The soundbites spouted by Chuka Umunna and his fellow quitters to the media over the weekend have been empty of policies, empty of substance – empty of anything but unspecific references to ‘values’.
So it’s interesting that when Umunna was a Labour MP, he made an appeal to disgruntled centrist members of Labour not to leave the party like the SDP did in the 1980s – specifically so that the ‘values’ he shared with them could be implemented in government and to avoid handing an advantage to the Tories:
It’s almost as if Umunna says what suits him at any given moment and doesn’t actually care if he sentences the UK’s vulnerable to prolonged Tory government.
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