Brexit: Starmer says Labour will not fight ‘yesterday’s wars’ and doesn’t ‘want to rejoin’

Starmer is deluded, the Brexit deal and the Protocol are so divisive, destructive and unstable that Brexit politics is here to stay. Brexit is absolutely not done.…
Brexit is a horrible mess which the Tories and their press allies will use to stir up nationalist hysteria. It is not going away. And so long as Labour tries to appeal to Brexiters it will increasingly alienate and anger the majority of its voters and members.
And Labour won't succeed with the Brexiters, because it won't be able or want to match the Tories for loudmouthed jingoism and xenophobia. So by trying to appease the Brexiters it will lose on all counts.
Labour has to end its futile game of trying to outbid the Tories for the Brexiter and socially conservative vote. It must join a Progressive alliance with the LibDems, Greens and PC thus reducing its need to grovel to the right-wing press and voters.

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2/ Democracy relies on people feeling they and their political opponents form a single democratic community, with a common code of conduct. But the UK is not a democratic society. The nationalist right now act as a tribe that is free to cheat and lie against its enemies.
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A reminder of the Battle of Cable Street in 1936 when over 100,000 people stood up against Union Jack waving fascists posing as patriots.
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If you support this campaign, please put #FBPA (Follow Back Progressive Alliance) in your Twitter names.
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