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Morning Star – Brexit Bolsheviks join “La gauche antimigrants”, the anti immigrant Left.

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Morning Star Says Brexit Means “Freedom to control our own borders.”

Le Monde has just published a long article on what they call the “anti-immigrant/anti-migrant” left”.

A ‘left in favour of national sovereignty and closing borders.

The French daily cites the German Aufstehn movement of  Sahra Wagenknecht, the “ambiguities” of Jean-Luc Mélecnhon’s La France insoumise, and Danish Labour and ‘populist’ left forces.

Lo and Behold the Morning Star, Britain’s leading organ of the Brexit Bolsheviks has just published this (which will appear in the Saturday print edition).

Time to get tough with the EU and our own anti-democrats

The benefits of being free of the EU neoliberal restrictions far outweigh anything else, writes JACQUI JOHNSON.

What do we do when we are free of the membership fee and from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice? Any of these things is complex, open to offers and counter-offers, stand-offs and compromises, but none overrides the ending of our EU membership.

Here is a very prominent ‘benefit’.

Leaving means freedom to control our own borders. Immigration policy can be part of a comprehensive employment plan based on equal rights for all who live and work here.


The benefits of being free of all of these neoliberal restrictions on our economic prospects far outweigh anything else. Rebuilding and transforming Britain does not depend on trading arrangements, it depends on investment in our people to produce and transform society. You can’t trade if you can’t produce.


The anti-migrant writer of this, Jacquie Johnson is former president of NATFHE, now UCU,.

She is, by no coincidence at all, linked to the notorious “Trade Unionist Against the EU” – which received funds from far-right millionaire Arron Banks.

From this year’s TUC Fringe,


Brexit offers opportunities we never had while members of the EU. This is now being recognised by almost everyone, even the Guardian. Jeremy Corbyn said, ‘the next Labour government will … [take] advantage of new freedoms outside of the EU to allow Government to intervene to protect our industrial base’. The speakers will explore the opportunities offered by Brexit and discuss how the trade union movement can take part in this most exciting phase in the history of our country. Contributions from the fl oor will be welcome.
Speakers: Mick Whelan (General Secretary, ASLEF), Sarah Wooley (BFAWU), Kelvin Hopkins (MP), Professor Costas Lapavitsas (author of Left Case Against the European Union)
Chair: Jacquie Johnson (former President NATFHE/UCU)
Venue: The Briton’s Protection, 50 Gt Bridgewater St, Manchester M1 5LE
Refreshments provided.

Amongst her further comments we find this:

It is no accident either that one of the most virulent asset-strippers of Greece, former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, manages to drape himself in “left-wing” colours . He wants to stay in the EU, “but not this EU”).

“It’s no accident” ………

How that hackneyed  phrase reminds one of these days:




Written by Andrew Coates

October 5, 2018 at 5:41 pm

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  1. A Corbyn government would ahve to be careful doing “to allow Government to intervene to protect our industrial base’”. If I am right there is explicit reference to this in the USA trade dals with Canada and Mexico, where they have to cease trading with countries with anti-competitive practices. Trade, tarifs, protectionism does not occur in a vaccuum. “The core of NAFTA’s provisions on anticompetitive business conduct is found in Article 1501.
    That Article requires that each party “shall adopt or maintain measures to proscribe anticompetitive
    business conduct and take appropriate action with respect thereto.” Article 1501 is silent as to the nature
    and form of measures required, and Article 201 defines a measure to include “any law, regulation,
    procedure, requirement or practice.” In practice, however, all three parties have complied with Article
    1501 through legislation: the Sherman, Clayton, and Federal Trade Commission Acts in the United States;
    the Competition Act in Canada; and the Federal Law on Economic Competition in Mexico. NAFTA is
    similarly silent as to what might constitute “appropriate action” with respect to anticompetitive business
    conduct. “. This now applies to third countries. My reading of it is that the USA could effectivly tell say Canada nopt to trade in certain goods with the UK if it deems that the UK is being “unfair”.

    Jim Monaghan

    October 6, 2018 at 11:10 am

  2. Exactly, these Lexiters have simply no idea of what they are talking about.

    They think that with one bound “we” will be free….

    Andrew Coates

    October 6, 2018 at 11:18 am

  3. Perhaps the most bizarre aspect of the Star’s promotion of “freedom to control our own borders” is the paper’s record of repeated claims that hostility to Immigration had little or nothing to do with the Leave vote and it’s an insult to workers who voted Leave to suggest that it was.

    Jim Denham

    October 6, 2018 at 12:06 pm

  4. That is true but more broadly there is the presence of these people in positions of inlfuence in the first place.

    This is interesting:

    “Corbynism: A critical approach

    Matt Bolton and Harry Pitts have a new book out on Corbynism. It looks great. There’s a sample chapter online. It comes from a Marxist perspective and looks at the two-campist tradition of geopolitics and how left populism can shade into conspiracy theory.

    i newspaper has an interview with Matt. Here’s an extract:
    Bolton and Pitts links Corbyn to Tony Benn’s Alternative Economic Strategy… the other side of Bennism is the idea that the British economy and industry were “under attack” from finance – and that Britain needed to build a “siege economy” to throw off the shackles of the bankers, Bolton says. “We think that’s a form of economic nationalism – protecting British jobs and British industry from foreign intruders,” he says. “That’s dangerous”…

    Bennism’s sense of attack from the financiers leads Corbyn to describe the economy as “rigged” – something that might be intuitive to a lot of left-wingers. But left-wingers aren’t the only people who use it, Bolton points out – Donald Trump, Bannon and even Michael Gove have adopted it too. “The political ambivalence of the ‘rigged economy’ term alongside the economic nationalism is quite dangerous,” he says. It’s this sort of thinking that leads Corbyn into his anti-Semitism rows. “If you see capitalism as something that’s imposed on workers rather than something more general, it’s not inevitable that you end up with anti-semitism, but the potential is there. “The combination of that and the good vs bad world view, you can end up repeating or stumbling into anti-semitic tropes.”

    I should particularly draw your attention to footnote 26, which says “We have learnt a lot in particular from lynchpins of the principled left blogosphere Bob from Brockley and Tendance Coatesy (see http://brockley.blogspot.co.uk/ and https://tendancecoatesy.wordpress.com/).”


    Andrew Coates

    October 6, 2018 at 12:16 pm

  5. @ Dave Roberts, Don’t think anyone on here is doubting the film-making abilities of Andrew Coates. Anyway, it’s back to writing shitty blogs for me. You never know, might get a mention in the footnotes of some obscure ‘paper’.

    Ben Poach

    October 6, 2018 at 6:44 pm

  6. Thanks Ben. I can’t reply as I don’t know what I said because my post has disappeared.

    Dave Roberts

    October 6, 2018 at 10:26 pm

  7. Did it? Sorry. Dave There was a stream of alt-right stuff that I removed and it must have got mixed up with them: I have a quite serious filter here because of this but they still get in.

    Andrew Coates

    October 7, 2018 at 10:38 am

  8. It must work as I’ve never seen any alt right stuff here.

    Dave Roberts

    October 7, 2018 at 5:19 pm

  9. I removed 8 of them on Sunday, links to Veterans Today, anti-semitic tropes…..

    Andrew Coates

    October 8, 2018 at 11:21 am

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