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Corbyn will never win power, but he could still be disastrous for Ireland

Published 17/09/2015 | 02:30

Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn (right) stands as the national anthem is sung during a service at St Paul's Cathedral in London to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 15, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Battle. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn (right) stands as the national anthem is sung during a service at St Paul's Cathedral in London to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 15, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Battle. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Britain matters. Our nearest neighbour is, in so many ways, still our single most important neighbour. As such, the election of an extremely unusual politician as leader of the British Labour party should be a matter of importance and relevance on this side of the Irish Sea.

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But in most ways it is less important than it might be. In only one very significant way is it particularly important.

Before discussing the one serious implication for Ireland, here's why Jeremy Corbyn's election matters much less than the hoopla would suggest: he won't be leader for very long and will never become prime minister. As he will never get to implement the policies he espouses, he is much less relevant than the British media's blanket coverage of his every utterance would suggest.

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