South-East MEP’s appalling email to Labour members follows exact pattern predicted
Unite union boss Len McCluskey made a similar prediction this morning during a BBC interview – and said that Tom Watson’s Observer article today was an early example.
Another such example has come to light in the form of an email from South-East MEP John Howarth to Labour members in the region, in which Howarth attempts to pin the blame for poor results – not even announced yet – on the Labour leadership’s supposed ‘failure’ to commit to a new referendum:
Howarth spoke earlier in his email of ‘implausible rot’, but he – like Watson and the rest – are spouting just that.
Watson, Brexit secretary Keir Starmer and others have spent weeks telling the public – contrary to Labour’s policy – that Labour is a ‘remain’ party. Almost without exception, Labour’s European Parliament candidates committed – loudly and unequivocally, in spite of Labour policy – to a new referendum.
And four times, Labour followed its conference policy by supporting motions on another referendum in the Commons – losing an estimated two million leaver votes in the process.
If Labour’s candidates are shown to have performed poorly when the EU election results are announced tonight, they and other ‘remain ultras’ need to reflect on their own responsibility for that outcome – and on the fact that their ‘remain party’/public vote message is not welcomed by Labour members a public that overwhelmingly just want Brexit over and done with.
But rather than waking up and smelling the triple-espresso Labour members and the electorate are waving under their noses (while holding a ringing alarm clock to their ears) and recognising that their approach is woefully flawed – they are going to use it as yet another bankrupt attempt to ‘get Corbyn’.
Watson this morning and Howarth in his email have made that clear well before the results are even announced.
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