Thursday, 7 February 2019

The View From A Special Place In Hell?

And so a Brexit deal begins to take shape, between Theresa May and David Lidington on one side, and, on the other, Jeremy Corbyn and Len McCluskey, bringing with them Seumas Milne and Andrew Murray.

The right wings of both parties are having kittens. But who cares about them? From the night of the referendum result, Brexit has been seen as self-evidently the revenge of Old Labour; as the rejection of 40 years of Thatcherism, under all three parties, by Wales and the North of England, which went on to vote for Corbyn in 2017.

This narrative, as the young people would have it, is so entrenched that is practically gospel. May and the two thirds of Conservative MPs who support her are proceeding on the basis of it, dealing with the Labour and the trade union Left (which are not precisely the same thing) while simply ignoring both the Labour and the Conservative Right.

You see, if the Labour Right did set up its own party, then it might do creditably well in a very few places, but it would not be the First Past the Post in any of them. And Jeremy Corbyn knows it. 

While if the Conservative Right did have a second go in recent years at setting up its own party, and the last one received saturation coverage for the better part of a decade before it crashed and burned, then this country has changed so much in such a short time that that party would lose its deposit in every constituency. There is nowhere where it would now take even so much as one in 20 votes cast. And Theresa May knows it.

Not that the Labour and Conservative Rights will be going away just yet. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email Very many thanks.

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