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Old 05-01-2016, 20:09   #22
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Originally Posted by TheSultanOfShoeVomit View Post
I think the biggest problem I have with what you just said is that it sounds like you're advocating the usual pack of cronies... I felt that Corbyn wasn't going to offer that. Also, it's unsurprising how you prize policies when it suits you, but now seem to think that policies aren't enough and obedient support is required.
Far from it, I'm just stating the reality. You can't have a divided opposition. A bit of fallout after the leadership contest, fine, but months later and they're still openly talking like this is just a temporary thing they're putting up with. I'm not saying Corbyn has to surrender his principles and just appease his MPs, but one way or another he needs a united party and that starts with the cabinet.

I think he's given a lot of leeway and got very little back and a time will come, IMO, where he will need to decide to either trundle on with a cabinet that directly contradicts him in interviews (in an election campaign it's just a shambles) and hope the electorate somehow see through the fog and go for him. Or, he says to 'to hell with it' recognises sometimes kindness is weakness, and puts in his own dream team cabinet that will back him. Labour MPs will then have to put up or shut up. Risky, but ultimately as leader I think he's within his rights to have a cabinet he believe is the strongest leadership for the party. So far he's clearly giving them the benefit of the doubt and hoping they'll have healthy, private debates on policy, agree on positions and then be united publicly over them. So far it seems a distant ambition, where I think MPs are willing to make absolutely no compromise for their leader and the new membership, but also wish to remain as the voice of Labour on the radio and the TV.

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Also, it doesn't address that I don't need Owen Jones telling me how to think and that his writing is a false dilemma.
Well it's an opinion piece, and I think the false dilemma is apparent when you suggest you can do both, I don't think people have the enthusiasm or appetite to have the political agenda so full of things that everything gets equal attention, or wrath. It's evident that the Tory PR machine takes full advantage of Labour filling the headlines with their in-fighting.
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