Or, second best, those on the left should forgo tribal loyalties and unite under an anti-Tory flagby AC Grayling / April 18, 2017 / Leave a comment
By far the smartest thing that MPs of opposition parties can do in response to Theresa May’s call for a general election is not to give it to her. A general election out of fixed parliamentary term requires a 66 per cent majority of all seats in the House of Commons. She has a majority of merely 12. Her general election call can easily be beaten. Her attempt to capitalise on the weakness of Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, the early-days of the Lib Dem recovery, and the turmoil and uncertainty of a Brexit process going wrong, should be resisted; because this is her only chance to win an election, and if Labour and the Lib Dems give it to her, they will be fools.
Corbyn’s credentials in that regard are already well-established; doubly so, because if he supports the general election call he will be signing his resignation letter—a year too late for the future of the UK, alas—but his more sensible Parliamentary Labour Party colleagues should do him a small favour and vote against the election, and let him resign anyway.
If, however, opposition MPs walk into what May hopes is her trap, they will then need the guts (they have so far not shown) to make sure the trap closes on her instead. This they can do by forgoing the tribal loyalties and shibboleths that are so disastrous for parliamentary government in this country, and uniting under a common anti-Tory flag. The chief aim is of course to stop Brexit. A majority of currently sitting MPs are against it, everyone can see that it is an unfolding disaster, a train-wreck in not-so-slow motion, and the urgent need is for the country to be saved from it.
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