Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Anarchy in the UK

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In the 1980s Neil Kinnock defended Labour's policy of unilateral nuclear disarmament because as Labour leader he believed he had a duty to support policies that had been decided democratically, even if they clashed with his own personal views.

Fast forward thirty odd years and we have the exact opposite stance being taken by Jeremy Corbyn with his 'pick and mix' approach to leadership which means that his personal views, on nuclear disarmament for example, are more important that those of the Labour Party as a whole. 

While Neil Kinnock argued his corner for a change of policy inside the Labour Party  he stuck firmly to the party line in public, his only other option being to resign as leader so that he could speak freely once again as a backbench MP.

Under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership Labour is in danger of facing every which way at the same time: both for and against the retention of nuclear weapons, both for and against a serious-minded reform of the benefits system, both for and against the UK's continued membership of the European Union.  

Not so much political leadership, more like anarchy in the UK, if you ask me.