Labour and Conservatives ‘in cross party talks to secure softer Brexit’ | The Independent

This is an outstanding, must-read article from the Independent. It reports that Labour and Conservative MPs have reportedly met for secret talks amid growing pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to take a cross-party approach to Brexit in light of the hung Parliament following the general election.

Source: Labour and Conservatives ‘in cross party talks to secure softer Brexit’ | The Independent

It looks like powerful forces are uniting, applying massive pressure towards a softer Brexit. But MPs on the right of the Conservative Party will threaten to withdraw support for May’s puppet government, precipitating an election which the Tories are fearful of losing.

Surely, it’s time to remind MPs that as public servants their personal interest must always be subordinate to national interest?

Thoughts?

 

What drove Labour’s success? A tough line on immigration, and an appeal to the middle class – Helen Lewis – New Statesman

Here’s a good read from Helen Lewis, the Deputy Editor at the New Statesman. Apart from immigration and an appeal to the middle classes, she proposes and eight other things we’ve learned from the 2017 election.

Source: What drove Labour’s success? A tough line on immigration, and an appeal to the middle class

I won’t spoil your read by identifying the eight points.

But it’s worth dwelling on immigration and the middle classes.

Most people, apart from the Far Right, are now more concerned about the economic outlook than controls on immigration. This could well pave the way to a softer Brexit.

Also the middle classes are rejecting austerity and falling real pay levels because of Brexit uncertainties. So should we now be watching the Corbyn machine target the middle classes?

Thoughts?