Is Jeremy Corbyn such an inept politician that after months of campaigning in the EU referendum it still feels like he doesn't give a damn about remaining inside the European Union, even if he occasionally whispers that he does? Or would it suit him and his Socialist cabal, currently in control of the Labour Party, for the Brexiteers to drag Britain back to an era of politics they understand?
Yesterday former Labour prime minister, Gordon Brown, and international development secretary, Hilary Benn, decided not to take a chance on leaving their leader in charge of rallying the Labour faithful to save the UK economy from the ill-effects of a Brexit. And already after just 24-hours of campaigning they have gained more traction than Mr Corbyn has achieved in several months.
Believe me it's not just Boris whose stock would rise if on June 23 the UK votes to leave the EU. Put Boris and the Brexiteers in Number 10, and all of a sudden there's a place in British politics for a duffle coat wearing Socialist hero, ready to rail against the excesses of UKIP and the right wing of the Conservative Party, just like the 'good old days'.
Of course he can say he did his best to keep the European flag flying over the country, but was outnumbered by the traditional foe, the working class despising Tory establishment, who must be countered by the forces of Socialism. Sounds a bit far-fetched, but then did anyone believe for a minute 12 months ago that such a man as Jeremy Corbyn would succeed Ed Miliband as leader of the Labour Party? And why is it that when comrade Corbyn makes his pro-Europe proclamations somehow the mouth says the words, but the body seems to be broadcasting an altogether different message?
Nope, if I'm right what we're dealing with here is a good old fashion cold war spy story where secret agent Corbyn is actually a Brexiteer in the heart of the Remain camp, playing lip service to the cause, while dragging the entire campaign down under the cover of his ineffectual leadership. And then, having delivered the result to his traditional enemies he will rise up to champion the fight back for the people.
It's a plan so cunning that it's almost certainly not true, but I think there's a kernel of truth in there somewhere and that's the bit where Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, doesn't give a damn about winning the referendum because he would be much better off politically if there's a vote to leave on June 23.
Of course the draw of a polarised left Vs right 1970-80s style political landscape might be attractive to the resurgent Corbynistas, for the rest of us I refer you to economic arguments of the IFS, the WB, the IMF the Bank of England, the US Federal Reserve, who agree that a vote to Leave would be a step backwards. The only difference being the economically literate don't see the return of the Winter of Discontent as a good thing!
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