this is the plain unvarnished truth, despite the frenetic brainwashed state of the country

We have to stop Brexit to protect freedom of movement, and only the Lib Dems will do it
Matt Sanders, Independent, Nov 22 2019

Brexit will be a disaster for London’s communities. But, bizarrely, from a party that has had a grip on our capital’s politics for years, Labour’s manifesto proves that Corbyn doesn’t even want voters to think about it. I will never forget the feeling of arriving to live in London and that sense of living at the centre of the world. Everyone, it seemed, was in London: a heady mix of people from all across the planet, of all races, religions and backgrounds, choosing to make this city their home. And now, as I fight to be elected to parliament to represent Hampstead and Kilburn, a small slice of north London, I am once again struck by the openness and love of diversity that we have here. We have been enriched by people who came to escape war and persecution 70 years ago, and by refugees from conflicts that continue today. Everyone has been made welcome in the great embrace of London. This unique culture has not come about by accident, and people here know it. Going door to door, voters in Hampstead and Kilburn constantly tell me that the freedom to live, work and travel abroad is one of the reasons they desperately want to Remain in the EU. They know that Brexit is a unique threat to our community. Jeremy Corbyn wants Remain votes, but he does not want to Remain. He has always been hostile to Europe. Corbyn voted against joining the European Community and against the Maastricht Treaty. He and his allies continue to insist that Labour is not a Remain party. He has pledged to negotiate a Labour Leave deal, and will give no indication of which way his party will campaign in a future referendum.

In the vacuum, we are forced to judge Corbyn on his record. In Hampstead and Kilburn, 76% of voters voted Remain, and they deserve honesty on where the parties stand. Votes for Labour could elect a party that will be campaigning to leave the EU in as little as six months. That would mean ending people’s right to come here to live and work and our right to do the same in Europe. Every Labour candidate in the country, including in Hampstead and Kilburn, is campaigning to make Jeremy Corbyn prime minister. They are standing in support of a Labour leadership who want us out of the EU. In this election, the Lib Dems offer the only clear Remain position. Boris Johnson’s Conservatives are determined to plunge us come what may into a damaging hard Brexit, one from which we may never recover. Meanwhile, Labour’s manifesto is an exercise in distraction. The Corbyn leadership want voters to think about everything except the one policy that will determine whether we will be as prosperous, as safe and as healthy as we are now. Yes, our country faces pressing problems of economic inequality, but they won’t be solved by leaving the EU, because they weren’t caused by being in the EU. In fact, it is only by Remaining that we will be able to address inequality, invest in public services and tackle the climate emergency. Lib Dems like me are standing up for tens of thousands of people who have come to contribute to our cities and our country. Our policy is honest and unequivocal: only stopping Brexit will protect our diverse communities. And only the Lib Dems will stop Brexit.

Jeremy Corbyn defends his pledge to stay neutral in second referendum
Simon Murphy, Groon, Nov 23 2019

Jeremy Corbyn has defended his pledge to stay neutral in the event of a second Brexit referendum after his position was condemned as “indecisive” by critics. The Labour leader revealed during a Question Time leaders’ special on Friday that he would not back either side, putting him at odds with senior Labour figures John McDonnell, Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry, all of whom have said they would back remain. Corbyn’s decision to take a “neutral stance” on a proposed referendum for a newly-negotiated Brexit deal if Labour forms a government drew scorn from critics. Corbyn’s disclosure, the first time he had explicitly clarified his position, came after significant pressure in recent weeks, with Boris Johnson repeatedly pressing him on the issue during their head-to-head debate on Tuesday. During a campaign stop in Sheffield on Saturday, Corbyn, a long-standing Eurosceptic backbencher, defended his stance claiming it represented a sign of “strength and maturity.” Speaking to supporters outside an Amazon warehouse in the city, where he was launching the party’s plans to take on “bad bosses” and “tax dodgers,” he said:

I think being an honest broker and listening to everyone is actually a sign of strength and a sign of maturity. My role as the Labour prime minister would be to ensure that the referendum is carried out in a fair way, that the offers put are fair, and that I will carry out the result of that referendum. I think this is actually a sensible way forward that actually can bring people together.

Health secretary Matt Hancock earlier attacked Corbyn, arguing his position “won’t wash” with the electorate. He told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge On Saturday:

He has actively decided to be indecisive on the biggest issue of the day. It won’t wash with voters. I think it is an absolute disaster. You can’t ask this country to be its prime minister while not having a view on the biggest issue of the day.

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson, who is campaigning on a platform to revoke Brexit, also rounded on Corbyn, saying:

To me that is a total absence of leadership. Remainers in this country need a leader, not a bystander.

Swinson: Corbyn’s Brexit neutrality ‘astonishing’
Frances Perraudin, Groon, NOv 23 2019

The Press Association has comments from Jo Swinson from her campaign visit to London’s Design Museum this morning, where highlighted her party’s policies on innovation and technology. She told the news agency:

I think it is quite astonishing that Jeremy Corbyn is refusing to say … not even just refusing to say now where he stands on remaining or leaving the EU, but is basically saying that he is never going to tell people what he thinks about that. I mean, this is the biggest issue facing our country for generations and he is just saying he is not interested in telling people what he thinks. To me, I think that is a total absence of leadership. Remainers in this country need a leader, not a bystander.

Asked about her performance in last night’s BBC Question Time programme, she said:

’m very proud of standing up for what I believe in. I think it’s important to have that authenticity in politics. And I have had a lot of good feedback and I look forward to future opportunities to discuss issues with the public. It’s up to others to decide if they think I was given a tougher time than the other leaders, but I understand that it was according to the MPs at the last general election, which doesn’t reflect how we are currently in the opinion polls.

There have been a string of complaints from Lib Dem politicians about the make-up of last night’s audience, including this from MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton:

2 Comments

  1. bb
    Posted November 23, 2019 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    But the LibDems are soulless neoliberal war-machinists led by a #MeToo Hillary Clinton wannabe

  2. niqnaq
    Posted November 23, 2019 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Bannon is trying to apply the Yinon Plan to Europe. Remember, the Yinon Plan calls for the disintegration of the Pan-Arab Baathist & Nasserist regimes into ‘disintegrated ethnic fiefdoms’ by means of deliberately induced ethnic conflicts. Europe can only resist the Pindo drive towards WW3 as a whole, not as disintegrated ethnic fiefdoms.

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