Thursday, 2 February 2017
Let us remember the votes on the "Brexit" Bill of 1st February 2017. The Labour leadership instructed their members of parliament to vote with the Conservative government. Only 44 stuck to their principles and the interests of the nation as a whole in defying the three-line whip.
Let us also remember how in 2012 Labour scuppered House of Lords reform by refusing to consider a programme motion to prevent the Reform Bill being talked out. Yet, apart from the brave 44, Labour did nothing yesterday to impede the Conservatives imposing a timetable on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.
Labour's standard attack on Liberal Democrats is that we collaborate with Tories. If we are collaborators, what do yesterday's votes make Jeremy Corbyn's Labour? If nothing else, at least we stick to our principles. Are these Mr Corbyn's principles? If so, he should come clean.