"The General Election isn't about Brexit" is as good as saying "the referendum wasn't about immigration." Yes, the referendum was surrounded by other pressing issues but immigration was the defining characteristic for a large swathe of voters. And the defining issue of this snap election is Brexit. To say otherwise is naïve at best and madness at worst.
Here is the thing. If Theresa May can change her mind so spectacularly within months about the merits and demerits of an early general election, then we must give the people the opportunity to change their minds once the terms of Brexit are concluded. Offer a second referendum and let the people decide.
We need to get rid of the Tories and get Labour back into power regardless of how weak a leader you may think Corbyn is. He has some brilliant policies so focus on them! On June 8th, get out there, and vote for the party who care about people. And that party is Labour.
A remarkable feature of the NHS is the resilience of public confidence in it. Despite constant headlines that it is "in crisis", satisfaction levels actually rose last year from 60 to 63 per cent according to the British Social Attitudes Survey. They are currently at their third highest level in the 33 years since the survey began in 1983.
Both the recent reporting and the latest polling data suggests that Theresa May has called an election because she wants to win a large majority - possibly three figures. All the polling currently points to a big win for the Conservatives. They are more than 20 points ahead of Labour and well into the 40% range it is assumed is needed for victory. This has been the case for some time.
The world is in such a volatile state at the moment: tens of thousands of refugees; the continuing tragedy in Syria after six years of war; the Yemen; North Korea; and, an unpredictable US President. In the UK, there are looming problems on health, education, social care and welfare. There is also the serious prospect of the breakup of the UK, as the First Minister of Scotland attempts to call a Second Referendum on independence. Having followed the difficult Peace Process in Northern Ireland throughout my time as an MP, I am genuinely concerned that the Government is causing harm in the region as it fails to end the political deadlock in Stormont. Against this background, it's clear that the Prime Minister is trying to protect her own back with a cut and run General Election. We need people sitting and discussing not knocking on doors.
On 9 June either our current Prime Minister, Theresa May, or current Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, will walk through the door of 10 Downing Street becoming our next Prime Minister: who do you want it to be?
The time for bleak, pessimistic austerity from Tory governments is over. It has bought the NHS to its knees, stripped local government of vital resources, decimated school funding and put immense pressure on those who were struggling the most. This is a chance for optimism. It is chance for us to want better, we deserve better. Better for ourselves and better for the next generation. It is a chance to make a change. This is your opportunity to vote for it.
The Conservatives will extend their majority, so they'll be happy. The Liberal Democrats actually have a proper platform to stand on in this election (i.e. no Brexit) which may win them seats back (which seemed a long way away until this week). And Labour 'moderates' will now have an unequivocal excuse to ditch Corbyn after he loses.
Enough of the division, speculation and ridicule. We have a General Election coming, we have Jeremy Corbyn steering Labour. That is what we must deal with. This is a very welcomed opportunity to ensure that we don't continue down the road of relentless Austerity and the dismantling of society that we need to grasp with both hands and use to force the Tories out.
I can't help wondering whether this is wise, given the importance of Brexit negotiations (and success in those negotiations) to the future of our country. An election, expensive as it will be fight, and time-consuming, can surely only be an unwelcome state of affairs at this stage.
Referendums do not resolve anything the way a General Election does. With the SNP clambering for a second independence referendum, and what sort of Brexit we are going to end up with being about as clear as mud from the government since UK voted to leave the EU, Prime Minister May is right to go to Parliament tomorrow and seek a two thirds majority vote for an early election. It does mean we might expect to have an actual detailed plan, not the sort of fuzzy "we want a red, white and blue Brexit." It gives the lie to the PM claims we have been coming together - the exact opposite is why we need this election.
The rampant inequality that pervades British society is often defended on the basis of absurd myths about how our economy actually functions. This week, Jeremy Corbyn opened up a full frontal attack on three of these myths by unveiling common-sense, yet also radical policies to modernise and rebalance Britain's economy in favour of the majority.
With our new Pensioners Pledge Card, Labour is making it clear that we are the party for pensioners. Labour is showing that we are not just the party of working people but also the party of the retired in Britain.
With the employment rate at a record high but rising numbers of people experiencing in-work poverty, our political parties are right to look beyond the quantity of jobs and think seriously the quality of jobs, including how much they pay.
"If we don't say the last Labour government was good, why would anyone vote for the next one?" That question was recently posed to Progress readers by Harriet Harman. The obvious answer is that no one will. Yet the prevailing mood within the Labour party today towards that period of power is one of measured indifference - or, at worst, open disdain.