Of course it’d be naïve to expect Labour to announce a wholesale policy shift towards independence when their elected representatives are almost unanimously against it. Nevertheless, the party need to recognise the political realities.
Fearmongering about nationalism simply won’t wash in a country set to be pulled out of a trading bloc it voted to remain in by an aggressively right wing government it didn’t vote for. Ideology and pragmatism easily trump patriotism as principal factors when deciding on independence.
There isn’t any excuse that Farage can give for supporting Trump if he expects to be seen as an ethical human being, let alone a credible politician. Here’s the truth: Nigel Farage has the same ugly vision for the world that Trump does.
Nobody’s suggesting that the left automatically hold the moral high ground, but it increasingly feels like holding a world view based on compassion is seen as ‘hard’ and ‘extremist’ in 21st century Britain. Whatever your politics, that should be recognised as a sad thing.
The left need to get behind Corbyn because the alternative won’t help the party ‘win back voters’ and ‘gain electability’; they’ll just offer empty platitudes and chase wealthy voters.
It’s no wonder the right wing argument on immigration - that EU migrants are undercutting workers’ wages, taking up living space and putting pressure on public services - is now the prevailing narrative in the public consciousness.
Is it really a surprise that many young people have no interest in the EU referendum when its main combatants represent different strands of the Conservative right?