I know that the default setting for Corbyn is that everyone is out to get him, but I think the main problem is his judgement during this Brexit process. I honestly think the Conservatives are there for the taking – a shambles. A blundering, out of his depth PM resigning as a result of a referendum he only agreed to in order to keep his own party from imploding.
Labour were weak during that period. Instead of being the Opposition, they remained largely silent. When the results came in, they were just as broken as the Tories and allowed the resignations of numerous shadow cabinet ministers to dominate the news just as much as the chaos from the PM and his pals.
Teresa May couldn’t believe her luck as she came in as the voice of calm reason, and steadied things – battening down hatches to prepare for the inevitable onslaught of dissention and ridicule from the Opposition. Except it hasn’t come. Teresa May’s charmed life as PM continues when the Opposition seem to be just as battered and bruised and are giving off an air of grim, defiant survival rather than doing their job.
It reminded me of Labour during the Falklands. They were so scared of the media branding them as unpatriotic, they united with the Government and allowed the whole thing to progress without so much as a squeak. In 1982, there was a very strong Conservative PM – so it was probably the only thing they could have done.
That’s not the case now. If the Labour Party really are the Opposition, there should be open ridicule at every move made by the PM to ratify Article 50. The meek narrative of “the people have spoken and we must get behind the Goverment to get the best deal for Britain” is heartbreaking and craven. A troublesome opposition is trouble for the Government, particularly one with a very small majority. Europe has seen us in our underwear now in broad daylight – they know how divided the nation is on this. 52:48. We can’t now pretend that we are all suddenly united as one on this issue to help a negotiating position. Labour have nothing to lose and everything to gain by being really annoying about Article 50. By being so compliant and silent, it now looks like the mess is caused by all of us – rather than an incompetent and desperate Conservative Party flapping around in the deep end with deflated water wings.