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Sep 23, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
I'm a strong and committed Remainer.

But I also think it's a mistake to force Jeremy Corbyn to commit to a second Referendum on Brexit. Labour members shouldn't go down that road.

Here's why:
If Corbyn says he is committed to a second Referendum *before* Theresa May's deal has been voted on, it will be a disaster.

Why? Two reasons:
First, May will immediately accuse him of helping the EU and trying to wreck Brexit. It will unite all Tories (ensuring her deal goes through).

Secondly, it will allow her to say Labour were always angling for No Deal, and are to blame from fallout of No Deal.
In other words, it will be a lifeline for Theresa May. That's why she's been trying hard to get Corbyn to take a stance against Brexit.

It will not only strengthen her hand, but give her space to blame Labour if things go wrong.
Corbyn is right: Labour's first priority should be to win an election, not do some Referendum rerun.

Then, by their own policy, Labour needs a deal that is *as good as* staying in Single Market and Customs Union.

But first: focus on an election.
But the WORST outcome here will be if Remainers force Corbyn to adopt a position that helps May unite her party. And blame Labour for any fallout.

There is NO scenario in which helping May stay on as PM helps the Remain camp.
So my plea to Labour members and delegates at #lab18 is - please allow Corbyn the flexibility.

Don't tie him into committing to a People's Vote or Second Referendum as official policy. It will backfire politically.

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Sep 16, 2018
So this is Rod Liddle in the Spectator (apparently the *leading* magazine of the UK right), writing about how it's SO difficult to avoid being racist.

Let's talk about Rod Liddle's own history, since its not that well known.
In 2010, Rod Liddle blamed black people for "the overwhelming majority of street crime, knife crime, gun crime, robbery and crimes of sexual violence in London"

When asked to back up his claim, he couldn't. PCC ruling…
The Spectator published the PCC ruling and an apology on its website, but seems to have deleted it now. I guess they really care about accuracy…
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Sep 14, 2018
Ok. *deep breath* a thread on Labour and Brexit. ⬇️

As a strong Remainer I find it odd when fellow Remainers attack the Labour leadership (Corbyn / McDonnell) for not being against Brexit enough. Its unnecessary and misguided. Here's why
1) The Corbyn/McD stance is classic Triangulation. (Yes, the t-word is back!)

Of course they won't admit to it. But leadership don't want to lose the mostly working-class-vote that are strong Leavers. Will they attract Tory Remainers to replace them? Seems doubtful.
And the quickest way to annoy its Leavers is by telling them their vote didn't count.

For the Labour leadership, Brexit is not a concern as big as transforming the economy. THAT is the project they are building a coalition of voters for.
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Sep 13, 2018
Exclusive story by @openDemocracy tonight, which could turn very interesting 🤫😉

The UK Parliament watchdog is now probing Jacob Rees Mogg’s hard Brexit lobby group (the ERG) over its "other sources of funding"…
The ERG received ‘research funds’ (paid out of MPs’ expense claims, and therefore ultimately funded by the taxpayer) from the offices of:
Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Andrea Leadsom, Penny Mordaunt, Chris Grayling, David Gauke and David Davis.
But it turns out the ERG has a SECOND bank account that it did not inform IPSA, the Parliamentary watchdog, about.
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Sep 12, 2018
The Conservatives talk loudly about challenging anti-Semitism. So why are they backing an actual anti-Semitic and far-right party?
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"Orbán’s responsibility for the rise in anti-Semitism goes back as far as his electoral defeat in 2002, after which he often turned to coded anti-Semitic language"…
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Sep 11, 2018
A few weeks ago I was asked by a journalist how they can focus more on climate change when "most people aren't interested".

That's the problem right there. Climate change is seen as an abstract issue, but it isn't. It will affect ever facet of our lives and our politics.
Think I'm exaggerating? Read this on Day Zero in Cape Town. This is soon going to be a reality across parts of India, China, Middle East, Mexico, even Russia.

Think of the massive migration flows / international tension unleashed with water shortages…
If journalists can't even convey how climate change will affect people's food, water, house prices, incomes and even where they can stay, what's the point of journalism?
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Aug 13, 2018
So I think Corbyn is at that stage where he could literally shoot someone on Oxford Street and still maintain his base.

There are three main reasons for this, IMO:
1) Media
2) Brexit
3) Economy
1) The press has been so vicious to Corbyn from day one, cried wolf so many times, people just don't trust it to treat him fairly.

And I don't mean just his core supporters. I don't think the wider public does either.
2) Much as I hate Corbyn's reluctance to fight Brexit, he has triangulated successfully enough to keep Labour Leavers on side while hanging on to Remainers.

And thanks to Tory incompetence, time is on his side.
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