Effort Underway to Remove British Labour Party Leader

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn talks with reporters outside Parliament in London, England, June 11, 2008
The British Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn talks with reporters outside Parliament in London, England, June 11, 2008 (Flickr/Jasn)

Efforts to remove Jeremy Corbyn as Britain’s Labour Party leader appear to be gathering steam today following Thursday’s vote to leave the European Union.

Seven parliamentarians have resigned from Corbyn’s shadow cabinet after Hilary Benn, the shadow foreign secretary, was sacked.

Benn told the BBC Corbyn is “a good and decent man, but he is not a leader.” Read more “Effort Underway to Remove British Labour Party Leader”

Labour Finally Accepts It Has Antisemitism Problem

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech in Aberdeen, Scotland
The British Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech in Aberdeen, Scotland (PA)

Britain’s Labour Party is finally admitting that it has an antisemitism problem, launching a formal inquiry and drafting a code of conduct that will “make explicitly clear for the first time that Labour will not tolerate any form of racism, including antisemitism,” said its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, this weekend.

The very fact this needs to be made clear suggests something has gone terribly wrong, though, and that is an inditement of Corbyn’s leadership.

His recognition of the problem was long overdue. Read more “Labour Finally Accepts It Has Antisemitism Problem”

British Labour Party Leader Harkens Back to 1980s

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn talks with reporters outside Parliament in London, England, June 11, 2008
The British Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn talks with reporters outside Parliament in London, England, June 11, 2008 (Flickr/Jasn)

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn harkened back to the early 1980s on Sunday when he supported the legalization of solidarity strikes and called for unilateral nuclear disarmament as well as an “accommodation” with Argentina over the Falkland Islands.

In an appearance on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show, the left-wing leader also proposed legislation to stop companies paying dividends if they rely on “cheap labor.”

The issues must have sounded familiar to Corbyn, who started his parliamentary career in 1983. But they are a far cry from the concerns of most British voters today.

This website earlier argued that Corbyn seeks to reverse the Thatcherite consensus and return Labour to the 1970s when it was openly socialist and divided on foreign policy.

Polls show that such a lurch to the left would almost certainly doom Labour’s chances in the next election. Read more “British Labour Party Leader Harkens Back to 1980s”

Corbyn Neuters Critics with Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives for a meeting with other European socialist leaders in Brussels, December 17, 2015
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives for a meeting with other European socialist leaders in Brussels, December 17, 2015 (PES)

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn began purging opponents from his shadow cabinet on Tuesday, consolidating his leadership at the risk of splitting the opposition party between its far- and center-left. Read more “Corbyn Neuters Critics with Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle”

Corbyn Relents, to Allow Free Vote on Syria Airstrikes

The British Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn talks with reporters outside Parliament in London, England, June 11, 2008
The British Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn talks with reporters outside Parliament in London, England, June 11, 2008 (Flickr/Jasn)

Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been forced to allow his members a free vote on airstrikes in Syria to stave off a revolt could have included members of his shadow cabinet.

Corbyn’s spokesman said on Monday that top opposition lawmakers had “accepted his recommendation” of a free vote.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who leads the ruling Conservative Party, made his case for British airstrikes against the self-declared Islamic State in Syria last week after the group had claimed responsibility for a series of terrorist attacks in Paris that left more than 130 dead.

“If not now, when?” he asked. Read more “Corbyn Relents, to Allow Free Vote on Syria Airstrikes”

Labour Members Rebel Against Pacifist Leader

The British Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn talks with reporters outside Parliament in London, England, June 11, 2008
The British Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn talks with reporters outside Parliament in London, England, June 11, 2008 (Flickr/Jasn)

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing a revolt from his members, the majority of whom want to support airstrikes against the radical Islamists in Syria who claimed responsibility for terrorist attacks in Paris this month.

The Independent newspaper reports that only three out of 31 shadow ministers share Corbyn’s wariness of military action.

Proponents include Corbyn’s deputy, Tom Watson, and Hilary Benn, the shadow foreign secretary.

One lawmaker said that if Corbyn were to impose his view on the party, it would “destroy” Labour.

Another, Paul Flynn, said Corbyn would have to resign if he becomes a “liability” to the party while a third, John Spellar, said he should step down now. Read more “Labour Members Rebel Against Pacifist Leader”

In the Face of Terror, Labour’s Corbyn Paralyzed

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn talks with reporters outside Parliament in London, England, June 11, 2008
The British Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn talks with reporters outside Parliament in London, England, June 11, 2008 (Flickr/Jasn)

Even last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, where more than 130 people were killed by radicalized young Muslims, do not appear to have convinced Britain’s Labour Party leader that sometimes more is needed in the face of evil than protests and talk.

Jeremy Corbyn, an unrepentant Marxist and peacenik who was elected Labour leader in September, rightly cautions against stigmatizing all Muslims for violence that is carried out in their name. But when it comes to actually doing something to stop the terrorists, he has no policy. Read more “In the Face of Terror, Labour’s Corbyn Paralyzed”

Jeremy Corbyn’s Nuclear Policy is Surrender

British nuclear submarine
A British Trident submarine departs Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, Scotland, August 15, 2007 (JohnED76)

Britain’s Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, confirmed on Wednesday that if elected prime minister he would not deploy the country’s nuclear arsenal under any circumstances.

“I am opposed to the use of nuclear weapons,” he told BBC radio. “I think we should be promoting an international nuclear weapons convention which would lead to a nuclear-free world.”

Asked specifically if he would ever press the proverbial nuclear button, Corbyn said no. Read more “Jeremy Corbyn’s Nuclear Policy is Surrender”

Don’t Mind Corbyn, Trump: The Establishment Always Wins

Delegates listen to a speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 28, 2012
Delegates listen to a speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 28, 2012 (PBS/Mallory Benedict)

Political parties are the arbiters in democracies. Peter Berger, a sociologist, call them the dams that hold at bay the howling frenzies lurking in the human soul. But, “All institutions are fragile,” he writes in The American Interest. “Sometimes the dams break” and you get someone like Jeremy Corbyn or Donald Trump.

The former, a unrepentant Marxist and peacenik, recently won the British Labour Party’s leadership election. The latter, a loudmouthed real-estate mogul, now tops the polls for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in the United States.

Corbyn isn’t going to win power in a country that only four months ago gave David Cameron’s Conservatives their first parliamentary majority in twenty years. Nor is Trump likely to secure the Republican nomination, let alone win the 2016 election.

But the fact that they’ve got this far calls into question the theory that “the party decides.” Read more “Don’t Mind Corbyn, Trump: The Establishment Always Wins”