I know I generally favour Labour over the Tories (hell I’d favour a stiff kick to the crotch over the Tories) but this is the kind of thing that makes me way more hesitant in doing so than most anyone else I know who supports Labour.
It just kind of baffles me when it seems that a majority of young voters drastically oppose Brexit and want to stay in the EU including the single market, and a majority of young voters support Labour under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, but yet he keeps doing things like this.
And yet somehow they are unwavering in their support despite him seemingly going along with the Tories’ line about how Brexit needs to happen and needs to be the hard version of it.
I dunno. Maybe this is the Brexit-hating Lib Dem part of my political identity breaking through more than usual but still.
On the one hand I’m a Labour supporter who is happy that Jeremy Corbyn is leading Labour back to being a proper challenge to the Tories and their hideous government after Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband kind of screwed the pooch on the matter.
But on the other hand I’m a Liberal Democrat supporter who deep down is pissed off that what the aforementioned point does is help to reinforce the bullshit and broken two-party dynamic that’s been a complicit factor in throttling the life out of the democracy of this country and that desperately needs to be replaced.
… and yes, I said I’m partly a Liberal Democrat supporter. Bring on the anger.
I know it’s fun to rag on the Tories for literally everything (see: the rest of this blog, it’s basically all I fucking do) but as Her Majesty’s Opposition and with Jeremy Corbyn making declarations that he’ll probably end up Prime Minister in 2018, I feel like to be truly fair on this score Labour needs to face similar scrutiny on how it plans to deal with Brexit if they do indeed become the party of government in 2018.
Because I may have missed it but I don’t recall ever seeing Labour actually get taken to task about how they’d handle negotiating Brexit if they were in power, and according to their official website it seems their only stance on it is vague platitudes about standing up for workers’ rights and the like with no detail on how they’d actually go about that.
If everyone wants them to sweep into power in 2018 (including myself, I do kinda want that) then it stands to reason that we’d need to hold them more to some form of account on how their government would actually handle such an important process.
Disclaimer: It’s entirely possible they have adequately explained this and I’ve just somehow managed to miss it. I’ve been very ill lately and haven’t been as on the ball as I like to think I am usually.