Jeremy Corbyn's decision to not support David Cameron's plans to bomb Syria has seemingly fired-up his grassroots supporters, but even they are predicting it could cause a war within his own party.
Corbyn triggered what looks set to become a huge power struggle at the top of the Labour Party and the prospect of resignations on Thursday after writing a letter to his MPs and peers saying he “cannot support” the proposal for bombing to get rid of ISIL.
His position was at odds with many within his Shadow Cabinet. Just hours earlier his Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn said there was a “compelling case” to join the air raids.
The public's reaction to his decision has been mixed. Some respected Corbyn for sticking to his guns, while others lambasted his unwillingness to act and the firefight that he has sparked within his own ranks.
It's so refreshing to see a politician not cave into unfounded external pressures and stand up for his beliefs. You go Jeremy #Corbyn!— Ewan Grunwald (@EwanGrunwald) November 26, 2015
@jeremycorbyn Please ask those in your cabinet who oppose Peace to resign. We are with you— wilson sadler (@wilsonsadler) November 26, 2015ADVERTISEMENT
Others predicted Corbyn's decision will be the "spark that sets Labour in open rebellion", and possibly end his leadership.
Just got off a three hour flight, has Jeremy Corbyn resigned from his own party yet?— Kate McCann (@KateEMcCann) November 26, 2015
While some suggested no amount of provocation would force Corbyn's hand. They also questioned his motives.. and his leadership.
I wonder how many time you'd have to punch Jeremy Corbyn in the face before he finally stood up for himself and punched back #gutless— Malcolm Briggs (@Agent_Aqua) November 26, 2015
Jeremy Corbyn massive wimp— jon (@jonmac36) November 26, 2015
Thank goodness Jeremy Corbyn wasn't opposition leader in the 40s, he would have let Hitler sweep across the UK. https://t.co/wcNVsIt6f9— Beau (@beau_air) November 26, 2015
@jeremycorbyn you sir are a prick! Your stance against air strikes is based upon undermining Cameron. I voted labour but you are a joke!— James Higham (@RealHigham17) November 26, 2015
I would even trust #JeremyCorbyn with running a bath let alone the Labour Party, does he even have 1 brain cell???— Tom (@tomyhopkins) November 26, 2015
Others were more forthright in their analysis.
Someone get rid of Jeremy Corbyn— sophie (@imsophienelder) November 26, 2015