The Solution, Surely

Two interesting things in the British press today. Firstly Rory Stewart’s resignation from the Tory Party: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/04/rory-stewart-resigns-from-conservative-party. Stewart has impressed me for some time as one of the more thoughtful and reasonable sorts of Conservative, in the mould of those I used to tolerate – if not actually support – in the now rather distant past: https://bernardjporter.com/2019/06/18/eton-mess-3/. Stewart is another Etonian, but young enough, perhaps, to have avoided the ethos of the school in Cameron’s and Johnson’s time, so recently disowned – it appears – by its present Head:   https://bernardjporter.com/2019/09/24/more-eton-mess.

The second is this piece in the Guardian by the excellent Gary Younge:  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/04/jeremy-corbyn-mps-labour-leader-legitimacy. (Yes, the Guardian: an implacable opponent of Corbyn normally.) Young argues here – as I’ve been doing too (pats himself on the back) – that Corbyn’s way is the only hope for those of us who would much prefer the UK to stay in the EU, but, failing that, and in the spirit of genuine compromise, who even more desperately wish to avoid the ‘hard’ Brexit that the Tory ‘Spartans’, as they’re now called, seem to be dead-set on driving us towards. Whatever the ‘people’s will’ was at the time of the referendum (and is today: all the polls suggest it has shifted towards ‘Remain’ over the last few years), it was never that. In 2016 many Brexiteers used to assure us that we could remain in the Customs Union – with all its safeguards for labour rights and the environment – even if we left the political union. This of course would solve the ‘Irish problem’ at a stroke. It should also prevent civil war in the UK. And it is, as I understand it, Corbyn’s plan, which he has already apparently negotiated – albeit informally – with European leaders; suggesting that it might be a goer. It must  be the way forward now.

Surely, even for Corbyn-haters, this – plus the second referendum he’s also promised – is worth giving him just a few weeks in No.10 to try to achieve? I despair of the Lib-Dems’ trying to block this on narrow party-political grounds. (And in the case of their new leader, trotting out again that vile ‘antisemitic’ lie to justify her position.)

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3 Responses to The Solution, Surely

  1. John Field says:

    Having read Rory Stewart’s travel accounts and noted his entry into UK politics from here across the waters, I had wondered where he stood on the crisis of the moment. Now I know. The Etonian connections you persist in highlighting are fascinating to this old student of late-Victorian pursuits.

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    • Do you think I go on too much about Eton? Perhaps. The ‘Public’ schools are Britain’s ‘Peculiar Institution’, to adapt a phrase. You know it costs £40,000 a year to send a boy there? How does that compare with prestigious American private schools?
      Happy birthday, by the way! I must look you up the next time I come to the US. We can swap late-Victorian notes. That would likely be Virginia (son-in-law’s family).

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      • John Field says:

        Not at all. Nexus of Public Schools, high-cost boarding institutions, and Britain’s social class dynamic could not be of more interest. I will google some big-name American academy and see what I can find out about cost; I feel sure $$ amounts are comparable. Thanks for well wishes. I’ve had some facebook fun with the big 75th!

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