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How Corbyn learned to compromise

The man who promised to stick to his principles discovered a third way

By Stephen Bush   August 2017

Preparing to demolish another belief. Photo: IAN FORSYTH/GETTY IMAGES

“Paris is worth a mass,” Henry of Navarre is said to have remarked before he renounced his Protestantism in order to claim the French throne. One of the reasons why the perennial protestor and seeming political puritan, Jeremy Corbyn, won the Labour leadership in 2015 was that his opponents all seemed to believe that Downing Street was worth not only a mass, but a cathedral, a seminary and a host of monks, too. Corbyn’s election literature even came enclosed…

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