Plaidoyer pour l’Europe.
I am an internationalist.
My earliest political horizons were made by the German Außerparlamentarische Opposition (APO).
My late teens were formed, apart from the IMG, and the Fourth International, by the politics of a group I worked with closely during the Portuguese Revolution, the Movimiento de Izquierda Socialista. This was a democratic socialist group of the left whose politics were a landmark in our movement.
In France I benefited from the comradeship of members of the Parti Socialiste Unifié who taught me about democratic socialism in the real sense. From hundreds of local councillors, they provided, er…well, a French PM and lots of cabinet Ministers….
In more recent times I have supported the Iranian democratic left, the Kurdish people’s fight for dear life against Daesh, and the beloved Bangladesh secular comrades in their struggles.
I am a member of one of the forces on the Left in the Remain camp, Chartist magazine, and the network, Another Europe is Possible.
I am, like many people, a left-wing European socialist.
I find it deeply insulting that the Bexiters are now claiming the mantle of ‘internationalism’ and trying to use the refugee crisis to their own nationalist ends.