Blunkett called for removal of key Corbyn aides for not backing referendum – but has previously strongly rejected calls for another referendum
Tony Blair’s former Home Secretary David Blunkett has mounted a proxy attack on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by calling for the sacking of Corbyn’s closest aides – because they have not committed the party to a new referendum on Brexit.
In a staggeringly dire Guardian article, Blunkett tiresomely ignored the obvious fact that Corbyn’s aides don’t make party policy – and that his own record renders him irrelevant to the modern Labour Party’s status as a genuine political alternative.
But Blunkett also demonstrated a short memory – because just a short time ago he aggressively rejected calls for a new referendum and attacked those he said had failed to understand why people voted to leave the EU:
Blunkett said last August:
To understand…why, if there were to be a second referendum now, I believe that the majority would still vote to leave, is critical if we are to get our democratic system back on track.
Blunket also accused those pushing for another referendum of insulting,
many people I used to represent and utterly miss[ing] the point of why the majority of British people voted the way they did
Sadly, Blunkett has now shown himself all too ready to abandon those same voters in his constituency and elsewhere – all for the sake of participating in a cheap, transparent and coordinated attack on Labour and its leader that just happens to have arisen days before a key by-election.
Blunkett is a relic who has made himself a laughing stock – but the tactics being deployed against Corbyn and his closest allies are just as dated and threadbare.
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