The major political parties in this country have a real talent for impeccably abhorrent timing. Here I was, fixing to sit down and begin enjoying a week off from university. Nothing majorly different in my free time – on came the TV with the news in tow, but today saw the resignation of 7 Labour MPs who were indeed disgruntled with the current state of the Labour Party and Corbyn’s stamping back on Brexit. So after spending the last two hours perusing through the BBC, the Guardian and a host of blogs I have but two issues I’d like to dissect today. Why quit? That’s good, but was now the right time to quit? We will see.
There are numerous shadows hanging over this country which have filtered down into a rather viscous poison that neither side on the House of Commons can swallow. Since the rude awakening at Chequers last year, the fight against both time and amongst themselves has ramped up to proportions that would command the attention of even the most beleaguered TOWIE fans. Not I’m not holding out hope for them but the facts have now been laid bare on exactly how critical an issue like Brexit is to the vitality and morality of the Labour Party. The 7 MPs, Chuka Umunna being the most notable among them (chances are, you’ve probably seen him while flicking through the TV – he’s the MP for Streatham) have manifested their disillusionment with Labour by now forming their own independent cohort. Their website has crashed however, so I can’t give you too much information on whether they are in this for the long run or if their hubris is based on Daddy Corbyn taking the last doughnut from the shop counter. Either way, the man doesn’t seem to fazed at this point. Giving an indifferent ‘I’m disappointed’ once the resignation announcement reached the media, a much more considered reaction came from Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, who urged these MPs not to split the Labour family and fight their corner.
Dear John, you’re missing the point. From what I gather, the MPs here have resigned over Corbyn’s “coincidental” decision to now enter talks with May on Brexit and the institutional racism which has plagued the party for as long as we all can remember. For the record, it is worth commending these MPs in showing some courage in striking out from what they consider ignorance in Labour. They have tried fighting their corner. They have tried making themselves heard. So what’s against looking to a different audience for a response? The anti-Semitism problem has reared its head endlessly, with 673 reports over a ten month period. It’s wrong and quite frankly, immoral to allow the public to subscribe to a party that parlays ignorance in their flaws – undeniable prejudice, in this case – into an illusion that suggests there is no problem at all. While I cannot say whether these resignations will have any lasting impact on the state of politics in this country, what’s important is the act. There is not one person resigning who left with a short, undistinguished career with Labour. The risks involved cannot outweigh their outrage, while the MPs have remained intelligently aware that they cannot sacrifice their own beliefs for a party that cares little for them.
Yet, was the timing right? I implore you not to take my analysis here as benevolent omniscience as there’s not been much commentary on this question yet. Have a look for yourself and see what you unearth. Nevertheless, do our hopes for a smooth Brexit lie with a united Labour front? Perhaps, but as I relayed to you some time ago, Corbyn is trapped between obligations to his party and the fearful constituents who dream of Remain. Should the party unite, they may all be disowned by their followers. Corbyn’s nonchalance regarding the resignations suggests that it may not be lighting the bomb that will blow Labour apart, yet there is a level of untruth that bubbles away with Labour. If this morning proves anything, perhaps we’ll just have to wait a little while longer for the next controversy.