Classic Lexist/Corbynist error here: wrong that all those who are angry at him for his support of Brexit are centrist - I identify as left-wing socialist & see Corbyn as betraying the cause - & if the left are angrier than the right are with him, shouldn’t that worry you??
The Corbynist insistence that anyone who disagrees with Jeremy on Brexit must therefore be a Blairite centrist is every bit as dishonest & ultimately self-defeating an act of self-delusion as the extreme Brexiters who insist that Brexit would be easy but for treacherous Remoaners
I’m left to join @TheGreenParty because @UKLabour were not radical enough for me & because I couldn’t support their anti-migrant lurch under Ed Miliband, but if I had remained in Labour I’d have voted for Corbyn, & boy how I would have regretted that error.
This is devastating stuff - the referendum result should not be allowed to stand - action has to be taken before it’s too late, which will be in less than five months from now. We all have to make maximum fuss - write to MPs, papers, protest, agitate.
Morning, Twitter. Have you written to your MP yet and asked them to raise in the House the criminal investigation into Arron Banks’ alleged electoral fraud? And ask whether the Article 50 clock will be stopped until that investigation is concluded? And if not why not?
1. Some background on this major story which broke yesterday: The Taxpayers' Alliance admitted that 9 "linked" organisations coordinated to vilify @shahmiruk These groups are operating from an office at 55 Tufton Street, around the corner from Westminster.
2. Here is what you need to know about these opaquely-funded libertarian groups, which are pushing for a hard (no-deal) Brexit, advocating deregulation to strike a US-UK free trade deal and include climate science denying Global Warming Policy Foundation👇 desmog.co.uk/2018/07/23/map…
3. @shahmiruk accused the 9 groups of mounting a coordinating campaign to push for a hard-#Brexit and deregulation across the media. The Taxpayers' Alliance has just admitted that, indeed, this is the case and climate science deniers and hard-Brexiters are working together.
This *may* be of interest. My own personal German based Liam Fox anecdote.
Frankfurt based since 2001 I was invited to a (I’ll keep it unnamed) Anglo-German business meeting in 2017 in which Fox was the guest of honour.
The subject was „the post #brexit UK-German relationship“.
2/ ..should have been home ground for Fox. The majority of attendees were more FDP than CDU (FDP is nearest thing Ger has to a euro-critical low tax Tory party).
Its Frankfurt-all Germans speak English, they may not like #brexit but they distrust „Brussels“ & want a EU-UK deal..
3/ Fox starts well enough saying how theres no sense in building up barriers where none exists btwn UK & Germany & that once „emotion“ of #brexit gone things will be smooth. Ger biz crowd like this - against emotion & barriers in trade sounds good to them
1/ Very small thread on why #Brexit is actualy leading to the end of the UK or atleast the UK of the post war period as we understand it & its much, much more than *just* Irish & the Scots. Its as much about the English and its polity......
2/ Firstly tho Irish unification & Scottish independence - the 1st is likely to be accelerated once the inevitable demographic reality tips in (around 2030). Scottish Indy less predictable but in any case #Brexit vote confirmed a break - one that's even riven the Scottish Tories.
3/ What many dont get is that #Brexit will findamentally change "restUK" too. After UKs decline in 70s, EU membership enabled UK to be a big hitter - an atlanticist well armed, UN Sec Council member "big beast" inside a "global player" european trade bloc. This will change....
2/ The title is interesting - it is: "How we will deliver the best Brexit in 2018". Davis's piece does not come close to answering that. The piece would more accurately be entitled "What I think the best Brexit looks like in 2018 (without asking the EU what they'd accept)"
3/ There's a bit of nerdy stuff at the start. I quote: "Donald Tusk has approved an immediate start to initial discussions on the future relationship (...) talks about the implementation period begin early in the New Year" I assume he means "Transition Period"?
#Brexit as a concept is increasingly drifting from having anything whatsoever to do with the mechanics of leaving the EU. It is now primarily a culture war and both sides will totally ignore the details except for when they are temporarily convenient.
The consequence of this is that our future relationship with the EU will be just as readily ignored as our activities as a member. They said Brexit would make us isolated, self absorbed and insular but it seems that was always the case and there are no signs of that changing.
As ever the details will be delegated to officials and civil servants while our establishment politics drifts further into its cycle of decline, unable to usefully influence external events making us entirely passive and reactive to events rather than self-interestedly engaged.