Friday, 16 December 2016

Labour's Pushmi-Pullyu

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I said recently that Labour's policy on Brexit resembled a 'Pushmi-Pullyu' of Doctor Doolittle fame - for its ability to face both ways at the same time.

The madness continues, so it seems, because in a recent speech by Sir Keith Starmer the shadow secretary of state for exiting the European Union (what a mouthful, by the way) accused the Tories of speaking only for the 52 per cent who voted Leave and the Lib Dems of speaking only for the 48 per cent who voted Remain - before going on to add:

“I absolutely see it as Labour’s role to speak for both sides.”

No wonder the voters are so confused.


Labour's Pushmi-Pullyu (18/11/16)

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Michael Deacon writing in The Telegraph suggests that Labour have achieved the impossible under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership by alienating both the Leave and Remain camps.

And it's true if you ask me, because while Labour MPs like Keir Starmer patiently build a a case which is trying to force the government into explaining exactly what Brexit might look like down the line - the shadow chancellor (John McDonnell) is encouraging us all to be more positive about leaving the European Union.

Not for the first time Corbyn's Labour is facing both ways at the same time when its job is to oppose and deny the government a blank cheque over what Brexit really means.

Well done, Labour. You’re alienating both the Brexiters and the Remainers at once

MICHAEL DEACON - The Telegraph

John McDonnell, the Labour shadow chancellor, delivers a speech in London about the economy and jobs CREDIT: BEN STANSALL/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

What Labour have achieved should be impossible. Yet somehow they’ve managed it.

They’ve convinced people who are pro-Brexit that Labour are anti-Brexit – and convinced people who are anti-Brexit that Labour are pro-Brexit.

Or, to put it another way: they’re alienating both the 52 per cent and the 48 per cent. And becoming the party of the 0 per cent.

On the one hand, they have Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, forensically probing for flaws in Brexit. And on the other, they have John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, who announced in London today that “It’s time we were all more positive about Brexit.”