Are the Labour moderates trying to whip up a storm in a teacup over Brexit?
Someone is certainly making a huge fuss over the fact that the subject was not selected for inclusion among the eight topics for debate and a vote at this year’s party conference. But they clearly didn’t look at their schedule – in which Brexit is the subject of debate at 9.30am today (September 25).
This Writer thinks they’re trying to lead us all on a wild goose chase, for one very good reason:
All the subjects for debate were democratically chosen by conference delegates.
This was not a stitch-up by the leadership; it was a choice by Labour Party members, not to debate a matter that would get plenty of airing anyway and to give the time to another deserving subject.
Here’s Rosena Allin-Khan mentioning it in her speech:
— Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (@DrRosena) September 25, 2017
Ivana Bartoletti’s wish has already come true:
Powerful speech by Ivana Bartoletti demanding Labour issue the message that European citizens are welcome in Britain.
— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) September 25, 2017
— Labour Press Team (@labourpress) September 24, 2017
Caroline Flint (I know what she is; don’t make a fuss about it) argued on television for an end to freedom of movement between the UK and EU:
— Daily&SundayPolitics (@daily_politics) September 24, 2017
Others include usual suspects Chris Leslie and Heidi Alexander.
In the light of this information, I would urge everybody to make a careful note of the names of those MPs and luminaries who are kicking up a stink about it.
Here‘s Mary Creagh, improbably accusing party members of “ducking the biggest issue of the day” when it has been all over the TV, the papers, and the floor of her party’s conference.
Then there’s this:
You cannot muzzle debate of the most important issue in a generation – Single Mkt goes to the heart of delivering social justice in the UK https://t.co/fiqsqOMGeQ
— Chuka Umunna (@ChukaUmunna) September 25, 2017
No, Mr Umunna, you can’t muzzle debate of it – that’s why so many people have been discussing it.
But which of the subjects, which will get a debate and vote, would you have preferred to see muzzled? Growth and investment? Public sector pay? Workers’ rights? Grenfell? Housing? NHS? Social care? Rail?
And we should also pay attention to newspaper/media reporters who are playing up about this as well. What’s their agenda in trying to put down democracy?
Most speakers in the hall at Labour conference in Brexit debate making passionate pro-remain speeches. Vote might have been interesting!
— Jessica Elgot (@jessicaelgot) September 25, 2017
The message is clear:
Beware of false messages about Labour and Brexit.
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