/u/cthulhuiscool2 is a former Home Secretary, current Leader of the House of Commons and long serving parliamentarian representing Surrey.
The Democratic Reformist Front is arguably the breakout party of the 12th term and made headlines this week with the merger of Plaid Cymru and the Irish Parliamentary Party.
In an Announcement of Formation published on the 15th of June, Party Leader Mr Draco declared his party as “dedicated to the institution of a republic”, inviting support “[regardless] if you’re a libertarian, a social democrat, or anything in between.”
More recently the party’s pint-sized manifesto, if we may call it a manifesto, claimed the Democratic Reformists were “a movement that works for everyone”, welcoming of “almost every ideological background.”
Yet on Tuesday former Democratic Reformist Member of Parliament ThePootisPower, having defected to the Labour Party, described “almost the entirety” of his former party as “left wing” sharing “Labour’s broadchurch left wing ideas.”
Further to this, on Tuesday The Telegraph broke the news of the Labour Party entering into an electoral pact with the DRF. It is unknown why the Democratic Reformist Front has chosen to endorse the Labour Party, given that the previous Labour manifesto made no mention of monarchy abolition or House of Lords reform. It is equally unknown why the Labour Party, ostensibly a party of unionism, has endorsed the party of rapid nationalism intent on breaking the United Kingdom to pieces and uprooting our constitution. I will speculate, there is far more in common between the two parties than either would care to admit. That, or the electoral pact is motivated by the blind pursuit of power and little more.
…a vapid collection of political unknowns, rejects and has-beens with the common goal of furthering their own disgraceful political careers.
Fundamentally the problem with the DRF is not that it is left wing, for left wing political thought is entirely valid. The problem is that it refuses to admit to being left wing. They are too afraid to be honest to those who vote for them. Yet their intentions are perhaps more sinister, using the lie of political neutrality to misdirect voters, they risk undermining our democracy. They are a vapid collection of political unknowns, rejects and has-beens with the common goal of furthering their own disgraceful political careers, not a credible party to lead the republican cause. I challenge them to present a full manifesto and have the confidence to stand on their own platform.
The Democratic Reformists are not above ideology, the Labour Party is their ideology.
Between the start of the term and Monday, where a majority of the parliamentary Labour Party and the Democratic Reformist Front voted Aye, No or Abstain in the House of Commons; 81% of the time they voted the same. The Democratic Reformists are not above ideology, the Labour Party is their ideology. The Democratic Reformist Front is little more than a republican Labour Party, if only they would admit this hard truth.
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