Syria – I am on a different page to the majority of MP’s

Looking at the complicated situation in Syria I can’t for the life of me see how the RAF dropping more bombs on it will do any good. Indeed, it will probably do more harm as innocent people will die as a consequence.

Sadly it seems that I am branded as a terrorist sympathiser (as is everyone else who opposes the bombing), by David Cameron, as I am highly sceptical of his plan and support those MP’s who oppose him. He has probably succeeded in gravely insulting a third or more of the British people by his crass and child-like remark in my opinion.

I am no pacifist yet I can’t support what seems to be a muddle-headed plan with little or no clear and potentially achievable military objective.

I am no socialist but the treatment of Jeremy Corbyn, who is a pacifist, has been appalling. How can you hate a man who promotes peace?

I know that the terrorists need to be confronted and defeated but please put a credible plan before us that stands a chance of achieving such a noble aim.

And as for Tim Farron, does he know something that the rest of his party, outside of the MP’s, do not? For all the world I would have expected Tim to have taken a similar position to that of the late great Charles Kennedy who stood against the Iraq war when no other political leader would do so.

The vote tonight will be not be a victory for anyone but it could well escalate tensions in the Middle East, ensure that innocent civilians are killed and it might even help the terrorists recruit more of their kind.

Oh, and don’t forget, the risks that our brave RAF crews will be running as we sit back and watch the unfolding story on our TV screens. They are already running those risks in Iraq of course.

Old McDonnell had a farce E-I-E-I-O

Old McDonnell had a farce
E-I-E-I-O
And in his farce he had a firm policy?
E-I-E-I-O
With supporting a Tory deficit policy here
And a left deficit denial policy there
Here a right, there a left
Everywhere a shambles
Old McDonnell had a farce
E-I-E-I-O

Old McDonnell had a farce
E-I-E-I-O
And in his farce he had internal opposition
E-I-E-I-O
With a deficit of Labour MP’s support here
And a desperate need to do a u-turn there
Here a policy panic, there an about-turn
Everywhere a shambles
Old McDonnell had a farce
E-I-E-I-O

Old McDonnell had a farce
E-I-E-I-O
And in his farce he & Jeremy faced a coup
E-I-E-I-O
With a threatened coup here
And a Leadership denial there
Here a right turn, there a left turn
Everywhere a shambles
Old McDonnell had a farce
E-I-E-I-O

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More on the dilemma that Labour MP’s face

I have been following, as readers of this blog site will know, the dilemma of Labour MP’s after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as their Leader. It is all too obvious that the vast majority of Labour MP’s did not want him as their Leader and they still don’t want him.

Yesterday of course the Labour Leadership via Shadow chancellor John McDonnell did a huge U turn and decided not to support the Tories financial planning for the public deficit, a plan they said they were going to support only a few days ago!

Also, have you noticed that Labour MP’s who do not support Jeremy Corbyn seem to express their loyalty to the Labour Party and not to their Leader? This has to end in tears.

So here we have a political party which its ordinary members and supporters now have a Leader they want, voted for by a huge majority and are loyal to. None of the other candidates came anywhere near presumably because Labour members thought they were all too far to the right. Yet the vast majority of Labour MP’s are backers of the 3 candidates who lost, or to put it bluntly got hammered, in the Leadership election.

My reading of this bizarre situation is that this is far from being a sustainable situation and that something has to give. In the real world of party politics the ‘give’ can only really be a coup by Labour MP’s or the MP’s who are not supportive of Jeremy Corbyn being deselected.

Which horse is Bill backing?

My letter to the Champion newspaper

Dear Sir,

So Bill Esterson MP has a new job working for Jeremy Corbyn as his small business shadow minister.

Is this the same Bill Esterson who on the 6th September 2015 said via Twitter “Only Andy [Burnham] can unite our party and win in 2020” and does Jeremy Corbyn know this?

Your sincerely

Tony Robertson

The Champion had not used this letter by the rime I published it on this blog site.

Corbyn/McDonnell – The Labour dilemma

Are Corbyn/McDonnell not already in danger of compromising their ‘hardish left’ views simply to keep the majority of right wing Labour MP’s on board?

Yes I know this question comes from me a Liberal opponent of Labour but never the less surely those right wing Labour MP’s have to be deselected (they did not want Corbyn and certainly did not vote for him) or Corbyn and this shadow chancellor McDonnell will have to continue to compromise what they believe in to keep them from rebelling.

Even then it won’t work though as those right wingers will see them off at the first opportunity because they only pledge their support to Labour not to Corbyn and his leadership people. Their first real attack will probably come after the local elections next May if Labour performs poorly.

My advice to socialists in the Labour Party is to do what happened to them in the Kinnock era or they will soon be back where they started with a new right wing Labour Leadership.

Guest Posting – Corbynomics and local political affiliations – Malcolm Gore writes

Maghull resident Malcolm Gore wrote this letter to the Champion newspaper

Dear Editor,
I found Bill Esterson’s pledge of 100% support for Jeremy Corbyn in last week’s Champion rather alarming.

Corbyn’s extremist views have been well documented recently in the press, his opposition to the monarchy, his willingness to share a platform with terrorist friends, his desire to axe our nuclear capability and probably the army as well, his stance on immigration and his ideas that the solution to any economic problems is to print money, which any A level economics student will tell you, leads to hyper-inflation, are disturbing. Even worse is the desire of his Shadow Chancellor to return to those “halcyon days ” of the 1970’s. Does this mean Bill now shares these views and would vote for them?

Like myself, Mr Esterson has publicly criticised our local councillors, who once elected, toe the party line to the determent of their own electorate, yet when he finds himself in similar circumstances he can’t wait to jump into the “party tent”. I feel sure the majority of hard working, long standing, Labour supporters in Sefton East, do not share these views. Surely it would do his credibility far more good ,to resign the party whip and fight for the mandate on which he was elected.

I fear he has spent too much time in Andy Burnham’s company, borrowing someone else’s “flip- flops” is unhealthy.

Malcolm Gore
Maghull Resident

It was not published in the following edition of 23rd September