Unfortunately Ben is wrong here, Corbyn is following the agreed policy here because that policy let's him do exactly what he wants on Brexit, not what the members want
The policy is a well crafted stitch up
a) this is the policy Labour conference overwhelmingly supported
b) Corbyn's following that policy to the letter
Both of these are true, but neither stand up to critical examination if we're being honest
May's choice was her deal or no. Deal which, if true, is no deal at all
It was the same with Labour conference policy
But this was the same choice given to Labour members, this motion or no motion
150 calls for a #PeoplesVote became a possible 3rd stage in a very ambiguous Conference policy, with no other option available to vote on
And when you voted for that slim chance your vote was taken as overwhelming support for the policy.
This is deeply suspect and not democratic
Putting forward one motion with no alternatives is like putting forward 1 candidate or saying "my deal or the chaos of no deal"
All of these are a twisting of democracy
Firstly the "calls for a GE"
This should never have been on the policy in the 1st place because its a given, the opposition is *always* calling for a GE
Many people might want a Labour government regardless & that's fine but as part of an attempt to deal with #Brexit it doesn't change anything, the same options are available
When has the call for a GE failed? How do we know that it's failed? When do we give up & move to the next stage? Only Corbyn knows
And so of course he's following this to the letter
- pushed its key original aim, a #PeoplesVote, to a *possibility* at the end of a 3 stage process
- was presented as a "Vote for this or nothing" at conference
- let's Corbyn do whatever he wishes over whatever timescale, and does not bind him at all
This is why #FBPE is concerned
In the hands of an open, inclusive pro remain leader, great
In the hands of an authoritarian pro Brexit leader...
But there are serious questions for Labour as a democractic party.
The membership must be able to decide policy in a meaningful way.
That means distinct, unambiguous choices must be offered at conference
Just think about it, please