Accusations centrists of any party ‘all the same’ borne out by ‘merger’
The longstanding accusation that centrists are the same regardless of the rosette they wear – which led to the dismissive description of ‘red Tories’ against ‘Labour’ MPs who subsequently quit the party – appears to have been proven true.
Few might now remember, but after the EU referendum a few centrists set up the ‘Renew’ party – funded by a series of large donations almost entirely from a single individual. While the party has remained largely out of sight, it did contest last week’s Newport West by-election, even hiring a plane-drawn aerial banner. It received 3% of the votes.
The ‘Independent Group‘ of MPs who quit the Tory and Labour parties did not put up a candidate.
However, Renew appears to be enamoured of its timid cousin and today issued a press release announcing what amounts to a merger – a decision to “wind up operations as soon as the Electoral Commission gives ‘Change uk – The Independent Group’ the all-clear to run in the [European] elections“:
Tories and ‘Labour’ deserters banding together to form a policy-free party should be proof enough that there’s not a cigarette-paper’s width between any so-called ‘centrists’ – but to remove all doubt, they’re now to join forces with yet another group.
And in spite of their lack of policies, ideas, vision or respect for democracy, ‘TIG’ is an attractive proposition to Renew.
They really are ‘all the same‘.
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