Published: 08 May 2021
Margaret Thatcher fiercely supported a "Yes" vote for remaining in the Common Market in 1975. Tony Benn, Jeremy Corbyn, Audrey Wise, Dennis Skinner and most right thinking members of the left campaigned for a "no" vote to a rich man's club that they believed threatened democracy and destroyed jobs in the UK.
The modern left seems either to characterises Brexit supporting Labour supporters as racist homophobes or ignorant simpletons who, unable to identify their own interests best, are led by the nose by malign populists with simple solutions. I don't know anyone from Hartlepool at all and it is, I suppose, possible that either or both propositions are true, but repeatedly telling them so and then asking them to vote for you, I would have thought unlikely to produce positive results.
Labour's likely policies under Kier Starmer continue to be unknown, Owen Jones writes rather well about this in the Guardian.
The Tories get a more or less free pass on large scale corruption in the allocation of contracts and attention is focused on bashing the ebullient Boris and fretting about when he opted to pay for refurbishing the flat rather than allowing Tory donors to do it.
To add insult to insult, the local party was given a long list of one candidate, who was known to continue his robust opposition to Brexit.
You don't have to forgive the Jim Crow laws or hate Lincoln to vote Democrat, nor, I suspect do you need to forgive Thatcher to vote Tory, do you?
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- Electric Dreams
- Theakston's Old Peculiar
- Bass - King's Head
- Speculation Ale
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- The Enemy Within (4th Edition) - Seumas Milne 2014
- Tessa, The Trader's Wife - Louis Becke (1901)
- The End of the Tether - Conrad (1902)
- La Dame Aux Camilias - Alexandre Dumas
- Turn of the Screw - Henry James
- The Beast in the Jungle - Henry James (1903)
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Caroll 1807
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- Five Run Away Together. - Enid Blyton
- Dracula - Bram Stoker - 1897
- Days Without End - Sebastion Barry (2016)
- The Witch Finders's Sister
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- The Devil and Miss Prym - Paul Coelho - 2000
- The Long and Winding Road - A Memoir (Alan Johnson 2016)
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