It must surely be obvious to anyone outside of the Corbyn cult that Owen Smith is the obvious choice to become the next leader of the Labour Party, but only because he is the least worst candidate of the two. When he is thumped in the forthcoming election by Labour’s accidental leader nothing will have changed, other than Labour taking another massive step towards electoral oblivion.
Whilst Corbyn’s public pronouncements are little better than Chauncey Gardner’s in Being There, Smith has an uncanny knack of mostly saying the right thing and then coming out with stuff like negotiating with the islamic fascists of ISIS and now calling for another EU referendum. It is with the latter I shall dwell on today.
I did not want an EU referendum in the first place. I don’t agree with referendums on anything, ever. I support the idea of electing representatives to parliament to make decisions on our behalf and holding them to account by way of what happens at the following general election. It’s not ideal, but it’s a system that just about endures. It’s also a good system for avoiding divisive binary choices like the one with the EU.
It doesn’t matter now but I always felt that Britain could do better than just hold an in/out vote. But that was never what Cameron’s referendum was all about. His referendum was Tory Party management on an epic scale, involving the entire electorate to resolve his “European problem”. And now look what’s happened. It all got out of control, turned into a punch up about immigration and now, at some future unspecified date, we’ll be leaving the EU. And leave the EU we must.
The new PM announces that “Brexit means Brexit” even if no one knows what Brexit means but now the public has spoken politicians need to get on with it, whatever it is. I agree that whatever terms are negotiated need to put before the people, but not by way of another referendum. They should form part of the various manifestos of the main parties. If the Tories negotiate something that trashes workers’ rights, damaging the economy and restricting freedom of movement, let them present it to the electorate in 2020. If Labour or anyone else objects to the new terms, let them present it to the electorate in their own manifesto. You can bet that the differences will go down party lines anyway.
No one should have been under any illusion as to what would happen if we voted to leave the EU (although some were taken in by the lies on one side and the exaggerations on the other) so what is happening should be no surprise. But above everything else, I am EU-ed out. I so wanted to stay, to protect freedom to travel, live and study abroad with minimal obstructions and I liked the very idea of the EU and what it stood for in helping to keep the peace. But all of us, including Owen Smith and me, need to move on.
In any event, the likes of Smith (and me) will have plenty of time to think in the next year of Corbyn’s ruinous “leadership” until the next challenger emerges. The EU decision has been taken and whilst 48% of us thought it was a terrible decision, 52% didn’t. It’s the end, I’m afraid.