Stephen Hawking Says Jeremy Corbyn Is A 'Disaster' For Labour

The Cambridge academic believes the party leader should quit

Stephen Hawking has said that to preserve the future of humanity, we might need "some form of world government" - as long as Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has nothing to do with it, that is.

In an interview with The Times, the physicist explained that although he approves of many of Corbyn's policies, he believes the politician should step down "for the sake of the party".

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"I regard Corbyn as a disaster," Hawking said.

"His heart is in the right place and many of his policies are sound but he has allowed himself to be portrayed as a left-wing extremist.

"I think he should step down for the sake of the party."

Hawking, who doesn't have much of a reputation as an optimist, also revealed that despite the challenges threatening the "fragile planet" he has spoken of before, he is positive about the future.

"We need to be quicker to identify such threats and act before they get out of control. This might mean some form of world government," he said.

"But that might become a tyranny. All this may sound a bit doom-laden but I am an optimist. I think the human race will rise to meet these challenges." Perhaps the outlook isn't so bleak after all.