I think it probably goes without saying that I have what we’ll called mixed feelings about Chuka Umunna joining the Liberal Democrats.
What I don’t understand most about it is people mocking it as a careerist self-serving political move to preserve his own interests.
Dude left the Labour Party, despite holding a safe as all hell Labour seat, to join a failed experiment that immediately collapsed and then went from that to joining a party that has taken the vast majority of everyone’s shit for the past 9 fucking years to the point where they’re still almost universally regarded as a political punchline for so many people.
At the next election he has to try and overturn effectively his own 26,285 vote majority or he’s out of a job.
The Liberal Democrat candidate in his seat at the last election got 34,601 less votes than he did.
This was not a smart careerist move for him, because he’s basically (barring some electoral wizardry or miracle) fucked himself right out of Parliament eventually.
I know the Lib Dems are polling well right now and cleaned up well in London in the European Parliamentary elections but come on now.
Unless he thinks he got 38,212 votes based on his singular political brilliance and not as a result of the colour of rosette he happened to be wearing, and if that’s his thinking then my mixed feelings about him joining get decidedly less mixed because if he thinks that he’s obviously a moron.