Owen Jones is a fully signed-up Remainer these days. He has joined John McDonnell’s Another Europe is Possible group in calling for a “radical In vote” and spent today lamenting polls putting Leave ahead. Yet only a year ago Owen was a self-proclaimed Lexiteer, making the left-wing case for Leave. As late as last July, OJ told us:
“The case for Lexit grows ever stronger, and – at the very least – more of us need to start dipping our toes in the water.”
As for McDonnell, for whom a young Owen was once a bag-carrier, the conversion has been even more dramatic. This explicit call to Leave is from 2014:
@johnjournalist To be clearIn Europe but not in EU.,creating a new people's Europe not the existing creature of the banks & corporations.
— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) June 8, 2014
Interesting that both Owen and McDonnell are ditching their long-held views on the EU. It’s not just Tories who are selling out to help their careers…