I’m not quite sure if it amounts to an endorsement, but a Guardian Leader comment on Brexit (Friday) finished “To stop no deal, MPs must adopt some Johnsonian ruthlessness and be ready to bring down the prime minister and put someone else, probably Jeremy Corbyn, in his place.” I had to rub my eyes, but yes that’s exactly what the paper said. Perhaps the columnist had read Pledge Number Six on Labour’s pledge card which calls for “A public vote on any Brexit deal, Labour will campaign to Remain against No Deal or a bad Tory deal.” What could be clearer? (emphasis added)
I was out door knocking on Thursday, in the beautiful North York Moors village of Castleton. I was interested to see what people made of the current state of British politics. I imagined in this neck of the woods there would be quite a few Tories, but I think Labour had the slight numerical advantage. It has to be said that not all potential Labour voters like Corbyn, and I suspect part of this is to do with his perceived metropolitan background, rather than any ‘hard’ left-wing perception. One bloke told me he had always supported Labour but wasn’t keen with the way it had changed under Corbyn - or indeed Blair. I think he must have been a Wilson supporter. Another chap told me ‘they are all liars’ and didn’t feel inclined to vote. He was a Brexiter. Maybe Farage will get his support, after all Farage is a paragon of truthfulness.