Good News for Scotland: Bookies make Corbyn favourite to succeed May?

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Betfair now has Jeremy Corbyn as favourite to replace Theresa May. How could that happen? Well in the wake of the tower block fire and her less than human performance after it, some pundits predict she will lose the vote on her Queen’s Speech next week opening the door to a progressive alliance led by Labour.

Boris Johnson’s chances are tainted with his comments on fire-brigade cuts when he was Mayor of London just as May was tainted but regrettably not broken by her comments on police service cuts when she was Home Secretary after the Manchester attack.

Further, May’s reliance on the DUP is looking shakier by the minute. Just as their views on gays and abortion are toxic for many Tories, the Tories’ social policies such as the bedroom tax are toxic for the DUP. Beyond that, what would Sinn Fein do? If their seven MPs were to turn up, May’s Tory/DUP alliance looks very shaky indeed. I’m not the only one to think this:

https://theconversation.com/could-dup-westminster-deal-force-sinn-fein-to-rethink-abstention-79259

Back to Scotland. A progressive alliance led by Labour would depend heavily on the SNP votes. What could we squeeze out of them in terms of further autonomy? A softer Brexit would be a certainty. Labour in Scotland have no political weight to counter Labour HQ’s strategic moves and I don’t think Corbyn is at all hostile to greater autonomy for Scotland. Only Kezia stands in the way and her days must be numbered now. Everyone knows the increased Labour vote in Scotland was down to Corbyn and not her. You could even argue her encouragement of tactical voting to get the SNP out, let the Tories in.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/108813138

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5 thoughts on “Good News for Scotland: Bookies make Corbyn favourite to succeed May?

  1. Clydebuilt June 17, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    I can see the Yellow Tories coming to the aid of their blue Tory colleagues . . .. The Establishment will do anything to keep the SNP away The levers of power at Wastemonster . . .

    Saw Alistair Campbell trot out the Blairites last attack line against Corbyn last night ……. “But he didn’t win” Tom Harris beat Campbell to it.

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  2. macgilleleabhar June 17, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Mr Corbyn comes across as a normal human being and that in the present crop of UK politicians makes him stand out from the self serving tories of either red or blue pigment. Kezia on the other hand stands out as someone in need of a mentor. Jeremy may be the person for the job.
    The more I read about the background to the Grenfell tragety the more repulsed I am at what now passes as a political system. Every necessity in society has been diminished by greed from the fire service to the Legal Aid system that might have prevented the disaster.
    Both Nulab and the Tories are equally to blame for pursuing Neo Lib policies.
    Its time to consider values first not costs. £5000 out of a cost of £8.5million reportedly would paid for fire proof cladding.

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  3. broadbield June 17, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Surely those who voted Tory, esp in Scotland must now be thinking again. Vote Tory – Get DUP; Vote Tory – Get Cuts to essential services; Vote Tory – Make the rich richer and “let the [poor] suffer what they must”.

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