The SKWAWKBOX has published information over a number of weeks showing that the long-predicted but little-anticipated formation of a new party out of disgruntled and defunct centrists was imminent. Allies of a number of right-wing Labour MPs around the country have been resigning lately in what may be a move to pave the way for the MPs to follow.
LibDem leader Vince Cable reportedly – and ironically – missed a vote, helping Theresa May avoid by a handful of votes a major Brexit defeat last week to meet representatives, not thought to be MPs, of the group seeking to form the new party and there has been talk this week of the LibDems being absorbed or parasitised by the new group so that its existing infrastructure can be exploited.
Cable appeared yesterday in a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ segment on the BBC’s Daily Politics programme featuring an excerpt from his radio interview with John Pienaar, in which he made what appears at first hearing to be a denial – but isn’t quite – but then went on to indicate that he did anticipate a new party and that the LibDems would be ‘at the centre of it’:
Cable says ‘that’s not correct’ – but what is ‘that’? In context, given Pienaar’s question about meeting for dinner, he might be saying he met them for drinks, or snacks. Or he might be denying that was the topic discussed. It’s not quite a denial.
But Cable goes on to make his position clear – as far as he’s concerned, a new party is coming and he intends the LibDems to be ‘at the centre of it’. Of course, it’s unlikely to be purely down to him, as it’s unlikely the LibDem constitution would allow such a change without a member vote on it.
But the noise around the launch of a new party is undeniably growing. The question is, how many right-wing Labour MPs are prepared to end their meaningful careers and be remembered for betraying the party that got them elected by trying to keep the country under a Tory yoke, just to try to stop Jeremy Corbyn from becoming PM?
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