Virtue Without Force in Syria Is Useless to All

By Charles Moore, Telegraph - October 3, 2015

On Wednesday, we learnt from Jeremy Corbyn that, whatever policy his party might work out on the subject, he, as prime minister, would not press the nuclear button. This means that he has already turned Labour back into being the party of one-sided nuclear disarmament: if the man with the button won’t, whatever happens, press it, then having the button means nothing.

Appearing on BBC Question Time in Cardiff on Thursday night, I found that most of the audience understood this, and feared it. Mr Corbyn’s preference for what he sees as his personal virtue over the defence of his country will help him lose the next general election (if he gets that far), just as Labour was smashed by Margaret Thatcher over the issue in 1983 and 1987.

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