As the general public learnt with David Cameron, when politicians go to great lengths to tell you how "clear" and "straight" they are about to be, a mountain of confusion, distraction, waffle and obfuscation inevitably follows. Keir Starmer upholds that unfortunate tradition.
Labour's latest Brexit fudge
There is still an iunfortunately large amount of dishonest in Labour's latest Brexit flip flop - by calling for things it knows are not achievable, and refusing to say what it would do when those options are ruled out.
Seeking "all the benefits" of the customs union and single market without being inside them is not possible, the EU has made that very clear.
Seeking single market membership with 'more control of immigration' is not possible, the EU has made that very clear.
Voters may reasonably conclude that Labour's plan is the following: when these scenarios and finally ruled out, they will opt to stay in either the single market or the EU itself, and claim this is the only way to achieve their stated aims. They will claim they have been consistent all along.
What everyone wants Labour to answer, and has done since the vote, is the following: 'what is your position if the only way to retain "all the benefits" of the single market is to remain in it?'
Sir Keir has dodged this fundamental question. His recent comments only add to a long list of vague Labour positions that evade the core questions of the day.