The New Worker
The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 8th July 2016
IT IS now two weeks since the historic vote in the referendum for Britain to leave the European Union but we still have no clear idea how and when it will happen. And the Remain camp have certainly not given up their struggles to prevent it ever happening.
There has been a strong campaign in the liberal media — the papers and on-line news sites most usually read by moderate and middle class left-wingers — to portray the vote as a travesty and those who voted to leave as ignorant, angry, racist Neanderthals. Some postings on social media even claim that “lefties” solidly voted to stay while “the poor” were responsible for the leave victory — as though it were impossible to be both “left” and “poor”.
Nothing could demonstrate more clearly the hatred and contempt of the middle-class intelligentsia who think of themselves as left wing and for the working class. It is a strange kind of “lefty” who despises the workers more than they despise the bosses.
While all this has been happening the French government has overridden parliamentary procedure to force through anti-labour laws on behalf of the EU. The same has been happening in Italy, Spain and Belgium while Greece is facing yet another round of austerity cuts. Yet this is the EU that the Remain camp long to hang on to.
Though the referendum result is not binding on Parliament Cameron pledged in advance to sign Article 50 and begin the process of leaving the EU immediately after the referendum if the vote was clearly for Leave, But he reneged on that and then resigned. Now legal challenges are being prepared to ensure there is a vote in the House of Commons before Article 50 can be signed. And most MPs on both sides of the House support the Remain camp.
Currently those vying for the Tory leadership say they will respect the vote and begin the Article 50 negotiations; they would stand no chance of winning if they did not promise this. And that battle has, as we predicted, been a bloody battle of back-stabbing and betrayal with probably more to come.
Boris Johnson was swiftly and emphatically removed from the contenders list last week. Some see the hidden hands of media barons Murdoch and Dacre in this. Farage was never in the race because he was not in the Tory party — and anyway he sees his job as done.
So the biggest fears of the Remain “lefties” that we would be ruled in some neo-fascist regime by Johnson and Farage have, as we predicted, failed to happen.
There has been an upsurge in racist and xenophobic attacks on immigrants from the usual tiny minority of vile racists and neo-fascists — who would use any excuse to bully and intimidate. These are the same small groups and individuals who let rip in the weeks after the death of Lee Rigby. They can and will be countered by anti-fascists working together at a local level quite quickly.
Theresa May is the front runner in the contest at the moment and the big questions are whether Tory grass roots will trust her promise to sign Article 50 or will they prefer the back-stabbing Michael Gove?
But whoever wins is unlikely to be able to reconcile their Remain and Leave supporters and will not be trusted. They will find it very difficult to form a stable government, especially as their majority is so low.
They will need a general election but they know this will probably lead to a Labour Corbyn government — once the Labour membership has had time to reselect a more loyal bunch of Labour candidates.
The traitor “chicken coup” MPs — who are also middle-class “lefties” who hold their local working class members in contempt — have played all their trump cards to no effect and are a busted flush.
In the medium long term we do stand a very good chance of a Corbyn government. And he is an older wiser, stronger man than this time a year ago. Then the banks will start some really dirty tricks to bring down the Government. But the much-despised working class is now awake, optimistic and getting ready for a fight. As are the workers in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Belgium and the United States.