Tony Blair says we should keep our Brexit options open

Tony  Blair has emerged this week asking the people of Britain to keep our options open.  His view being that even though we have voted for Brexit, we have not voted for what type of Brexit we want.msc_2014_blair_mueller_msc2014

Is Tony Blair calling for either a 2nd referendum once the outcome of negotiations are known.  It is quite obvious that he is choosing his words carefully, as not to offend the 52% who voted for Brexit.  However, he is still offering hope to the 48% of the UK population who voted to remain.  Is this a good idea?  Shouldn’t we just be getting on with negotiating the best deal rather than perpetuating the idea that if a bad deal is negotiated we will have no choice but to remain in the EU?

Chris Bryant blames Brexit for Turkey coup

So I check my twitter trending feed and I see Chris Bryant’s name.  So I search and find the following:

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His comment was followed by accusations of drinking too much, which he denied.

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It now seems that anything that is going wrong in the world can be attributed to Brexit in some way.  I’m not sure how helpful Chris Bryant’s comments are in this very serious situation in Turkey and in his ability to assess a situation.  He has not really given an explanation for his view or clearly outlined why he believes brexit is partly responsible for the Turkey coup.

It seems time after time people in the public eye do not learn the lessons of posting on Twitter without thinking through their comments.  They should treat Twitter with the same cautiousness as making a statement in front of a live TV camera.  Or do you believe this helps us to see politicians in their true light?

60,000 new Labour Party members

Since the EU referendum 60,000 people have joined the Labour Party.  This takes the Labour Party to around 450,000 members, higher than the membership in the Blair years which stood at 405,000.  It is said that some people have joined to support Jeremy Corbyn in an anticipated leadership challenge.

Part of me thinks this is fantastic news because I think Jeremy Corbyn is what we need right now to have real opposition to the Conservative government.  However, the cautious side of me says that if the new members have indeed joined to support Jeremy Corbyn and his leadership is challenged and he then goes on to win the leadership challenge; will this not split the Labour Party?  Won’t this bring about more uncertainty for our nation?

Your thoughts please.

Jeremy Corbyn & The PLP (Parliamentry Labour Party)

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I had to add the bit in brackets because when I kept hearing the term PLP, I had to google it because I thought it was some secret organisation.

I admit I am a big fan of Jeremy Corbyn.  For me he optimizes what the way the world should be like; promoting fairness, equality and humanity.  Unfortunately, I don’t know if this vision can be realised.  The country is split and most people are looking out for themselves.  He appeals to those who want a fair crack at the whip who he would help, while there are those who own the whip and don’t want it taken off them by the kind of policies someone like Jeremy Corbyn would introduce.  I realise I have put this too simply, but I just wanted make a very quick observation as to why I don’t think Jeremy Corbyn appeals to everyone.

I have been appalled by the Labour Party over the past week. Instead of using this opportunity to hold the Conservative government to account and ask where is the leadership during this big change, they decide to wash their dirty laundry in public and be the ones in the headlines, while David Cameron and George Osbourne get off more or less scot-free.  To add insult to injury, the person the party want to oust Jeremy Corbyn with is Angela Eagle.  If her performance in the EU referendum debate is anything to go by, then I think the Labour Party need to go back to the drawing board with that idea.  If Angela Eagle was so concerned about Jeremy Corbyn why was she giving interviews on tv about her discussions with him?  It just seems a bit bizarre to me.

This is what I don’t understand; Jeremy Corbyn allegedly did not campaign for a remain vote as hard as his party had wished.  Maybe it is because he did not truly believe in remaining, who knows?  But if he was a reluctant remainer and the majority of the country wished to leave the EU, does that not mean that he gauged the mood of the country more accurately than the majority of the Labour Party?  I don’t believe that it is for politicians to tell people how to think; surely it is about free will and individual liberty.  So I don’t quite understand how the resigning Labour MPs can blame their leader for the will of the people.

I have been appalled with Labour over the past week.  Instead of using this opportunity to hold the Conservative government to account and ask where is the leadership during this big change, they decide to wash their dirty laundry in public and be the ones in the headlines, while David Cameron and George Osbourne get off more or less scot-free.

Then on the other side of the political bench you have Theresa May more or less silent on remaining in the EU, but looking like the favourite to win the Conservative leadership battle.

I’m confused, can someone help me to understand?

Please leave comments below.  Let’s unpick what is going on together.