Theresa May’s government faces serious challenges this week as it tries to defeat amendments to its Brexit legislation – in particular Labour’s amendments to give MPs a ‘meaningful vote’ on any eventual Brexit deal and to retain access to the customs union.
To maximise the chances of the motions succeeding, Labour MPs need to unite behind them and encourage May’s critics on the Tory benches to join them.
This need for unity, of course, has nothing whatever with the BBC’s decision – along with several other ‘MSM’ outlets – to present a story about a guide to deselecting Labour MPs as if it is new information:
The Daily Politics‘ report heavily implies this is information that has only just become available, including in the programme’s tweeted trailer about the programme:
In fact, guides to deselecting Labour MPs have been around for years as Labour’s current process for doing so is byzantine – and were widely reported two years ago when the Novara Media site published an updated version. Around the same time, David Osland published a book on the topic.
The only ‘new’ thing about the guide is that someone has now put the information onto a ‘wikihow’ page with a few not-very-impressive illustrations.
Apparently, this is enough excuse for the BBC to devote time to it on its flagship weekday politics programme. Coincidentally just in time to potentially stoke division among Labour MPs before the Tory government fights for its political life in the key votes – and to portray Labour divisions when in fact it’s the Tory government that is tearing itself apart.
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