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No time for theatrics August 19, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Thought the Observer editorial this weekend was pretty good in outlining the case for Jeremy Corbyn being given the opportunity to form a ‘time-limited national government’. For many it will be far from optimal, but what other force is in the field in such numbers that it could actually work. Moreover it does point up one clear contradiction on the Tory side (and amongst some LDs). There are many in that camp who are very strong rhetorically in regard to their antipathy to a no-deal Brexit but faced with a half-way viable means of ensuring that outcome is prevented they retreat. If politics teaches us anything it is that one works with what one has, not with what one wishes one had.


1. crocodileshoes - August 19, 2019

It was referred to on Radio 4 this morning as the ‘Meatloaf’ tendency – as in ‘I would do anything to avoid Brexit… but I won’t do that!’


2. John Goodwillie - August 19, 2019

“No temporary government is possible without the support of Labour MPs and their leader.” Equally, no temporary government is possible without the support of MPs outside the Labour Party. To allow no-deal Brexit because of disagreement over the identity of the temporary Prime Minister is crazy.


3. tafkaGW - August 19, 2019

Yes indeed.

‘Fake Outsider’ seems a good attack line on Alexander de Pfeffel Johnson.

I hope they’ve researched the emotional response from target voters.

More difficult will be to evoke an emotion of trust from the remainers in the Labour voter coalition.


4. Dermot M O Connor - August 19, 2019


Writing last October, I argued that a chunk of the so-called People’s Vote campaign were motivated less by the case for a second referendum and reversing Brexit and more about driving a wedge between Jeremy Corbyn and the (mostly) pro-EU base of Corbynism. And this argument has been conclusively proven over the last few days. Not only have the Liberal Democrats so thoroughly exposed their opportunism and posturing to their newly-won layer of voters, so Chuka Umunna and his former ex-Labour colleagues grouped in whatever the two sides of Change UK are calling themselves today have also shown their opposition to Brexit is subordinate to their (failed) factional aim of deposing Corbyn. Pathetic.

For the bulk of centrism and liberalism, class interests trump all other considerations. It’s their narrow, minority concerns determining their Corbynphobia. A no deal Brexit would be a catastrophe for British capitalism and an international humiliation greater than even the Suez crisis, but is a price these frauds are happy to pay because, well, you’re going to pay it. To the contrary the Corbynist programme would transform the country and lift the living standards and life chances of millions of people, but it would be at the expense of the Tories and their centrist mini-mes giving up their overweening power and influence. We can’t very well have that, can we?

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