11 April 2019
Diary of a Corbynista
Still Kicking that Can
by Don Urquhart
Tory MPs queued up to advise Theresa May against consulting with Jeremy Corbyn. As reported by The Independent Dr Caroline Johnson asked where the prime minister stood on the relative risks of a no-deal Brexit and a “Marxist, anti-Semite-led government”. So the parliamentary rhetoric is becoming visceral and insulting. Sure sign that an election is on its way.
Jacob Rees-Mogg advocates the election of MEPs committed to disrupting the EU. This could incentivise the 27 to ditch the UK at the earliest opportunity. It could also lead to the isolation of the ERG in Parliament and then revocation of Article 50.
With local, European and General Elections in the offing one does well to remind oneself of the reasons for ditching the Tories. Here’s a useful tweet from Tory Fibs which we can use as input to the documented irrefutable case.
- Teen stabbings up 93%
- 3.7m kids in poverty
- 15000 HMRC Staff cut
- 67 job centres cut
- £36m of our NHS sold
- Privatised prison fails
- £160k Russian/Tory Donations
- 2627 homeless dead
- Inequality up 6%
- Fracking rules relaxed
- Privatised probation firm fails
The Sunday Times front page is dedicated to an anti-Corbyn smear campaign with Sky News and Andrew Marr piling in gleefully so with a General Election clearly on the way here’s another list of reasons to ditch the Tories, this time tweeted by Bevan Boy:
Wages lower than 2010
Water bills UP
Energy bills UP
Food prices UP
Council Tax UP
4.7 million working people in poverty
4 million children in poverty
14 million in poverty
At 11pm on Friday 12th April we will leave the European Union with no deal if nothing happens to prevent it. The May/Corbyn talks and the Letwin indicative vote initiative have stalled. The Prime Minister will apparently be speaking to M. Macron and Frau Merkel today and tomorrow. Will they convince her that she needs a plan B before going to Brussels on Wednesday? Hopefully they will drive her into Jeremy’s arms to agree on a second referendum. She can then delay her departure on the basis that it is her mission to deliver Brexit.
These days the media hold up Dame Margaret Hodge as a poster girl for one of their favourite causes – the rubbishing of Corbyn.
It was not always so. Here’s an extract from a 2015 article from The Independent:
As leader of Islington Council, a post she held from 1982-92, Hodge was aware of previous, horrendous child sex abuse in the care homes for which she was responsible, and did nothing about it. This was not an either/or. She was incompetent, completely and utterly incompetent, and she knew about it.
She was guilty of rather more than a casual failure of oversight. She dismissed the detailed, accurate reporting of the London Evening Standard – whose editor, Stewart Steven, battled with typical ferocity to hold her to account – as “a sensationalist piece of gutter journalism”.
Today the European Council will tell us how long an extension we will be granted. Probably it will be about a year. Theresa May will stand on the steps to tell us nothing has changed, she has skilfully kicked the can down the road and, quite possibly, will claim that the extent of her achievement is such that she can safely hand the baton on to one of the slavering dogs at her heels.