Thursday, September 17, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn's sop to the pro-EU forces in his party

I rather think Patrick Wintour is indulging in wishful thinking in the article about a pro-EU Labour party:  http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/sep/17/jeremy-corbyn-labour-campaign-for-uk-stay-in-eu

The referendum will not be a party political event, and it matters little what the "official" line of the Labour party is since everyone will be campaigning and voting according to his or her conscience.

Therefore Jeremy Corbyn's sop to the pro-EU forces in his party is meaningless.

There will be no three-line whip on Labour MPs or Labour activists or Labour voters.

They will each do as they want to do, and campaign as they want to campaign.

The announcement today that "Labour" will campaign to stay in the EU means nothing.

Jeremy Corbyn might as well pledge Labour to campaign for the bishops to open Joanna Southcott's box.  It's a harmless pledge to make.  It will have no practical effect on the EU referendum.

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