Don’t agree an election on June 8th!

How desperate am I, writing this on an unread blog on the morning after Jeremy Corbyn agreed to holding an election on 8th June? If there is a reason for 5-year parliaments it is precisely to stop prime ministers exploiting their position to go to the country when it suits party advantage. Ignore all the macho drivel about ‘being up for it’. Labour is not ready, and it is no shame to say so. Insist on an election when we know the shape of the deal she actually seeks in Brussels. An election now, on current projections, will give her a free hand to do whatever she likes. It really is blank political stupidity to agree an election now.

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