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The Left At the Forefront of Anti-Brexit Movement as March to “Support Boris and the Queen” Planned.

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Left Taking the Lead!

This is an excellent start to the day read.


This is an important analysis.

First stage of coup defeated – now the battle gets serious

Note these points:

Nigel Farage is quite right that he personally is the key to a Johnson victory. If Johnson meets a number of preconditions – hard Brexit or nothing! – the Brexit party faithful will be mobilised for Johnson. At a certain stage it is quite possible his rallies will also feature Farage.

This Saturday’s demo by the Football Lads Alliance – ‘Support Boris and the Queen’ – will be an indicator of the scale of the reaction to come. The reactionary onslaught will of course be led by the Tory press, with the Sun and the Mail in the vanguard.

The whole of the Left must completely reject the Johnson-Brexit line that the government is fighting to implement the democratic will of the people as indicated by the 2016 referendum outcome. The 2016 Brexit referendum was not a democratic exercise and, in any case, the British people did not vote for a hard Brexit – on the contrary they were told a trade deal with Europe would be easy and everything would be tickety-boo, European UK residents would be safe etc etc. This has now been revealed as rubbish. In fact a softer Brexit was available in May’s plan, and not passed largely because the Tory right (and DUP) wanted only a hard Brexit. In this sense it is ridiculous for the Morning Star to say that Parliament has frustrated the democratic will of the people. That is repeating Johnson’s line.


Meanwhile out on l’angleterre périphérique  the fragments of the pro-Brexit left shout,

The SWP says, , “Socialist Worker wants a break from the racist, neoliberal EU. But there are people who have been won to backing it because they think it’s progressive.”

The Hard Brexit Morning Star (Editorial 5th of September warns, yet again, of .

the big business coalition that wants above all other considerations to keep Britain as closely aligned to the neoliberal EU as possible..

The Split-riven Socialist Party calls for,

 Corbyn negotiating an exit deal with the EU from the standpoint of working-class interests.

And Counterfire says Labour  should be “uniting people across the Brexit divide” by being willing to ” negotiate a People’s Brexit.”

Away from the fringes Comrade Clive Lewis says,

The marriage of the left and the Remain movement is not only a natural and logical conclusion to this sorry saga – Lexit was never, of course, on the cards, while a hard-right Brexit very much is. It also offers a wonderful chance to transform our party’s fortunes in the country. Labour has struggled in recent polls, but we know the formula we need to win at a general election, which might be right around the corner.


For many of us, this week has been the launch-pad for that renewed vision and campaigning. And on Saturday, activists will be doing it all over again – right outside Boris Johnson’s home. If you too want to demand democracy, say no to the coup and Brexit, and kick-start the campaign for a socialist victory in an upcoming election, join Momentum, Another Europe is Possible and others at a noisy rally on Saturday at 2.30pm outside Downing Street at or any of the events mapped out here. The PM is on the back foot – let’s come together to finish him off, and change both our country and Europe for the better.

Chartist writer Alex Sobel says,

Read this fine article:

Nick Dearden on the chilling world that awaits if the free marketeers get their way

Boris Johnson has been clear that a trade deal with the US is an absolute priority for him, and has planned a series of meetings with Trump’s administration, while snubbing European leaders. Johnson’s new Trade Secretary Liz Truss met the US ambassador to talk trade only a few days into her new job. So what is this trade deal likely to mean for us?

First it’s important to recognise that Johnson’s new cabinet is stacked with ultra-free marketeers, who are deeply sceptical about protections for workers, consumers or the environment. Founder of the Free Enterprise Group of Conservative MPs, Liz Truss herself is a turbo-charged Thatcherite who has spoken of her desire to drive down taxes, cut back public spending and strip away regulations on everything from housing, to education, to the workplace.

This is some of what’s been happening during the week.



Written by Andrew Coates

September 6, 2019 at 4:53 pm

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  1. Andrew Coates

    September 7, 2019 at 11:01 am

  2. The trouble is that Corbyn himself still isn’t seen even as spearheading the anti-coup mobilisation, let alone the anti-Brexit mobilisation. Even if he were to be seen as now supporting the latter, its too late, and mostly not credible, given the position he’s adopted till now.

    Moreover, here we are a matter of days before Brexit, and a GE, and what is Labour’s position? According to Emily Thornberry (but not just her) on QT, a Labour government will try to negotiate its own fantasy Jobs First Brexit once again (though the Labour Right, who still haven’t been expelled in the way Johnson has expelled his dissidents, have managed to get their amendment requiring May’s Deal to be voted on for a fourth time, added to the Benn Act, which might still, thereby provide a means for May’s Brexit deal to go through) then a labour Government would put its own deal plus a Remain option to the public in another referendum, in which it would argue not for the deal it had just negotiated, but for Remain!!!

    You really could not make this amateur hour up. The anti-Tory alliance are an unprincipled, disorganised rabble, which is almost certain to lose. Johnson will resign on October 17th. The rabble alliance must then pick a new PM within 14 days. Swinson has said they will not back a rabble alliance led by Corby Wan. Labour can’t back anyone other than Corbyn without destroying itself and collapsing into civil war. So, Johnson is right to think this unprincipled popular frontist rabble will collapse amid internecine squabbling.

    He will then get his GE anyway, and be able to present himself as a strong and stable leader, able to ride to the rescue, imposing a strong state solution to put an end to the chaos, and restore law and order.


    September 7, 2019 at 12:00 pm

  3. Corbyn, Swinson and Sturgeon are the most God-awful excuses for politicians imaginable. They haven’t got a principle between them. They thoroughly deserve what is coming to them.

    Mrs Jones

    September 7, 2019 at 12:23 pm

  4. Oddly or not I was just thinking along critical lines, though not as critical as you Boffy (there are leading people in the Party with good positions), after our last night LP meeting and reading this:

    “Had Labour strongly opposed Brexit for the last three years by pointing out that the demands of the Tories were impossible to achieve, it would have been proved correct over and over again. Instead the argument that there was a ‘good’ Brexit allowed chancer after chancer from Farage to May to Johnson to claim that they could do it. On the other side the Liberals and others could quite rightly say that there is no good Brexit and Labour is putting itself in the way of stopping it. The most useless Tory Prime Ministers and most incompetent Governments have failed even on their own terms, yet have their Party ahead of Labour in the polls, and that despite the Brexit party!”

    “The millions who have marched against Brexit could have had Corbyn leading them but he chose to offer something else that satisfied neither Leavers nor Remainers. Even the anti-coup protests take place without clear leadership from the top.”

    “Elections can polarise opinions and the political messages from the parties in response, and it is to be hoped that the mobilisation against the Johnson coup and against Brexit will swing those against Brexit behind Labour, but Corbyn has to look like he is ready to lead them where they want to go.”


    Andrew Coates

    September 7, 2019 at 12:24 pm

  5. To support Brexit is not ‘far right’. The left should be at the forefront of the fight to extract us from the neo-liberal European Union. The CPBML is leading such action among workers.


    September 11, 2019 at 1:07 am

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