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Brexit Party Charts Uncertain Future as National Populist Banner Taken by Tories.

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Brexit Party Polls at 2% to 3%.

The Brexit Party were out in Ipswich yesterday, with a stall by the old Post Office building on the Corn Hill.

They were overshadowed by the much larger group of People’s Vote campaigners.

The Brexit Party is in the doldrums.

Polls put them at 3% to 2% of the vote.

The hard-right national populists in control of the Conservative Party have taken the wind out of their sails.

Farage’s Falange are now flailing around with stunts as former Revolutionary Communist (RCP) Claire Fox reminds us,

 

One hopes that they still do maximum damage to the Tory vote in the constituencies where they are running against Labour.

 

A once  leading cadre of the RCP tweets bitterly.

General election 2019: Farage promises Reform Party after Brexit

The Brexit Party will change its name to the Reform Party after the UK leaves the European Union, leader Nigel Farage has said.

It will campaign for changes to the voting system and the abolition of the House of Lords, he told Sky News.

Mr Farage, who has already registered the new party name, said it would “change politics for good”.

The announcement comes after a week in which the Brexit Party lost four Members of the European Parliament.

One of the MEPs, Annunziata Rees-Mogg, warned that “the Brexit Party are permitting votes to go away from the Conservatives, providing us with a Remain coalition that will do anything not to honour the Brexit referendum”.

And Conservative chair James Cleverly has previously said the party could “frustrate” Brexit.

Perhaps the Brexit Party’s work in drawing people to national populism is done.

Another former frothing Revolutionary Communist states,

Sorry, Hugh Grant, but the era of smug tossers is over.

Brexit is a revolt against this smug set; against that 1990s reduction of ordinary people to bit-part players in the cultural elite’s political fantasies; against Blairisim and Clintonism and Brussels and fucking Love Actually. No wonder Curtis, Thompson and Grant hate it — it rips up everything they stand for. Look, Hugh, I’m sure you’re a nice guy, and not a smug tosser at all, but the gig is up. The days when infinitesimally small numbers of cultural bigwigs could set the agenda are over. We all want a voice now. The millions matter. The tea ladies matter. Our votes matter. There’s a new force in town: it’s not love — it’s Brexit actually.

Brexit, Actually. Brendan O’Neill.

The brown side of the RCP red-brown front with the Brexit Party have become prominent.

There are still worries that pro-Leave ‘left-wing’ campaigners and ‘People’s Brexit’ groups may hurt Labour’s chances as they confuse the dividing line with the Brexit Party.

The far-right has become normalised as comrade Paul Mason reminds us,

But it looks as if the Brexit Party is no longer a real player in the election.

 

Brexit and the Election: Blue ‘Labour’ Cements its Alliance with the “anti-globalists” of Spiked.

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“I was told by middle-class graduates that things like family, stability and patriotism were Tory values. But when you look at Labour history, you see that these things are fundamental to it.” Maurice Glasman. 24th of November: 

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calling labour globalist hipsters nomadic cosmopolitans is forbidden btw. But they can call working people “reactionaries” with impunity. Then they wonder where the hostility comes from. BUT remember they don’t engage in broad brush stereotypes.

This is the most sense I’ve heard made since I grew up in the 60’s in a working class community on the North side of St. Louis. Count me in; I’m TRUE BLUE LABOR NOW!!!
Why do you think that the European Parliament in Strassbourg is Exactly built like a Modern Version of the Unfinished Tower of Babel by Artist Breughel ? Why do you think time After time it is Exposed the Rich and Famous Abuse Children in Rituals like the Jimmy Saville Case, Epstein etc. ? Once Christian USA and Western Europe were such Bastions of Freedom, but Now are Turning to Chaos. This is a Spiritual Battle Above All and They are After your Soul with their MK-Ultra programming, having their Slaves Constantly Flashing Satanic Symbols. I was Not Raised Christian, I just Found out Later in Life that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Read the Gospel of John and Choose Wisely My Friend, Choose Wisely.

Blue Labour has an increasingly close relationship with the Brexit Party supporting Spiked (ex-Revolutionary Communist Party).

 

What is this group’ Blue Labour’? 

 

Blue Labour is an advocacy group associated with the  British Labour Party that promotes conservative ideas on social and international issues, including immigration, crime, and the European Union, rejecting neoliberal economics in favour of guild socialism and corporatism. Wikipedia.

Less directly its own site claims that,

Blue Labour is the Labour Party pressure group that aims to put relationships and responsibility at the heart of British politics.

We combine respect for work, family and community with a commitment to the common good: sustainable politics that helps people lead meaningful lives. You can find out more about what this means in practice by downloading our e-brochure available here.

There has been a surge of interest in Blue Labour this year and a lot of people have been asking what they can do to help. We have spent this year expanding the movement by establishing regional networks. All the new regional groups have pages on Facebook so if you search there you should find a group near you.

Our volunteers are very active on social media which is a great way to be part of the Blue Labour conversation. You’ll find us on Twitter and also on Facebook.

Maurice Glasman considers the European Union to be the greatest capitalist threat that’s ever existed,

Why No Deal Is the Real Deal: Brexit and the Politics of the Interregnum

January 2019 The US magazine The Nation.

The European Union is the greatest capitalist project ever devised by the human mind. It guarantees, in treaty form, the free movement of capital, labor, goods, and services throughout its territory as a constitutional right. These are known as the “Four Freedoms.” Imagine NAFTA underpinned by a political union so that it would be illegal to resist capitalism. A union in which economic policy is decided not democratically—but by judges interpreting whether the policy is “treaty compliant.” Yet that is the institution supported by the vast majority of progressives throughout the continent—and the main cause of the palsy that has overtaken social democrats across Europe. They think political and economic liberalism as the legal form of globalization is the best you can hope for. That is the European Union.

Citing Gramsci ““when the old is dying and the new cannot be born…in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms pertain.”  Glasman continues to paint a gloomy picture,

The fundamental process of capitalism is to turn human beings and nature into commodities that are bought and sold in fluctuating markets. And yet human beings do not wish to be treated as commodities. The best way of resisting is through democracy—by educating, organizing, and agitating within the communities in which you live and work. That is what the Labour Party used to do, and from time to time it won elections and did big things. The ability to act decisively, with the power of a democratic mandate, to resist the domination of capital and redistribute wealth and power within a democratic society is the credo of socialism. That is both illegal and impossible within the European Union—and that is why the best hope for the left is to lead the opposition to it. It’s Labour’s only way out of the interregnum.

The idea that democratically elected governments can share sovereignty in bodies like the European Union, that the EU has its own democratic input through the European Parliament, and that international democratic organisations are needed to shape global capital flows and politics, is excluded by Glasman.

That the Brexit project for a  British nation state, converted into a buccaneering player on the world market will make people into goods to be traded internationally is not even considered.

 Zeev Sternhell in one of his books on the history of ideas (Les Anti-Lumières : une tradition du xviiie siècle à la Guerre froide, 2010) identifies the Irish-British opponent of the French Revolution,  Edmund Burke, as a father of the strain of traditionalist anti-rationalist nationalism. Glasman and his national comrades owe a lot to the anti-Enlightenment belief in the chain of ancestors bequeathing obligations on the living. The ‘organicist socialist’  vision that draws on this picture has had many variants. It is corporatist, seeing society as a living body and ‘socialist’ in the sense that the social takes precedence over individual rights. In this view  ‘atomised’ globalising rights shatter idealised communities , in which class is a mark of belonging not of conflict or fights against oppression and exploitation.

Blue Labour ‘s debt to the person Sternhell alleges to be a founder of this counter-revolutionary tradition could not be clearer.

Blue Labour’s Glasman was certainly not going to concede any ground to Burke’s latest biographer in the depth of his affection for Old Tory Edmund. “The labour movement was a Burkean movement of labouring people”, Glasman declared, highlighting the Burial Societies and the challenge to the dark satanic mills in the name of established ways of life.

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The main theme of the afternoon was whether Burke should have said more about the Enclosures. “The problem with the Conservatives is that they are not nearly conservative enough”, said Glasman, arguing that what Burke lacked was a critique of the creative destruction of the market. Norman noted that Burke had died in 1798, so had not seen the great urbanisation of the 1820s cities, but felt that he did have an account of the limits of markets, strongly preferring the rootedness of land to finance, for example.

Burke, Norman and Glasman – ‘post-liberalism’ in Britain today

The slogans of nation state sovereignty bringing order to a globalised world, limited markets, and ‘family, work and ‘community’ are the banners of national populism.

That those who claim to stand for patriotic Labour have now found common home with the Brexit Party backing Spiked is, at first sight, surprising.

The RCP left Marxism behind, it is said,  for risk taking and experimentation and they sneer at all regulation and limits. The idea that they would now find friends amongst the Poylani infomred idea of “society protecting itself” thinkers is odd.

Yet Furedi has recently began referring to the need to defend the European Enlightenment ‘tradition’ (a paradox for thinkers who rejected the authority of traditions) , and the Judeo-Christian one to boot. Articles against Equality Education and critiqiues of Transexual rights suggests  aconcenrn for the ‘family’.

One is waiting for Blue Labour’s hostile views on immigration to be taken up more openly by Brendan O’Neill.

The internationalist left begins from very different premises.

We are free to make our own world, unburdened by tradition.

As one of our forebears said,

There never did, there never will, and there never can, exist a Parliament, or any description of men, or any generation of men, in any country, possessed of the right or the power of binding and controlling posterity to the “end of time,” or of commanding for ever how the world shall be governed, or who shall govern it; and therefore all such clauses, acts or declarations by which the makers of them attempt to do what they have neither the right nor the power to do, nor the power to execute, are in themselves null and void. Every age and generation must be as free to act for itself in all cases as the age and generations which preceded it. The vanity and presumption of governing beyond the grave is the most ridiculous and insolent of all tyrannies. Man has no property in man; neither has any generation a property in the generations which are to follow..

Every generation is, and must be, competent to all the purposes which its occasions require. It is the living, and not the dead, that are to be accommodated

The Rights of Man. Tom Paine.

Democratic internationalist socialism has come a long way since the days of Burke and Paine. But it seems as if Brexit has revived some of these fundamental differences.

As shown by Blue Labour’s latest fory: ‘Globalisation has made our lives empty’

Spiked.

Maurice Glasman talks to Brendan O’Neill about Brexit, Blue Labour and the demonisation of the working class.

Maurice Glasman, Labour peer and founder of Blue Labour, joins spiked’s editor for the latest episode of The Brendan O’Neill Show. They discuss the decades-long assault on the working class, the potential of Brexit, and what Thatcherism and Corbynism have in common.

 

 

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This  marks a new stage in a long saga.

At one point Glassman was criticised for calling for a dialogue with the far-right EDL (“In April 2011, Glasman called on the Labour Party to establish a dialogue with sympathisers of the far-right English Defence League (EDL) in order “to build a party that brokers a common good, that involves those people who support the EDL within our party. Not dominant in the party, not setting the tone of the party, but just a reconnection with those people that we can represent a better life for them, because that’s what they want”).

All seemed rather settling down however and by 2011 this was the judgement on the tendency and the man himself, (Tangled Up in Blue. Rowena Davis.)

Davis reviews the prospects for Blue Labour’s continued influence on the mainstream Labour Party. She concludes that Blue Labour probably does have a future, at least as a source of ideas if not as a brand. After the movement was pronounced dead by various journalists in summer 2011, Glasman withdrew from the public eye, but remained committed to promoting Blue Labour, and continued to expand his network of interested contacts. There has been growing interest among Labour academics and strategists centred on London and Oxford. Davis says support for Blue Labour remains weak among the parliamentary party, naming only a handful of MPs who openly support Blue Labour, such as Hazel BlearsTessa Jowell, and Caroline Flint. The author also states that despite its aim to champion working class traditional values, Blue Labour has next to no grassroots support from regular people outside of Citizens UK. However, both Miliband brothers remain interested in Blue Labour and there are signs that the party leader is increasingly accepting and implementing its ideas. Ed Miliband told the author in a September 2011 interview that Blue Labour is an idea that is “ahead of its time”.

Thins have changed from this rather limited prospect:

Jon Bloomfield has described the emergence of Blue Labour over this decade (Progressive Politics in a Changing World: Challenging the Fallacies of Blue Labour Jon Bloomfield : 11 October 2019)

Within Labour’s ranks a newly ennobled Maurice Glasman gave these ideas prominence after Ed Miliband’s leadership win in 2010. The Blue Labour movement he pioneered asserted that traditional working class communities had been ignored by New Labour’s trendy cosmopolitanism, which had paid too much attention to feminism, multi‐culturalism and sexual politics, and had ridden roughshod over the assumed conservative cultural sensitivities of the traditional working class. One of the leading protagonists, Jonathan Rutherford, used his role as editor of the Soundings magazine to promote these ideas and declare that ‘the future of English socialism is conservative.

As the election campaign unfolds this is worth recalling,

Brexit has crystallised these arguments. Blue Labour has converged with those unchanged voices from the 1970s left, who still believe in ‘socialism in one country’. Embery, Goodhart, Glasman and Goodwin are all signatories to ‘The Full Brexit’ manifesto which claims that, ‘Brexit offers an unprecedented opportunity to reshape Britain for the better … to develop a genuinely internationalist and democratic politics of national sovereignty’.23

This nationalism plays into the hands of the hard right. They gleefully sense an opportunity to split the progressive and labour movement. Blue Labour proudly calls itself conservative, so it is not surprising when Conservative media outlets offer them space to promote their ideas. The libertarian, ex‐Trotskyists of the Spiked website, supported by $300,000 from the US Koch brothers, give space to ‘Lexiters’, while the conservative UnHerd website hosts Embery, Goodwin and Giles Fraser as regular columnists.24 In the post‐financial crisis maelstrom, Blue Labour initially asked how progressives should express their values. What is amazing about their current trajectory is how willing they are to discard the core values of any progressive movement—liberty, equality and solidarity—and the speed with which they have moved to become fellow‐travellers of the nationalist right.

 

Brexit Party Call for Clamp Down on “Permanent Immigration” as Red-Brown Spiked Calls for “Responsible and well-managed immigration system”.

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Democratic Demand to ‘Take Back Control” says Former Revolutionary Communists. 

The Brexit Party has announced its election policies, (General election 2019: Brexit ‘should bring fundamental change’ – Farage)

Its main focus is on leaving the EU, but it is also promising action on immigration and the environment.

Among policies already announced, the Brexit Party is offering a cap on permanent immigration of 50,000 a year, the abolition of the House of Lords and a large-scale tree planting programme across the UK.

Mr Farage has also indicated his party will campaign for postal voting to be limited to elderly, infirm and overseas voters, citing “many examples of intimidation and fraud”.

He has pledged a £10,000 allowance for every UK company before they have to pay corporation tax, and said the party would continue to campaign for a “clean break from all EU institutions” after Brexit – with Brexit Party MPs “vital in holding Johnson to his word” in Parliament.

“We see Brexit as the beginning of a real fundamental change, not the end,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Ex-Revolutionary Communist Party cadre Claire Fox claimed during her election campaign for the European Parliament that,

“To be honest, Nigel and I are unlikely to agree on a range of issues – workers, women’s rights, immigration, public services,” Fox told the launch event in Westminster.

Farage’s useful idiots in the RCP’s new organ, Spiked have been busy preparing to ditch their own commitments.

Anti-multiculturalism columnist and researcher on Radicalisation and Terrorism for the neoliberal Henry Jackson Society, Rakib Ehsan writes in Spiked today.

Brexit presents us with a golden opportunity to establish a responsible and well-managed immigration system. We need a regime that prioritises individual English-language skills, which are crucial to social and labour-market integration. And we need to take into account broader factors, like the political culture, legal system and prevailing social norms in the places would-be migrants hail from.

A sensible immigration system is critical for a socially cohesive society.

Leaving the EU means restoring Britain’s national sovereignty. Doing so would give us democratic control over policy issues of crucial importance, like immigration.

 

Remainers don’t have the moral high ground on immigration

The sincerity of Ehsan’s attack on EU freedom of movement for allowing migration from predominantly ‘white’ countries can be shown this year’s attack on Angela Merkel.

Her decision in 2015 to allow in approximately one million refugees from unstable Muslim-majority countries, such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, placed considerable strain on Germany’s social fabric. This decision was all the more mind-boggling in light of the fact that Germany had already struggled to integrate migrants of Turkish Muslim origin – and even their German-born children.

Multiculturalism has failed

This odd ball reactionary has a soft spot for Modi though.

Spiked Guru and another former Revolutionary Communist, Brendan O’Neill, describes the EU as  “globalist”  and a pillar of “neoliberalism”.

Neoliberalism’s useful idiots Corbynistas pose as radical and yet they’re campaigning day and night to keep us in the capitalist machine that is the EU.

Spiked has become a trumpet for Farage, and for the national populist use of economic power on the global stage.

Junior Partner UK as a sovereign force behind Trump.

The neoconservatives of the Henry Jackson society, themselves often accused of ‘globalism’ now have a roaring anti-EU advocate of ‘community cohesion’ (code for, don’t upset people’s prejudices., only let in English speakers and those from the “right” places), at their best known public spokesperson.

Farage, in the meantime, is advocating an immigration system that will deny permanent and full rights to all but a few.

Use ’em and chuck ’em out, as it’s known.

We await O’Neill’s welcome for the “large-scale tree planting programme across the UK”.

 

Red-Brown Spiked Urges Vote for Brexit – Brexit Party or Tory.

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Red-Brown Front Now Under Strain.

Spare a thought for the Red-Brown Front.

Only last week they were huffing and puffing in support of the Brexit Party as the vehicle that would “change politics for good”.

The Full Brexit  brings together leading figures of the Communist Party of Britain, Stefan Cholewka (Lambertist, International Liaison Committee of Workers and Peoples) the Brexit Party’s Spiked/RCP network, including at least one Brexit Party candidate, James ‘Heartfield’) Anti-rootless Cosmopolitan Campaigner Paul Embery, ‘Funny-Money’ Thomas Fazi, the Socialist Labour Party, Blue Labour, Labour Leave, ‘leftists’ like  Costas Lapavitsas, New Left Review Stalwart, Prof Wolfgang Streeck, and assorted oddballs, such as Larry O’Nutter (better known under his pen name of Larry O’Hara). (From list of the Founding Statement).

Only last week they posted this anti-Labour rant on their Blog.

A “final say” referendum on Brexit will not only be the end of any final say on anything in British politics, it will also usher in a new dark age for democracy around the world.

Now they are shown up as patsies for Farage’s scheme to wheedle the Tories into power under the patronage of Donald Trump.

Leader’s decision to not contest Tory-held seats upsets some candidates who planned to stand.

Nigel Farage’s decision to unilaterally stand down more than half the Brexit party’s candidates has prompted fury from some of the hopefuls, with one candidate saying he only learned the news when a passing driver asked him why he was still campaigning.

Darren Selkus, who was the candidate for Epping Forest, said Farage had “betrayed my incredible volunteers and thousands of constituents who will have no one to vote for” by pulling out of all 317 Conservative-held seats.

Arron Banks, a generous figure who’s donated shed-loads of  money over the years,  to anti-Brexit causes from the campaign to Trades Unionists Against the EU, now says, (ES)

Nigel Farage has been warned he has just 48 hours to “save Brexit” by his long-time ally and millionaire backer Arron Banks.

Mr Banks urged the Brexit Party leader to pull candidates in marginal seats he “can’t win” and go for the “40 or so Labour seats where the Tories haven’t got a hope”.

His warning comes after Mr Farage earlier this week staged a climbdown from his vow to fight 600 seats in the general election by promising to give 317 sitting Conservative MPs a free ride. But Mr Farage was told to “go further”.

Mr Banks said: “There are 48 hours to save Brexit and save the country from a Corbyn government… Nigel has remade the Conservative Party in his own image, the Conservative Party is the Brexit Party.”

The Spiked – former Revolutionary Communist Party – gang  are putting a brave face on their role in backing the Tories through support for the Brexit Party.

Fox is not shy of offering advice:

As national populists warm to Boris Johnson the line is changing.

Spiked goes Tory:

A slap in the face of Leave voters

JOANNA WILLIAMS Associate Editor Spiked.

The Brexit Party offered Brexit voters a choice. Now that choice has been taken away.

With hindsight, perhaps the Brexit Party should have campaigned more for democratic reform and proportional representation, two of its more interesting proposals, rather than the abolition of inheritance tax and free WiFi on buses.

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Voting Conservative will strike a blow against the Remainers; voting for the Brexit Party will let me express my concern about Boris’s deal. I am slowly coming to terms with the prospect of voting Conservative. What’s important is that having this choice makes a decision not just possible, but meaningful.

Brendan O’Neill writes,

The Brexit Party steps aside

In spiked’s view, the aim of voters who care about democracy, who care deeply about that hard-won liberty that gives ordinary people power and influence over our rulers, should be to give a thoroughly bloody nose to the Remainer elites who have spent three-and-a-half years defying the people’s will and insulting the largest electoral bloc in British history.

The Great Man seems to wriggle around the possibility that the Tories might give the Brexit Party a free run for services rendered..

One question is whether the Tories will reciprocate and withdraw candidates from Labour seats where the BP has a good chance of picking up votes. There are reports of a non-aggression pact between the BP and the Tories in these areas. But if the Tories are serious about Brexit, they will stand back and give free rein to a BP candidate against Labour, which, let us not forget, is promising to void the referendum result by forcing us to vote again. (However, if the Labour candidate is Eurosceptic, like Dennis Skinner, or a pro-democracy Remainer, like Caroline Flint, then voting for those candidates is preferable to voting for the BP candidate.)

Keeping the morale of the troops high, he  concludes,

 Let’s teach the Remainer elite a lesson. And after the election, let’s teach the supposed Brexit-supporting political class a lesson, too.

With the Brexit Company standing at 8% in the polls their hopes must be pinned on Boris Johnson.

Today on Spiked, former Revolutionary Communist activist Phil Mullan advises them, and Labour,

The parties need to stop squabbling over spending and get back to Brexit.

Others still see Farage as a threat:

Claire Fox, Red Brown Front, Star of Brexit Party Election Launch as Farage Expels Renegade Posadist Tendency.

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Claire Fox at Brexit Party Election Launch, From Red Front to Anne Widdecombe-Spiked-Farage Front. 

Now that the Brexit Party is standing for election across the country interest is focusing on Farage’s crew.

Former Revolutionary Communist Party member and Brexit Party MEP national populist Claire Fox entered the fray with a fog of rhetoric.

“One of the great tragedies of Brexit has been that despite the fact there was an unprecedented public vote for change.

“Brexit was almost hijacked owned and controlled by a technocratic establishment.”

Reports the far-right Express.

Here is the launch, where ‘red’ Fox stood with mad moral hardliner (former Tory Minister of State for Prisons) Anne Widdecombe, and Brexit Party Boss Richard Truce.

Richard Trice, Chairman of the Brexit Party, CEO of property investment firm, Quidnet Capital Partners LLP.

“In October 2019, openDemocracy revealed that two offshore companies had owned shares in Tice’s family business, Sunley Family Limited, since 1994.”

Alas, one key figure of the front will not be standing.

The Brexit Party have  expelled a renegade Posadist Tendency.

Yorkshire Post.

A would-be MP for Batley and Spen believed aliens were “working with our world Governments” and that she came from a star called Sirius.

Jill Hughes was the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Brexit Party in the West Yorkshire constituency.

But when The Yorkshire Post contacted the Brexit Party today, a spokesman said Ms Hughes had stood down and the party would announce her replacement in due course.

Ms Hughes was posting supportive Brexit Party messages on both Twitter and Facebook today, and a photo posted showed her at a Brexit Party meeting on Wednesday.

Ms Hughes’ unusual outlook came to light as campaign group Hope Not Hate looked into Brexit Party candidates’ backgrounds.

They questioned her employment history but also quoted from social media postings and her book, released last year, Spirit of Prophecy.

In the book it reads “the E.T’s, some of them less than Apple Pie wholesome or Positive pumpkins, are already here working with our world Governments, but that’s all hush-hush for now”.

And in information about the author listed on Amazon, it said: “To this day J.J.Hughes believes in elves/fairies/mermaids/unicorns and all things Elemental and Other Worldly…She has had numerous prophetic premonitions – usually about death, which so far despite a few close shaves she has escaped. She came to believe in reincarnation in her mid-twenties when her old horse Red made a re-appearance, this time as a palomino called Hooray Henry.” (1)

Perhaps this is one reason why not everybody takes the Brexit Party that seriously,

Hope Not Hate

Candidate Jill Hughes’ CV seems to have a few…embellishments

Jill Hughes, the Brexit Party candidate for Batley and Spen, lists some impressive accomplishments on her LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook accounts. After 23 years of working in banking in London and New York, she left to become a “No 1 Bestselling author” and “one of the UK’s leading Wealth Mentors”. But with a bit of examination, both of those claims seem to be highly questionable.

First, let’s look at her claims of being a bestselling author. In the ‘About The Author’ section of her Amazon account, she claims to have “co-authored a No 1 Best Selling Spiritual self help book called ‘Inspired by the Passion Test’”. It’s true that Hughes contributed a section to this book – along with 15 other writers and the two main authors. But was it ever a ‘No 1 Bestseller’? We can find no evidence of this. The book itself has just a single customer review on Amazon and we cannot find it described as a ‘bestseller’ anywhere outside of Jill Hughes’ own descriptions.

It is similarly difficult to find any evidence that Hughes is ‘one of the UK’s leading Wealth Mentors’. While this claim might be somewhat vague and difficult to disprove, there’s very little evidence of her activity in this area. Her website is ‘under maintenance’, her Twitter account for this purpose has just five followers, and she only registered ‘MoneyMagnet.Global Limited’ with Companies House on October 10th of this year. This is despite her having listed herself as the ‘CEO’ of Money Magnet on her LinkedIn since November 2017, and having self-published her book, ‘Spirit of Prophecy’ under that name in March 2018. Though not illegal, it is odd to describe yourself as ‘CEO’ if you’re actually a sole trader.

A cautious investor might be slightly concerned by this philosophy of wealth from a Wealth Mentor:

Outside of the professional sphere, Hughes has made some other odd statements. In 2016, she claimed to be a spiritual guide from Sirius, a star 8.6 light years away from earth:

And in the acknowledgements to her book Spirit of Prophecy, she promotes the idea that extraterrestrials are living amongst us and cooperating with world governments:

“the E.T’s, some of them less than Apple Pie wholesome or Positive pumpkins, are already here working with our world Governments, but that’s all hush-hush for now.”

The ‘About the author’ section on her Amazon listing also declares some other interesting beliefs:

“To this day J.J.Hughes believes in elves/fairies/mermaids/unicorns and all things Elemental and Other Worldly…She has had numerous prophetic premonitions – usually about death, which so far despite a few close shaves she has escaped. She came to believe in reincarnation in her mid-twenties when her old horse Red made a re-appearance, this time as a palomino called Hooray Henry”

Hughes has already received some pushback from local pro-Brexit activists, who claim they have no idea who she is:

But she wasn’t impressed with the idea that where candidates have lived should matter to local voters:

“What is the obsession with the PPC must live in [sic] … Batley… or where ever? …We live in a Global-Digital world now-geographical locations are less and less relevant”.

This is probably unsurprising given that Jill Hughes grew up in nearby Bradford, and doesn’t seem to have lived in Yorkshire since attending university. Her Twitter bio describes her as ‘Bingley born Bradford schooled’, but her Facebook page says she is “Honoured to be PPC for Batley and Spen, West York’s where she comes from.”

We’re happy to correct the record on any of these points if Jill Hughes or the Brexit Party would like to provide supporting information, but we think the voters of Batley and Spen deserve to hear a lot more about this candidate’s qualifications and beliefs.

Brexit party’s delusion makes even Boris Johnson’s look normal

John Crace. Guardian.

This could have been a meeting of Brexiters Against Brexit Anonymous. Richard T, Anne W, Claire F as relative newcomers getting their six-month keyrings and Nigel F acting as Remain’s trump card in his role of group chair. “My name’s Nigel and I am powerless over my self-destruction.” The man who can’t bear the fact that other versions of Brexit may exist and whose search for significance only renders him ever more insignificant, and who will not rest until the annihilation of himself and those around him is complete.

The admirable Hope not Hate continues the battle:

As Pro-Brexit National Labour Stirs, “Rooted cosmopolitans” answer back.

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This nationalism plays into the hands of the hard right.

The latest scoop by Skwawkbox is news on the creation of a factionalising group, known informally as the ‘Four Yorkshiremen’ to campaign for a Labour deal with Boris Johnson on Brexit. At present they are fighting the party’s Shadow Chancellor.

EXCL: ‘NORTH FIGHTS BACK’ AS BREXIT POLICY DRAGGED BACK ON COURSE AT SHADOW CABINET AND MPS PREPARE WORKING-CLASS CAUCUS

The party’s northern MPs are now in discussions to build on their successful rearguard action by caucusing as a parliamentary bloc. One, speaking of an attempted ‘remainer take-over’ to force Labour to into a full ‘stop Brexit’ mode, said:

We need to make sure no one region of Labour can ever acquire this much dominance over policy and the narrative again. The north fought back and this episode has taught us that when we stand united we can make our voice heard.

The Red-Brown Front, the Full Brexit, has its own take on the developing national Labour  strategy.

They retweeted George Galloway,

 

And national populist New Left Review Stalwart,

 

And their allies in the Morning Star,

Anti-rootless cosmopolitan campaigner Paul Embery, has his own take on the need for National Labour.

The rooted, yet tasty geezer, continues,

The Red-Brown Front, the Full Brexit brings together the Communist Party of Britain, ‘funny money’ ‘leftists’ associated with Counterfire, like Thomas Fazi, Eddie Dempsey,  supporters of the Brexit Party linked to the Spiked network (including at least one candidate), ‘Marxist’ Wolfgang Streeck, Labour Leave, Larry O’Nutter (better known under his pen name of Larry O’Hara), and Paul Embery’s Blue Labour. To name but some.

How does these ideologues hang together?

This  Blog cannot recommend too highly this article which gives some answers.

Progressive Politics in a Changing World: Challenging the Fallacies of Blue Labour Jon Bloomfield : 11 October 2019

Bloomfield traces the national populist turn back to the Blair and Brown years.

As popular doubts about the UK’s headlong embrace of neoliberal globalisation grew, elements of left opinion shaped their critiques within this nationalist framework. As the Blair–Brown era drew to a close, instead of a focus on the fundamentals of neoliberalism, critics of the New Labour project concentrated on their own variant of cultural wars.

Within Labour’s ranks a newly ennobled Maurice Glasman gave these ideas prominence after Ed Miliband’s leadership win in 2010. The Blue Labour movement he pioneered asserted that traditional working class communities had been ignored by New Labour’s trendy cosmopolitanism, which had paid too much attention to feminism, multi‐culturalism and sexual politics, and had ridden roughshod over the assumed conservative cultural sensitivities of the traditional working class. One of the leading protagonists, Jonathan Rutherford, used his role as editor of the Soundings magazine to promote these ideas and declare that ‘the future of English socialism is conservative’.5

Whatever its initial concerns, this new way of framing politics quickly gave primacy to cultural and national identity rather than the economic or social. The initial flurry of interest within Labour waned, as did its brief ‘Red Tory’ counterpart, Phillip Blond.

Soundings, in effect, was the vehicle by which, for some people, Gramsci’s ideas on the ‘national popular’ could become transformed into nationalism tout court. The references sometimes made by Glasman to the Italian Marxist have to be seen in this light.

Bloomfield then looks at sovereigtism – one would have wished for some wider Euripean context where sovereignty has been the turning point from left to nationalism in France since the 1990s, summed up in the career of JeanPierre Chevènement. Paraellels exist across Europe, as can be seen in the development of the German former leftist Streek.

The Brexit debate, with its focus on national sovereignty, has given the label new vigour and a purchase stretching well beyond Labour’s ranks. David Goodhart, when editor of Prospect, was an early straw in the intellectual wind with his polemic in 2004, claiming that large numbers of immigrants undermine the solidarity essential to a welfare state.6 He developed his thinking in The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Postwar Immigration, which argued that integration cannot be a ‘two‐way street’ and that immigrants ‘must carry the burden of any adaption that is necessary’.7 He wove this argument into a wider narrative about the major problems within modern Britain—the lack of jobs for the white working class and the decline of a shared sense of community at both local and national level—as being caused by immigration. His 2017 book The Road to Somewhere. The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics develops this argument and provides the bedrock of Blue Labour thinking post‐Brexit.8

This book, by another of the founding figures of the red-brown Full Brexit cast, has been reviewed on this Blog and in many, many, other places. But Bloomfield looks at its more recent impact and the circles and ideas which seem to have thriven in the worst aspects of the stand against ‘Anywheres’

For Goodhart, the world is basically divided between the ‘Anywheres’, ‘the upper professional class’ with their global world outlook and the ‘Somewheres’, with their preference for place, stability and nation. These are Britain’s ‘two value blocs’ and the book is a paean of praise for the preferences and prejudices of the latter. Paul Collier, a development economist, articulates similar views. His recent book The Future of Capitalism suggests that the biggest social rifts are between the highly educated and the less educated and between the cosmopolitan metropolises and declining provinces.9 Matthew Goodwin is an initial critic of the UKIP right who has now gone native, while Eric Kaufmann gives it more intellectual heft with his demographic and cultural arguments that justify immigration policies based on racial criteria.10 These views are increasingly given a sympathetic hearing and plenty of space within the pages of the left‐wing weekly magazine the New Statesman, where they blend with its increasingly nationalist agenda.11

One can remark here as with above, there are clear parallels in France, not just in the arguments about Bobo metropolitan elites, but against the ‘liberal’ fragmentation of minority ‘identity politics’ against the voice of national identity, rooted identities. The Three Yorkshiremen faction has its counterparts across the European left.

Looking at the economics of Blue Labour Bloomfield offer as sketch which could apply to every attempt by ‘left wing’ pro Brexitetrs to argue for an independent UK, free from the burden of globalisation to make its own policies,

Blue Labour writers either ignore, disregard or diminish the realities of a globalising world, whether in terms of ecology and climate change, terrorism and security, the digital revolution or economics. The UK—or sometimes England—is deemed to stand above and apart from these grubby realities. The writers refuse to face the fact that since the Second World War, modern production has leapt the boundaries of the small and medium‐sized nation‐states that comprise Europe. Of course, hairdressers still cut people’s hair in the high street, while many small businesses access their supplies locally.

But with regard to the main elements of the economy, both in manufacturing and services, there is no way that they are going to be forced back into their national boxes. The days of a set of independently‐owned, British car companies trading primarily within a domestic market have gone. Rootes, Humber, Austin, Triumph, Morris will never return. Today, across old industrial Britain, their factories have been transformed into retail parks, business units and housing estates. And a no‐deal Brexit will do the same to Ford, Honda and Vauxhall in Bridgend, Swindon and Ellesmere Port.

The Brexit Bolsheviks, in effect, would try to in vain to recreate the 1970s industrial base of the national  labour movement..

This section is so good somebody should make it into a workshop.

Brexit has crystallised these arguments. Blue Labour has converged with those unchanged voices from the 1970s left, who still believe in ‘socialism in one country’. Embery, Goodhart, Glasman and Goodwin are all signatories to ‘The Full Brexit’ manifesto which claims that, ‘Brexit offers an unprecedented opportunity to reshape Britain for the better … to develop a genuinely internationalist and democratic politics of national sovereignty’.23

This nationalism plays into the hands of the hard right. They gleefully sense an opportunity to split the progressive and labour movement. Blue Labour proudly calls itself conservative, so it is not surprising when Conservative media outlets offer them space to promote their ideas. The libertarian, ex‐Trotskyists of the Spiked website, supported by $300,000 from the US Koch brothers, give space to ‘Lexiters’, while the conservative UnHerd website hosts Embery, Goodwin and Giles Fraser as regular columnists.24 In the post‐financial crisis maelstrom, Blue Labour initially asked how progressives should express their values. What is amazing about their current trajectory is how willing they are to discard the core values of any progressive movement—liberty, equality and solidarity—and the speed with which they have moved to become fellow‐travellers of the nationalist right.

Bloomfield has a lot to say on a “positive view of migration” which is resoundingly clear.

He concludes,

 Blue Labourites find it hard to conceive that a person can approve of European integration and yet still retain a national and local identity. As the Green movement—largely ignored by Blue Labour—expresses it, ‘think global, act local’. There is no gulf between the two. Most people can ‘walk and chew gum’ at the same time. The modern world is interconnected and overlaps. The wings for an Airbus are made in North Wales and Bristol, but the aircraft as a whole is put together in Toulouse. The blue flag beach at Bournemouth is checked, monitored and authorised by the local council, but to a European standard set by Brussels. Indian and Chinese restaurants are now part of our ‘national identity’ in every town and city in Britain. In answer to Paul Embery, in the twenty‐first century most citizens are rooted cosmopolitans.

Say it loud and clear: we are internationalists and leftists. We too are “rooted cosmopolitans. Join us on the Left Bloc on Saturday’s March!

This how we respond to the Three Yorkshiremen (they’ve split, once they were four):

Eddie Dempsey Affair latest turn: Owen Jones attacks “caricature of working-class identity.”

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Red-Brown Front Defends Dempsey.

For those who do not know Eddie Dempsey is a virulent supporter of Brexit. He has participated in the red-Brown Full Brexit, which brings together Spiked supporters and members of the Brexit Party (including James Heartfield, candidate for Nigel Farage in Islington North), Communist Party of Britain members, Leave Labour, Blue Labour, anti-rootless cosmopolitan campaign and leader of  Arron Banks funded Trades Unionists Against the EU, Paul Embery, Counterfire, Funny Money sovereigntist  Thomas Fazi, Wolfgang Streeck, New Left Review Stalwart and a ‘left’ national populist, Prof Costas Lapavitsas, of a Greek leftist micro party, backers of the Socialist Labour Party (Scargill’s lot) and many, many, even odder balls and lot, and lots, more Spiked writers.

Spiked carried this story in March,

Why we’re campaigning for a Full Brexit

Bob From Brockley analysed this red-brown front:

One LM initiative in the post-Referendum period was “The Full Brexit”, an avowedly left-wing pressure group launched in the summer of 2018 to reframe the Brexit narrative as one about “democracy” rather than just bashing immigrants. Alongside a smattering of Blue Labour social conservatives and Lexit Marxists, a good half of its 20 founding signatories are RCP network members. Academic Chris Bickerton has been a Spiked contributor since 2005, when he was a PhD student at St John’s College, Oxford. Philip Cunliffe, Furedi’s colleague at the University of Kent, is another long term Spiked activist. Pauline Hadaway, another academic, is a veteran of the Living Marxism days. James Heartfield was a paid RCP organiser. Lee Jones seems to have been recruited at Oxford around the same time as Bickerton. Tara McCormack is an RCP veteran, as is Suke WoltonBruno Waterfield write for Living Marxism. Other signatories aren’t part of the network but have been promoted by Spiked: Paul Embery and Thomas Fazi for example (Fazi is also connected to the 5 Star Movement and recently retweeted an antisemitic tweet from someone with “Nazbol” in his user name). Many are also involved in Briefings for Brexit, which has several RCP veterans on its advisory committee, and some are involved with Civitas. This is a peculiar form of left-right crossover politics.

The RCP then played a key role in the creation of the Brexit Party, again providing “left” cover for a deeply right-wing project. Otto English in Byline Times documents how, in February 2019, a film-maker, Kevin Laitak, a disciple of Furedi, began turning up at local Leavers of Britain groups, telling campaigners that he was making a short film about rank-and-file Brexiters. He then recruited activists who might consider standing for the new BXP, who were then called by a woman called Lesley Katon. Katon told would-be recruits that she was the co-founder of a group called ‘Invoke Democracy Now’, whose activists, English notes, included Claire Fox, as well as Luke Gittos, the legal editor of Spiked, Brendan O’Neill, its editor, Living Marxism alumni Tessa Mayes and Munira Mirza, and Mick Hume, former editor of Living Marxism (for more on Invoke Democracy Now, see Colin Lawson). Katon herself has several LM connections, and among the candidates emerging from this process were In addition to her client Claire Fox; Katon’s colleague David Bull who spoke at a Spiked event in 2003; James Heartfield, a long-time RCP cadre; Alka Sehgal Cuthbert, a former RCP activist and Spiked contributor; and in Scotland long time Spiked writer Stuart Waiton. Of these, only Fox was placed high up enough a regional list to get sent to Brussels.

Dempsey came to people’s attention when he spoke at a Full Brexit event.

Amongst the fall out from this speech was this.

For daring to criticise Dempsey Clive Lewis had this to face:

Clive Lewis expelled from RMT parliamentary group for ‘defamatory’ attack on Eddie Dempsey

Then there was this:

Ash Sarkar just No Platformed a pro-Brexit trade unionist

The middle-class left gets more ridiculous by the day.

The middle-class left gets more ridiculous by the day. Today, Novara Media’s Ash Sarkar announced she has pulled out of speaking at an upcoming People’s Assembly demo, apparently because she couldn’t bear to share a platform with pro-Brexit trade unionist Eddie Dempsey.

Spiked commented,

Bourgeois ‘leftists’ have No Platformed a working-class trade unionist. All because he supports Brexit. There could be no better example of how detached these people are from real radical politics and working-class interests.

The Morning star echoed Spiked:

RMT’s Eddie Dempsey calls for unity against Boris Johnson after ‘no-platform’ bid by Owen Jones and Ash Sarkar

Despite his enthusiastic participation in this Red-Brown front, set up by Spiked, Dempsey makes this bald-faced claim.

Today sees this released:

This is a core section,

A few weeks ago, both me and Novara Media editor Ash Sarkar were invited to speak at a rally organised by the People’s Assembly. As it turned out, I’d double booked, but I was lobbied particularly by BME activists to withdraw, which Ash quickly did. The reason: the presence of RMT activist Eddie Dempsey, who once argued that “the one thing that unites” those who turn up at Tommy Robinson protests “is their hatred of the liberal left. And they are right to hate them.” Now we socialists have our own critique of the “liberal left” — principally their support for market economics — but that is not what Tommy Robinson supporters (or “fascists”, to use shorthand) hate them for. No, it is for having perceived anti-racist, pro-migrant, anti-Islamophobia politics.

What makes it even more egregious is that Dempsey folds anyone on the left who isn’t pro-Brexit into his “liberal left” category, including both myself and Ash Sarkar. We were expected to stand as an ally with someone who believes fascists are right to hate us. For those of us at risk of violence from Tommy Robinson’s fascist supporters for espousing our socialist politics — indeed the last People’s Assembly protest I spoke at, they surrounded me chanting “Jonesy as a homo” then attempted to punch me in the face — it is a lot to ask us to stand together as comrades and allies with an individual who believes these hateful thugs are right to hate us. (We’ve since been accused of ‘no platforming’ Dempsey, including by the right-wing libertarian Spiked website, and Sarkar was inundated with racist abuse: in actual fact, we simply disinvited ourselves — no-one is forced to share a platform — and turned down an offer by the protest organisers to remove Dempsey as a speaker).

Dempsey’s perverse argument rests on the assumption that Tommy Robinson’s supporters represent a meaningful, if wrongheaded, constituency of working-class Britain. It is a belief which should have been put to bed by this convicted fraudster, thug and grifter getting 2.2% of the vote in the North West during the European elections: most working class people detest this far-right businessman. An even more extreme worldview is expounded by Dempsey’s ally Paul Embery — a pro-Brexit union activist suspended by the Fire Brigades Union’s national executive — who opposes equal marriage, believing it alienates “traditional Labour voters”, opposes trans rights, and claimed that Labour’s demand for revoking Geoffrey Boycott’s knighthood on account of his domestic abuse conviction had “alienated the whole of Yorkshire.”

But this caricature of working-class identity is simply not based on the facts. Take Brexit: a debate often simplistically portrayed as Leave = working class, Remain = middle class. This is partly because of a ‘ABC1C2DE’ social classification system which has a lot to answer for: ABC1 lumps FTSE 100 board members in with public sector workers as ‘middle class’, while C2DE — which is weighted towards pensioners — is used as a working-class social indicator. But even using this profoundly flawed system, most working-class people under 35 and working class BME people voted for Remain. We are told that “the Labour heartlands voted Leave”: why Liverpool, Manchester or indeed London are excluded from “Labour heartlands” is not explained. Where does the Scottish working class fit in all of this?

Red-Brown Eddie responds.

 

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Here is another example of Dempsey’s activism.

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