If there is one supremely painful, awkward, conflicted and downright maddening position to be in at present, it’s being a Corbyn supporter and a passionate Remainer. I myself struggle with it, and often don’t know what to say.
Evidence suggests many Remainers do support Corbyn though. Not least shown by his rapturous reception at Glastonbury, which can generally be considered an ‘inclusive’ and multi-cultural crowd. How can that be, when the Labour leader has firmly supported the vote to leave the EU? Corbyn even recently sacked Labour front-benchers who defied him by supporting proposed amendments to the Queen’s speech, petitioning to remain part of the single market. It’s therefore arguably quite difficult to understand how any Remainer – if still adamant of their cause – could support him.
A complex situation
Let’s face it. Whichever side of the political fence you’re standing on, few could deny the UK is a mess at present. Our nation is bitterly divided, both politically and ethically. Very tangible hostility bubbles and spits away – we’ve all seen it, all felt it. To many around the globe, like it or not, we seem an utterly deluded laughing stock. A ‘great disaster’ waiting to happen.
But when it came to the crunch in the election, many Remainers accepted the Conservative government were still the greater threat.
I personally was very angry at Corbyn for supporting Brexit. But now, in hindsight, I think it was possibly rather clever. If (like the Lib Dems) he’d pushed to reverse it, or called for another referendum (even if he’d hypothetically wanted to), the election really would have been all about leaving the EU. And huge swathes of the traditionally Labour voting working classes that voted for Brexit would have swept into the Tory fold. But Corbyn didn’t, and he retained a good portion of that support base. Combined with ‘forward-thinking’ Remainers, the Tories almost got a shock of colossal proportion on June 9th.
The Labour Party MUST stand united
So why would Corbyn act so ‘dictator-like’ at this stage? Why would he not allow the Remainers in his party a voice, if he’s the prudent man of peace and equity so many of us believe?
I do still, at the pit of my stomach, think it’s at least partially Corbyn knows he MUST support Brexit now. Simple damage assessment. Remainers lost, and many of them have now accepted it. Many have begrudgingly bowed to that whole fraudulent “will of the people” rhetoric.
But also, to be brutally honest, Remainers were generally the more peaceful and reasonable bunch. Typically more educated and/or enlightened, and frankly less likely to start burning the whole damned place down if they don’t get their way. That sadly cannot be said for the other team. We’ve all seen the kind of people adorning their ranks: the worst of the worst. I realise many Leave voters will be offended by such a comment, but sadly, home truths are often uncomfortable to hear. Not every Brexiteer is a bigoted racist, but one thing is for certain – every bigoted racist is a Brexiteer.
I don’t want to leave the EU, but I don’t want a civil war either. We the peaceful/rational types would get eaten for breakfast.
If Corbyn supported a softer (or non-existent) Brexit, every ardent Leave Voter in the country would desert him. No doubt. (They’re absolutists, after all.) And he’s only really just engaged the nation and started to be recognised as a potential Prime Minister in waiting. It would literally be throwing away all his gains. So I do understand it, strategically. You can’t enact change without power, so its pursuit has to be priority (to a certain degree). I’m not entirely comfortable with that, but do accept Corbyn’s party needs to fight the Tories effectively.
Ironically, that’s one thing the Blairites always attacked Corbyn for. Supposedly turning Labour into the ‘party of protest’, and not pursuing power first and foremost. Now he’s arguably doing exactly that.
Corbyn’s support among Remainers is perhaps easiest to put down to ‘Realpolitik’. Eg: acknowledging the stark realities of a situation, rather than utopic ideals of how we’d have them.
Remainers are screwed. The UK is now finally, like America, effectively a two party state. Remainers have no party with a feasible chance of overturning Brexit: the Lib Dems are history. (I didn’t accept that in 2015 and defended them to the rafters, but now, it cannot be denied.) A Remainer’s best hope now is to pray the madness fizzles out by itself.
Next time round, an election result could well be different. But that entirely relies on the Tories ever allowing it to happen. They have zero doubt as to the threat Corbyn poses now. And the law is just an obstacle to be circumvented in their eyes; they will find a way round it. In a nutshell, God knows what they’re capable of, now they know they really are under threat. Labour have to pull out all the stops to get the b**tards out.
Why Remainers are angry
I’d guess that even some quite ardent Brexiteers are secretly concerned. Like it or not, the hard Brexit-touting Tories were critically wounded by their arrogant snap election, and they now command zero respect in Brussels. Juncker and co know full well the British people are not behind Theresa May. Their economies are growing, while ours is slumping. It was recently announced that since the Brexit vote in 2016, Britain’s economic growth and forecast have fallen to the lowest of all advanced G7 nations. As many Remainers said from day one, the EU simply has us over a barrel.
Under these circumstances, wiser Brexiteers… even some Tories realise no good can come from this mad rush to oblivion. Our entire economic future hangs in the balance, and the very people we have representing it are a dishonest and desperate government willing to do ANYTHING to cling on to power! That is not an encouraging situation, however much ‘optimism’ we introduce. Whispers circulate if there was another referendum today, now the potentially catastrophic damage is better understood, many former Leave voters would vote to remain. If that really is the case, should we not all perhaps take a minute to step back and pause for thought?
Inflation is rising, GBP is falling. Consumer confidence is being squeezed hard. Meanwhile, Brexit-Britain’s only real ally is a dangerous and unhinged maniac in America, who God willing, might be removed from office and/or impeached at some point very soon. Perhaps with his demise, and that of Brexit, the world might regain some measure of balance again. I’d give anything to see that happen. I’d cancel the whole damned thing.
But “perhaps” is not good enough. And again, I’m faced with ‘Realpolitik’.
Either I support a Brexit/non-Brexit Britain under Theresa May, or a Brexit/non-Brexit Britain under Corbyn. Any other consideration clouds what now unfortunately has to be a very straight choice. Yes. I am heartbroken our country is heading down such a dark path. But I will support Labour and Jeremy Corbyn regardless, because the Tory path is clearly much much darker.
I don’t get to make the rules.
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