ARGUS COMMENT: ‘No spin’ is the new spin for Corbyn

“Wow. I was absolutely blown away”, said Elaine Tiffin, a former nurse from Brighton who joined the Labour Party the day after Labour’s election defeat in May.


Mr Corbyn said that “we are not in the era of the Cold War any more” as he defended his stance on Trident but insisted that Labour was not a “divided party“. “I am opposed to the use of nuclear weapons“.

Mr Corbyn told the conference: “I do not believe in personal abuse of any sort”.

‘Personally I think it is really unsafe for us to give those weapons up except if it is part of a negotiation where everyone gives up.

“Just a year ago two million Scots voted No to independence – many of them Labour supporters – and they will be appalled that Labour’s leader in Scotland seems no longer to value their views or votes”.

Watson clearly has no intention of practising the “kinder, gentler” politics that Corbyn has called for this week.

Labour figures like Streatham MP Chuka Umunna have previously said such marginal London seats are key to the party regaining power.

Prime Minister David Cameron has already said “Corbyn’s comments showed Labour could not be trusted with Britain’s national security”.

Several members of his shadow cabinet have broken ranks to openly criticise their leader’s position.

Meanwhile, Angela Eagle, the shadow business secretary, said that ruling out the use of a nuclear deterrent rendered it redundant.

‘I totally disagree with Jeremy Corbyn on Trident, ‘ he said.

One can only hope that the new leader of the Labour party will not take upon himself the concerns of the ruling class, mainly the fear that he is unelectable and change his style. We are not under threat from that.

Councillor Ferrett, whose brother Ken resigned from the party last week after Mr Corbyn’s election, said: ‘The speech clearly played well with the those at the conference and pressed all the right buttons in making the delegates feel good about themselves.

There are of course others like John McDonnel, the shadow chancellor, who praise his honesty, but one thing is sure, Jeremy Corbyn has his work cut out.

The official party policy is to replace Trident with a new nuclear weapons system at a cost of up to £100bn. The issues of Trident and the renewal of Britain’s nuclear deterrent are hotly contested between political parties for a few time now. “As far as I’m concerned we start from the policy we have”, she told BBC Radio 4. That is a quarter of our defence budget.


During the 1987 general-election campaign, a Conservative poster showed a British soldier with his hands up, captioned “Labour’s Policy on Arms”. “Having nuclear weapons and our enemies knowing that we’re prepared to use them in the most extreme circumstances of self-defence is vital to keeping our country safe”.