Guardian columnist Owen Jones has called out Labour MP Kate Hoey for tweeting in defence of the Tories:
Imagine being a Labour MP and tweeting this https://t.co/9cULZZpVLh
— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) July 25, 2018
But it’s safe to say that this isn’t Hoey’s first offence.
Deal or no deal
Jones is referring to Hoey’s retweet of a Spectator article [paywall] with the headline Don’t blame the Tories for a Brexit ‘no deal’:
Don’t blame the Tories for a Brexit ‘no deal’ https://t.co/jjC2E1Tyor
— Kate Hoey (@KateHoeyMP) July 24, 2018
In the piece, Spiked editor Brendan O’Neill blames [paywall] the EU for the threat of a ‘no deal Brexit’. (Note: He had previously praised Hoey and other ‘Brexit rebels’ in another Spectator article [paywall].)
Hoey clearly agrees with this stance:
— Kate Hoey (@KateHoeyMP) July 24, 2018
O’Neill argues [paywall] that:
if the only deal that will be acceptable to the EU is one which goes against this vote for greater democratic control and keeps Britain beholden to EU rules and laws, then ‘no deal’ becomes more likely, and more attractive.
A mess of the Tories’ making
But people on social media are pointing out that, without the Tories, Britain wouldn’t be in this situation in the first place:
Absolute rubbish. Cameron called a referendum and high profile Tories got into bed with UKIP. Cameron could have stood up to the warring factions in his own party, but chose to rip our country apart. Yes, we blame the Tories.
— Paula Watt (@xPaulaWattx) July 25, 2018
Meanwhile, others have questioned what the EU is supposed to do in response to this government’s farcical Brexit strategy:
This is the most extraordinary article. I've only skimmed it, but it seems to be blaming the EU for rejecting unworkable 'plans' and treating the warnings of business leaders as an example of subversion of democracy by corporate interests.
— Frances Toomey #FBPE (@FrancesToomey) July 25, 2018
This is not the first time Hoey has sided with the government. On 17 July, she was one of four Labour MPs who voted with the government on a key Brexit trade bill. The government won the vote with an incredibly slender majority of six votes. No wonder Jones called her out then too:
John Mann, Frank Field, Kate Hoey and Graham Stringer have voted with the Tories to save Theresa May's shambolic government and ensure a destructive Tory Brexit, or possibly a no deal calamity.
They should all be kicked out of the Labour Party.
— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) July 17, 2018
And Hoey’s decision to prop up the government in its time of need means that some people blame her for the threat of a ‘no deal Brexit’:
Oh don’t worry Kate. I’m very happy to blame you.
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) July 25, 2018
True to form
This is Kate Hoey who accepted lavish hospitality from Arron Banks, went boating on the Thames with Farage and recently helped the Tories over the line over the Customs Union. Residents of #Vauxhall, please rid the country of this RedKip pest.https://t.co/OT6AWpsvTg
— Fufluns PW #FBPE #PeoplesVote 🇪🇺🔸🐈🍷 (@FuflunsPW) July 24, 2018
And her continual siding with far-right figures and defence of the Tories means that calls for her deselection are intensifying.
I was in Vauxhall during the last election and put a tick in the "I want a Labour government" box. I hope Kate is deselected ASAP.
— Matthew Taylor (@taylor12_j) July 25, 2018
— Never Trust A Tory (or the BBC) (@pplwhocantpark) July 25, 2018
She should be deselected.
— Andrew (@Andrew22253776) July 25, 2018
Hoey is entitled to her view on Brexit, of course:
She's just not really labour anymore is she? Whilst i respect (and entirely disagree with) her opinions on brexit, the values she is championing recently just aren't labour values
— John Bolton (@JohnBolton77) July 25, 2018
Yet her actions are propping up this wretched Tory government, which has decimated Britain – overseeing huge rises in poverty and homelessness, cutting key public services, and creating a hostile environment for immigrants.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says he has warned Hoey and the three other Labour rebels that:
the more they prop up this government, the more damage this government will do…
this government is reeling now and the longer this goes [on] the more damage it’s going to do to our country – leave aside party, this is damage to the country.
But Hoey clearly hasn’t heeded this warning.
Jones is right. She has no place within the Labour Party.
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