How not to oppose something

How Not To Oppose Something
How Not To Oppose Something

Sir Kier Starmer is facing mounting pressure to break his silence on Tory Brexit – the most destructive, devisive and damaging piece of legislation to ever be passed in British parliament; and one which Starmer’s Labour party now find themselves forced to be silent on.

The problems include massive drops in exports, absurd delays in logistics of trading, and a galaxy of black holes in Brexit legistlation itself leading to chaos across the land.

So why the silence from the opposition? Well, the obvious and most immediate answer is that Starmer’s opposition supported the Brexit bill, allowing it to pass. He made the choice to not be seen as the ‘blockers’ of Brexit, but the enablers of it. Well, they certainly enabled it. And now they can’t criticise it, at all, because they enabled it.

A large number of Labour supporters think the right course would have been to abstain, rather than either support or oppose; this would have been the only way to make Johnson own his Brexit. Now, Starmer has allowed himself to share it with him.

Then we have the issue of the broken Red Wall, a precious block of previously immovable Northern Labour voters who broke ranks to Get Brexit Done in the last election. Starmer wants them back, and if that means enabling Brexit, and staying silent on it, so be it. Sadly, he may have miscalculated; the worsening state of the country suggests he stands to gain a lot more by opposing Brexit than enabling it. The Red Wall, I think, isn’t worth saving. They’ve made their choice. They’ve won Brexit. I hope they are enjoying it. The rest of us need an opposing voice against the devastation, and enough guts to try and reverse it.

Not wishing to be lazy with my blogging here, but I strongly reccomend you Google some of the Labour voting and debating record on Brexit under Kier Starmer.

7 thoughts on “How not to oppose something

  1. Labour have really made a mess of things as far as Brexit is concerned. They absolutely should have abstained over the trade deal. Johnson’s majority is such that he should win every vote he faces, but by abstaining Labour could have made clear that this is entirely the responsibility of the Tories.

    As for the so-called Red Wall. Some of these seats were never as solidly Labour as MPs liked to assume and, having grown up in one of them, they’re not as Brexity as Starmer seems to think.

    Cameron gave voters an opportunity to give his government a bit of a kicking, and they took it. No-one is going to thank Starmer for going along with the consequences when they lose their jobs.

    During the Labour leadership election, I thought their best option was Lisa Nandy. I still think this.

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    1. I had great fatih in Starmer, and still do to some extent; as a comparison to Haystack Head he’s a different league. However, when it comes to Brexit, he’s let a lot of people down, rather badly. Still time to make amends, but running out fast.

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  2. I’m a permanent outside here and can’t claim to understand what’s happening in the Labour Party (in spite of being a member), but my sense is that Starmer’s definition of his politics is I’m Not Corbyn and I’m Not Johnson. Which doesn’t tell us a lot about who he is. I haven’t a clue what he stands for, but so far it looks like not very damn much.

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      1. So far as I can tell hi s main selling point is indeed that he’s not Johnson or Corbyn, but whether that alone is enough to defeat the government in 2024, who knows.

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      2. I very much doubt that it will be enough — he needs to have something to offer the electorate.

        Then again 2024 is three years away, so he still has time to come up with something.

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      3. It would be really nice to think we had a someone who stood for something because he believed in it, not because it looked like it would win. Admittedly, you need to consider what will win, but when winning’s all you believe it–

        I don’t need to finish that sentence, do I?

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