Calls for Brexit extension show Labour centre has learned absolutely nothing from GE19 losses
Shadow Cabinet Office minister Rachel Reeves has essentially confirmed what many working-class Labour supporters feared – that Keir Starmer’s team is essentially uninterested in winning back the more than 50 leave-voting seats Labour lost in the 2019 general election.
It seems the rewriting of history to pin the blame on Labour’s policies and Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership are so essentially to the Labour right that the thought of conceding that Labour’s disastrous pivot to calling for a new referendum cannot be entertained even for a moment.
Reeves told Sky that if no deal has been reached with the EU by the end of the year, the transition deal should be extended – gifting the Tories a gilt-edged narrative in north, Midlands and elsewhere whenever the next general election takes place.
Labour has so far failed to seriously oppose the Tories on their murderous handling of the coronavirus crisis, which has put the UK into the shameful position of the most deaths per head of population of any nation in the world and a clear second-highest in total deaths behind only the US, which has six times more people.
Now it seems the party has also taken on a side-job of helping the Tories’ campaign team.
There is no route back to Downing Street for Labour that does not go through those leave towns. With the architect of the second-referendum policy at the helm, it was always going to be an uphill battle, but if Labour’s front bench persists with this kind of idiocy it appears that Starmer is writing off even the hope of winning them back. Starmer had signalled that lack of interest in the sacking of Barry Gardiner when he became leader, but he has now confirmed it.
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