Thursday 8 December 2016

Corbyn could've stopped this war - now it'll be his epitaph

Mary Riddell

Published 03/12/2015 | 02:30

Jeremy Corbyn decided to let Labour MPs have a free vote on the question of extending air strikes to Syria
Jeremy Corbyn decided to let Labour MPs have a free vote on the question of extending air strikes to Syria

When momentous decisions are taken - and none is graver than committing one's country to war - it behoves politicians to seem wise.

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Or, if sagacity eludes them, they should at least behave with decorum. In showing itself incapable of either, Labour has proved unworthy of its constitutional role.

Yesterday, British fighters were mandated to bomb Syria in a fulfilment of David Cameron's long-held wish. Far from fully interrogating that decision, the opposition has degenerated into an orgy of in-fighting that would be unedifying at any time. Set against the backdrop of Syria's agony, the spectacle is sickening and scandalous.

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