Umunna inadvertently confirms to Sky that his Quitter group will be taking up Vince Cable’s offer to work together – and admits barely a hair between them but there are no policies
Centrist quitter Chuka Umunna has given an interview to Sky News’ Sophie Ridge in which the most remarkable thing for most of it was how similarly vacuous his ‘new politics’ is to the defunct Blairite politics he loved while wearing a Labour rosette.
However, there was one short exchange where he may have given away more than he intended:
Last week, LibDem leader Vince Cable made a televised offer to work with the quitter group – and Umunna’s description of ‘shared values’ included people from the ‘Liberal tradition’. As there are no LibDems (officially at least) among the quitters, this appears to be a clear confirmation that he and his fellow-travellers will accept Cable’s offer.
Umunna also confirmed – as Luciana Berger and Heidi Allen did on the BBC’s Marr programme this morning, that the quitters – whichever party they left – don’t have anything resembling a policy between them and are the epitome of ‘they’re all the same’.
The ‘We’re all the Same’ party launch must be imminent. Labour’s set of strong and popular policies – under a leader with a track record of integrity and substance – does not appear to be under any threat.
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