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I strongly doubt that if he gets the chance Jeremy Corbyn would do anything but form a purely Labour minority government, based on the existing shadow cabinet and excluding most of the more talented Labour MPs.

Corbyn and his ideological allies are a small slice of the political spectrum and this will be their one and only chance of power.

Corbyn has his own Brexit policy, which the other opposition groups would not agree to. Corbyn will no doubt apply for a Brexit extension, but wants the chance to negotiate a Labour Brexit. It has taken extreme pressure within the Labour Party, to get grudging acceptance there should be another referendum on Brexit eventually.

by Gary J on Fri Sep 6th, 2019 at 07:26:52 PM EST
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But as the last two occupants of no.10 have shown, real power lies elsewhere at the moment. Any minority administration Corbyn might form now would have a very limited lifespan and a mandate to do 1 or at most 2 things: Request A.50 extension, and (perhaps) prepare legislation for a second referendum.

You can be sure that Lib Dem and dissident Tory MPs will be very vigilant in ensuring no "socialist" policy making or legislation is attempted. The one area where the government might be given some latitude is to negotiate "better" terms for both Remain and Brexit with the EU.

As I have suggested in my Diary, that could include a more social democratic policy input into a joint programme for EU "reform" with the Commission. The fact that any such programme would require Commission, Council and EU Parliament approval would, in itself, severely restrict its policy scope and ambition, especially in a leftist direction.

If Corbyn wants real power to implement a socialist agenda, he will have to win an overall majority in an election first, and at the moment he couldn't do so without at least some track record of success in Government and some measure of cooperation with other opposition parties.

Perhaps I am giving him more credit for vision and pragmatism than he deserves. We shall see.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Sep 6th, 2019 at 07:39:43 PM EST
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Corbyn's majority party in both chambers will have to modify quite a number of laws. Or they can run about chanting with pitchforks to purge Corbyn apostates.

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by Cat on Sat Sep 7th, 2019 at 04:08:02 PM EST
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