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Comrade John McDonnell: if there is a Referendum I Will Back Remain.

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John McDonnell sticks to his principles. 

Last night on Channel Four comrade John McDonnell, as part of a longer interview (below)  said clearly that if there is a second referendum he would support Remain.

Labour’s position on Brexit has not, to put it mildly, clear.
The brilliant efforts of comrade Keir Starmer to point out the folly of a No-Deal brexit and the ridiculous notion of a ‘go it alone’ UK have been exemplary.

But during the week there have been attempts to put a spin on a ‘Corbyn style Lexit’.

Forces hostile to socialist internationalism, from the Morning Star to Counterfire, cling to the ‘dancing with unicorns’ strategy of a ‘People’s Brexit’.

There has been speculation on the Labour Leader’s own views.

It has been suggested that Corbyn is not particularly interested in Europe, apart from hostility to the ‘neoliberal’ European Union.

Supporters of Corbyn have  by contrast pointed to the claim that the Labour leader had a conversation with the leader of La France insoumise Jean-Luc  Mélenchon in Spanish. (Jean-Luc Mélenchon : «Avec Corbyn, c’est le début de notre histoire»)

Mélenchon (whose family background is Spanish speaking) is given to citing the poets of Spain and Latin America.

Corbyn has a feline pet which he has named El Gato (the cat).

This witty sobriquet does not suggest great fluency in the language of García Lorca.

Be that as it may, it is clear that any form of Brexit is a disaster for the labour movement, workers’ interests and the left.

John McDonnell shows that we should push for the strategy of Another Europe is Possible.

On Newsnight:

 

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Written by Andrew Coates

January 12, 2019 at 10:57 am

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.

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 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

Skwawkbox Goes Patriotic Labour: Brexit was “genuine democratic revolt” for “self-government, identity, community, sovereignty, patriotism.

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Skwawkbox: We’ll Beat that EU Elite with a Patriotic Call to Arms!

Patriotic Labour supporter Steve Walker publishes Blue Labour:

‘Guest Post’ by Andy Searson: GUEST ARTICLE: A WORKING-CLASS REVOLT.

Writing from the hard chalk face Teacher Searson blubbs,

Brexit was a genuine democratic revolt. Millions of ordinary citizens came out to use democracy and suffrage to have a say on issues that affect their daily lives. They voted for self-government, identity, community, sovereignty, patriotism. It was the elite versus the people, The average citizen versus an establishment that wasn’t listening any more! A detached set of establishment elites. The expenses scandal exacerbated the feeling of political alienation – and if the elitist, powerful few renege now, trust in Parliament will be destroyed for generations.

Do we need, the eminent pedagogue continues, the projects of “charlatan posh boys”, from the Labour Remainers to Johnson, Gove and Mogg, to tell us what to do?

Nay lad!

We need a Brexit that works for those left-behind communities and working-class areas. We cannot sign up to more neoliberal structures, rules and treaties that make it impossible for Keynesian economics in terms of state intervention, re-nationalisation and sovereignty over our own nation’s economic needs.

A Beacon, in short, a light to the world,

We need to look towards ourselves as leaders and answer a patriotic call to arms to fight poverty and need, homelessness and hunger, rip-off energy companies and corporations. We need to fight for fairness and decent living standards for all not just the few.

All it needs is will-power and plenty of elbow-grease.

Just like our kith and kin in America we need the courage to stand firm:

As for Project Fear, let us also remember Roosevelt’s words as he faced with the threats and merchants of gloom from the establishment and stood up for the people over the establishment status quo:

This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.’

We have nothing to fear but fear.

It is hard not to feel that this nationalist rant, promoting “our nation” against the “elites” would find a friendly audience here:

But…..

Written by Andrew Coates

December 20, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Yellow Vests UK Moblise for Hard Brexit.

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Far Right Fringe of French Gilets Jaunes Have British Imitators.

 British yellow vests announce second London protest

The British Yellow Vests have announced a ‘Day of Action’ in London on Saturday with a meeting point at Parliament Square, Westminster at 1pm.

The Facebook event page says “Bring your vest and join us!” The event isn’t party political and all are welcome. On Friday sixty protesters hit global headlines after bringing a mass rebellion to the capital.

Activist James Goddard, who is part of the movement and targeted Westminster Bridge, just yards away from the British Parliament told Politicalite: “This is just the start.”

“We wanna see people out on the streets challenging the political class.” “We’re gonna bring cities to a standstill, We all need to start doing this”

“There’s no funding, there’s no leader or political affiliation, this is real people taking action, without the help of people who are high up.”

Tracy Blackwell was also part of the protest, she told Politicalite: “It’s about time the British people stood up to the tyranny of what’s going on in our Establishment.”

She added: “We don’t want another Josh, Harry and George to happen to someone else, and it will it’s not a case of if, its a case of when.”

“We the people have had enough of being used as cannon fodder by the Elite in this country,” said Tracy.

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The far-right opposes “globalism”, which makes it hard to distinguish from ‘anti-globalisation’. Counterfire and their fronts, and many other Brexit Bolsheviks  mobilise against “undemocratic elites”, a pillar of the far-right language replacing class.  It looks increasingly unlikely that the pro-Brexit Counterfire stunt  (below) is going to escape being confused with the national populist right.

Written by Andrew Coates

December 19, 2018 at 5:16 pm

Far Right Marches in Brussels Against UN Marrakech Migration Pact.

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Protesters in Brussels march against the UN migration pact

Not only British Brexiteers are anti-Immigration: Our People First! (Vlaams Belang).

The BBC reports:

Thousands of demonstrators in Brussels have marched against a UN migration pact, signed in Marrakech last week.

Flemish right-wing parties called the march, which took place near major EU institutions, amid fears the pact could lead to an increase in immigration.

Police deployed tear gas and water cannon as clashes broke out. About 5,500 protesters took part.

A counter-protest organised by left-wing groups and charities in the city centre drew about 1,000 people.

The largest member of Belgium’s ruling coalition, the right-wing N-VA party, left the government last Sunday in protest against the prime minister’s decision to sign the agreement.

Edition numérique des abonnés

Rats de gauches», «notre peuple d’abord»: des extrémistes flamands dérapent dans le quartier européen

Le Soir.

The far-right, principally the Vlaams Belang headed nebuleuse, KVHV, NSV, Schild & Vrienden, Voorpost and  Vlaams Belang Jongeren,  are trying to out bid the N-VA of Bart  De Wever in opposition to the UN agreement.

Against the 5,550 far-right marchers around 1,500 demonstrators responded to the call of left-wing organisations, including the trade union FGTB-CGSP for a “marche pour Marrakech””

Marches “pour” et “contre” Marrakech à Bruxelles: une centaine de personnes interpellées, six personnes privées de liberté

La Libre Belgique also reports that a section of the Gilets Jaunes in Belgium joined the anti-racist protest, after strong attempts by the Vlaams Belang and the N-VA to win them to anti-migrant stand.

Des “gilets jaunes” se joignent à la marche contre le racisme à Bruxelles

 

 

 

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December 17, 2018 at 5:26 pm

Leave Means Leave Campaign Gears Up Hate Campaign with Bile Against Jo Cox as Farage Prepares for Second Referendum. .

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British Giles Jaunes for Brexit.

 

Nigel Farage tells Leave Means Leave rally to prepare for second referendum on Brexit.

Evening Standard.

Nigel Farage has said he believes the UK may face a second Brexit referendum in the coming months and has urged Leave campaigners to “get ready for every situation”.

The MEP and former Ukip leader said he did not think “the great Brexit betrayal is anywhere near finished” and was “more fearful than any point in this process”.

Speaking (in American), at the Leave Means Leave rally in London on Friday night, Mr Farage said: “My message folks tonight is, as much as I don’t want a second referendum, it would be wrong of us on a Leave Means Leave platform not to get ready, not to be prepared for a worst case scenario.”..

Mr Farage was joined at the event by other prominent Brexit campaigners including Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, Tim Martin, the owner of JD Wetherspoon, the Democratic Unionist Party’s Sammy Wilson, and Labour MPs Kate Hoey and Graham Stringer.

Provider of the “essential theory” behind the UK’s 2010 austerity programme. Lead economist of the official Leave campaign. Main proponent of CANZUK Tweeted a couple of days ago.

More: Is this the most disgraceful comment ever associated with Brexit?

Given the hard right bloc now in view, with its ‘Gilets Jaunes’ and other far-right outriders, the internationalist left campaign for Another Europe comes to the fore.

Another Europe has a plan – to fight for and win a referendum on Brexit, and to transform Europe. We also have a strategy for every outcome in the coming period, win or lose, referendum or not. Our campaign against Brexit is indelibly linked with a campaign against the status quo: for a society run in the interests of people and the planet, and for free movement for all.

As Tories Flounder Pro-Brexit Left Clutches at Straws.

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Brexit Left Has Record of Sound Predictions.

The Sovereigntist Morning Star, no doubt refreshed from a trip to the Donbass*, yells,

Who can “deliver Brexit”?

Can it be delivered at all?

The Morning Star’s allies in Counterfire are worried,

Lindsey German writes,

The Tories shan’t topple on their own, we need to build and maintain the pressure against them, 

there are increasing demands for a second referendum.

such a referendum wouldn’t change anything, even if it could get through Parliament, which is still a big if. And while we don’t need to necessarily speculate over whether it would lead to riots among Leave voters, it certainly would cause widespread anger and even further distrust, if possible, for politicians.  The pressure from within Labour for this second referendum is, however, intense, and is also very dangerous. It can lead to a greater bitterness in Leave areas which, even if it doesn’t lose Labour many seats, can lead to an alienation from Labour which will damage Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

She notes,

Any resolution to the Brexit crisis which ends up benefiting working people will of necessity entail a level of popular protest on the streets, an increase in industrial action and a very hard fight to secure a Labour victory. All of this will require a turn to class politics and organisation.

Pray, what is this “resolution”?

If ruthless Tories can’t get a ‘good deal’ what chance a People’s Brexit?

Socialist Worker clings to the wreckage,

Resistance to the Tory vision of Brexit can’t mean supporting a new referendum. It must mean putting forward an alternative vision of Brexit and of society where ordinary people’s interests are put before those of the bosses.

Membership of the EU is incompatible with such a vision. We must fight for an anti-racist, anti-austerity Brexit.

While the Heralds of the Red Dawn remain true from the US pro-Brexit progressive magazine Jacobin comes a cry for help –  please please Theresa May call a General Election!

The People’s Vote Illusion

Dawn Foster.

The campaigners for a so-called “People’s Vote” illustrate the problem most clearly: a cabal of almost entirely middle-class centrists detached from the groundswell of public opinion, preoccupied with obscure legal loopholes that supposedly might scupper attempts to push Brexit through Parliament or any process that sees the UK leave the EU at all. They function entirely as an echo chamber, with a record of excruciatingly embarrassing attempts at protest.

Such a gamble makes no sense and Labour would be wrong to back it. What makes far more sense is to call for a general election, as Labour has repeatedly done. Theresa May has lost the support of the Democratic Unionist Party; the ten Northern Irish MPs with whom she forged a “confidence and supply” deal last May do not have the numbers to make a true majority. Without those MPs, May cannot pass anything in Parliament without the help of Labour rebels. And considering that close to a hundred Conservative MPs have said they’ll rebel against her Brexit deal, it is increasingly clear that she has no democratic mandate whatsoever. Returning to Brussels to renegotiate, she would likely be told that the negotiators had no confidence in her passing anything they might offer.

The pro-Brexit Boss of Jacobin is said to be almost as scornful of the European Union as his British Op-Ed editor,  ‘Race Play BDSM  games’  Richard Seymour.

Seymour, for a jellyfish, still packs a sting.

The extent to which a large number of people on the Left identify with the European Union is bewildering and rather frightening and sinister.

The Brexit Debacle Richard Seymour.

Update:

The People’s Assembly have called a demo to support the Counterfire line of General Election Now! People’s Assembly Demo in January Britain is Broken,

“Today the People’s Assembly have called a National Demonstration to show the will of the people.”

“Don’t forget your #YellowVest #YellowVestsAgainstAusterity.

Cheap petrol now!

*  See: Light in the Donbass Window. Among the “anti-imperialist” foreign volunteers in East Ukraine. 

“The Donbass is the spiritual homeland, the Olduvai Gorge of all tankiedom. “