Here are some recent thought-provoking blog posts about Brexit I’ve seen. The first two particularly relate to the damage being caused by Jeremy Corbyn’s approach. The other two are different perspectives from Liberal Democrats.
Chris Bertram on Crooked Timber says, If Brexit goes ahead, say goodbye to radical redistribution. He is critical of Jeremy Corbyn’s left-wing defenders, who “think he’s playing a long game, or a super-clever n-dimensional chess match aimed at keeping Labour voters in the north of England who backed Leave on-side.” The problem, he says, is that:
A redistributionist politics needs the support of millions of middle-class “liberal” Remain voters to succeed. What those who say we’ll-take-the-hit-and-redistribute are asking us to imagine is that those people will, in sufficient numbers, support redistribution to those whom they identify as having, by voting for Brexit, just made them and their families worse off. Not going to happen.
Meanwhile, Ian Smart has written Rejoin?, in which he is also critical of Jeremy Corbyn.
Corbyn positively wants chaos in the hope that people would embrace “socialism” as the only alternative to chaos and no deal certainly delivers chaos. While the Labour whipped loyalists will just do whatever Corbyn wants. Partly out of Party loyalty and partly out of otherwise fear for their own future at the hands of his ultras in their constituencies.
He also sounds alarm bells about the strategy of pursuing a second referendum.
Henry Wright on Lib Dem Voice similarly has some words of warning on a second referendum.
In my opinion any referendum that puts No Deal on the ballot is as irresponsible as holding the first referendum altogether: be careful what you wish for. With margins so tight in the polls, calling a referendum with unknown result is risky business indeed.
This piece echoes many of my feelings about why there shouldn’t be a People’s Vote.
If there were to be another referendum, Mark Pack has a new year’s resolution pro-EU campaigners should bear in mind.
Now, please listen to me. I’m going to put you right and save you from your stupidity.
But first, a question: how well have I done so far at warming you up to agree with what I’m going to say?