With both the Conservative and Labour parties today embroiled in bitter civil wars, the political establishment is ‘utterly failing the British people’ in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union.
That is according to Caroline Lucas, the Brighton Pavilion MP, as large numbers of the Labour shadow cabinet continue to quit their roles in a reported bid to oust leader Jeremy Corbyn.
“Britain is in crisis and people are scared about the future,” Mrs Lucas, the country’s only Green MP, said on Sunday, June 26.
“Never have we had a greater need for calm leadership to be shown by politicians - yet instead both the Tories and Labour are engaging in civil wars.
“At such a key moment for this country the political establishment is utterly failing the British people.
“We have a Government in chaos, an economy facing a crisis and people up and down the country facing serious hardship - yet the Labour Party is in utter turmoil, thanks mostly to some Shadow Cabinet Ministers trying to take their party back to 1997 but also partly because Jeremy Corbyn did fail to show the passion needed in the EU referendum.
“Instead of indulging in months of introspection and infighting, this is an opportunity to recognise that a more plural politics is in both the left’s electoral and political interests.
“And with the growing likelihood of an early General Election, the importance of progressive parties working together to prevent the formation of a Tory-UKIP-DUP government that would seek to enact an ultra-right Brexit scenario is ever more pressing.
Mrs Lucas also urged a change to the electoral system.
She said: “This crisis also exposes the absurdity of our first past the post electoral system.
“The Labour Party is no longer one natural entity and, without doubt, it would have split by now if we had a fair voting system.
“The only fair way to proceed is to have a proportional voting system where people can back the politicians who they believe in, rather than taking a gamble and not knowing which Labour Party they’ll end up with.
“While the other parties fight among themselves, the Green Party, and our many new members who have joined in the last few days, will take a stand against any austerity or slashing of environmental legislation that may come with Brexit.
“In the coming weeks we will also be holding the establishment to account as the Chilcot inquiry is published and mounting a campaign against Trident renewal as the vote approaches.”
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