Corbyn surprises us all again. It seems he has outsmarted David Cameron on this, as Cameron will need Labour votes to secure support for military action by the UK.
He has also answered critics who claimed his anti-nuclear, diplomatic stance would leave the UK defenceless against warlike nations.
Jeremy Corbyn has signalled for the first time that Labour could support forms of military action in Syria without UN support if Russia blocks a security council resolution.
Taking a more flexible approach to UK military involvement in the Syrian civil war, the new statement urges David Cameron to try again to win support for a new UN resolution allowing military action, and affirms that the party supports the creation of safe zones within Syria to protect Syrians who have had to flee their homes.
The new stance, taking into account the unexpected Russian air campaign in Syria in defence of Assad, is also significant since it is the Labour policy with which the prime minister will have to work if he is to build a clear consensus in the Commons for further UK military action as part of a wider diplomatic plan.
Of course, this being a report in the Graun, there’s a fair amount of Corbyn-bashing too. The article states: “The new positions, an attempt to assert a collective shadow cabinet policy… follow a meeting … between Hilary Benn, Corbyn, the shadow lord chancellor, Lord Falconer, the shadow attorney general, Catherine McKinnell, the shadow defence secretary, Maria Eagle, and the shadow chief whip, Rosie Winterton.
“In a bid to underline this as the agreed Labour leadership position, Corbyn issued a brief statement, saying: ‘I met with shadow cabinet colleagues today and Hilary Benn is setting out the position today.'”
The intention, it seems, is to paint Corbyn as the hanger-on and shows desperation – on the part of the newspaper.
The reality is that Corbyn has seized the initiative on foreign policy and David Cameron is not only in a corner – he’s on the ropes.
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