This was Green MP Caroline Lucas’s attempt to stop Jeremy Corbyn from forming a government after he wins a ‘no confidence’ vote in Boris Johnson’s government.
It will be a relief for Corbyn supporters that her plan is so badly flawed that any of the other women she had suggested for it would be fools to support it.
Here’s how The Guardian reported her plan:
The Green MP, Caroline Lucas, has thrown down the gauntlet to 10 high-profile female politicians over blocking a no-deal Brexit, proposing a cabinet of national unity including Labour’s Emily Thornberry, the Liberal Democrat leader, Jo Swinson, and the former Conservative cabinet minister Justine Greening to seek legislation for a fresh referendum.
Lucas offered to broker a deal with female MPs from all the main political parties in Westminster, as well as the SNP’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon.
Lucas, who is understood to have begun talks with the women she has addressed in her open letter, sent the offer to Thornberry, Swinson, Greening and Sturgeon, as well as the Change UK MP Anna Soubry, the independent MP Heidi Allen, the SNP’s Kirsty Blackman, the independent Northern Irish MP Sylvia Hermon and Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts.
The final MP who has been approached is Yvette Cooper, one of the leading Labour figures coordinating efforts to stop no deal, but the only one of the addressees who has not explicitly endorsed a second referendum herself.
Unfortunately for Ms Lucas, critics on the social media were quick to point out that her all-female cabinet was also all-white. Why were there no black MPs among them?
And why did they have to be all-female anyway?
Against this sexist and racist background, they also asked why Yvette Cooper had been included; a backbencher who does not support Ms Lucas’s call for a second referendum.
Can you explain why Yvette Cooper – who is a backbencher who isn’t on record anywhere backing a new referendum – represents the Labour leadership – while Diane Abbott – who is Shadow Home Secretary and who backs a new referendum – doesn’t? Why have you just selected white women? https://t.co/Prkr9ETrUq
— Owen Jones 🌹 (@OwenJones84) August 11, 2019
It makes perfect sense if you're more interested in getting rid of Corbyn than actually stopping Brexit
— Corbynista Spider's Rights ⛏️ (@arachnochist) August 11, 2019
Diane Abbott is the Shadow Home Secretary, not an afterthought you melt https://t.co/X8pIgAWMBt
— Lara McNeill (@lara_eleanor) August 11, 2019
Then how does Yvette Cooper fit into this? She's not leadership, not deputy leadership, not even front bench.
Seems a feeble excuse for not including BAME women MPs – except Labour's would be too sensible to give it a thought…
— The SKWAWKBOX (@skwawkbox) August 11, 2019
Women only seems kinda weird to me https://t.co/2LQTVniDBy
— Danny Blanchflower (@D_Blanchflower) August 11, 2019
An emergency cabinet without a single black or brown face. Says it all about Caroline Lucas, her politics and priorities. https://t.co/XIrNi2g5bf
— Amit Mozoomdar (@amozoomdar) August 11, 2019
I thank @CarolineLucas for her fight against Brexit, and I will always stand with her on a platform to Remain, but I worry her new proposed plan would not solve our country's divisions. The people must have the final say, not politicians from either side. Here's my full reply. pic.twitter.com/VByHbf9d7Y
— Emily Thornberry (@EmilyThornberry) August 11, 2019
What is the point of the Greens?
Acting as Tory & Lib Dem pawns.
Brexit their only concern.
Vehemently anti Corbyn & hence anti socialism.
Veering to the right in policy making.
Little noise on the impending climate disaster.
Vote Socialism. Vote green revolution. Vote LAB!
— Bevan Boy (@mac123_m) August 12, 2019