People's Choice Civil War
The People's Vote campaign has disintegrated.
Eurointelligence calls it a Civil War.
The second referendum campaign - or the People's Vote as they euphemistically call themselves - had a very bad day. The infighting that has been going on under the surface erupted into the open amid a classic power struggle. The so-call People's Vote is a coalition of nine organisations with different aims. One of the PV's ringleaders is Roland Rudd, the brother of Amber Rudd, and one of the leaders pro-Remain campaigners in 2016. He is the head of Open Britain, one of the organisations behind the PV campaign. He fired two people over the weekend: the head of communications and the campaign director. But they refused to go, challenging Rudd's right to dismiss them. They are backed by Alistair Campbell, Tony Blair's former enforcer. There was a staff walk-out yesterday as the whole thing descended into chaos.
So, what is this about?
The two men dismissed by Rudd wanted to keep the PV campaign on the straight and narrow by focusing on the second referendum. Others want the PV to become a vehicle to revoke Brexit by whichever means possible. The split in the PV campaign is the counterpart of what is happening on the opposition benches in the UK parliament. The LibDems no longer back a second referendum, and have switched their strategy to full-on support for Brexit revocation. Labour's official position is to hold a second referendum after it negotiates a customs union deal with the EU.
We noted a comment on Twitter yesterday that the PV is not really about Brexit but about its supporters' grip on power. It is the crowd that used to run the country. When they started to win their big political battles in the mid-to-late 1990s, they thought they had defeated the Thatcherite right forever. To them Brexit came as a complete shock for which they were ill-prepared in 2016. We noted at the time that they never reflected on the deep causes of their defeat, and moved on seamlessly to the second referendum campaign.
This is contrary to the pro-Remain agenda of Eurointelligence. Yet, they discuss it.
Most of the the pro-Remain mainstream media does not want to discuss such events.
Amber Rudd Stands Down
The Guardian Live Blog noted "Amber Rudd and David Lidington, respectively the ex-home secretary and Theresa May’s former de facto deputy, have both announced they are among an increasing number of sitting MPs who will quit at the coming election."
'An honour, not a right' - Tory chief whip tells Amber Rudd why she can't have whip restored as she quits.
?? BREAKING ??— Jack Doyle (@jackwdoyle) October 30, 2019
Chief whip Mark Spencer tells Amber Rudd she WONT be getting the Tory whip back.
Tells her he doesn’t trust her not to turn on Boris Johnson again.
‘Receipt of the whip is an honour, not a right and it cannot be discarded or returned at will.’ pic.twitter.com/B2oKXTIfcF
Remainers standing down or having their party affiliation revoked is good news.
Good riddance. And ...
Good Riddance to Speaker Bercow
I’m hearing the election for Speaker will go ahead on Monday - largely because it is seen as impractical to wait until after the election, because it would then take too long to get a Speaker in place, when Parliament May have to move rather quickly— Mark D'Arcy (@DArcyTiP) October 30, 2019
Lots of good news today for Boris Johnson including news of a Farage-Tory Alliance.