The rewriting of history continues on all kinds of fronts as various figures try to avoid blame for the disastrous impact on the last general election of of Labour’s change of position on Brexit.
The Labour right has already completed its own shameless version of events in which the loss of 51 leave-voting towns had nothing to do with the push by Keir Starmer and others for another referendum – including a 2018 conference speech in which he disregarded what had been agreed with the leadership to say Labour had put a remain option on the table.
And the weathervanes of the left are trying to distance themselves from their own responsibility for joining forces with the Labour right on the issue of Brexit and contributing to the disaster:
Today Guardian columnist Owen Jones has published an article in which he says that the determination of ‘hard remainers’ to stop Brexit altogether has resulted in the hardest of Tory Brexits – and he’s absolutely right.
But last year, Jones was one of the very people claiming that the only way forward was a so-called ‘people’s vote’ (Brexit votes were also cast by people, regarded by centrists with contempt):
Meanwhile, the working-class left continues to be dismissed as ‘cranks’ for warning that showing contempt for the Brexit votes of working-class communities would cause an electoral disaster.
Of course, such analysis almost never reaches the so-called ‘MSM’, who are more than happy to enable narratives that put the blame on Labour’s socialist policies despite the obvious fact that the policies were more or less unchanged from the ‘Corbyn surge’ of 2017, or to promote versions of reality that pretend the real working-class left wasn’t fully aware and highly vocal about the wilful blindness of ‘hard remainers’ and those who pretended to be hard remainers in order to damage the Labour left in and even earlier – and the ‘hardest of Tory Brexits’ it would lead to.
That willingness to ignore the facts doesn’t change them, though.
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