Crassness and farce have been fighting hard for dominance at County Hall in London this morning, as the tiny splinter-sized splinter group prepares to announce its departure from the Labour Party.
Talk that they might delay their ‘launch’ out of respect for veteran Labour MP Paul Flynn, who died yesterday, has proven to be predictably ill-founded – the thought probably didn’t even occur to egos of this scale – and a piece of curled paper covers what is thought to be a logo for the so-called ‘Independent Group’.
But they’re still dithering, as a couple of reporters discussed on Twitter:
However, it seems that things will proceed – and the number of PR professionals already in the hall betrays how well-funded this supposedly-principled split is.
The quitters are thought to have one or two Tories on board and are already trailing that the venture is because of Brexit – ironic, given the ‘Independence Party’ name – and antisemitism, which founder-member-to-be Chuka Umunna is on record saying he had never seen in the party.
Of course, Umunna is also on record saying another referendum was unthinkable and that freedom of movement would have to be sacrificed, but don’t expect that to feature in mainstream coverage.
Luciana Berger is also at the hall, but the number is said to be only six MPs, at least for now.
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