Sir Patrick Cormack, later Lord Cormack, was a long-serving constituency MP who never sought government office. He was content that Staffordshire South voters from across the political parties consistently elected him, although he took the Tory whip. Best of all though, he declared rather crossly in 2008 that his loyalties were to country, constituency and party. In that order.
A large part of the trouble that the PLP are in at present is because their priorities lie in the opposite order. On the referendum they didn't represent the majority of their old-Labour constituents - who voted Leave - and allied themselves instead with the globalism that is destroying traditional Labour voting communities. Over the past week, at a time when, for our country, Britons of all political colours must close ranks and present a united face to the world, they're presenting the most unedifying and undignified of spectacles in their foolish and jejune squabbling.
What's even more risible is that the little rainbow coalition behind Corbyn are also Remainians, though of the open-borders and dreads type, whilst Corbyn himself tends to ally with old Labour 'Leave'.
Worst of all, the entire PLP appears to believe they're in Parliament to represent the Labour Party, and not their constituencies. Something's got to give - and the electors of those squabbling Labour MPs might well ask just why they voted.
Reasons to be cheerful
- Glyphosate now safe in UK
- Boats can go back to red diesel
- No financial transaction tax in UK
- We now manage our own fish stocks
- Amazon, Apple and eBay now have to pay UK corporation tax
- Traditional rag-and-stick sailors can go back to using Stockholm Tar on their rigging (without having to pretend it's for their horses' hooves)