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UK politics: Labour Party internal tensions rising

Ever since Jeremy Corbyn was elected as the surprise Labour leader there have been dark mutterings about coups in the parliamentary party. Now there are rumours of increasing tension between Corbyn and his even further left Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, whom some commentators think is eyeing up the succession.

Corbyn’s leadership chart, 12 September 2015 11.42am London, has nervy and disappointing transits from tr Neptune square tr Saturn in hard aspect to the 10 degree Virgo Moon all this year. With intense arguments in Sept/Oct this year. But it’s likely to be 2017/2018 which sees the fur really flying when there is a disruptive mutiny-prone tr Pluto square the Uranus; and an undermining Solar Arc Neptune opposition the Moon in late 2017.

Problems between Corbyn and McDonnell will flare earlier than that however, from late June this year, on and off for two years thereafter as tr Uranus squares the composite Mercury Sun, moving on to square Venus in 2017. So major ideological and policy differences. With a confused tr Pluto square Neptune this year; and a discouraging tr Pluto trine the composite Saturn in 2016/17. Not a match made in heaven.

Tom Watson, the Deputy Labour leader, elected separately so not necessarily an ally, is finding McDonnell hard to take this year with tr Pluto trine the composite Mars. Watson’s relationship with Corbyn is at the best of times volatile; sagging badly from this June onwards with tr Neptune square the composite Saturn; and may part company altogether or at least the gulf between them will widen precipitously in 2017 when tr Saturn is square the composite Sun.

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