Cameron’s air strike plan fails to convince – but will the public call on Corbyn to oppose it?


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has emailed party members, calling on them to say whether they think Labour should support David Cameron’s proposal for air strikes in Syria. He has asked for responses to be returned before Monday.

And other Labour MPs have appealed for their own constituents to contact them on the subject, so they can provide as democratic a response as possible, if and when the proposals are taken to a vote in Parliament. Blairites have accused these MPs of abandoning their responsibility, although This Writer is not sure exactly how they work that out.

By contrast, failed Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper has written to David Cameron, seeking clarification of some of the points he made in favour of air strikes in a Parliamentary debate during the week. How do we feel about that?

David Cameron is failing to convince the majority of Britons we should start an aerial bombardment of Islamic State in Syria, according to an exclusive Daily Mirror poll

Less than half the country supports his plan to bomb IS strongholds as early as next Tuesday – with the rest opposed or undecided.

48% back British air raids on the extremists, contrasted with 30% who want the RAF to stay out of the fight, and 21% who don’t know.

But an overwhelming majority – 59% believe sending Tornado warplanes into action over Syria will increase the risk of terrorists inflicting carnage in the UK.

Britain currently only strikes IS targets in Iraq, but the Prime Minister wants to widen action so our warplanes can pound the militants in their Syrian heartlands.

Source: David Cameron fails to convince public to back strikes against ISIS in Syria – Mirror Online

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3 thoughts on “Cameron’s air strike plan fails to convince – but will the public call on Corbyn to oppose it?

  1. daijohn

    Apart from the Syrian Air force we also have Russia, France, Turkey, Israel, Canada, Australia, Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE all joining in the bombing party over Syria. Isn’t it faintly ridiculous that Cameron insists we must join in, are we going to make any difference?
    Syria has a limited airspace and it seems to me that we are more in danger from confusion, friendly fire and other cock-ups than anything else, Turkey has already started the ball rolling by shooting down a Russian aircraft.

    A sortie of two Tornados with two a Typhoon escort will cost million quid a go – what will it achieve?

  2. Jon Effemey

    So why weren’t those oil fields bombed months ago. The oil transfer blocked and the Kurds given proper support as the main effective fighting force there. More the Untouchables and Dirty Harry less Chuck Norris and Star Ship Troopers. Plus Anonymous cutting off 3800 Twitter accounts and replacing Isis websites with viagra adverts…CIA? MI5? Plus the “antiques” from the temples going out, and the wheat and the people coming in. Russia and Iran support Assad, the Turks support their own people the Turkomans and fight the Kurds, The Kurds are given air support by the US.
    Isis has become very good at hiding when the bombs fall and maybe the Russians did kill some Isis fighters but many children were killed too…
    So who bombs what and why? If there any co ordination of any kind out there….Isis would like nothing better than Gulf War 3.
    The British Isis guy who was killed by a focused drone attack makes sense…
    So follow the money and close that down…choke down their internet and web presence seal off the borders (Turkey??? mostly) Cut off the snakes head and starve them of oxygen all the way round….somehow…somehow (and after the Turks shooting down the Russian Jet that seems impossible) get some co ordinated action.
    Listen to Rabbi Jonathan Sachs and his views on the ancient kingdom of Moorish Spain.
    123456789 that come to Europe via the Arabs from India…this lot are an extreme version of an extreme version of the Sunni faith the Wahhabism from Saudi Arabia. Basically Branch Davidian meets the Mafia and sets up a fully functioning state with a brand image that seems to match Goggle
    If any of what i have laid out here is discussed, especially taking out the crude oil sites I will be very much surprised.
    I would say yes to an armed attack if i saw any logic…but there seems none so the answer is no for the moment.

  3. mohandeer

    Britain has so far been fighting under the US umbrella. This has been a terrible blow for the Syrian civilians since most of the bombing despite CENTCOM’s claim to the contrary, has not hit ISIS and only one success against ISIL (Raqqa – an arms cache next to the athletics field under the stadium). The reason that IS has not attacked the US is because Washington has never actually hit any IS targets and the US will VETO any UN attempt to form a coalition against IS within a special assembly.

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