Await­ing Cor­byn’s light­bulb mo­ment

The Guardian - Journal - - Letters -

As the clam­our for a se­cond ref­er­en­dum grows (Gar­diner of­fers hope to cam­paign­ers for se­cond EU ref­er­en­dum, 7 Jan­uary), there should be wider cir­cu­la­tion of the view that it is no bad thing to change one’s mind in the light of new facts. Per­haps the £10 note fea­tur­ing Jane Austen could be is­sued in a new edi­tion, con­tain­ing her sage ad­vice: “It is par­tic­u­larly in­cum­bent on those who never change their opin­ion, to be se­cure of judg­ing prop­erly at first.”

Miles Hew­stone

Ox­ford

We are in­creas­ingly hear­ing of the Labour leader’s in­sis­tence that he will fol­low “the will of the peo­ple” if elected in any up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion and pur­sue Brexit. We are also in­creas­ingly hear­ing from large num­bers of Labour party mem­bers of their de­sire for a peo­ple’s vote. How many peo­ple does it take to achieve a light­bulb mo­ment for Jeremy Cor­byn?

Vee Sin­gle­ton

Fram­ling­ham, Suf­folk

So “Ger­many and Ire­land have been con­sult­ing closely on a plan … to in­clude prom­ises that the Ir­ish back­stop will never need to be used” (What hap­pens next, 7 Jan­uary). Can some­body tell me what on earth is the point of hav­ing a back­stop at all if it is agreed that it will never be used?

Steve Ma­son

Hornchurch, Es­sex

If Theresa May thinks it’s demo­cratic for her to ask MPs to vote sev­eral times on her Brexit deal, why is it un­demo­cratic for the peo­ple to have a se­cond vote on Brexit?

Liz Thomp­son

Ox­ford

Thank you for your se­ries of re­ports (Di­vided gen­er­a­tions: How Bolsover’s young peo­ple turned their backs on the EU, 8 Jan­uary), which are help­ful, timely and foster em­pa­thy for other peo­ple’s point of view.

An­thony O’Neill

Glas­gow Twit­ter: @gdncoun­try­di­ary

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