It is sad to see Mr Walker adding to the chorus of vested interests alarmed by the vibrantly supported Labour leader.

Contrary to what he says in the Mail, senior figures in the Labour Party do not spend time attacking backbench MPs for expressing opinions. They – the deplorable Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson in particular – reserve their fire for Jeremy Corbyn.

The right-wing and advertisement dependent press, fed by major and minor political figures such as MP Simon Danczuk (Daily Mail), are spending a great deal of time trying to undermine this threat to vested interests in political, financial and arms trading circles.

corbyn graphicNot true of principled Conservatives of course.

Diane Abbott will be speaking for many when she expressed revulsion at the thought of anyone condoning air-strikes, which are slaughtering innocents in thousands world-wide and creating anger amongst the young who will turn to ISIS and other terrorist groups because of the slaughter which we condone.

Should Ms Abbott have remained silent?

Strategically yes, because she has given the Yardley MP a chance to appear as an injured victim.

But she has opted to serve in an administration based on free exchange of views, on upholding honesty and peace-loving values, rather than towing the party line and being ‘whipped’ into submission.

Ben Okri has been inspired to write by Corbyn’s leadership. His poem ends:

We dream of a new politics
That will renew the world
Under their weary suspicious gaze.
There’s always a new way,
A better way that’s not been tried before.

To continue on a more positive plane, turn from Jess Philips and Simon Danczuk to the inspiring new MPs – amongst them: Richard Burgon, MP for Leeds East, Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South, Becky Long-Bailey, MP for Salford & Eccles, Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan and Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton.

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