by Cameron De Chi 

Maybe I’m just a hard-left, champagne-swilling Corbynista but I’d argue blaming Jeremy Corbyn for Brexit makes about as much sense as voting to invade a foreign country based on nothing other than cynical US propaganda; which is an appropriate comparison considering the current revolt appears to be coming from Labour’s Blairite wing just a few days before the Chilcot Inquiry is released. Let’s assume that’s a coincidence, though, and take dissenters at their word: they’ve lost faith in Jeremy’s leadership. How well does that loss of faith sit with the facts? Because it seems pretty simple to me, where the blame lies within the Labour party:

  1. The Labour Leave campaign—which sold the referendum as a vote against the Tories while being bankrolled by conservative donors. Shilling for the Tory right by reposting Vote Leave’s propaganda with a red background seems a far graver betrayal of the pro-EU shadow cabinet than anything Jeremy Corbyn did, but in fairness to Labour Leave, with or without a party voice for Euroscepticism a number of Labour voters would have voted Out anyway, thanks to…
  2. New Labour ideologues (and other establishment types) after failing to tackle the problems of globalisation and inequality while in power — these being the very same problems that have lead to the majority’s rejection of the EU despite elites warning them against doing so. People who feel they’ve been left behind by the economy aren’t going to be cowed by warnings that the economy will implode, obviously. And further more, there’s something to be said for Michael Gove’s assertion that “people in this country have had enough of experts.” Experts have repeated the mantra that the rising tide lifts all boats while millions of people have watched their communities go under. Was Vote Leave’s opportunistic exploitation of working class anxieties justifiable? No. But Corbyn did not create the vacuum that allowed it to happen.
  3. If we’re picking out a single figure in particular: Gloria De Piero — previously Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration before resigning in protest of Jeremy Corbyn’s “failure” to secure the Remain vote. With youth turnout estimated at 36%, however, it doesn’t seem unfair to argue that if Piero had done her job properly a Remain vote would have been secured. Then there’s Alan Johnson.

I understand the frustration that pro-EU lefties are feeling at the moment, especially young Labour supporters who are angry at the result and feel like Corbyn should have done more. But criticisms of his performance are hard to prop up. Those who say he should have put aside “party differences” and shared a platform with David Cameron would do well to remember the toxification that Labour suffered in Scotland after campaigning with the Tories against an independence vote. Those who say his refusal to propose a cap on immigration was a death warrant for the Remain campaign would do well to remember that unachievable Tory pledges on immigration lead us to the referendum in the first place.

At a time where the ascendent Eurosceptic wing of the Tory party will soon be facing backlash from voters who believed Vote Leave’s lies, the Left whatever that may mean now needs to offer a unified, credible opposition; especially in the event of a snap general election. The shadow cabinet’s decision to throw the Labour party into crisis now, rather than work with the leadership to present a party ready to steer Britain out of the EU as safely as possible, may well be disastrous for us all.

And if you don’t believe or agree with any of the above here are some facts on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership so far:threadbegoin

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thread4..and in Jeremy’s own words…

“Our country faces a huge challenge following Thursday’s vote to leave the European Union. And the British people have a right to know how their elected leaders are going to respond.

“We need to come together to heal the divisions exposed by the vote. We have to respect the decision that has been made, hold the government to democratic account over its response, and ensure that working people don’t pay the price of exit.

“Neither wing of the Tory government has an exit plan. Labour will now ensure that our reform agenda is at the heart of the negotiations that lie ahead. That includes the freedom to shape our economy for the future and the necessity of protecting social and employment rights.

“One clear message from last Thursday’s vote is that millions of people feel shut out of a political and economic system that has let them down and scarred our country with grotesque levels of inequality.

“I was elected by hundreds of thousands of Labour Party members and supporters with an overwhelming mandate for a different kind of politics.

“I regret there have been resignations today from my shadow cabinet. But I am not going to betray the trust of those who voted for me – or the millions of supporters across the country who need Labour to represent them.

“Those who want to change Labour’s leadership will have to stand in a democratic election, in which I will be a candidate.

“Over the next 24 hours I will reshape my shadow cabinet and announce a new leadership team to take forward Labour’s campaign for a fairer Britain – and to get the best deal with Europe for our people.”

 

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3 thoughts on “Why the Labour Coup is a grave mistake

  1. Speaking as an outsider (I’m from the US) the campaign against Corbyn reads like a high school spat. It’s a cliched way to describe anything but, just reading the timelines of various journalists and comparing it to the articles they’re pumping out, I’m left with the distinct impression they’re all in it for the spectacle. Everything is low on facts and figures and when figures are introduced it’s something everyone shares the blame for, not just Corbyn (although as leader it’s all ultimately his responsibility.)

    Making matters worse is the level of maudlin melodrama around every departure. It’s always some long winded letter decrying all of Corbyn’s failures, insisting he’d betrayed the party and they’d have no more part in it. Grievances which probably should have come out sooner. Much sooner. This pacing, with the constant drum beat of “do the right thing and resign, Corbyn” reads too much like an orchestrated fraud. And there’s never a solid concrete complaint. It’s ephemeral. “You’re the wrong man for the job.” “You betrayed us.” How? How were you betrayed? What specific policies did he put forward that subverted your agenda?

    Those are things that should be easy to answer but no one does. It’s just the same mantra.

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  2. Good for Corbyn, let all the blairites, leave they belong to the conservative party… if Corbyn is thrown out I will never vote for the Labour party again. If Labour had been true they could have offered an alternative to ukip, BNP etc for those voting leave. Instead, anyone who voted leave is deemed a racist. Let’s not forget Tony Benn’s views on the EU – it’s thoroughly undemocratic, anti democratic in fact. I fear that if the left don’t step up and get behind Corbyn a huge opportunity will have been lost to introduce rights, perhaps even superior, to those offered by those shady, unelected commissioners in the EU.

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  3. Anybody else here remembering the enthusiasm going through huge parts of the working classes at the end of the 90’s when we had nominally progressive governments in Britain, Germany and France? I do. It was the first election in Germany I was allowed to vote in and we had our hopes quite high that this would mean the end of the 1980’s Thatcherism and Helmut Kohl. Labour, Social Democrats, Socialists could have changed Europe for the better, turn it into a union for the people and not so much for the companies.
    Unfortunately, it was the time of Blair and Schröder (still Putin’s best buddy). A time of attacks on working people’s rights with no real opposition because they did the conservatives’ job better than any conservative government ever could because they mostly paralysed (and dealt a hard blow) to the Trade Unions. They went to horrible and unjust wars, causing many of the problems we’Re facing today with mass flight and 65 million refugees world wide.
    And they all but finished the big traditional parties of the working class.
    Corbyn is the first Labour leader who is actually credible.
    It is also funny (as in vomit inducing) that those people claim that the problem with the Remain campaign was that it wasn’t racist enough. It also shows the complete weakness not just of the British left: A lack of an alternative. There is no pan-European vision, no alternative for a better, juster, fairer Europe for all. And thanks to Brexit nobody will have time to develop it for the next couple of years.

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