Labour ‘moderates’ tar Corbyn’s closest advisers with blame for loss – even though those same advisers warned against consequences of push for new referendum
Labour’s so-called ‘moderates’ have attacked Jeremy Corbyn’s closest advisers in a way that involves an outright inversion of reality.
Labour’s 2017 manifesto contained an unequivocal commitment to enact the 2016 referendum result – taking the UK out of the EU, but on the terms of a Labour deal. That commitment formed a core part of Labour’s promise that saw Labour win its biggest gain in vote share since 1945 – and smash Theresa May’s parliamentary majority.
In the period between that election and the 2019 ballot, Corbyn’s advisers – Karie Murphy and Seumas Milne and others – spent at least a year warning him that any departure from that 2017 position would be catastrophic for Labour in the towns of its northern heartlands, which overwhelmingly voted to leave the EU.
Corbyn abandoned the 2017 commitment under pressure from the right and centre, to move to a promise to hold a new referendum – and the predicted catastrophe took place in those ‘Labour leave’ towns last week.
Since that result last week, those who pushed Corbyn into that rash move have been attacking the very people who warned against it – and blaming them for the consequences.
As the so-called ‘moderates’ try to destroy not only Corbyn but the entire politics of the left, the entire Labour movement is being gaslighted.
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