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SWP Calls for Campaign for Corbyn to Organise a ‘Left-wing Brexit’.

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British ‘sovereigntists’ demonstrate en masse for Left Brexit.

The various Trotskyist groups in the UK, strengthened with growing mass support and popularity, have been offering Jeremy Corbyn well-meant advice recently.

Socialist Worker has just penned a carefully worded letter to those backing the Labour leader.

Letter to a Jeremy Corbyn supporter.

Charlie Kimber National Secretary of the Socialist Workers Party offers many tips but this is the most important one:

The best way for Jeremy to beat back the right and win the next election is to head up a much higher level of fightback in the workplaces and the street.

Take note the TUC!

He follows up earlier advice to the Trade Unions – at the end of August he stated, “Pressure to repeal the Trade Union Act should be part of the debate about Brexit.”

Take note, David Davis!

Indeed, should being a modal verb with all kinds of potential meanings, chiefly, what ought to happen and is not happening now.

Or in this case, unlikely to happen at all.

Kimber offers this suggestion.

…he could set out a programme for a left wing Brexit and call meetings and demonstrations to battle for it.

What do we want? Left-wing Brexit now!

It trips off the tongue… It sets hearts glowing.

You can visualise a sea of demonstrators, SWP placards, and….Jeremy Corbyn.

Who campaigned against Brexit.

Kimber finishes his letter with this sage advice,

..in the end power doesn’t lie in parliament. It lies in the economic ownership and control by the bosses and the unelected army, the police and the state.

The only way we can combat economic sabotage from the multinationals or the reaction of the state would be mobilisation of workers on a vast scale.

It would need strikes and occupations and monster demonstrations.

It would require politics dragged from the parliamentary chambers into the streets. That’s why I think we need independent revolutionary organisation.

We await the long drag.


Written by Andrew Coates

September 22, 2016 at 11:35 am

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  1. It does raise an interesting question, though: if withdrawal is going ahead, do you think the left should be trying to stop the process, or influence the terms on which it happens? Or both? Bearing in mind that we are unlikely to be able to make much difference either way…


    September 22, 2016 at 6:43 pm

  2. George Galloway deserves to be in the Labour Party, not Tony Blair.


    September 22, 2016 at 10:30 pm

  3. Typical shite from the SWP (ie in main post). in answer to Francis’s very reasonable question (above): http://www.workersliberty.org/node/27011

    Jim Denham

    September 23, 2016 at 12:27 pm

  4. The TUC has a set of policies, which the SWP fails to mention: “Working People Must not Pay the Price for Brexit.

    Here is their Action Plan: https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Workingpeoplemustnotpaytheprice2.pdf

    More TUC reactions and plans here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/workingpeoplemustnotpaytheprice

    Andrew Coates

    September 23, 2016 at 2:20 pm

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