Getting to know Barry Gardiner
Barry Gardiner is not the first person and won’t be the last to head along to a “think tank” session, assuming it might be a mildly diverting few hours out of the office, only to find himself tanking, career-wise, soon after.
The British Labour party’s shadow spokesman on trade, speaking at an event in Brussels last month, was recorded saying dismissive things about the Belfast Agreement in a bid to join a lengthening line of Westminster idiots on this subject.
However, he does seem more finely attuned to Brexit-related economic nonsense, having rubbished Labour’s pledge to support a parliamentary vote if the agreed Brexit terms have the “exact same benefits” as the single market.
This, he said, was “b ****** s . . . always has been b ****** s and it remains it”, as there would be no “exact same benefits” as the single market under Brexit.