If ever there was an argument that MPs should always be made to ask their constituency for permission to stand for re-election at the end of every Parliamentary term – mandatory reselection, as it’s called – it is this:
As Theresa May’s government floundered in chaos of its own making after years of dithering over Brexit, Labour MPs Mike Gapes, Ian Austin and Tom Watson swooped in – not to deliver the killing blow, but to offer help.
Thanks to the Conservative Party, the UK is now a country where critically-ill patients are left to die in hospital corridors because the government would rather give money to private companies than pay for clinical care.
Thanks to the Tories, the UK is a place where people with serious long-term illnesses and disabilities are forced off the benefits they need and ‘nudged’ towards death because the government would rather give money to private companies that persecute the poor than pay to provide them a decent standard of living.
Thanks to Theresa May, the UK is a place that deports its citizens for the heinous crime of being black.
It is in this context that the Labour MP for Ilford South, Mike Gapes, got on his hind legs in the House of Commons and suggested “that we work in the national interest together” – suggesting that Labour could actually work with the Tory parasites to form a government of national unity.
Mr Gapes even had the nerve to invoke the name of Clement Attlee in his speech.
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson compounded the crime by appearing on the BBC’s Today programme. He said: “Is the current meltdown in the government good for anyone? Well you know, obviously electorally it might help my party but that’s no good.”
Why’s that, then, Tom?
Why would it be no good to get a government into office that might stop the deaths, destitutions and deportations that the Tories have heaped upon us?
Why would it be no good to get a government into office that might get the UK off its knees and back into working order?
Tell us, Tom!
Instead, he appeared on TV to say, “It’s not a question of Labour trying to bring the government down; it’s actually a question of Labour trying to help the government get a good deal, and trying to stop the government bringing itself down.”
To this, the interview responded – as if it was scripted: “So a government of national unity then – that’d be quite good, wouldn’t it?”
It is not the purpose of the Opposition Party to prop up a failed regime; these MPs should be demanding the dissolution of the current government and a general election.
And when that election finally happens…
Their constituency parties should ensure that none of the MPs who wanted a “government of national unity” should be standing – at least, not for the Labour Party.
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