If it’s not good for Britain, send the government back to the negotiating table,’ says Lord Mandelson [Image: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA].


Labour “can recover its ground but to be successful it must demonstrate strength, clarity, sureness of touch”, according to Lord Mandelson – elements that were entirely lacking in his interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show today (February 19).

This Writer is left wondering what his message was. Does he want Labour to oppose Brexit, as his former boss Tony Blair advocated in the pig’s-ear of a speech he gave last week?

Or does he want the House of Lords to modify the Article 50 Bill to make it easier for Parliamentarians to demand a better result from negotiations with the EU?

His comment that the Tory government could be defeated in the Lords over a meaningful Parliamentary vote at the end of negotiations – and guaranteed rights for EU citizens in the UK – suggests the latter.

But he also said pro-EU politicians need to show more courage in opposing Brexit, and urged the public to donate in support of Tony Blair’s call for an uprising against leaving the bloc.

That is hardly a demonstration of strength, clarity and sureness of touch.

And surely it hasn’t escaped anybody’s notice that any confusion in Labour’s position has been caused by MPs who prefer Blairism to Corbynism? It is Lord Mandelson’s side of Labour that is creating the party’s problems.

His performance on the Marr Show will undoubtedly make matters worse.

The Writer was out on the doorstep yesterday, campaigning ahead of the May council elections here in Wales, and while the response was mostly positive, a couple of people turned me away because they believe Labour is “hopeless at the moment”.

That is the work of Mr Blair, Lord Mandelson, and their acolytes in the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Jeremy Corbyn’s policy positions are perfectly clear – but how many Vox Political readers can say what they are without becoming confused because of interference from offstage whisperers like Lord Mandelson?

And who is giving these agitators a platform? The mass media, of course.

A pro-Tory BBC just loves handing airtime to critics of the Labour Party.

So the solution to the problems raised by Lord Mandelson is clear: Stop Lord Mandelson and his ilk from creating these problems on mass media TV talk shows.

Source: Pro-EU politicians must show courage to oppose Brexit, says Mandelson | Politics | The Guardian

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