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Socialist Workers Party Journal: Trump and Brexit, “two cheeks of the same arse”.

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“Trump and Brexit are, if a measure of crudity might be permitted, two cheeks of the same arse.”

This is quite remarkable, the SWP is cracking up over Brexit.

In a hole and still digging: the left and Brexit

Issue: 161

Wayne Ashe

This has got attention,

For many (most?) people on that march Trump and Brexit are, if a measure of crudity might be permitted, two cheeks of the same arse—both signs of racist reaction with no progressive roots whatsoever.

This a really serious well written article.

A few extracts.


” the gate will also be open, of course, for very sinister forces, already building up Britain’s own Dolchstoss, the stab-in-the-back legend which so helped the Nazis rise to power. Millions of Brexit voters are going to be very disappointed by the difference between what they thought they would get and what they in fact got, and will be looking for someone to blame.



 It is important to understand that the class enemy is entirely clear about this—Farage told the BBC (in January 2017): “If I speak to Trump’s team, Trump’s close advisers, or even to the president-elect himself, none of them think Trump would have won if Brexit had not happened”.38 The fascists marching to demand that Tommy Robinson be freed from jail carried banners supporting Trump and Brexit. The links between Brexit fundamentalists and the Trump administration are becoming closer week by week. Rees-Mogg—who supported Trump before he was elected president—noted that the latter “appealed to voters left behind by the metropolitan elite and he exudes confidence about his own nation and a determination not to be a manager of decline, which also inspires the Brexiteers”.39

Yet the traditional left, so right about Trump (and the rising fascist movement) is currently forced to tell angry people who might be attracted to their political outlook that they are against Trump but pro-Brexit. Opposition to Brexit is growing, yet just what is the left saying to the 700,000 people who marched for a People’s Vote on 20 October 2018?

Imagine a worse case situation in the spring, a chaotic Brexit has led to queues on the M20, factory layoffs, food shortages and high inflation after a currency collapse. We will be forced to tell workers that all this is very dreadful and should be fought, but, ahem…we actually supported Brexit. It won’t wash.

The good news in all this—and yes, there is some—is that the very weakness of the extra-parliamentary left means that a rethink can be carried out without too much impact and upset. While there is time. If the desire is there.

Wayne Asher is a former member of the International Socialists.

In the meantime the Arse replies,

But beyond this we are fearful that in breaking the bipartisan pledge that the Brexit vote be respected, Labou

 ill lose for generations more the trust that the Blair government betrayed and which the Corbyn team has so painstakingly rebuilt. A betrayal of the Brexit vote will supercharge Ukip or worse.

The EU is an irreformable instrument for impoverishing the continental periphery and the working people of each country to the benefit of a predatory class whose wealth increases with every one of capitalism’s succeeding crises.

Communists want a People’s Brexit. Unconstrained by EU treaties, single market rules and directives, a left-led Labour government could develop a worker-led industrial strategy; aid industry, invest in training, youth and jobs, social welfare, housing, education and health services; and take the transport, energy and postal service profiteers back into public ownership.
Nick Wright
Head of communications, Communist party of Britain

Written by Andrew Coates

January 4, 2019 at 1:36 pm

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  1. Who cares what a bunch of mentally handicapped socalists thing.

    Literally mindless cretins bringing about western destruction.


    January 4, 2019 at 1:42 pm

  2. The SWP’s opportunism and political incoherence seems to be biting them on the bum

    Meanwhile, for serious comrades:

    Launch event for new anti-Brexit Labour initiative:

    Saturday 12 January, 3pm (after the People’s Assembly demo)

    Please come, circulate, invite.

    More information soon.

    Jim Denham

    January 4, 2019 at 7:06 pm

  3. ross. Stop saying nice things about the SWP!

    Dave Roberts

    January 4, 2019 at 9:00 pm

  4. BBW

    January 4, 2019 at 9:10 pm

  5. What a remarkable volte face from the SWP. Now they are vehemently anti-Brexit? Or do we have to
    step outside to check which way the wind is blowing?

    Weather Vane

    January 4, 2019 at 9:39 pm

  6. What is the state of play with the SWP these days? Are they still churning membership? It used to be 80% every 18 months one former member told me years ago. What happened to Martin Smith the alleged rapist, is he still on the Central Committee?

    Dave Roberts

    January 5, 2019 at 4:50 am

  7. Another Europe is Possible now has over 13,000 paying members.

    SWP membership down to around 1,000.

    I think we are talking about simpler reasons for the publication of the article than Brexit….

    Andrew Coates

    January 5, 2019 at 1:09 pm

  8. This article in the ISJ (the SWP’s theoretical journey) is probably them running a change in line up the flag pole to see what reaction they get internally and in the small milieu who still look to them for political direction .

    They could probably drop support for Brexit as they aren’t recruiting from it so, in their logic, why continue to push it? Maybe they will argue for an abstention vote in a 2nd referendum

    Expect an editorial change in Socialist Worker soon.


    January 6, 2019 at 5:15 am

  9. “This a really serious well written article.” thank you for kind words.
    However i very much doubt there is any change of line in the SWP, although I was very indeed very surprised that they agreed to print such a critical piece. I would be surprised too if there is not some sense of uneasy among a section of the SWP membership about this
    The criticism, be it noted, is not only towards the SWP, almost the entire left got Brexit wrong and continues to do so

    Wayne Asher

    January 6, 2019 at 8:57 pm

  10. Interesting Wayne and you are probably right.

    If the SWP do drop support for Lexit expect a contrived letter or letters to be published in SW’s Letters Section soon to prompt a “debate”. But we all know that the debate will be fake. The CC (or a couple of individuals on the CC) would have made the decision and the change in line will happen. That’s how it used to work under Cliff.


    January 8, 2019 at 4:07 am

  11. This is from this week’s Socialist Worker in the article on the SWP conference (or whatever it’s called):

    “…..And Labour’s focus on electoral politics limits it. People debated how socialists should respond to calls for a “People’s Vote”—effectively a second referendum.
    This would split the working class and the SWP is opposed to it. But if there was a referendum the central committee would call a meeting of the SWP’s democratic bodies to decide on the party’s position.
    If it was a choice between Remain and May’s Brexit, a possible option would be “active abstention”—a campaign to reject both options.
    Active abstention isn’t easy, but it is possible,” argued Dave from south London.”

    I believe this is paving the way for the SWP to drop support for Brexit and argue for a kind of halfway house for abstention.


    January 9, 2019 at 6:07 am

    • That is quite significant.


      Andrew Coates

      January 9, 2019 at 1:41 pm

  12. […] himself (in a btl comment at Tendance Coatesy) downplayed the significance of his article, […]

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