“Not time to talk elections” – hear Kinnock ready to ‘unite’ with May ‘in national interest’

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Stephen Kinnock as last year’s general election exit poll was announced.

On Tuesday morning, the SKWAWKBOX highlighted the right-wing ‘centrist’ Labour MPs – all of whom happen to have a record of trying to remove party leader Jeremy Corbyn – who are expressing a willingness to prop up Theresa May’s collapsing government.

‘In the national interest’, of course.

On Monday night, Stephen Kinnock joined them by telling LBC’s Clive Bull:

I don’t think right now that we should be talking about general elections.

Kinnock also told Bull that rather than seek a general election to depose Theresa May:

I think we’ve got to unite around the position that gives us an EEA-based Brexit.

Not remove the disastrous Tory government, but ‘unite’ to achieve a particular technical type of Brexit.

Millions of people are suffering terrible hardship under the Tories and 120,000 deaths have been linked to their policies. Millions of children are in poverty and many more are predicted to join them during the remainder of this government’s scheduled term.

Record numbers of disabled people are attempting suicide, the NHS is collapsing and being sold off. Homelessness is soaring and Universal Credit is inflicting misery on huge numbers of people while the DWP Secretary lies over and over to Parliament that it’s all going swimmingly and needs to go faster.

The situation is so bad that the UK has been censured by the UN for its inhumane treatment of our citizens.

Kinnock’s prescription? Wait to see if the government can ‘continue delivering‘ (!) – and then:

when the general election comes, people will have the chance to vote them out of office.

The SKWAWKBOX contacted Mr Kinnock for comment. He responded:

This government is doing huge damage to our country, and I’d like to see them booted out of office as soon as possible. In October 2017 I wrote for the Guardian calling for a motion of no confidence, (https://amp.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/24/theresa-may-should-face-no-confidence-vote-over-brexit-says-stephen-kinnock)
but that was months ago, and we are now just three months from the meaningful vote in Parliament on the Withdrawal Agreement. In order to have a General Election now we’d need the government to request an extension to Article 50 and for that to be unanimously approved by the EU27 which is highly unlikely.

Given that an extension to Article 50 is therefore a pre-condition for a General Election, and that the chances of securing an extension before the meaningful vote are basically zero, then my point is that we clearly have to focus now on securing the best possible Brexit.

A hard Tory Brexit would do immense damage to our economy, and would effectively make it impossible for a future Labour government to put our socialist values, principles and policies into practice.

Between now and October Labour must focus on pressurising May to get the best possible deal for jobs and public services. Then we’ll see what happens after the ‘meaningful vote’ in the autumn.

A LOTO source told the SKWAWKBOX:

We want a general election at the earliest possible opportunity. The national interest is best served by a Labour government.


The next election is not until 2022, if this government limps to its full term. Just four more years to suffer.

The idea that we should prop up one of the most damaging Tory governments in history because it might inconvenience the Brexit negotiations is an interesting one – not least because it assumes an ability to reach an agreement on the part of Theresa May that she has come nowhere near demonstrating yet.

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  1. I remember the interview on election night, when his wife was whispering in his ear, telling him to say nothing against Corbyn as the election result was very close. Kinnock is the worst kind of plastic socialist, he needs to be deselected.

  2. Why is he still in the Labour party. If he is wants to cosy up to the Tories then have the guts to leave Labour .Is he afraid he won’t get elected as a Tory ?

    1. That’s the question I keep asking. Is he one more self-serving MP? Does he question why he stands as a Labour MP? Why doesn’t he get deselected by those in his constituency who vote Labour?

  3. Kinnock should have the courage of his convictions and fuck off and start his own New World Order party along with all the other Bliarites !!!

  4. Never have I witnessed so much self interests in not only the Tories but blairite MPs too it disgusts me to the core

  5. As if Kinnock is working in the interests of the people, he has at every opportunity tried to undermine Jeremy Corbyn irrespective of the support Labour has gained throughout the country.

    The Tories don’t care about what is in the interest of the country and here he is jumping into bed with them.

    Not only that, here is the real agenda the Tories are working for:

    speaker:Richard Graham : 1 Commons debate

    Leaving the EU (9 Jul 2018)
    Richard Graham: I welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment to pursuing
    accession to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would give us the
    opportunity to have closer trading links with some of the world’s
    fastest-growing economies. Will she seize the moment with President
    Trump here this week to raise the question of whether the United States
    of America might reconsider its relationship with the…

    This is the Tories real agenda, and no doubt Kinnock would not oppose it, as the Labour Group in the EU were happy to go along with TTIP and the Tories who supported that, this TPP is opposed by people in South America : https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/South-America-Takes-to-the-Streets-Against-TPP–20160123-0017.html

  6. Is there a list of the MP’s who are turning against the party? Watson & Kinnock are the only one’s I’ve seen so far.
    I know it’s going to anger so many, rightly but it’s incredibly important that none of them receive any abusive threatening tweets emails etc, no matter how tempting, as someone who’s in the WCA PIP regime I know how hard it is not to let rip!

      1. There’s a huge space between silence and abuse. Fibro’s right – not to mention that threats are a criminal offence

      1. Last think I’d want is anyone falling into their trap, so they can show texts emails tweets etc full of abuse, exactly what JC doesn’t want either and I’d rather fight from the inside as a member than on the outside after getting banned. Go for it say what you like, tell them they must be happy with thousands of deaths on their hands more people turning up at food banks and another 4 years of it when we have the chance to topple them, I have.

    1. Thanks for the advice. We will make an effort not to out-barbaric these Blairite barbarians at their own barbaric games. They should also heed this advice because the abuse they hurl at Corbyn at any given opportunity (21st March 2017 PLP meeting with leader comes to mind) is not acceptable, to put it mildly.

      Regarding your question about the list, my answer is may-be, and there are probably 172 or so names in there.

  7. As welcome as a trainspotter at a rave – a charisma-free dork who makes me cringe with embarrassment that he’s even in the same party.
    The exact same embarrassment as watching his father embarrassingly fail to frolic on the beach or embarrassingly fail to inspire a ready-to-go audience with his gobsmackingly feeble “We’re all right!” – FFS – at his over-hyped, underwhelming, prematurely celebratory rally in ’92.
    Tossers both.
    I feel sorry for their poor womenfolk having to drive them from the back seat like Nancy Reagan.

  8. The right wing of the Labour Party often accuse the left of wanting to avoid elections and be a party of protest. Well they weren’t up for the election last year and seemingly they don’t want one now. Perhaps they can let the rest of us know exactly when in their estimation it would be convenient for us to dislodge this dreadful Tory Government because the millions suffering as a result of Universal Credit and an underfunded NHS are getting just a little tired of it.

  9. Early 1970s I went to a Labour Party meeting @ Tredegar Arms, Newport. Agenda :- European Union, Rich Man’s Club. Speaker:- Neil Kinnock. Within 2 years Neil & Glenys Kinnock were MEPs. The gravy train continues.

    1. Neil Kinnock was originally selected for Bedwellty in 1969 by 76-74 following a tie at 75-75.

      I think I read somewhere that Stephen Kinnock’s selection as a parliamentary candidate was by a margin of just one vote.

      Tiny differences can be absolutely crucial.

  10. Unbelieveable! The fact that he, Watson and no doubt others are openly calling for a National Government rather than score the open goal of forcing a general election to get rid of the worst government IN OUR HISTORY because it would let Jeremy Corbyn, their nominal leader, enter No.10 is really the fucking limit.

    Expel them from the party NOW and stop fucking around!

  11. Brexit has been the be all and end all this past two years. In that time Corbyn has been attacked from all sides, unfairly in my opinion. Mr Kinnock may not want an election but he certainly needs his candidacy scrutinised by his CLP.

  12. This MP should be 100% behind his Party members or he should join another Party. A shaved monkey would be elected in his constituency if it wore a red rosette. Why doesn’t he go back to Denmark? Or is he worried about his tax arrangements?

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