The Independent Group
Posted on February 20, 2019
Not even heavyweight political journalists like John Pienaar can predict what is going to happen next in parliament. With that in mind, I won’t bother. However, I can’t be the only one confused by my own political identity.
I have always voted for Labour for very basic reasons. These include the continued implementation of the following. Free health and education at the point of delivery, fair taxation and the equality rights of workers and citizens.
These all seem pretty obvious but without the Labour Party, none of them would exist; it’s as simple as that. Traditional Conservatives never wanted the masses to be healthy and educated. Either in power or in opposition, the Labour Party have assisted in quelling the more extreme Tory desires.
What I don’t need is to be told I am Tory just because I don’t adhere entirely to the inflexibility of the Labour Party in its current state. A state where it can’t even lead the opinion polls when faced with the most appalling Conservative Party in my life time.
The Conservatives, in their pomp, had some formidable front benchers that had to be respected, if not liked. Now they are a shambolic, self-serving bunch of cowards. They grovel to the ERG and the DUP rather than listen to the centrists in their party who know the disaster that is looming with Brexit.
Despite this, Labour sit in front of the open goal with blindfolds on parroting ‘For the many, not the few’ in the same nauseating manner as Cameron said, ‘We’re all in this together’.
Personally I don’t buy into all the crackpot theories about anti-Semitism and the desire for a Venezuelan economic model in the Labour Party. I don’t believe that Jeremy Corbyn is best buddies with Gerry Adams and the PLO either. Apart from a couple photos from the 80’s, there is nothing to suggest these are nothing but convenient smear campaigns.
However, the perception is there and they are lazy in dealing with it. They have also dealt with Brexit almost as badly as the Tories have. Although it has to be said, Brexit was very much a Tory cock up. Out of 159 MP’s who voted Leave, 139 of them were Tories.
In Parliament, there is over a 300 seat majority for remaining in the EU. That is why all these splits are becoming chasms. Because the majority of sensible elected MP’s are being ignored. Meanwhile, fringe groups like the ERG and the DUP are being pandered to. That’s mad isn’t it?
It is no surprise that a breakaway party has now formed. Depending which way you look at it, they can be classed as heroes or villains. However, it is abundantly clear that this group of 11 are not going to have Brexit against their name.
Unless I am missing something, I don’t blame them. Everything is pointing at economic freefall if we carry on down the path we are on. There is no evidence to suggest otherwise. Britain now stands at a point where it could sink and take the EU down with it. A break up of the union is full of dangerous pitfalls.
Anyone who has read into the economic philosophy of the ERG knows why No Deal suits them just dandy. And those who nod sagely in agreement with the DUP ideology need their heads testing. Yet both main parties are facilitating them. Why? Because they are blinded by sticking with ‘the will of the people’.
We do not live in a democracy if it is the DUP and ERG who get to call the shots in this debacle. For that reason alone, A50 has to be delayed until a sensible solution is found.
It’s hard to say whether the breakaway group has the personality to gain momentum in the coming weeks. It is also not clear if they will do more harm than good. That said, how could the current situation be worse? It feels like a breakaway is too little too late but as we have seen since 2016, weird things do happen.
An interesting week coming up.