I am sick & tired of Corbyn supporters whining that Labour can't oppose the government on #Brexit. If Labour can't oppose a bitterly divided minority government pursuing an utterly bankrupt policy then Labour should dissolve itself and let others do the opposing.
And of course these particular Corbynistas are wrong about the facts. Labour has shown that when it is willing and it is joined by Tory defectors it can force the government into desperately close Commons votes on #Brexit.
Some other Corbynistas say that Labour is letting the Tories self-destruct. That is an honest account of what Labour might be doing. However, that tactic runs one big risk.
The majority of Tory MPs will be realising that #Brexit is one almighty fuck-up, and they might well decide that a #PeoplesVote is a convenient escape route. If they do that, Labour will be exposed as an ineffectual fence-sitting party.
Suppose 200 Tory MPs call for a #PeoplesVote. People would ask why that initiative has come from the Tories rather than Labour. Would it be a big risk for the Tories? The Brexiters would squeal and wail, but it's politically risky to oppose giving the decision to the people.
And Labour would be left either having to follow the lead of the Tory moderates or having to side with the Tory Brextremists.

And if I can think this through, as I've just done in 15 minutes, so will a lot of non-ERG Tory MPs.
And if a #PeoplesVote delivered a Remain majority, the Brexiters would froth and fume, but after having spent 2 years ranting about the Will of the People, they would find it all but impossible to gain the political impetus for a major new offensive. It would be game over.

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Aug 15, 2018
1/ It has gone largely unnoticed that #Brexit is closely tied to climate change denial.

55 Tufton Street in Westminister is home to 8 right-of-centre organisations combining support for #Brexit and climate change denial
#55TuftonSt #PeoplesVote
2/ Another article on the pro-Brexit and climate change denial organisations based at 55 & 57 Tufton St, including Vote Leave, the TPA & the IEA (linked to Raab) and some familiar names - Matthew Elliot, Owen Paterson, Nigel Lawson, Hintze & Gove.
3/ A graphic showing some of the links between Brexiters and the transatlantic climate change denial network. Some familiar names - Fox, Davis, Gove Paterson, Farage and Arron Banks.
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Aug 13, 2018
1/ One reason for #Brexit:
Within living memory the English ruled the greatest empire the world had ever seen. The English were the master race, to which even the least of Englishmen belonged, making him superior to all others. And then in around 20 years it all vanished.
2/ So a child coming to awareness in the glow of imperial glory, reached young adulthood in a broken, dejected Britain crawling, for want of better, into the embrace of the EEC, a supplicant begging for entry into a club run by powers England had once comprehensively defeated.
3/ For those with no need for tribal affiliations, or whose affiliations were to other tribes this wouldn't have mattered. But for those who felt defined by Britishness, or more specifically, and relevantly, Englishness, this would have left a deep psychological wound.
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Jul 30, 2018
1/ They have attacked the Electoral Commission & the Civil Service & from Theresa May downwards they attacked the Article 50 case courts and those taking the case to court - The Tory right has been attacking the institutions which underpin our democracy.
#Brexit #PeoplesVote
2/ By ranting about the "Will of the People" the Tory Brexiters and their press allies have demonised opponents of #Brexit as "enemies of the people" and so as saboteurs, plotters, traitors and subversives, thus undermining the core democratic right to oppose.
3/ The industrial scale mendacity of the Tory Brexiters and their press allies is not merely promoting falsehoods, it is undermining democracy itself by destroying the common ground of agreed truth which is required for political debate and decision-making.
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Jul 28, 2018
1/ I'm more worried by the politics of #Brexit than the economics; the democracy-weakening torrent of lies, the rage against the rule of law over A50, the attacks on the civil service & electoral commission, the fascistic invocations of the "Will of the People" etc..
2/ As with Trump, the #Brexit right from the PM downwards is attacking the practices, rights and institutions that ground democracy - basic honesty, the right to oppose, legal checks on government, and the impartiality of the civil services & electoral commission.
3/ And one has to ask, is this just disorganised rage within a part of the political elite against anything seen as hindering #Brexit, which would be dangerous enough, or is its prevalence across the Atlantic a sign of a much more coordinated campaign to undermine democracy?
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Jul 21, 2018
1/ #Brexit and Trump are instances of a primitive tribalist politics, in which the strength of the tribe is the supreme value, overriding other values such as truthfulness, reason, human rights and lawfulness.
#PeoplesVote #StopBrexit
2/ This tribalist politics has been ruthlessly whipped up by right-wing politicians and media who have exploited the natural human tendency to seek safety in a group when afraid. Their long term campaign of fear-raising has been the real project fear.
3/ A more developed tribalism would include respect for the tribe's rules, laws & institutions. The right-wing have exploited ignorance & disconnection from democratic institutions to foment a crude mob tribalism without laws and institutions, focussed only on power & security.
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Jul 14, 2018
1/ A short thread on Liam Fox and his transatlantic connections:
Atlantic Bridge: desmog.co.uk/atlantic-bridge.
This links with climate denying billionaire & Tory donor Michael Hintze. Koch bros funded ALEC and Heritage Foundation in the USA, & Gove & Johnson
#TrumpProtest #Brexit
2/ Fox has held repeated meetings with the Heritage Foundation, funded by the Koch Brothers & known for supporting climate science denial and being highly influential in shaping the new Trump administration. It also has many other ties with Tory Brexiters.
3/ Hedge Fund billionaire & Tory donor Michael Hintze funded Atlantic Bridge & is a key funder of UK climate science denial think-tank the Global Warming Policy Foundation founded by Nigel Lawson & based at #55TuftonSt.
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