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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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