Since the last time I wrote about the Labour leadership election, Rebecca Long-Bailey has finally announced her candidacy, Jess Phillips has been waffling on about turning Labour into the ‘rejoin the EU party’ & still nobody is holding Keir Starmer to account for Labour’s GE2019 defeat.
If Rebecca Long-Bailey gets the requisite nominations from Labour MPs to stand in the leadership election (& I can’t imagine why she wouldn’t) then she gets my endorsement & vote. I know I had written last week that I hadn’t made up which candidate I was going to endorse, but as if there was truly any doubt I wasn’t eventually going to endorse Rebecca Long-Bailey, because yeah I’m really going to endorse Keir the posh bloke from London who’s a millionaire, oh & sure it’s really going to be in my best interests as a trans woman to endorse Jess the Brommie gobshite who has a record of supporting transphobia or Clive who’s politics might be lefty left & might be a jolly lovely nice guy but nice guys don’t necessarily make great party leaders, of course it was always going to be Rebecca Long-Bailey who I was going to endorse being she’s the continuity Corbynism candidate & there’s plenty to the Corbynism brand of socialism which has mass appeal it’s just that Labour needs somebody to present it who doesn’t have the baggage of past associations which plagued Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the party.
Obviously some disagree with keeping the party to the left with the Corbynism brand of socialism & are urging whoever is elected Labour leader to replace Jeremy Corbyn to move the party to the ‘centre ground of politics’ as if anybody truly knows what that frigging means these days, well for my part I strongly suggest Labour don’t do what Jess Phillips seems to have suggested when appearing on this past weekend’s edition of the BBC Andrew Marr Show by becoming the ‘rejoin the EU party’, because offering a second EU referendum & thus becoming tagged as ‘a remain party’ during GE2019 campaign really worked out well for Labour didn’t it NOT! Let the Liberal Democrats be the ‘the rejoin the EU party’ & as a consequence electorally flounder, time for Labour to realise we lost the argument on Brexit & move the fuck on!
Sure there’s plenty of tweets of mine which you’ll find advocating for a second referendum, in fact I appeared on BBC News at an anti-Brexit demo saying as much, but in hindsight I realise it was a mistake (then some) to have talked myself into having supported a second EU referendum, I should have kept to the position of respecting the Brexit outcome of 2016’s EU referendum & Jeremy Corbyn as well as the entire Labour leadership should have done the same, yes I might make fun of gammon being all Smeagol like in wanting their Brexit precious Brexit but that’s why in places such as Darlington & Workington people voted Tory at last year’s General Election to get Brexit done & unless Labour learn to respect people up north want Brexit they’re never going reconnect with what have traditionally been the Labour heartlands.
Though it’s ultimately Jeremy Corbyn who should be held responsible for having adopted Labour’s nonsensical policy on Brexit which was the nonsensical bullshit that if Labour had been elected to government they’d have renegotiated a Brexit Deal with the EU but then would have advised people to vote against it in a referendum, it was Keir Starmer who was as shadow Brexit Secretary as well as an out & out Blairite who was the architect of this nonsensical bullshit. Originally both Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell had said they respected the Brexit outcome of 2016’s EU referendum this was however then reversed this when the Blairite contingent led by the likes of Keir Starmer whipped up dissent amongst the membership & urged Labour to come forthrightly out in support for a second referendum & kind of got their way on that one but look at the electoral disaster which it’s caused Labour.
During the leadership hustings I hope somebody will hold Starmer to account for having supported a second referendum which was a slap in the face of democracy & as a consequence millions of voters punished Labour for.