this thread becomes relevant: The system actively promotes confrontation and discourages collegiality, even common courtesy.
It's all very well the rubes being indoctrinated that Corbyn is an ogre, but you would have expected experienced old hands in Parliament to realise he has mostly acted, calmly, rationally, moderately, even astutely in the Labour party's and often the national interest. Maybe that is why they hate him so.
So please forgive a naive outside observer for failing to understand why all this has to end in hatred, confusion, disorder and civil strife. It's not rocket science, and many polities elsewhere have overcome far more serious conflicts. Are you saying the English have basically lost the ability to resolve the most basic conflicts and govern?
Index of Frank's Diaries
Corbyn and his ideological allies are a small slice of the political spectrum and this will be their one and only chance of power.
Corbyn has his own Brexit policy, which the other opposition groups would not agree to. Corbyn will no doubt apply for a Brexit extension, but wants the chance to negotiate a Labour Brexit. It has taken extreme pressure within the Labour Party, to get grudging acceptance there should be another referendum on Brexit eventually.
You can be sure that Lib Dem and dissident Tory MPs will be very vigilant in ensuring no "socialist" policy making or legislation is attempted. The one area where the government might be given some latitude is to negotiate "better" terms for both Remain and Brexit with the EU.
As I have suggested in my Diary, that could include a more social democratic policy input into a joint programme for EU "reform" with the Commission. The fact that any such programme would require Commission, Council and EU Parliament approval would, in itself, severely restrict its policy scope and ambition, especially in a leftist direction.
If Corbyn wants real power to implement a socialist agenda, he will have to win an overall majority in an election first, and at the moment he couldn't do so without at least some track record of success in Government and some measure of cooperation with other opposition parties.
Perhaps I am giving him more credit for vision and pragmatism than he deserves. We shall see.
Index of Frank's Diaries
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