Brexit – Another excuse for a further round of Labour blood letting!

You begin to wonder if the Labour Party can find anything they all do agree about.

I suppose it is no surprise that Labour’s ‘Red Tory’ MP’s are yet again after Corbyn following the EU Referendum catastrophe. They were always looking for the next opportunity.

And yes Labour did fail to engage with its white ‘working class’ (oh how I hate that terminology) membership/vote and yes, that is at least partly why you could argue (and I do) that we are in the mess that we are in.

BUT, the real culprits here are the Tories and that is where Labour’s energies needed to directed rather than towards their own troops via yet another internal punch up! It’s as though Labour’s right wing has lost all perspective on the real world and they really do think their internal wars are the most important thing.

And it’s because of Labour’s navel gazing that the Tories have been allowed to destroy our Country whilst having just a wafer thin majority and little public backing. Yes Labour, you as the main opposition party should have been leading the charge against the Tories not yet another one against Jeremy Corbyn!

Maybe if Labour’s right wing had not been spending all day every day during the Referendum campaign looking to wrong foot Corbyn then they might have spent some time speaking to that section of the Labour membership/vote in the north of England who were always likely to be drawn towards UKIP/Brexit. Instead of fighting UKIP and mad right wing Tories who were hell bent on destroying the UK Labour’s right wing thought that Corbyn bashing was the right thing to do! You just could not make this up.

And yes I know that Corbyn is no leader of men and women but that is not the point here. I think we all feel that Labour will in due course elect a new leader (although not I hope from the right wing again) but that was for another day. Using the EU campaign to try to unseat your own Leader (again) just let the UKIP and Tory nutters run free leaving the Scot Nats and Lib Dems to fill the void of the official UK opposition.

Assisted Dying – Canada makes a welcome step down the road

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36566214

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

It may not go as far as it needs to go but it it is certainly a big step in the right direction.

The UK needs to address this issue rather than keep running away from it. Surely it is the most Liberal of all humanitarian causes to allow those with no hope to terminate their own life on their own terms at a time and place of their own choosing.

Tim Farron on the EU Referendum crisis

I received the letter below from Lib Dem Party Leader Tim Farron and thought I would share it:-

Tim Farron with Cllr. Pat Keith on Southport Station recently

Tim Farron with Cllr. Pat Keith on Southport Station recently

Liberal Democrats have always believed that Britain should be outward facing, collaborating with other countries to tackle global challenges. Our membership of the European Union allows us to do that.

Britain has now voted to leave. The margin of victory was small and risks dividing our country. We must respect the outcome of the referendum in how we talk about moving forward.

We also have to understand that for many people this was not just a vote about Europe. It was also a howl of anger at politicians and institutions who they feel are out of touch and have let them down. Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove won this campaign by deliberately deceiving voters. They offered cheap slogans and easy answers that they knew they could never keep. Their hollow pledge of £350 million for the NHS has already unravelled and people will be right to feel angry that they have been let down again.

We must also remember that there are many, many European citizens who have made Britain their home. We are immensely grateful for the contribution they make to our country and we are committed to ensuring they can remain here and feel safe here.

I believe our country’s future is still best served by our membership of the European Union, despite its flaws. Millions of our fellow citizens believe that. I also believe many of those people share our vision of a country that is tolerant, compassionate and positive about Britain’s role for good in the world. They share our vision of a country that wants to repair its divisions by working hard together, not by offering cheap slogans.

That is why I want to make clear that the Liberal Democrats will fight the next election on a clear and unequivocal promise to restore Britain’s prosperity and role in the world, with the United Kingdom in the European Union, not outside it.

At the same time, we must address the difficult issues that this referendum has raised about Europe and our country – but with real answers, not cheap slogans.

Since the result of the referendum became known, thousands of new members have joined our party. I encourage you all to reach out to family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances and encourage them to join us to build that Britain together.

Best wishes,

Tim

Tim Farron MP
Leader of the Liberal Democrats

Gove and Boris savaged by Guardian

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/25/boris-johnson-michael-gove-eu-liars

The Guardian has the story on its web site – see link above

This is a powerful piece indeed and well worth reading. My thanks to Roy Connell for spotting it.

As an aside I heard Anna Soubry MP say on Channel 4 News tonight that both her Tory Party and Labour had in effect stoked up anti EU feelings over issues that had nothing to do with the EU. She even mentioned that the Libs had not done this. Her anger with Gove and Boris was very clear.

EU Referendum Result – You selfish Brexit cretins

Liberals are often spoken of as being nice people, indeed I have had it said to me numerous times but this Liberal does not feel nice at present indeed he fancies being offensive!

The EU ‘out’ vote was probably the greatest ever act of selfish behaviour in living memory by the older generations of UK voters. It was often said during the campaign that older folk would not have to live with the consequences of Brexit so those older generations, in general, said that’s fine with us – bugger the young folk, we don’t care!

It you don’t believe me look at this graphic:-

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Talk about leaving a pile of crap for the up and coming generations but doing it deliberately; that’s really crapping on the young!

The cretinous Brexiters were had by right wing nutters and the right wing press and we are all now going to have to live with the stupid decision they took. But its the young in particular who will have every reason to despise the selfishness of many of their elders.

We all knew that ‘Kippers and mad right wing Tories were going to vote for Brexit but what on earth was going on with Labour voters? Many of those who call themselves working class Labour were in the polling booth voting with and for the barmy right! They were voting to reduce workers rights, to push our economy on a downwards spiral (which the poor always suffer the most from) and thought they were freeing themselves from tyranny! In reality they were voting for more austerity, less rights, poorer job prospects and Boris! Labour completely failed to engage with its white, working class voters again so they followed the nonsense the Daily Mail, The Scum etc. fed to them.

Angry, you bet I am. Rude and insulting well I hope so because those who wanted to jump off the cliff are taking the rest of us with them. I am reminded of the title of a Michael Moore book – Stupid White Men …. and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation.. It may well have been written about America in 2001 but 15 years on it seems more about the UK.