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The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain


Johnson’s dilemma

THE Prime Minister’s ministerial purge that led to the resignation of the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, and the appointment of a special adviser that was speedily withdrawn following cross-party protests over his crackpot racist views, demonstrate the inherent instability of the Johnson administration.

The Tory Daily Mail tells us that “half the Cabinet” feel unable to work with Dominic Cummings, the aide who pulls the strings behind the throne of the Johnson government, who many believe isn’t even a paid-up member of the Conservative Party. It doesn’t augur well for the future of the current Tory leader, despite the sweeping victory at the December general election that ended Tory dependence on the votes of the sectarian bigots in northern Ireland.

But Johnson has little to fear in the short term. His Tory Europhile rivals were kicked out of the party in September whilst Labour politicians, who should be exploiting the disarray in the Tory ranks, are instead falling over themselves to distance themselves from Corbynism and pledge their loyalty to Zionism in the Labour leadership contest now taking place.

Although Brexit seems done and dusted, future trading relations with the European Union have still to be thrashed out with Brussels. A substantial section of the ruling class is still opposed to leaving the EU and although they have clearly lost their grip on the Tory Party, they still can count on the Liberal Democrats, Scottish nationalists and most of the Parliamentary Labour Party to argue their case.

They will look to Sir Keir Starmer, the front-runner in the Labour leadership race who is the unrepentant architect of Labour’s volte face over Brexit that cost them the election, and Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, to continue to promote the alleged benefits of EU membership.

Last week Sadiq Khan called on Brussels to offer free movement for Britons through “associate citizenship”, as the “next best thing” to membership. Khan said that re-joining the EU was not foreseeable in the “short to medium term” but associate citizenship of the bloc could be one way to “make the best of Brexit”. Although “associate membership” may be theoretically feasible within current EU rules, it clearly is incompatible with British law as it stands at the moment. But Khan’s motive, like Starmer’s justification for Labour’s Brexit U-turn, is simply to keep the issue on the political agenda.