Left Reels as Socialist Unity – John Wight – Goes Anti-Corbyn.
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The international labour movement is still coming to terms with the shocks caused by this article (thanks Jim, AT and all the others):
The extent to which this has corroded the left is measured in surrender to UKIP arguments and nostrums on free movement, supporting the assertion that migrant workers are driving down the wages of British workers and are therefore an undesirable and alien presence. This is the politics of despair, redolent of an ugly British nationalism and the embrace of the ‘othering’ of not only migrant workers but also minorities, given that for racists and reactionaries nuance is anathema.
The point is this: while Jeremy Corbyn and his team do not carry sole responsibility for this state of affairs, they do carry enough to question their competence not only when it comes to leading the opposition but even more importantly as a potential future government.
In solidarity with the migrants and minorities who have felt the lash of xenophobes and racists in the wake of Brexit, who now have cause to worry about leaving the house, taking public transport and going about their daily lives for fear of being abused and attacked, I can no longer support Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party.
Now in point of fact I strongly sympathise with Wight’s hostility, loathing is perhaps a better word, towards the pro-Brexit ‘left’, notably those involved in the ‘Lexit’ campaign and the Socialist Party.
But Corbyn stood for Remain, and comrade John McDonnell did so in a forthright manner.
The majority of the left, from the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty (AWL), Socialist Resistance, Left Unity (all of which played a very positive role in the Referendum campaign), to the broad forces in Another Europe is Possible, to Momentum, and more centre-left groups like Chartist, stood for Remain. (2)
People are already asking: does this mean Wight will be campaigning for Owen Smith?
And this is how Wight has described me,
Well, this is how Cde John Wight has described me, “Andrew Coates is a card carrying member of the neo-McCarthyite gang that resides in the rotten, seething swamp I describe in my recent piece in defence of Seumas Milne. He is not in any way shape or form on the ‘right side’.”
Socialist Unity. (3)
He defended Seumas Milne.
(1) Socialist Unity Network (Wikipedia).
(2) For a serious analysis of the vote see: Chaminda Jayanetti. A tale of two Brexit Britains. “the two Brexit Britains. The reason there is such dispute about what drove the result is because the voters who formed the bulk of the Leave vote are not, in fact, the voters who tipped Leave over the line to victory. The average Leave voter was older, white, socially conservative, in the Midlands shires or southern England (but not London), had a middle-income career, and voted Tory at the last election.
All of which is entirely predictable – but that doesn’t add up to a 52% vote share. Remain was expected to win before the polling even started – why didn’t it?
This is where the “surprise” Brexit Britain comes in – poorer voters, many of them Labour loyalists, some of them serial abstainers, living in rock solid Labour seats in Midlands cities and northern England, motivated by immigration or alienation to land a punch on the face of the establishment. They weren’t the bulk of the Leave vote, but they are the reason the pundits and polls were wrong, and so they have been in the post-Brexit spotlight.”
Also note that according to polling data from YouGov, 75% of 18- to 24-year-olds voted to remain in the European Union.
How is the anti-European left going to recruit the “youth” in these conditions?
(3) See his comment (no38) to his own article.
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