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As Jeremy Cor­byn gazed out over the 2018 Labour con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day, af­ter the most con ident and re­laxed speech of his time as leader, he will have seen an en­er­gised party about which two ap­par­ently in­com­pat­i­ble gen­er­al­i­sa­tions can be made. The irst is that, three years into the Cor­byn revo­lu­tion, Labour has now been rad­i­cally trans­formed into a party in the leader’s own far-left po­lit­i­cal im­age.

It is in vogue to ask what Bobi Wine stands for. Some­times the ques­tion arises from gen­uinely in­vin­ci­ble ig­no­rance from peo­ple who only know the mu­si­cian, not the politi­cian. At times it is vin­ci­ble ig­no­rance, eas­ily cured if one is will­ing to dis­mount from one’s high horse and put one’s ear to the ground. The ques­tion it­self is easy to an­swer.

Ja­pan is bend­ing with­out break­ing on trade. Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe in­ally agreed to bi­lat­eral talks with US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Wed­nes­day. He had lit­tle choice given how vul­ner­a­ble his na­tion’s au­tomak­ers are to US tari s. Stick­ing with the Trans-paci ic Part­ner­ship that Trump aban­doned, how­ever, gives the Land of the Ris­ing Sun some lever­age. The em­bat­tled White House, ight­ing mul­ti­ple fronts on the trade war it ini­ti­ated, is in the mar­ket for a quick win. With im­ported cars tar­geted by Trump for a po­ten­tial 25 per­cent duty, Ja­pan makes a good can­di­date.

ROBERT KYAG­U­LANYI Ugan­damp Daily Mon­i­tor, Daniel Kali­naki

JEREMY COR­BYN Leaderofthe Labour­party,uk Guardian, Martin Ket­tle

SHINZO ABE Ja­pan­prime Min­is­ter Reuters, Pete Sweeney

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