Corbyn’s No to the nuclear button marks the beginning of the end of his leadership
This is a new email message about a new blog post on Ephems, at http://www.barder.com/4541, “Corbyn’s No to the nuclear button marks the beginning of the end of his leadership“. There I argue that Jeremy Corbyn’s recklessly honest public declarations that as prime minister he would never press the UK’s nuclear button pre-empt the Labour party’s debate and decision on Trident renewal and the nuclear deterrent. The majority of the parliamentary Labour party won’t be able to accept Mr Corbyn’s position, some out of conviction, some because of the certainty that the UK electorate will not elect to government a party whose leader would have taken the deterrence out of the deterrent. I record my own belief that Trident wastes billions of pounds of public money and distorts rational defence spending, but recognise that for the foreseeable future public opinion will not agree to scrap it and will not elect a party whose leader is committed to making it ineffective. Mr Corbyn’s position is now untenable, and his unnecessary, unvarnished “No” must mark the beginning of the end of his leadership.
For the full statement of all this, please visit http://www.barder.com/4541, and please write any comments, whether critical, outraged or positive, at the bottom of http://www.barder.com/4541, not in reply to this email (unless your comments are purely personal). But please comment, if at all, on what you see as the implications for his party leadership of Mr Corbyn’s position on the use of the UK nuclear deterrent, not on the pros and cons of Trident, which are not the subject of the blog post.
Greetings from a late Indian summer in Wandsworth, south London
1 October 2015