At last a genuine alternative to chaos is emerging – but never forget who it was who plunged Britain into the mire in the first place
Britain is again in the grip of crisis, and this time the blame can be placed at the feet of only one party. The Tories had a nightmare, and we’re all trapped in it. A referendum was called, not because it was felt it was in the national interest, but because David Cameron had bothersome backbenchers and a Ukip challenge to deal with. And then his successor launched a snap election to extinguish her opposition, and instead destroyed her authority, wasted negotiating time and left Britain a laughing stock among the very governments it needs to agree a deal with. The Tories set the house on fire; now they claim to be the only ones who can put out the blaze.
This was portrayed by Jeremy Corbyn’s critics as a U-turn. Yet from the start the Labour leadership’s position has been mischaracterised and misunderstood, often intentionally.