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Forgive me I don't want to start a fight, but why on earth would it be Jeremy Corbyn of all people? He lead Labour to its biggest electoral defeat since the Thirties and under his leadership anti-semitism has been seriously enabled in the Labour Party.JEREMY CORBYN
Mostly his social policies. This isn't about their popularity on them getting in, it's how they'd change the government, IMO.Forgive me I don't want to start a fight, but why on earth would it be Jeremy Corbyn of all people? He lead Labour to its biggest electoral defeat since the Thirties and under his leadership anti-semitism has been seriously enabled in the Labour Party.
On an unrelated note, Hugh Gaitskell and Roy Jenkins would probably be my top picks for Best PM (we never had).
Ok I can agree with you on his social policies: National Education Service, National Care Service, and affordable Social Housing would be great.Mostly his social policies.
As a medium ranking Minister when the facts on the ground didn't match his opinions, he tried to change the facts to the extent of breaking Parliamentary rules and being economical with the actuality to the extent that his Permanent Secretary had to go over his head to the Prime Minister Harold Wilson who shifted him to another department and never gave him any further promotion. Not what you would call early promise.
I know Tony Benn is a leftie.
Any chance he’s also a believer in . . . solid medium step, get feedback, see how it works out, another solid medium step? Heck, some things might work better than first estimates!
Peter Shore is a much overrated figure IMHO. His anti-EU stance makes him popular as a might have been with Labour Leavers but virtually all sources (including Harold Wilson) agree that he wasn't very good or capable in Ministerial office.I'm no expert on British politics but I've heard Denis Healey and Peter Shore described as part of this category.
I wouldn't nominate Corbyn for this is in a million years, but it is worth saying that a lot of that is a mischaracterisation of what he would actually do as PM. Abolishing the monarchy and the nuclear deterrent are personal viewpoints which did not become party policy -though he said he would not use trident if he became PM. The idea he wants to get rid of the army comes from one speech in 2012 in which he said:But his constitutional/foreign policy views are quite crumby. He wants to get rid of the monarchy (bad), is in favour of universal nuclear disarmament (bad), has said he would get rid of the Army (bad), is in favour of a second independence referendum in Scotland (bad), and has yet to take a strong position on Brexit except that he doesn't like the Tories deals (bad).
So whilst he did sound favourable towards the idea, it is not clear whether he was saying Britain should unilaterally disband its armed forces, or whether all countries should do it multilaterally, which has significantly different consequences for national security.Wouldn't it be wonderful if every politician around the world instead of taking pride in the size of their Armed Forces did what Costa Rica have done and abolished their Army, and took pride in the fact they don't have an Army.
I joined Labour under John Smith, having been a non-member voter for 15 years. I remember feeling crushed when he died suddenly. He would get my vote.I see no mention of John Smith in there.
In other words, business as normal!As a medium ranking Minister when the facts on the ground didn't match his opinions, he [Tony Benn] tried to change the facts to the extent of breaking Parliamentary rules . . .