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There’s a lot of things happening of interest around the world, from the Brexit split between the United Kingdom and the European Union to Donald Trump’s young presidency in the United States, from the civil war in Syria and the associated surrounding Middle East mess, to growing tensions around North Korea and China.

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  1. Missy

     /  May 7, 2017

    Jeremy Corbyn has failed to take responsibility for the losses in the local elections, and has even been accused of setting up to blame the activists. Apparently Corbyn asked for data of how many doors the activists knocked on and how many leaflets were delivered in areas they did badly, this has been seen by some as Corbyn positioning himself to blame the activists on the ground, that is something that could backfire on him.

    One Labour candidate said: “Any self-respecting leader would look at these results and resign. He’s obviously not going anywhere but the Corbyn vanity project is leading Labour off a cliff edge.

    “It is selfish and cowardly and he is hiding behind activists, blaming them for these losses when it’s him who goes down badly on the doorstep.”

    Last night Corbyn addressed a rally of left wing supporters in Manchester, however, the newly elected Labour Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, did not go to the rally – which was presented last night as a victory rally for Andy Burnham. And the Labour candidate for Manchester in the General Election was not invited.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/05/local-elections-2017-jeremy-corbyn-putting-voters-beaten-labour/

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    • Gezza

       /  May 7, 2017

      In the end he may just have to be physically hustled off a stage by several large Labour stalwarts & told, “sign this resignation, and bugger off. You’re a jinx.”

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      • Missy

         /  May 7, 2017

        I don’t think even that will work G, I really don’t know how they will get rid of him to be honest.

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        • Gezza

           /  May 7, 2017

          Well, if he genuinely wanted Labour to defeat the Conservative Party, he’d join it.

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          • Missy

             /  May 7, 2017

            Many believe he is just preparing himself for a leadership election, not a General Election, they don’t think he actually wants to win.

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        • The Labour leader selecting process makes it difficult. Unless he finally admits he is a disaster and resigns then it’s looking like being a growing disaster for Corbyn.

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          • Missy

             /  May 7, 2017

            I agree. But to be honest I don’t think even a complete wipeout in the GE will convince him that he is a disaster.

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            • He’s that old-fashioned bearded leftie, a man whose entire political life has been defined by activism & ideological purity. In practice he seemingly regards the achieving of actual power to affect changes, as unnecessary, and democratic reality and government machinations pesky. That his supporter dreamers thought he’d be the alternative to the neo-liberal forces who blight their vision for society, reinforces their very irrelevance in the system they rile against.

              Why did leftists think a man who had never deemed worthy of any official position within Labour Cabinet or caucus, despite a more than thirty year old career, could inspire and lead a Labour resurgence? How did the Trade Unions and activists conclude that a pacifist/activist and anti-EU man was their saviour? Worse, how does a party cede control to to the people who put such an incompetent there.

  2. Blazer

     /  May 7, 2017

    yes it is indeed very rare to find a principled politician.Eventually he will have to accept that to succeed in politics you have to be expedient,ruthless,false and lie like a…flatfish.

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    • Traveller

       /  May 7, 2017

      Graveyards are full of “principled” people who achieved nothing more than labelling themselves as such. It’s hardly a virtue to not only achieve 5/8ths of the proverbial, but to reverse the fortunes of your party. Corbyn’s lofty principals” are not shared or communicated to the greater portion of Brits. They consider him dotty, irrelevant or both.

      History will record him as a stunningly inept leader and his supporters as uncoordinated and lacking in political acumen.

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      • Nelly Smickers

         /  May 7, 2017

        *Harsh* Trav…..but true 😄

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      • Blazer

         /  May 7, 2017

        I am not surprised at your win at any cost…attitude,it is a hallmark of crony capitalism,-lie,cheat,steal,kill …the bounty always justifies the…means.

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        • Gezza

           /  May 7, 2017

          Cometh the hour: cometh the man.
          It just seems to me Blazer that the hour has not yet come, and Jeremy is not the man ( or woman).

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          • Blazer

             /  May 7, 2017

            looks that way.I do note all the talk how Sanders would have beaten Trump,and the machinations to ensure Hilary won the nomination.Sanders faced similar critique to..Corbyn.

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        • You do yourself a comprension disservice in the comprehension stakes. Where did I mention “win at any cost”.

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          • Blazer

             /  May 7, 2017

            that was the definate..timbre of your post.And your contempt…for…principles.

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            • I really am over your personal, ad hominem attacks. It’s not that I’m a sook, it’s just tedious, childish and threadjackingly trolling. I’m not interested in your interpretation of my “tenor”. I’m interested in constructive debate.

            • Blazer

               /  May 7, 2017

              @Trav…when I looked in my bag for an ad hom epithet,it was…empty.Hard to call this constructive debate…’ the greater portion of Brits. They consider him dotty, irrelevant or both.

              History will record him as a stunningly inept leader and his supporters as uncoordinated and lacking in political acumen.’….this is just subjective generalisation and crystal ball gazing.Easily dismissed -as if you know the…future.

    • A pragmatic deal maker is my first qualities, politicians do not have th luxury of guiding principles. That is for the young people growing up so they become disaffected with idealism by the time their children have got through adolescence!

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  3. I don’t think it valid.

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  4. Difference #1. Thanks to New Statesman

    Take foreign policy – Corbyn’s preoccupation over his 33 years as an MP. Corbyn has never voted for military intervention, and has often marched against various British actions abroad. Compare this to Sanders. First, he has barely talked about foreign policy in his campaign – a pronounced difference in emphasis from Corbyn. And though he voted against the Iraq War (unlike Hillary Clinton), Sanders did back the intervention in Afghanistan and supports the maintenance of a US army presence in the country after the Obama presidency concludes. Sanders also voted for military action in the Balkans in 1999, which Corbyn opposed.

    Difference #2

    “It’s the same when it comes to Israel-Palestine. Corbyn’s position now he’s leader is slightly opaque – he says he supports Israel’s existence though was criticised for refusing to say the word “Israel” at a Labour conference event – but he has repeatedly advocated economic sanctions against the country. Which is a far cry from Sanders, who holds a relatively mainstream view: he opposes settlements and condemns bouts of Israeli violence while consistently advocating a two-state solution. And here’s a video from August 2014 in which Sanders, confronted at a town hall meeting by constituents asking him to condemn Israel’s actions in Gaza, tells one to “shut up” and lambasts Hamas (who Corbyn has called “friends”) for firing missiles into Israel from “populated areas”.”

    Furthermore

    “Add Hugo Chavez, the former Venezuelan president, into the mix – eulogised by Corbyn as a leader who “forged alliances to try to bring about a different narrative in world politics”, while Sanders preferred to remember “a dead Communist dictator” – and it’s clear that Sanders is no Corbynite peacenik, even if he is doveish by American standards”

    http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/elections/2016/02/no-bernie-sanders-not-america-s-jeremy-corbyn

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    • Blazer

       /  May 7, 2017

      its all just opinion and selective commentary.

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      • …and? Your counter? Do you have anything at all?

        Politics is about power.

        It’s about who has it, why they have it, what they use it for, who else wants it and how to go about getting it. Corbyn may be a catalyst for a good shake down in the U.K. Labour Party – and that is the best he can aspire to. As for the people, He brings nothing to those suffering from austerity and protects not a single job for the Unions . His leadership in the Commons is standing joke, he is extraordinarily weak and commands no respect.

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        • Blazer

           /  May 7, 2017

          but look…’His entire Presidency will be defined by this relationship.’…you are so full of your own opinion and mere assumptions.Would you have said the same about Bill English when he was leader before polling 22% that you have said about Corban?Get some balance FFS.

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          • What I mean is that THE PRESS will constantly be looking at his relationship and looking to see who is in charge. It always amuses me people think the French somehow more liberal.

            They are a pragmatic, conservative and judgmental people and deeply patriarchal.

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            • Blazer

               /  May 7, 2017

              I don’t accept they are conservative at all.I didn’t realise you were chanelling the MSM…your talents are many and ….questionable.

          • What has this to do with English and historic NZ Politics? Since you’re so exercised you’re now swearing at me anagramatically ( is that a word?) can I challenge you to step outside the Beehive for reference.

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            • Blazer

               /  May 7, 2017

              my main concern is always NZ ,NZ politics and NZ politicians….so saying ,in the western world left and right,Labour and Nat /Conservatives are directly comparable.You don’t accept this?

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