Sunday, 10 December 2017

Brexit Breakdown

If you want negotiation done properly, then you need trade unionists to do it. The Government's claim to want something like CETA, only even more so, will unite the Labour Party like nothing in years. There are people in Labour who want Brexit, and there are people who do not. But none of them wants this. 

Meanwhile, the wholesale capitulation of Theresa May and of John Major's erstwhile Europe Minister, David Davis, is being hailed as a triumph by the supposed Brexiteers on the Conservative benches. Those truly of that mind number barely the couple of dozen that opposed Maastricht, several of them are the same individuals, and none of them stands any more chance of becoming Leader than Tony Marlow ever did.

The Gathering Stormzy

Stormzy is one of the cleverest people in this country, and if he is not already one of the most powerful, then he very soon will be. Not only is he best mates with the biggest pop star in the world, but he is gym buddies with Prince William (who is a brave 35-year-old, to work out with a man of 24), and he is so close to Jeremy Corbyn that he appears on entirely serious lists of Britain's most influential left-wingers.

No one does self-preservation like the Royal Family, and no one understands better that real power, perhaps especially in Britain, lies in controlling popular culture. That was how they more than survived the United Kingdom's nearest thing to a republican Government, New Labour. And now, with Corbyn's having ruled out any attempt to give effect to his republicanism while little things like poverty and war were still to be addressed, the new Court Party is taking shape nicely.

Indeed, it is already winning. The late-middle-aged, middle-middle-class voices and faces of the semi-suburban Home Counties can release Industrial Strategies if they please, only to be upstaged by Royal Engagements announced on the same day. Those voices and faces fail to attain, or to induce, even Tolstoy's definition of boredom as "the desire for desires".

But elsewhere, beautifully and brilliantly elsewhere, there are pop stars, and princes, and Jeremy Corbyn.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

A 2018 General Election?

I know that I said a few days ago that it was unlikely. But never bet against anything these days. My trial has been delayed until 11th April, a year after the so-called conclusive evidence supposedly turned up, while they purport to be looking for that or any other evidence against me. They have yet to find any. Really, though, this is so that my trial will either be after a General Election that I would therefore find it difficult to contest, or else so close to one as effectively to preclude my candidacy.

I wish that I had stood this year. I would not have won. But I would have taken enough votes to ensure that Laura Pidcock was elected with fewer than 50 per cent of the total. That might have restrained her a little, which would have been good for all concerned. The Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats might also have felt emboldened to challenge the fact that she had clearly given an false address on the paperwork. Whatever the outcome of that, then it, too, might have cooled her  head a little, and stayed her tongue. Most people now expect this to be a Conservative seat within three electoral cycles. Ho, hum, I shall be well over 50 by then.

This seat could do with an MP from the Left who was capable of political co-operation and personal friendship with people of all political allegiances and none, who was unsullied by any connection to the present Leadership of Durham County Council, and whom it was impossible to imagine describing the third or more of this constituency that voted Conservative in 2017 as "the enemy". That phrase recalls Margaret Thatcher's attitude to the miners.

But I wish Laura no ill. I intend to vote Labour at the next General Election. I assert that the following is an accurate summary of her view: "It is blatantly obvious that David Lindsay is innocent, that there is absolutely no evidence against him, that the charge against him should be dropped, that the complaint against him should be withdrawn, and that any and all Police files on him should be closed." She is free to deny that that is an accurate summary of her view. Until that time, however, it stands as such. And why, therefore, would I stand against her?

Unproductive?

Feel free to give this disabled person a hand up, Philip Hammond. Or, indeed, anyone else.

Out of Turkey by Christmas

Why are there still American nuclear weapons in Turkey? I loathe the regime there, but it could at least walk the walk of which it talks. The Trump Administration must face the geopolitical consequences of its clod-hopping into Jerusalem.

The Speech of The Year

Heard around the world. Well, except in BBC Land, obviously. Today's main news here in the non-call-up of a cricketer. In December.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Weak and Stable

And so Theresa May gives the EU everything that it had wanted, in one case on the say-so of the DUP, in the other cases, well, just anyway. But it has taken her eight months to do it. And we are in for another four and a half years of this style of government, if “government” be the word.

But there is still room for co-operation with people of all parties and none, in order to implement Theresa May’s original Prime Ministerial agenda of workers’ and consumers’ representation in corporate governance, of shareholders’ control over executive pay, of restrictions on pay differentials within companies, of an investment-based Industrial Strategy and infrastructure programme, of greatly increased housebuilding, of action against tax avoidance, of a ban on public contracts for tax-avoiding companies, of a cap on energy prices, of banning or greatly restricting foreign takeovers, of a ban on unpaid internships, and of an inquiry into Orgreave, while returning to her world-leading record of work against human trafficking and modern slavery, now that slavery has returned to Libya.

Meanwhile, we need the negotiation of Brexit in the Welsh, Northern and working-class interests that delivered the result in its favour, including the extra £350 million per week for the National Health Service, something that needs to be written into the Statute Law.

All the while rejoicing that the workers, and not the liberal bourgeoisie, were now the key swing voters who deserved direct representation on local public bodies, on national public bodies, in the media, and at the intersection of the public and media sectors in the Parliamentary Lobby, in the BBC, in any future structure of the Channel Four Television Corporation, in any arrangement that made possible Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition of the whole of Sky News, and so on.

Make it happen.

Sipping Away My Last Gold Star?

With the blocks to one side,
The beach on the other,
And the trees and the leaves

As Michael Portillo, a strong supporter of Israel over many decades, said on last night's This Week, the far larger, modern, coastal Tel Aviv, with its major international airport, is simply a far better capital for the modern State of Israel than Jerusalem is.

Jerusalem was "the eternal capital of the Jewish people" long before there was a State of Israel, it would have been even if there had never been any such State, and it will be after that State has gone the way of them all. That is the thing about being eternal. Something that States are not, and they cannot be run as if they were.

Flying Into Downing Street On A Persian Carpet?

Good luck to Boris Johnson in Iran. He ought to refuse to leave without Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. But he is only doing this so that he can launch his bid for the Leadership of the Conservative Party on the tarmac upon his return. Otherwise, either he or Theresa May would have done it weeks ago. As Jeremy Corbyn ought also to have done. As someone certainly ought to have done. Had I been a Member of Parliament, then I would have done this during the recent parliamentary recess. Why did none of them do that? They cannot all have children to consider.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Keeping Up Momentum

In the face of a planned picket, and not one of your middle-class kind, the National Coal Mining Museum for England has confirmed that it will not be hosting a Conservative Party event.

That would have been perfectly scandalous before there had been an inquiry into Orgreave. That inquiry was promised by Theresa May when she became Prime Minister. Come on, then. It is time for justice.

And there are still plenty of places to picket. Top of the list at the moment is 3 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ, which is the seat of the Electoral Commission. The homes addresses of the Commissioners, and of the Executive and Management Team, ought not to be too hard to find, either.

Invisibly Reassembling

Boris Johnson tells us that Islamist terrorism ought not to be considered an existential threat to Britain, the biggest shift in policy in at least 16 years. Meanwhile, however, Gavin Williamson has been torn to shreds on the law by Ken Macdonald and on security by Pauline Neville-Jones. Willamson is a barely half-educated foghorn down the pub. But he knows the truth about sexual harassment. So he is the Secretary of State for Defence. Heaven help us all.

The other of Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse's Self Righteous Brothers is John Woodcock, who wishes to extend detention without charge (not trial, but charge) beyond even the 14 day that are already seven times longer than in Donald Trump's America, and more than three times longer than in Vladimir Putin's Russia. Woodcock owes his parliamentary seat to Theresa May, whose decision to call a General Election this year delayed his deselection. But he is now merely detained without charge.

No doubt Woodcock applauds the decision to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He probably thought that it was already there. But while a tiny handful of tiny states may follow suit, even that is unlikely. This marks the bitter end of American leadership in the world.  America is now in a position comparable to that of those who oppose the One China Policy. It also has to choose between its actual allies, however repulsive, in Turkey, Egypt and the Gulf, and Israel, which is not in point of fact an American ally at all, but whose meddling in American politics has now endangered every American citizen in the world.

Momentum Stalled?

If there are any charges, or even if there are not, then remember that they never charged numerous people from the 2015 General Election who freely admitted to having overspent such as to have made the difference between a hung Parliament and an overall majority. I have it on impeccable authority that Momentum only has £10,000. But it also has Twitter, Facebook, and enthusiasm.

Both the Conservatives and the Blairites were so convinced that a three-figure Conservative majority would be the end of Jeremy Corbyn that they are convinced that the eventual result, which some of us predicted, must have been the result of cheating. In fact, though, that was the result in 2015, as no one denies, but which the Crown Prosecution Service sees as not a matter of public interest.

"We rely on hundreds of thousands of dedicated council workers who go the extra mile in keeping our children safe," declares a letter bearing the name of Simon Henig, among many other shameless characters terrified for their positions now that there is a Labour Party.

I am told that there is now little chance that a figure of the extreme right-wing Labour machine on Durham County Council could expect the Labour nomination at North Durham when Kevan Jones retired, and in fact more chance that Kevan might be leaving sooner than he had anticipated. But Carl Marshall needs to know this: if he does not want me to contest every election that he did for the rest of his life or mine, whichever ended sooner, then he knows what he has to do.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

April Shower

I knew that I would not be spending Christmas in prison. I now know that I shall not be spending Easter in prison, either. My trial has been put back to 11th April next year. I was charged on 13th April this year, having been arrested on 14th March. The judge was no happier than I was, but the Crown Prosecution Service is still insisting on two or three days to try no evidence whatever, including further no evidence whatever that they profess to need another four months, over and above the eight months that they have already had and the ninth month that the Police had before that, in order to uncover.

Certain public figures received one of those unhinged communications which they receive very regularly, and a highly ambitious councillor, whose identity is common knowledge in these parts, took the opportunity to curry favour with those in a position to arrange the Labour nomination for a certain safe seat when the sitting MP retires, by using that communication to seek to remove an outspoken and, though I say so myself, an energetic opponent of the local municipal Labour machine. 

But this has now gone on for an outrageous length of time, entirely at public expense, and there are now, unlike in the first instance, credible threats to the safety of numerous people, including me, but more to the point including teenagers. Those threats have not been not been posted once, from Durham or thereabouts, and referring to a local dispute. They have been posted at least twice, from thousands of miles away, from a country that I have never visited, and referring to major international conflicts. This needs to end. That councillor needs to withdraw the complaint. Or, frankly, expect to face me at the polls when that opportunity next presents itself.

More broadly, we need reversal of the erosion of trial by jury and of the right to silence, reversal of the existing reversals of the burden of proof, abolition of conviction by majority verdict (which, by definition, provides for conviction even where there is reasonable doubt), extension throughout the United Kingdom of the Scots Law requirement for corroborating evidence, requirement that the prosecution present its case within three months of charge or else that case be dismissed, abolition of the admission of anonymous evidence other than from undercover Police Officers, exclusion of the possibility of conviction on anonymous evidence alone, restoration of the provision that no acquitted person should ever have to stand trial again for the same offence (the previous change to this having now done its job in the Stephen Lawrence case), a return to preventative policing based on foot patrols, Police Forces at least no larger than at present, restoration of the pre-1968 committal powers of the magistracy, restoration of the pre-1985 prosecution powers of the Police, restoration of the network of police stations and police houses placing the Police at the very heart of their communities, and disbandment of MI5 in favour Police Officers who, while highly specialised, were nevertheless part of accountable community policing. Among very much else besides. Make it happen.

Impact Assessment

It is not difficult to assess the impact of the unfolding shambles and fiasco that is David Davis and all his works, or lack of them. He could have been one of the great campaigning backbenchers. But he should never have been a Minister. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is writing articles for The Sun attacking online campaigns against The Sun, because, as the Foreign Secretary with responsibility neither for Brexit nor for International Trade, he has nothing else to do.

Nor is it difficult to assess the impact on the electorate of the realisation that the Prime Minister can now be called to heel like a dog, and publicly humiliated on the international stage, by the DUP. That party ought to stand candidates anywhere, and I do mean anywhere at all, in England, Scotland or Wales, purely in order to see the results.

Are most of the DUP's voters even in favour of Brexit, an issue that has little or nothing to do with how people vote in parliamentary elections? Just as the majority opinion in Scotland is to remain both in the United Kingdom and in the European Union, yet the only party of that mind has all of four seats out of 59, so the majority opinion in Northern Ireland is the same, yet is represented by precisely one out of 18 MPs, and Sylvia Hermon is an Independent.

For two years now, we have been told that the country was crying out for a pro-EU party of the liberal "centre". This year, such a party contested every seat in Great Britain. It won 12 out of 650 seats, with 7.4 per cent of the vote.

For far longer, we have been told that the country was crying out for a populist party to the right of the Conservatives. This year, such a party contested every seat in Great Britain. It won none of the 650 seats, not even the one that it had already held following the defection of the Conservative incumbent, and it took a whopping 1.8 per cent of the vote. Its 594,068 votes in the entire country were not even three times the attendance at the Durham Miners' Gala a few weeks later.

UKIP's was a populism without that most vital of ingredients, popularity. Meanwhile, the Conservatives toyed with bringing back grammar schools and foxhunting, and they duly lost their overall majority. That toying was the impact, and that loss was the assessment.

Olympic Games

None of this would be happening if Hillary Clinton had won. We are on the brink of all-out wars because of her petulance and that of her spoilt, over-entitled supporters. But I do hope that President Putin will not prevent Russian athletes from competing in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Sporting boycotts seem cruel to very young people whose chance to compete at a certain level may come only once or twice in a lifetime.

If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem

Having your embassy in a different city from everyone else's would be just plain daft. But in any case, Jerusalem will never be the capital of anywhere, except perhaps of itself. The final status agreement will put the Palestinian capital at Ramallah, and the Israeli capital at Tel Aviv, with Jerusalem as an undivided city under some kind of UN authority, as if it had not already suffered enough. Thus would it be everyone's, and thus in turn would it be no one's, with untrammelled access to all of the holy sites for anyone who wanted to visit them.

For yes, Jerusalem is, among other things, "the eternal capital of the Jewish people". But there is no argument that it ought therefore to be the capital of the modern State of Israel. To suggest so would amount to the greatest annexation of them all, the annexation of every Jew in the world, past, present and future. But just as one fifth of Israeli citizens are not Jewish, predominating in half of the territory within the pre-1967 borders and growing at a very high rate, so well under half of the world's Jews are Israeli. And that is before counting the Jews who died before 1948, and who were very much part of the eternal Jewish people.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Fares Fair

The biggest hike in rail fares in five years will be coming next month, with an average increase of 3.4 per cent. With the cost of HS2 diverted to reconnecting many towns to the rail network, we need the renationalisation of the rail services as each franchise came up for renewal, and thus at no cost, as the backbone of a rebuilt network of public transport, eventually free at the point of use, and prior to that requiring the approval of the House of Commons for any increase in fares. Make it happen.

Regulatory Alignment

Theresa May never needed to offer the DUP anything at all. She should simply have told them that if they did not back her, then they could go home and explain why John McDonnell was Chancellor of the Exchequer. But instead, she gave them more money than anyone in particular would have got out of McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn. And are they grateful? Are they gracious? Are they hell! Spoilt children never are, and once you have paid the Danegeld, then you never get rid of the Dane.

The last Conservative Prime Minister was dependent on the Lib Dems, and the one before that survived by playing off what were then Northern Ireland's two Unionist parties and one maverick Unionist MP on a vote-by-vote basis, night after night for years. Lo and behold, 20 and more years later, they are back. Once you have paid the Danegeld, then you never get rid of the Dane.

But at least half of the hardcore Leavers on the Labour benches are also hardcore United Irelanders, and most of those on the Conservative benches would place withdrawal from the EU above the Union or anything else, so May could pass the Brexit deal of her choice with no more than 50 votes against it, and quite possibly with fewer than 30. There might even be a referendum on it across the United Kingdom, with Northern Ireland told to take or leave the result, even if that meant taking or leaving the Union.

That said, the DUP is lucky (as, in the other direction, were the Lib Dems) to be dealing with one of the two types of Conservative Leader, rather than with the other. David Cameron was the kind that is economically and militarily as hawkish as anyone could possibly imagine, while also being the most socially liberal figure in British politics, and that is saying quite something.

Whereas May is the kind that barely notices the outside world while making socially conservative noises that never come to anything despite the impression that Leader spends the evening sewing samplers to the sound of all of the Queen's Christmas Messages on a continuous loop, and while being economically well to the left of 80 per cent of Labour MPs. It will be interesting to see whether the requirement to have a more left-wing economic policy than most of the Parliamentary Labour Party will remain the requirement for even the mildest social conservatism into the next, Corbyn-dominated Parliament. Very probably so.

For be in no doubt, Corbyn will dominate whether or not he wins. Already, in a period of Conservative Government, High Street brands apologise publicly and profusely for having dared to advertise in The Sun and the Daily Mail. I am not necessarily happy about that, but there it is. No governing party, never mind any Opposition, has ever had anything approaching that level of cultural dominance. In such an environment, precisely what Conservative legislation in the post-Thatcher sense, including many measures of the type that New Labour introduced against the votes of Corbyn and McDonnell, would be possible even if anyone wanted to propose it? And that is before the next General Election.

Corbyn ought to bypass and blindside his enemies at The Guardian and the BBC, by saying that he would support Rupert Murdoch's acquisition of the whole of Sky, provided that The Sun were moved entirely online and placed behind a paywall, and provided that Tom Watson and someone from Unite or Momentum were appointed to the Board of Sky. Any dissent would then be confined to a dwindling band of Labour MPs who had previously kissed Murdoch's feet for an entire political generation.

Notice the shift in the editorial positions of The Sun, the Daily MailThe Times and the Daily Telegraph over the course of that generation. Not the party allegiance, but the reasons for it. Newspapers that took those titles' respective lines from the early to middle 1990s could not conceivably exist in Britain today. But, by contrast, the editorial positions of The Guardian, the Daily Mirror and the Morning Star are just as they were then: liberal, Old Labour Right, Left. Yet still, in a period of Conservative Government, High Street brands now apologise publicly and profusely for having dared to advertise in The Sun and the Daily Mail, so far. Think on.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Court and Circular

I still have to turn up to Durham Crown Court at 10 o'clock on Wednesday morning, 6th December. But only to be told what my new trial date is going to be, doubtless well into 2018, and thus anything up to a year after I was arrested, perhaps even a year after I was charged. They have nothing. Nothing. But they are determined to spin out this shameful and shameless political hit job to the last possible moment. In the meantime, please give generously to the reason why they are determined to take me down, which is the reason why I am determined that they never will.

Museum Peace First

I do a lot of cross-party and non-party work. But it is perfectly scandalous of the National Coal Mining Museum for England to host a Conservative Party event before there has been an inquiry into Orgreave. That inquiry was promised by Theresa May when she became Prime Minister. Come on, Prime Minister (as you are, whether I like it or not). Come on, Amber Rudd. It is time for justice.

Customs Union

Northern Ireland can leave the European Union on terms acceptable to the United Kingdom, or it can leave the United Kingdom.

Don't Look Back In Anger

I'll be a Britpop boy to my dying breath. The Golden Summer of 1995 was right in the middle of my time as a Sixth Former. But Noel Gallagher's heyday was before 2022's first time voters were born. The idea that Jeremy Corbyn's appeal to youth can be undermined by the intervention of this 50-year-old is the most hilarious indictment of Corbyn's desperate enemies.

Panoramic Vision

So, the "Russian bots and trolls" were right all along about the "Free Syrian Army"? Who'd have thought it?

Leading Ladies

Fight on, Angela Rayner and Emily Thornberry. You are fighting for a lot of us.

I have never been any kind of Marxist. Until the infamous abstention on the Welfare Bill, I advocated only a second preference vote for Jeremy Corbyn, with a first preference vote for Andy Burnham. I always supported Tom Watson for Deputy Leader, and I still do; when Angela Rayner becomes Leader, then the balance that Jeremy and Tom provide each other would most obviously be provided by Angela and by my old university drinking companion, Jonathan Ashworth.

I am not a member of Momentum, although I do advocate joining it, along with the Labour Party and the Co-operative Party. I am a member of the Fabian Society, and I was recently a candidate, albeit an unsuccessful one, for its Executive Committee. Progress still sends me its magazine, so I must still be on its books somehow. I have had links to Blue Labour for as long as it has existed, to such an extent that John Milbank wrote the preface to my first book, while he and Maurice Glasman wrote commendations of my second. I regret that its Nottingham conferences are no longer held.

Although I am not in any ideological sense a Zionist, and although I am extremely critical of the present Israeli Government, of Israel's anti-British terrorist origins, of Israel's atrocity against the USS Liberty, of Israel's arming of Argentina during the Falklands War, and of Israel's persistent interference in the internal affairs of the Conservative and Labour Parties, I am wholly resigned to the simple existence of the State of Israel, dating as it does from the same year as the Empire Windrush, and I am only a qualified supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, in that academic and cultural boycotts strike me as contrary to the nature of scholarship, art and science, while sporting boycotts seem cruel to very young people whose chance to compete at a certain level may come only once or twice in a lifetime. 

There are a lot of us about.

Where This One Ends

"We've seen it all before, and we know where this one ends," we converts sometimes tell cradle Catholics about liberalisation. We have, and we do. But some of us have also seen other things before. We always knew about Damian Thompson. And we could have guessed, anyway. Self-conscious traditionalism and the unassimilated, unassimilable old school of male homosexual separatism. We've seen it all before, and we know where this one ends.

Closing Frame

Late on Saturday evening, ITV showed 1988's Rambo III. The closing frame declared that, "This film is dedicated to the gallant people of Afghanistan." But the original version of that frame is here:


Whatever happened to "the brave Mujahideen fighters of Afghanistan"? By what unmentionable name are they now known?

Vocative Case

This has not been published in the Northern Cross, but here it is:

Another year, another Patronal Festival here at Lanchester, and another outing for the Happytudes. Useful though the Jerusalem Bible’s footnotes are, the text itself is atrocious. I know that they are really supposed to translate the liturgical books exactly as they are. But at the very least, could someone not reissue the RSV Edition of the Missal?

After all, the Ordinary of the Mass has now been translated accurately, giving the Modern Rite a fair go in the English-speaking world for the first time. Thus, among many other blessings, we do now say “Blessed” where the frightful old rendition insisted on “Happy”, as in “Blessed are those who are called to the supper of the Lamb” (“Beati qui ad cenam Agni vocati sunt”), rather than the gravely inadequate “Happy are those [never mind “Happy are we”] who are called to His supper”. Yet, when it comes to the Beatitudes, we are still living in the long-faded summer of 1968. It is time to let the sunshine in.

Meanwhile, as the seasons turn, we are doubtless to be treated again to the following: “Like a sea without a shore, love divine is boundless. Time is now and evermore, and His love surrounds us.” What does that mean? What does it mean? It does not mean anything at all. Catholic hymnody also includes endless little examples of dumbing down, often to the brink of doctrinal error, not only of lyrics by Protestants, but sometimes even of those by Catholics which continue to appear in their original forms in Protestant hymnbooks. There, you will also find the continued use of the vocative case, against which Catholic editors have a merciless vendetta.

Who Goes Home?

If anyone knows about unelectability, then it is Roy Hattersley. A good writer, he was never a good politician, but he now expects a continuing political role even after having retired from the House of Lords. He lauds the supposed moderation of those who gave us the Private Finance Initiative and the Iraq War. But PFI was the work of the former Militant Alan Milburn, and of Militant’s economic guru, the late Andrew Glyn.

If Momentum is now as dominant as Hattersley claims, then it is its enemies who are a party within the Labour Party. British politics has long been prey to entryism. Hattersley defends the nominally Labour Haringey Council, whose social cleansing policies are denounced in George Osborne’s Evening Standard. Thatcherism arose on the outermost individualist fringe of the tiny Liberal Party. New Labour arose on the outermost Eurocommunist fringe of a Communist Party that had already dissolved itself.

But those in Margaret Thatcher’s own party who have since produced Theresa May did eventually bring down Thatcher. Ostensibly, that was over a European policy that, as a policy rather than as a tone, did not change with her departure. But it was really because of the mass opposition to the Poll Tax, an opposition that had been organised by Militant. And Tony Blair was eventually removed by his own party. Can anyone remember the official reason? But the real reason was of course the mass opposition to the Iraq War, an opposition that had been organised by those to the left of Labour who are often now in it, and who are all very close to Jeremy Corbyn. Think on.