I had a little chuckle at this Guardian post from yesterday's politics live feed, about the Communist Party of Great Britain's decision to stand aside for Labour during these elections:
The Communist party's decision to stand aside is unlikely to be of much use to Labour. According to the Guardian's 2015 results charts, the party received just 275 votes across the whole of the UK in that election.
Needless to say, the statement from the CPGB has this gem (emphasis mine):
Any reverses for Labour will be used as a pretext by the right-wing pro-EU, pro-NATO faction in the Parliamentary Labour Party and its trade union allies to launch yet another bid to remove Jeremy Corbyn and take the Labour Party back to the neoliberal and pro-war policies of the past.
Thus the Communist Party says:
Leave the EU Single Market and NATO!
No to any free trade treaty with the EU that denies workers' rights and the role of the public sector!
So, not exactly Remainers then.
Who cares, for 275 votes, one might ask? At this point I digress - the interesting bit comes down to the CPGB's history, and Jezza's ties to the party. Somewhere along the way since Corbyn won the leadership election, I've developed a slightly macabre interest in the arcane history of the British Left.
A few links so I don't forget them:
a Janet Daley column from 2015: I've lived under Jeremy Corbyn's rule - it turned me into a Tory.
a brief history for context, yesterday at Guido Fawkes
a lengthy article in the latest New Statesman: Jeremy Corbyn has attracted "socialism fans", not Labour voters, which in turn points to a few more posts, such as ...
BobFromBrockley: Free advice to Jeremy
I've always joked that Corbyn thought the wrong side won the Cold War, put all of it together and I wasn't far off the mark. End of digression.
The main point goes back to a part I removed from my previous post, and immediately regretted: the way I see it, in order to win votes, Theresa May is a lukewarm Remainer masquerading as an arch-Brexiter, while Jeremy Corbyn is an arch-Brexiter masquerading as a lukewarm Remainer (*). You can quibble over details, but Jezza's gang of old-school lefties are as anti-EU as the worst of UKIP. The irony is that pro-Remain Corbynistas have to shoulder no small part of the blame for us leaving the EU.
(*) I initially said Corbyn was a lukewarm Remainer in order to lose votes. I'd argue that was the case for the referendum, it's probably not fair to say that now.