1. Exquisite Tweets from @sjwrenlewis, @gsoh31, @SpinningHugo, @CarterPaddy, @CJFDillow, @Samfr, @mrianleslie

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    New post: There is only one alternative to Prime Minister Boris Johnson mainlymacro.blogspot.com/2019/07/there-… Corbyn may not be a great or even a particularly good leader, but it seems few in the media recognise he is the only viable opposition to the far right we have.

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    sjwrenlewis

    simon wren-lewis

  2. Good blog on why Bojo and No Deal could (and in the author's view should) bring the Labour coalition back together again. However... 1/2

    simon wren-lewis @mainlymacro.blogspot.com/2019/07/there-… Corbyn may not be a great or even a particularly good leader, but it seems few in the media recognise he is the only viable opposition to the far right we have.

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    gsoh31

    Glen O'Hara

    Three weaknesses. (1) Inappropriate analogy between Clinton's server and Labour's much wider cultural problem of bullying, discrimination. (2) Inappropriate use of 'context' towards the end of the blog - institutional problem resides in structure/ outlook, not raw numbers.

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    Glen O'Hara

    (3) Yes, strategically one might vote Labour to gain a vote to Remain. But this argument does not track the normative vector - that it is simply morally wrong to back such a party. Many voters may well feel thus. Yes, I know that's 3/3 not 2/2 - sorry.

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    Glen O'Hara

    The idea that the following is anything like HRC's propaganda disaster with the 'MSM' (whatever that means) just seems like a category error, and a vast error of scale: twitter.com/GnasherJew/sta…

    GnasherJew®גנאשר @UKLabour officials

    Labour was an anti-racist political party but then @jeremycorbyn became leader with his garbled world view of Israel, and like many of his fans, he can't differentiate from anti-Israel views & antisemitism

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    gsoh31

    Glen O'Hara

  3. It isn't good. The attempted analogy between the trivial Clinton email allegations, and the scandal that has engulfed Labour is deeply offensive.

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    SpinningHugo

    SpinningHugo

  4. gsoh31

    Glen O'Hara

    Good thread about that Simon Wren-Lewis blog, which is now on the New Statesman website as well.

    gsoh31

    Glen O'Hara

  5. New post: Reaction to “There is only one alternative to Prime Minister Boris Johnson” mainlymacro.blogspot.com/2019/07/reacti… Discussion of some of the reactions to my previous post.

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    sjwrenlewis

    simon wren-lewis

  6. SpinningHugo

    SpinningHugo

  7. The attempted analogy, without qualifying words, between the trivial Clinton emails issue, and the Labour anti-Semitism scandal. It was ill-judged.

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    SpinningHugo

    Sorry if you feel that way. I agree with @JasonCowleyNS as I said to S W-L in advance. It was careless, he isn't after all a professional journalist but a macroeconomist.

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    SpinningHugo

    SpinningHugo

  8. Blogged: Yes, Corbyn is the lesser of two evils: stumblingandmumbling.typepad.com/stumbling_and_… I agree with @sjwrenlewis with a couple of caveats.

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    CJFDillow

    Chris Dillow

  9. Major cut above the usual commentary on this, ofc. Clearly the answer in a perfect world is implied - keep some/ many of the Left macro (say), but jettison the clique with all the terrible baggage. BUT 1/2

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    gsoh31

    Glen O'Hara

    I don't see the comparator on this plane at all. Granted BoJo is a racist and a nasty piece of work - but where have other parties had two members of their gov body resigning/suspended, staff walking out, head of complaints accused of cover up then replaced by mate's daughter?

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    gsoh31

    Glen O'Hara

    (And all the endless other examples, e.g. reply to EHRC, sponsored attacks on same). This is why the numerical factor/ 'context' don't work - the institutional virus Labour has caught. Very different. 🤷‍♂️

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    gsoh31

    Glen O'Hara

  10. The problem with these arguments is they don't acknowledge that Corbyn and his advisers are the core problem. Why do you think he's making such an obvious "tactical blunder"? Because the alternative is to indict himself.

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    Samfr

    Sam Freedman

    Most of the high profile cases - Secker, Walker, Wilsman, Williamson etc - are friends of Corbyn and his circle not random bad eggs. I don't believe he disagrees with them. He's certainly has tried to protect them.

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    Samfr

    Sam Freedman

    Also - of course - it's not a straight choice between the different racisms of Johnson and Corbyn. Both Lib Dems and Greens are viable centre-left/left alternatives depending on preference.

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    Samfr

    Sam Freedman

  11. Exactly. It’s not just that Corbyn is failing to deal with the problem, it’s that he is the problem, he embodies it.

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    mrianleslie

    Ian Leslie