THERE is no point in Labour trying to get an early General Election which it would probably lose, unless it gets its Brexit policy across clearly (‘Corbyn: Johnson has begging bowl out to speculators’, The Herald, August 27).

The policy has changed so often, been expressed so vaguely, and contradicted by senior Labour and trade union figures so often, that many voters either don’t know what it is, or think Corbyn is trying to fool them into thinking he backs a second referendum, but secretly doesn’t, by using the words “public vote”.

Corbyn is quoting the motion passed by the 2018 Labour conference. He has now said it means a referendum with a Remain option on any Brexit deal or No Deal.

The Brexit party does well because it has a clear policy which it communicates clearly – leaving the EU with or without a deal. Boris Johnson is winning Conservative voters back from the Brexit party with the same clear message. But Labour is failing to win voters back from the Lib Dems due to vague and mixed messaging.

To win back those voters Corbyn and all Labour spokespeople need to repeatedly say “Labour backs a second referendum, with a Remain option, no matter what”, and publicly slap down any Labour or trade union figure giving different impressions.

This will lose Labour some Leave voters and seats, just as May’s 100% pro-Brexit message in 2017 lost the Conservatives some Remain seats. But it’ll win them more than it loses them.

Neither most Leave nor most Remain voters will vote for a party if they’re not sure what its Brexit policy is.

Corbyn and his supporters want a real Labour government as soon as possible to end the suffering caused to the disabled, ill, mentally ill and poorest by welfare “reforms”. Achieving it will require showing voters that Labour puts the good of the whole country ahead of party political advantage though, by prioritising avoiding No Deal over an early General Election; and enough time to get its support for a second referendum across clearly to voters.

Duncan McFarlane,



BEFORE the start of the opposition parties’ anti-No Deal meeting he chaired, Jeremy Corbyn issued his ‘’Trump Brexit’’ threats.

From this it was apparent that he thinks the US President is even less popular than he is. I would not bet on that.

In any case there was a silent elephant in the room for Mr Corbyn. Clearly he thinks we have all forgotten the three times he led his troops to vote down Theresa May’s deals. As did the SNP. They must have thought there was more to be gained by posturing.

It would appear that if a deal emerges it will be pretty much along Theresa May’s lines, suitably dressed up of course.

When the far left and nationalist posturing stops, real progress can begin.

Alexander McKay,



SIC a parcel o’ prorogues in a nation?

Ken MacIver,



THANKS to Iain Macwhirter, for introducing a new word to my vocabulary- ‘otiose’, meaning ‘serving no practical purpose’ - in his article on Gordon Brown (‘Gordon Brown’s caring UK is dead. Brexit has killed it’, The Herald, August 28). I shall endeavour to introduce the word into a conversation.

Meanwhile, here’s to Scotland becoming an independent republic! May I see it in my lifetime.

Carol Hughes, Glasgow

MR Macwhirter makes a valid point when he says that Holyrood is unable to deliver full employment in the absence of full economic powers. Sadly, this won’t be remedied any time soon.

D Craig, Ayrshire