- Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:27 am
I think that John Mann is that troublesome combination of being as thick as mince and as stubborn as mule crossbred with a limpet (were such a thing possible, which it isn't.)
He makes the mistake of treating electors in his constituency, and in other "northern" constituencies who voted in 2016 to Leave, as a kind of amorphous blob, who will vote as one against Labour with a terrible vengeance at the merest hint that Labour might be advocating that people be given another opportunity to consider the momentous decision to relinquish the UK's membership of the EU. He therefore translates this false assumption into an implacably pig-headed oppostion to support for a new referendum. And refuses to shift from that position. Thick. Limpet. Remember?
This ignores two things : that the 2016 majority in favour of Leave in Bassetlaw and elsewhere "northern" was assuredly not made up exclusively of traditional Labour voters. There will have been some, for sure, but also Tories, Kippers, people that had never bothered to vote before - and may never bother again - and even the odd Lib Dem or Green. The second thing Mann fails to consider is that things have changed since 2016. Massively. Most relevantly, reliable opinion polling shows that every single Leave voting constituency in the country now favours Remain, to a greater or lesser degree.
So Mann is fearful for his seat. Self-interest, driven by a lamentable failure to understand the issue, combined with sheer pig-headedness. Why on earth do we let chumps like this be Labour parliamentary candidates? At least he's not signed up to The Cult, I suppose. Small mercies.
"The opportunity to serve our country. That is all we ask." John Smith, Leader of the Labour Party, 10 May 1994.