Former Labour, former CUK, now LibDem – but Umunna didn’t do a cleanse of his Twitter feed
As the SKWAWKBOX flagged last week, serial quitter Chuka Umunna has officially announced that he has joined the LibDems – a move that LibDem members are far from happy about. Umunna made his announcement in a tweet linking to an article he has written about the change:
As the SKWAWKBOX pointed out, Umunna previously had an extremely dim view of the LibDems, saying that he could ‘never forgive’ them for what they had done to Streatham.
But even a cursory search of Umunna’s Twitter history shows that his disapproval of the LibDems continued for years – and that the new LibDem didn’t bother to ‘cleanse’ his Twitter feed before making his announcement.
Umunna correctly roasted the LibDems for their cowardly u-turn on tuition fees and their abetting of the Tories in cuts and in attacks on our rights, for hospital closures, the bedroom tax and more – and took specific aim at the same Vince Cable he’s proudly pictured with in today’s announcement:
Yet now he’s ‘delighted’ to be joining them.
Ironically, this move may reunite him with the former ‘CUK’ colleagues that he abandoned just a few months after joining them – acting leader Anna Soubry is reportedly deep in discussions with the LibDem leadership about a merger. Although, following yet another name change today, the ‘Independent Group for Change’ might result in a rather clunky name for the merged party – perhaps, given that TIG/CUK/IGC formed by splitting and is now looking to merge, ‘The Irony Party’ might be appropriate for the joint venture.
Another irony is that Umunna’s move to join the LibDems may well result in him facing the deselection battle he was desperate to avoid as a Labour MP. LibDem rules give members the right to decide who represents them in elections.
Flip-flopping Umunna and the flip-flopping LibDems – a natural but probably short-lived marriage. They deserve each other.
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