An Open Letter to the Labour Party


  1. Today, I received a letter from you about my direct debit membership to your party.

    You didn’t ask why it had been cancelled.

    Let me tell you.

    I very much admire what your party stands for. “For the many, not the few” did its job in shifting a significant portion of the electorate in your favour, and rightly so. I believed you to be a positive force for change. With the Conservatives seemingly killing off the NHS, under scrutiny for electoral fraud, a hardline stance on Brexit and privatising public services quick enough to make the head spin, you were an obvious antidote to the wanton destruction.

    But I can no longer in clear conscience support you until your stance on the UK exit from the EU is crystal clear.

    The constant, almost daily contradictions on both sides of the political aisle leaves me with little faith that either of the major party has the interests of the country at their heart, only a strong drive to push forward their own party’s interest, which in my mind do not align with the interests of the nation - long term - and the futures of our children.

    I am under no illusion about my own ignorance on the complexity of such a difficult and monumental task ahead but on the face of it so far, the Labour Party appear as blind and torn about the destination of the UK as the Conservatives, let alone what it will mean for the perpetually fragile situation of my own country of birth, Ireland.

    I love the UK. Wales gave me a degree, Scotland gave me a PhD, London gave me a job and I’ve paid taxes and national insurance for 14 years. It’s been a pleasure to do so.

    But on June 23rd 2016, the country broke a little, and it broke my heart.

    If you cannot see your way fit to make your position ABSOLUTELY clear to the 48% who voted to remain in the EU, I cannot continue to support your party. That may seem a very black and white decision, but a United Kingdom that does not recognise its place in a United Europe and both left and right politics determined not to listen does not deserve my support.

    I’ve lived in the UK for 24 years. I will be sad to leave it behind. But it has left behind all the things that helped make it great.

    Yours Sincerely.

    Gráinne McEntee