Electoral gambler Mike Smithson tweeted polling published by Yougov for QMUL (Queen Mary University of London). The results – answers to a question posed exclusively to ‘remainers’ in London about which party leader would make the best Prime Minister – are remarkable:
As Smithson somewhat eccentrically observes, Theresa May scrapes in just ahead of LibDem leader Vince Cable, with 13% of the vote.
However, the more obvious headline news is that Jeremy Corbyn received more than three times more support than either of them – or almost double the votes of both combined.
The ‘bubblista’ pundits and journalists, along with so-called ‘centrist’ Labour MPs, have made a point of criticising Labour’s supposedly alloyed position on Brexit, with a particular focus on Corbyn’s leadership and imposition of the party ‘whip’ for various Brexit-related votes.
The LibDems have staked their entire political future on a clear stance of wishing to overturn the Brexit vote.
‘Centrist’ Labour MPs have staked their hopes of damaging Jeremy Corbyn on a similar position – and on voting against the Labour whip.
Various ‘centrist remoaners’ have made a big deal of criticising the party for not having a Brexit-related vote – there was a lengthy Brexit-related debate – at last week’s party Conference. Some even stood in the debate to call delegates ‘stupid’ for not selecting the issue in the ‘priorities ballot’ of topics to be voted on.
They are wrong and Corbyn is right, according to the above figures.
London is generally considered the most cosmopolitan of cities and in last year’s EU referendum it voted overwhelmingly to remain. It’s a tough crowd when it comes to any discussion of Brexit and of the options of remaining inside the single market and customs union – tougher from a remain point of view than almost anywhere else in England and Wales and possibly Scotland too. And remember, YouGov polled remainers from across the political spectrum, not just those inclined to vote Labour.
Yet Corbyn polled well over three times as well as either Theresa May or the outright remainer LibDem leader.
The SKWAWKBOX has been pointing out since before the beginning of the year how intelligently Jeremy Corbyn has been playing a tricky Brexit hand – a point acknowledged, with astonishment, by pundits on the night of the General Election as Labour saw increased vote share time and again in both constituencies that voted remain and those who voted to leave.
Corbyn was right then and he remains right now – in spite of the ‘best’ efforts of his political opponents in Westminster and the media to say otherwise. Those within the Labour Party, for the sake of their own careers if that’s all they care about, would do well to indulge in a little more ‘shut the **** up’ and let Labour’s leader get on with the job of negotiating party and country through choppy Brexit waters that the Tories seem intent on baling into the boat rather than out.
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