"It’s never a good look for a politician to have fewer principles than UKIP. When Tory MPs Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless defected to Nigel Farage’s party, both stood down from their seats and fought by-elections to establish whether their electoral mandates were personal or owed to the party. Both of them won. (Though both men subsequently lost at general elections and Reckless has now returned to the Tories.)The seven Labour MPs who resigned from the party today have no such honour and no such respect for the electorate. They’ve quit the party but not their cushy and lucrative jobs as opposition MPs, and will bring about absolutely no practical difference other than sitting a few feet further to the left in the Commons voting exactly the same way as they did before".
The Independent group who stated that one of the reasons why they split was Antisemitism were rather exposesd when one of thier MPs Angela Smith had to apologise after sparking a racism row by referring to black people as having a “funny tinge”.
Ms Smith was one of seven MPs who resigned from the Labour Party on Monday in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
Later she appeared on the BBC's Politics Live, and took part in a panel discussion on racism in the UK.
“The recent history of the party I’ve just left suggests that it’s not just about being black or a funny tin... you know, from the BAME community.” BAME refers to black, Asian and minority ethnic.
Political journalist Ash Sarkar, who was on the panel alongside Ms Smith, interrupted to ask: “A funny what?”
In a statement issued later on Monday, Ms Smith said:
“I’ve seen the clip from politics live, I’m very sorry about any offence caused and I’m very upset that I misspoke so badly, it’s not what I am and I’m committed to fighting racism whenever I find it in our society."
It must be something of a record to have to apologise about something as divisive as this within hours of launching a breakaway group. Maybe the rest of them are wondering if she is much of an asset.