There have been some complaints that Labour’s Brexit policy is unclear. This is, of course, nonsense – Labour have a perfectly transparent Brexit policy and, like so many Brexit plans, it’s a ‘have your cake an eat it’ plan.
Labour’s plan is beautifully simply; they want the Tories to go right ahead and make a pigs-ear of Brexit then, in the aftermath, blame them for the economic and structural chaos that it brings. There will be claims that Labour’s ‘Job’s first’ Brexit would have been brilliant for the country. There’s no need, of course, for there ever to be a fully-developed plan for the Job’s First Brexit. It’s only role is to be a political what-you-could-have-won, the road untaken option that was better, in every way, than what you actually got.
The current Labour leadership hopes to inherit a broken country, outwith the EU, crying out for radical reform, so that they can play at being 1945 Attlee.
The only real issue with this plan is that it is horribly cynical and Labour know it will cause hardship, especially for the low-waged. This is why the ‘eating it’ part of their plan involves convincing the majority of their voters that it’s not their plan at all.
This is the function of the ‘long-game’ myth; continue to march towards a hard-leave, all the while telling the majority of Labour voters that there’s a secret strategy to swerve aside at the last minute.
Hence articles like this terrible dross, claiming that this is all some brilliantly planned chess strategy. It’s not chess, of course, it’s Chicken, and it’s Chicken where the opponent you claim will swerve aside first is the brick wall of leaving the EU in 10 months.
There isn’t time for a long-game, especially when it’s as ill-defined as “Wait for the polls to change and then strike”.
Labour remainers should be disgusted that they are being lied to this way and being told, bluntly, that their votes are less important to the party than those of former UKIP voters, which they hope to woo back.
Leavers should be disgusted that Labour either wants to leave, but can’t make a case for it, or wants to remain, but is scared to say so, and is banking on the economic punishment of those who supported Leave to change their minds.
And everybody who considers voting Labour should be disgusted that a party that says it wants to lead the country through radical reforms is so lacking in the ability to lead that it’s happy to meekly follow the polls.