The three Brexiteers, Boris, Michael and Nigel, have successfully plunged the UK into a hole. People living here now face a prolonged period of economic stagnation, if not recession, political uncertainty, cultural isolationism and the loss of a vital friendship with our allies in Europe.
Boris was roundly booed coming out of his home in Islington yesterday; the protesters were young, angry and vociferous. How come their voices were not heard leading up to this debacle? Were Johnson, Gove and Farage (not that Farage cares of course) blind and deaf to the overwhelmingly pro-European attitude of the youth of this country? Or were they content to sell out the young to pursue their petty individual ambitions, ruthlessly and brazenly, and without a moment’s regard for the UK’s economic stability?
So it would seem.
These old guard xenophobes have done their dirty work, and now it is up to the rest of us to pick up the pieces and carry on. In the meantime, immigration will continue apace because unless the UK wants to sink into complete oblivion, deals will have to be made.
Where was the ‘Labour leader’ Jeremy Corbyn in all of this? Well, on television speaking equivocally about the EU, and mentioning the endless flow of migrants into the UK, in other words, stoking the flames of the Leave campaign and turning his back on all of those who trusted him to give clear voice to the Remain side. No surprise that his whole cabinet and other Labour MPs are furious with his two-sided performance. This was a golden opportunity for Labour to grasp the reins and demolish the right wing agenda of the three Brexiteers. Rather than focus disparagingly on the EU’s approach to immigration, surely the priority was to clamour for the protection of workers’ rights through the mechanism of the EU, thus bringing more Labour supporters into the Remain camp.
Now, post-catastrophe we have lofty phrases from Corbyn decrying the government’s austerity programme, (old news that) and making generalised pledges to secure a better deal for the poor and the downtrodden. How Jeremy? If the country is faced with economic uncertainty and loss of business, how are you going to secure a better deal for workers and migrants? What mechanism will you put in place to supplant the already pretty decent mechanisms contained within EU employment law for instance? And how will you do this if you are;
a. No longer the leader of the Labour party?
b. Not Prime Minister?
Why would anyone trust you as a leader given your singular lack of passion for the protection of workers’ rights via the EU?
In a way, Corbyn is no different to Boris. A jobsworth politico tucked away in his cosy political enclave, paying attention only to his long-held anti-EU prejudices and listening only to his chosen apparatchiks, blind and deaf to the social aspirations of the younger generation of Labour voters, and to the wider members of his party.
No surprise then that a protester rounded on Corbyn at the LGBT parade. Was Corbyn surprised? Surely not. Young people are angry, and they will get angrier still. They feel they have been let down and sold out by the old guard on both the left and right; Tory and Labour. Who is left to represent them?