The Independent Group (TIG) has morphed into Change UK (CUK). Although it’s obviously inspired by France’s En Marche, it isn’t inspired by what that party did – i.e. win seats in an election.
For some reason, Change doesn’t actually want any change on that front:
— Michael Walker (@michaeljswalker) March 29, 2019
Off The Perch caught up with Chris Leslie to ask him some questions:
OTP: So you’re called Change now. Wouldn’t the biggest change of all be holding an election?
CL: Definitely not. An election wouldn’t change anything.
OTP: It might change a few things. You’d probably lose your seat for a start.
CL: Yes, we’re all aware of the Labour and Conservative bullying campaign against us.
OTP: Are you describing rival political parties attempting to take your seats as ‘bullying’?
CL: Well how else would you describe it? We really want those seats. There shouldn’t be another election until we can outlaw grassroots campaigning altogether.
OTP: That would be a big change. Is that the only change you’re pursuing, or are there others?
CL: We’re quite keen on keeping public services privatised.
OTP: How is that a change from your previous position?
CL: I wasn’t a Change MP when I argued for it before.
It could be that Change UK’s name change will be enough to convince people the party actually stands for change. Some people remain unconvinced, however:
Imagine founding a party called "Change UK", but it's made up of ex-tory and ex-NewLab types and literally just puts forward the same centrist and right wing policies that have dominated politics since the late nineties lmao #ChangeUK #Tinge #tig
— Sam Fury (@SamFury9) March 29, 2019
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