Labour’s position on the EU referendum (not ‘Brexit’, as her headline so misleadingly put it) has been clear since before the campaigning began; Labour supports ‘Remain’.
If voters are confused, doesn’t she think it might – just might – be because of articles like hers today? Look how it starts:
David Cameron’s battle to keep Britain in the European Union enters its final phase on Tuesday amid worries in the remain camp that more needs to be done to woo traditional Labour voters who have told pollsters they do not understand the party’s stance on the issue.
David Cameron’s battle? In what twisted universe?
Oh. Sorry. That’s right. In Rowena Mason’s twisted universe. In the Guardian‘s twisted universe.
As This Blog has made clear many times: The EU referendum is not about David Cameron except in a remote tangential sense.
The EU referendum is a question put to the UK electorate – do we want to ‘Remain’ in the European Union or ‘Leave’?
It isn’t a vote Cameron can win because he isn’t up for election. And it isn’t his “battle” either, because there are plenty of other people – politicians and layfolk – who are also campaigning on the ‘Remain’ side but will have nothing to do with him and his toxic brand.
But the Guardian – for some bizarre reason of its own – wants you to think otherwise:
With three weeks to go before polling day on 23 June, Cameron plans to step up campaigning with Labour, Green, Liberal Democrat and trade union figures as he tries to stop the debate sliding into an argument about his own leadership of the Tory party.
Any Labour MP or public figure seen campaigning with Cameron is betraying the party (and yes, that means you, Sadiq Khan).
Remember how Scottish Nationalists twisted Labour’s choice to campaign alongside the Tories in the ‘independence’ referendum of 2014? They successfully convinced many voters that Labour and the Conservatives were allies in Westminster – in defiance of the facts – and stole Labour votes at the subsequent election.
That’s why Labour won’t campaign on the same platform as David Cameron now. Perhaps Ms Mason didn’t get the memo.
The memo that the Graun did get is clearly the result of mischief-making:
A campaign memo from Britain Stronger In Europe leaked to the Guardian shows that only about half of Labour voters have realised their party is in favour of staying in the EU, with the rest thinking it is split or believing it is a party of Brexit.
Look at the people on Stronger In’s board – not one Labour politician among them (unless you still believe Peter Mandelson ever stood for Labour values). In fact, Mandelson’s presence makes it more likely that the leaked memo is intended to weaken Labour’s current leadership.
Yet the Guardian‘s Rowena Mason is happy to overlook that and be led by the nose.
The quality of journalism in the mainstream press has plummeted since This Writer left, hasn’t it?
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