Blairite core cuts itself adrift of Corbyn’s statesmanship – PLP lets it

The SKWAWKBOX

Jeremy Corbyn has a habit of being on the right side of history when it comes to military interventions. The past few days have been no different.

Where Tories, LibDems – and Tom Watson – fell over themselves in their haste to praise Donald Trump’s airstrike that killed nine civilians including four children, Corbyn took time to consider his response and then issued a statement that put him head and shoulders (and torso and thighs) above them for its measured, statesmanlike and perceptive qualities:

Tuesday’s horrific chemical attack was a war crime which requires urgent independent UN investigation and those responsible must be held to account. But unilateral military action without legal authorisation or independent verification risks intensifying a multi-sided conflict that has already killed hundreds of thousands of people.

What is needed instead is to urgently reconvene the Geneva peace talks and unrelenting international pressure for a…

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