Kissinger vs Corbyn

Historian Niall Ferguson applies lessons from the past to today’s problems. His excellent biography of Henry Kissinger is instructive for modern politicians – and is a must-read for everyone in Westminster. Kissinger saw the dilemma, for example, in whether to take action to prevent a political crisis (and then find it impossible to prove a crisis had been averted), or wait for the crisis to happen so that there is political support for action, but cause people to suffer the consequences of waiting. Labour backbenchers are in exactly this predicament now, as they weigh how to dethrone Corbyn – and whether to do so early enough to save their electoral skins or wait until the far-left drives the party into the ground.

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