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tony nog #FBPE @tony_nog
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1) Thread - Corbynites FFS wake up!
I did resolve (again) to stop attacking Corbyn & to focus on the government in fighting #Brexit
But the last few days have given me a reality check again
Yesterday's #PeoplesVoteMarch was a triumph, over 100k people all over the news
Then this
2) so really I have 2 questions for Corbyn supporters
Firstly, yesterday's march was undoubtedly a progressive march against something a majority of Labour party supporters agree would be damaging for the majority

A #PeoplesVote may not be everyone's ideal, but ...
3) least the march raises the profile of the anti #Brexit movement and shows people it's not settled.

So how did the Labour movement, which is supposed to be about exactly this kind of action, find it's Leadership officially against this and standing with the government?
4) I mean seriously, clear away all the fluff & noise, but I cannot imagine for example a Miliband opposition not standing in solidarity with yesterday's marchers.

It is *extraordinary* that not only is the Labour Leadership silent, but Labour commentators are actively smearing
5) because that's what's happened. In the week Parliament let us down so badly Labour Leadership is officially *with* the government and *against* yesterday's the holy fuck did this happen?
6) This takes me on to the 2nd question for Corbynites.
This week Airbus, BMW & Siemens all went public with the same "Jobs at risk from #Brexit" message the Japanese car makers gave last year.
It's the same week parliament let us down so badly on "meaningful vote"
7) the natural reaction for the Labour movement should be to join in the protest and try to protect those jobs. It's exactly what Corbyn would advocate for any other issue.
But what do you do? You attack the protesters and the marchers, most of whom were probably Labour voters!
8) This is again extraordinary - and raises the question for Corbynites - do you care about the working classes, the vulnerable and all the rest? Do you really?
Because Brexit was your first real challenge, and so far it doesn't look good to be honest
9) Workers rights are under threat, we're being taken out of European Human Rights Charter, jobs are at risk, and a minority of 3 million people is having their rights taken away, rights they took for granted
All things you should, as progressives, be fighting for
10) But you are not, because Corbyn didn't tell you to, and now you're smearing those who *are* fighting.
What do you really stand for? What do you really care about? Because this isn't abstract like "relative poverty" or "inequality" - this is happening, now, while you watch
11) It is truly mindboggling - never in all my days did I expect to see a Labour Leadership standing on the same side with a Tory disaster capitalist government, whilst its followers smear and attack a peaceful street protest fighting for these things
12) in 6 months Corbyn has tweeted 8 times (primarily) about Brexit. He has never mentioned:
-Vote Leave cheating
-Any of Johnson's multiple outbursts
-Farage admitting Brexit will likely make us poorer
This is *astonishing* for an opposition Leader
13) Which comes onto the final point.
Because even if Corbyn wasn't pro brexit, fighting it would take skill, subtlety, confidence and intelligence. It would take statesmanship & state craft.
It's eminently doable
But not by him
He hasn't got it. Corbyn cannot pull this off
14) It's why he's never on TV, it's why he generally performs so badly at PMQs (and he does, he's had some recent hits but generally he's poor)
Corbyn could never walk the line needed to fight Brexit, even if he wanted to
We don't need amateur hour, we need a real politician
15) Ultimately, once all the cries of "Blairite!", "Iraq!", "Austerity Enablers!", "Elites!" fade away, Corbyn supporters have to ask themselves that basic question. What do we really believe in? A better society, or what Corbyn tells us to believe in?
and more importantly
16) How did Labour find itself not supporting (and actively smearing) a protest against an incompetent Tory Government which on a path of destroying jobs, taking away rights, stoking division and intolerance and damaging the economy?
How is Labour on the wrong side?
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