‘Mainstream’ media happy to amplify centrist ‘outrage’ – but misrepresent Labour policy
Political editors and reporters of ‘mainstream’ publications have been talking up the ‘outrage’ of centrist MPs, MEPs and candidates at Labour’s new leaflet for the European Parliament elections – outrage that the leaflets don’t say something that isn’t Labour’s policy anyway.
The Huffington Post splashed on the ‘fury’ supposedly triggered by Labour’s leaflet:
Pippa Crerar of the Mirror amplified:
Waugh also tweeted that “MPs, MEPs and members in full revolt over no mention of 2nd referendum” – and quoted a ‘shadow minister’ claiming that “Keir [Starmer] is furious” because the leaflet “doesn’t reflect [Labour] policy“.
Huffington Post executive editor Jess Brammar got in on the act, stating that it is Labour policy to ‘push’ for a new vote:
But of course, there is no Labour policy to ‘push’ for a referendum. No policy to ‘commit’ to one – or for that matter to ‘mention’ one.
Labour’s policy remains what it has always been. In spite of a months-long habit of journalists and others to either misstate it or claim it’s unclear, it’s not especially complicated:
Honour the 2016 referendum result, achieve a Labour-driven Brexit agreement with the EU – and keep the option of a new vote open, just in case there’s no other way to prevent the disastrous ‘hard’ Brexit the Tories want, or even worse, May’s awful ‘deal’.
Labour’s leaflet rightly makes no mention of a new referendum – apart from anything else it’s been tried in Parliament four times, with Labour fully ‘whipping’ their MPs on three of those occasions; and it’s been soundly defeated each and every time.
A new referendum is one of those ‘unicorns’ centrists like to refer to – and there’s no justification for wasting space in Labour’s leaflet on it. It’s a needless distraction, as well as not being policy.
In short, Labour was attacked this evening for preparing a leaflet that not only states what its policy is but also reflects parliamentary realism. But you’d never guess it from the ‘mainstream’ mentions.
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