This ain’t going to make me popular at all, but I have to say it anyway: Chris Matheson, our local Labour MP, has resigned from the Shadow Cabinet team. And he’s right to do so. I’m not privy to his reasons, but if I were him, I’d be calling Jeremy Corbyn out on the unenthusiastic campaigning he was responsible for heading up as leader of Labour’s national Remain campaign. I don’t disagree with the arguments which demanded – which demand all too painfully – change in the EU, and the UK for that matter, with respect to economic policy. I do disagree fundamentally with cack-handed approaches to political change-management which too many leaders of all parties have been prepared to engage in for the benefit of their own careers (it seems to me) and to the detriment of everyone’s interests.
If you want to change something, do it with intelligence, the tools of the change-management trade, and the best brains and consultants around. But please don’t, really don’t, blow the UK economy out of the water through misjudged and foolish grandstanding. We have finite lives at the bottom of the pile, us ordinary folk. And we deserve much more than macho eyeballing from our political leaders and class.
So sorry if you don’t agree, but on this point I will no longer agree to disagree.