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15 November 2016

How @UKLabour will take us out of the EU and side with the Tories #Brexit #Ukip

I've been a Labour supporter all my adult life, through thick and thin, but to learn today that John McDonnell would not seek 'to prevent or delay Brexit' leaves me wholly disappointed, and I can no longer keep silent. It has become evidently clear the UK is sleepwalking into a disaster over Brexit and the Labour Party seem committed in supporting the Tories while they cackhandedly see this through to the absolute bitter end.

It will come as no surprise when I say they have now lost my vote, because not only are they going against my right as an EU citizen and my right to remain in the EU, they are also supporting a Tory agenda which I believe will destroy the UK economy. No longer can I support a party who will also destroy those rights and my future, and the rights and future of our children. To think, I even stood by them after Tony Blair messed up in Iraq? And then I campaigned for Corbyn! Well I must have been a fool, for it has been painfully clear that I have been duped. The very political party that had one job, to act as an opposition to the Tory party, has now sided with the Tory party to lead us straight out of the EU and into Tory Britain, and so hopelessly failed us again. It is little wonder that UKIP have done so well lately when they clearly appeal to folk who might once have voted Labour, and who feel let down by them and the Tories, and why wouldn't they? The Tories have made a right pigs ear of things, and after all UKIP offers an alternative, a chance to do things differently and this is why so many people have found a new political energy in them. But UKIP isn't the answer. Oh no.

One thing is absolutely clear. Labour have it completely wrong on the EU, as they are ignoring a huge mass of Labour voters. According to YouGov some 65% of Labour voters voted to remain in the EU.

This is a massive problem for Labour now. If 65% of their voters want to remain in the EU then they are going against the majority of their voters, and thus will lose them a lot of votes. Furthermore, if they do this, it will not only potentially destroy their voter base, but they will also be seen as the party who continued to support the Tories and assist them in taking us out of the EU. So isn't it now about time we consider for a moment that despite the mistakes Tony Blair made, he did do one thing right and that's beat the Tory party out of power? I remember sitting at home one evening watching the TV and hearing my father (a lifelong Tory) burst out into tears of joy when Labour won the elections and got into power for he, an outspoken critic of Margaret Thatcher, was overjoyed that finally he had a alternative party that he could vote for after years of vicious Tory rule and a party that would stand by everyone, and not just the 'Blue Collar Class'.

It's time for Labour to do away with class politics, and appeal to the whole electorate again. They won't do that with just 'Corbyn' policies. He's a good man, but he's not everyone's cup of tea. Hell, I'm a socialist, but I know not everyone is a socialist like me. I also like good business and good politics, and good education, but admittedly, I am very poor. But I'm no fan of Thatcher, just like my father.

But wealthy and privately educated Tony Blair won because he took on the Tories and exposed them for what they were, when they were at their very worst, and whilst doing so appealed to the whole of the electorate and not just the ''left wing' and the 'working class'. You can be wealthy, and have social consciences, and be philanthropic in your philosophy, and know how arrogant rudeness about foreigners, and hostility to minorities is dangerous and divisive and how easy it is to show compassion and humanity. You can also be liberal, and kind, and humane, and not need to pander to UKIP to appease people's fears about immigration.

Tony Blair appealed across the board to those who were appalled at the government of the day, and the harsh reign of Thatcher and the rise of Euroscepticism, and years of anti-EU myths which eventually led to Brexit, 2016. But now it's time to let go of the Labour of the past, and those deep-seated class politics that Thatcher played to, and look to a Labour of the future, a Labour party that stands up for everyone and not just the working classes. It is time to let go of the deep-rooted divisions of class amongst those who once voted Labour and appeal once again to all those voters, and look at a radical overhaul of policies and direction in the party. An all inclusive Labour Party that appeals across the board, to all the voters, and stands by all those voters who want to retain their EU membership. Not just the 'liberals' or 'working class'.

It was always clear Corbyn wanted to leave, and now it would seem McDonnell too. As Tony Blair did in 1997, the party must now focus on the very real economic benefits of immigration upon which our infrastructure is built and so depends on, and stop demonising the EU and be stark and clear about their opposition to a Tory party with no mandate.

Labour supports Tory and UKIP lies on immigration and pretends, like today's Daily Telegraph, that the EU made Britain take everyone and give them lifelong benefits. No other EU government did that. Instead, they did what the Treaty allows us all to do (us included) they limited benefits. We could not be bothered to. Why? Because the Tories want to run down the welfare state for their own ends and blame migration for their own selfish goals. Why is Labour supporting this? Why do they lie and pretend that they have got one over on Chancellor Merkel when she reminds us about the Freedom of movement treaty rules?

Brexit is not just about the EU. It is about ensuring that the Tories stay in power. They will do anything to make that possible and even get into bed with Corbyn and McDonnell. Those two have been duped by May. They should call her bluff, not back Brexit. Insist on staying in the EU because the EU is the only place where our rights and jobs will be protected. Trump's brave new world is for the rich, not us.

It's time to vote against Brexit before it causes a major destablisation of the EU, and our allies and compatriots in Europe, The Social Democrats, agree and say stay with us, please.

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Derek said...

Brilliant article. If only Labour would get their act together and not leave it all to the Lib Dems!

blogger on icedaniel.se said...

You have at point Derek !