The latest mass opinion that has gripped Britain is while Boris Johnson is damaging Britain, Corbyn betrays Labour values. People have their own indices to judge the two leaders, but the fact is their actions and the nature of politics pursued has given rise to this belief.
Though there are no permanent friends in politics, the element of lack of trust in these both these leaders is so wild that the parties and their leaders finding it tough to converge even on issue of Brexit. New process of making and unmaking is always present there to create confusion. There is a general perception that the Liberal Democrats are now the only party fighting for the values of diversity and inclusion.
So far neither the Conservatives nor the Labour has come out with a comprehensive study of the impact of Brexit on the social, political and economic life of the country which once ruled the entire world. It is indeed pathetic to watch their drift.
Some academic and independent studies do not share comprehensive and common views. People say; “Government has no mandate for putting our country in such grave danger.” Boris Johnson has been playing the strongman, and Jeremy Corbyn is not yet certain as to how to become the prime minister. The way the things are moving, Labour’s position is now that they will negotiate a Brexit deal with the EU, put it to a referendum and then again campaign against it.
Critics of Labour, and especially Corbyn, blame him of betraying its pro-European values. However, it cannot be denied that the situation faced by Labour in recent times is quite different from thesituation that existed decades back. The political economy has changed and at the same time the nature of the society and social relations have been undergoing transformation. A new kind of social relation and work culture, more akin to semi-colonial is emerging.
A severe threat to the identity and social ethos has made the political leaders to demand for Brexit. But the process of how to accomplish has not been clear. Corbyn though a Marxist believer could not evolve a correct strategy to counter it. Nevertheless in the prevailing situation Corbyn’s offer deserves the most constructive response from MPs who have the national interest as their prime concern. The reason is it is to back a short-term bridge government whose sole purpose is to organise a general election, with new political options and a fresh electoral mandate.
As leader of ‘largest opposition party by far’ Corbyn insists he is right person to lead caretaker government. There is no doubt that Jeremy Corbyn is the only viable choice to lead a temporary government of national unity in order to stop no-deal.
Significantly Tories, the rightist bloc, has turned hard core nationalist organisation in recent times. This is the reason that Conservative MPs have come under heavy pressure. However it is encouraging for Corbyn that in spite of this situation some Tories are sympathetic to him and would like install him as the temporary prime minister. Meanwhile in a significant development an attempt is being made to float a ‘National Unity’. Corbyn has arranged all-party ‘tactics’ meeting to fight no-deal Brexit. He urged MPs to join him and work together to head off ‘constitutional storm’. He would be gathering opposition leaders and Tory rebels at a meeting in parliament soon to discuss the fight against a no-deal Brexit. He has invited SNP, Liberal Democrat, Plaid Cymru, Conservative and independent MPs to visit his office and discuss tactics available to prevent no deal.
Nevertheless some of these leaders hold the view that if Corbyn truly wants to stop no deal, then he must be open to options other than his plan to become prime minister. Corbyn has been non-committal but said it was essential to work together as the country was “heading into a constitutional and political storm”. He urged the other MPs to join him to “do everything we can to stop it”.
On his part in the changed situation the Labour leader has nonetheless made it clear his party would back legislative efforts to stop no deal. It is being perceived as a retreat from his previous position that MPs should k a vote of no confidence in the government.
Corbyn has pledged to support a second referendum on any Brexit deal after the Labour leadership came under overwhelming pressure to halt the exodus of its remain voters who backed pro-EU parties at the European elections.
Corbyn meanwhile has written to MPs: “It is clear that the deadlock in parliament can now only be broken by the issue going back to the people through a general election or a public vote. We are ready to support a public vote on any deal.”