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By Tubby Isaacs
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/15/war-with-iran-john-bolton-donald-trump-usa
With Bolton whispering in Trump’s ear, war with Iran is no longer unthinkable
Unthinkable, yeah. It was unthinkable that Trump (who attacked the Iran Deal furiously, and lies all the time) might go this way. "Dangerous" Hillary was the one to watch for.
 
By The Weeping Angel
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Tubby Isaacs wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 6:51 pm
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/15/war-with-iran-john-bolton-donald-trump-usa
With Bolton whispering in Trump’s ear, war with Iran is no longer unthinkable
Unthinkable, yeah. It was unthinkable that Trump (who attacked the Iran Deal furiously, and lies all the time) might go this way. "Dangerous" Hillary was the one to watch for.
John Pilger was another who pushed that line.
 
By The Weeping Angel
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Bring back Ed Milliband yep that'll solve Labour's current woes.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... referendum
It’s clear that Labour is now pivoting to a pro-referendum stance in backing a public vote on any deal parliament agrees. Corbyn privately knows it must be done. While there is some internal resistance within both his machine and the parliamentary party – and it’s easy to empathise with those who fear another referendum – the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, is among those pushing for a decisive shift in political strategy. That will surely succeed – the game is up here – even if there remains no majority in parliament for a referendum, but a political reorientation must be spelt out in primary colours, or the party might as well not bother. The mixed messages from leading figures must cease. When Corbyn eventually makes his big speech committing Labour to a new stance, it should be done with gusto and it should be unequivocal. It should mourn the passing of the party’s heartfelt attempt to bridge a divide made impossible by the Tories’ calamitous mishandling of the process; it should be clear that, left with a choice of no deal or another referendum, no alternative remains; and it should directly appeal to those leavers who have suffered most from Britain’s broken social order with a bold, compelling economic vision.

Another shake-up is surely overdue, too, and that is around the shadow cabinet table. Many of them are barely visible to the public; Corbyn surely needs more big hitters who can refocus the national debate on Labour’s currently marginalised priorities. The first suggestion is Ed Miliband. These column inches used to be filled with my despair over the timidity of that Labour era, but could New Labour ever have seamlessly transitioned to Corbynism? Miliband was the bridge between the two, as he acknowledges himself: a man who had the right diagnosis of Britain’s broken social order, but feared offering a genuinely courageous break with it, a man torn between the radicalism of his father and his time as a New Labour apparatchik. “He’s more leftwing privately than you think,” I was often told by those who knew him at the time, but he became too much of a prisoner of his woefully unambitious shadow chancellor, Ed Balls.
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