Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

Military action is not the answer for Aleppo

by Mike Phipps and Liz Davies.

What is happening in Aleppo is a human rights calamity. It’s impossible to watch the footage without wanting to do something, immediately. That leads some on the left to surprising positions. Disrupting Jeremy Corbyn’s speech on December 10 did nothing to help civilians in Aleppo; it diverted attention from the important pledges he made on women […]

Taking a closer look at Hilary Benn’s “electrifying” speech

by David Pavett.

Hilary Benn’s Commons speech in the Syria debate on 2 December has received high praise from right wing politicians and the media. It has been variously described as “one of the great speeches of the House of  Commons” (Phillip Hammond), a “tour de force” (Tony Blair), “electrifying” (Andrew Rawnsley in the Observer) and “politically elevating” […]

Benn speech: a fine masterclass in dressing up an intellectual and political collapse

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

It doesn’t take much to be Labour’s leader-in-waiting these days. There’s David Miliband, failed leadership candidate and proud former owner of a 0.5% contact rate. Dan Jarvis is another – a distinguished military service makes him a front runner regardless of what he says and does. And there is Hilary Benn, the man who electrified […]

The Cameron “plan” for Syria

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

While the contributions ring out in the House last night, Dave’s scheme for Syria has finally taken on some flesh. Well, that assertion is perhaps too generous. Vapours would be more accurate. But a plan of sorts exists, which is more than bombing for appearance’s sake, or bombing and hoping for the best. Dave’s grand strategy […]

Syria “rebels” listed in full

by Newsdesk.

The 66 Labour MPs who voted with the Government on the main motion to support “taking military action, specifically airstrikes, exclusively against ISIL in Syria” represented well under a third of the 231 current Labour members of Parliament. They included 11 out of 28 Commons members of the shadow cabinet, six junior shadow ministers and three […]

Wy I shall vote against Cameron’s rush to war on Syria

by Grahame Morris.

I was shocked and appalled by the terrorist attacks in Paris and those in other countries and cities in recent weeks and the deaths of British tourists in Tunisia. I share the feelings of many of sympathy for the victims and families, of wishing to express solidarity with the French people in standing up to terrorism, […]

When real wars shade into the simulated environments of the war game….

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The sometimes mischievous French philosopher, Jean Baudrillard earned himself a bit of notoriety in the wake of Operation Desert Storm by declaring that the the Gulf War did not take place. Of course, he wasn’t suggesting it didn’t take place in the sense that conspiracy theorists maintain NASA didn’t land men on the Moon. Baudrillard’s […]

How Britain could assist in the fight against ISIL without air strikes

by Andy Newman.

The performance of Jeremy Corbyn on the Andrew Marr show was extraordinarily impressive, puncturing in a number of places the complacent rationalisations that David Cameron has presented for British involvement in the Syrian civil war. Let us remind ourselves that this is an issue that the Conservative Party is also divided over, with MPs such […]

Labour’s shadow cabinet must not split the party over going to war

by Jon Lansman.

The shadow cabinet yesterday discussed David Cameron’s plan to go to war in Syria. A majority of its members favour backing airstrikes in spite of the four conditions laid down by Labour’s conference only two months ago not being met. It is unclear whether there is a majority of members favour imposing a whip in support […]

Post-Paris massacre poll shows UK public oppose Syria airstrikes – MPs take note

by Jon Lansman.

The vast majority of the British public do not believe that British airstrikes on Syria are the right response to the Paris massacre, says a poll published today. Nor do the public believe past airstrikes have made the UK any safer. What most people want is a joint international approach backed by the UN, and for […]

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