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Monday morning’s resignations by seven Labour MPs are a mistake, but they are also a warning. Like it or not, and a few on all wings have always disliked it, the Labour party is not a centralist party. It has always contained, and has been able to contain, a mix of political traditions. Most fundamentally of all, it has long been a coalition of organised labour and various mainstream socialist and social democratic traditions.
Sieben Abgeordnete des britischen House of Commons, in Deutschland „Unterhaus“ genannt, verlassen die Labour Party. Mit diesem Schritt wird deutlich – die zur Überführung der jeweils eigenen Demokratie in die vorprogrammierten „Vereinigten Staaten von Europa“ in allen E.U.-Mitgliedsstaaten, explizit in der etablierten politischen parlamentarischen und relevanten außerparlamentarischen Linken, über entristische Taktiken eingesickerten paneuropäischen, bellizistischen und imperialistischen Uboote und Contras geben die britische Labour als ihren „Wirt“ auf. Damit ist ein nicht nur für Großbritannien bedeutsamer Machtkampf entschieden.
The Conservatives are captured by their right-wing, Labour by their hard left, and all put their own party interests before what is best for the country.
It’s time we changed our old-fashioned politics for politics fit for the 21st century.
(17.1.2019) 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.
Appearing as a special guest at the Tory Eurosceptic Bruges Group, Mr Stringer said: „Often in discussing the European Union my colleagues use kindergarten language – they say ‚they’re our friends, how could they not have our interests at heart?‘.
„I think it misunderstands that actually the bureaucrats in Brussels are a self-interested group of people – self-interested in their own survival and perpetuating their growing power and influence across the whole of the European continent.“
“It also misunderstands the fact that the European Union do negotiate but they usually come to agreements at the last minute – the 11th hour.
Written by Finn Anderson, Campaign Director at Socialists for Britain
I would just like to thank those at Students For Brexit for providing me with this platform to lay out a brief overview of the socialist case for leaving the EU. It’s refreshing to find a genuine student-led cross-party platform that is committed to upholding the democratic will of the people.
The European Union at its core is a neoliberal institution; shock horror I know! Brussels bureaucrats worship privatisation and purposefully allow wealthy corporations to avoid paying taxes. It is a capitalist project attempting to impose unity between nations from above, in the interests of the capitalist classes of Europe, particularly those from the most powerful nations.
„I also have an old-fashioned left-wing view of the European Union. I don’t think it is democratic, I don’t think it works very well, and I think it is run in the interests of big business rather than ordinary people. I voted to come out in 1975, along with a large portion of the left, for what were then seen as Bennite reasons: democracy and the fact that it was pro-boss and anti-worker. I haven’t really changed my mind over the past 40 years.“
The Left must meet this moment in history with a bold plan to remake our economy — or someone else will.
MPs vote down proposal by Labour MP Yvette Cooper.
A country, proud and independent, standing on its own two feet, confident again in our democracy, bold enough to compete by being the best, British workers making high- quality products and delivering high-quality services.
A country that says it will be the best by having better pay, conditions and a healthier environment than anyone else in Europe or worldwide.
Is that not something to be confident in voting for, my fellow MPs? Let’s get on with it.
Mr Corbyn has indicated that he is willing to support Yvette Cooper’s Bill forcing the Government to seek an extension to Article 50 if no deal can be reached by February 26.
Re-released today – Best of Tony Benn – talks European union (todays EU) and democracy to Roy Jenkins in 1975 – These are the highlights and have never sounded more relevant than today with the Brexit debate.
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The left leave case for democracy from Tony Benn – President of the Stop the War Coalition – 2001 – 2014 –
Tony Benn 1975 European Communities debate highlights
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Last night Diane Abobott warned Labour MPs that Leave would win AGAIN in a referendum and they should be „careful what they wish for“.
71 MPs have so far come out in favour of a fresh vote.
State aid is not permitted and nationalization is all but impossible under the rigorous competition law enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty of 2007. Sixteen of Labour’s core manifesto commitments would be illegal under EU Law. Labour campaigned in 2017 as if Britain was already out of the EU—and did far better than expected. Some commentators even filed the Labour Party under the dreaded heading of “populism.” The truth is that the EU makes democratic politics very difficult.
A string of junior shadow ministers have told the Guardian they are strongly opposed to the idea of a second referendum, which they fear would expose Labour to a vicious backlash in leave-voting constituencies.
I’m also told that Mr Corbyn is extremely unlikely to back another referendum any time soon. They will not abandon seeking an election as Brexit is likely the only opportunity to force one until 2022. That’s a long march ahead.
Secondly, I’m told there’s genuine concern of shadow cabinet walkouts and a backbench rebellion. Scores of Labour MPs represent Leave seats and many are sceptical about any such a move.
Anyone attempting to subvert it – such as by deciding not to implement certain votes – is playing a very dangerous game.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has insisted that an election is his top priority if Theresa May’s Brexit deal is rejected by MPs next week, saying he wants the chance to negotiate a better withdrawal deal with the EU.
The BBC’s Andrew Marr asked him exactly what he would campaign on, in the event of a general election and what he would seek from any Brexit negotiations he was involved in.
Mr Corbyn was pressed repeatedly on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show to name a date for when he would table a no confidence vote but refused to.
He said: „We will table a motion of no confidence in the government at a time of our choosing, but it’s going to be soon, don’t worry about it.“
Guess what – politicians who try to overthrow democracy will make people angry.
Those who were active in the civil-rights movements of the ‘New Left’ in the Sixties and Seventies understood that free speech is the linchpin of all other struggles for equality. But today it is mostly well-intentioned activists on the left who are calling on the state to constrict the Overton window. Worse still, in a world in which social media have become the de facto public square, and online platforms are controlled by powerful likeminded CEOs, we are left with the paradoxical phenomenon of self-identified leftists seeking to empower huge corporations to set the parameters of acceptable thought.
Jeremy Corbyn would push ahead with Brexit if he won a snap general election next year, he said in an interview published today – a stance which is likely to anger the confused ranks of Labour MPs and party supporters who are demanding a second referendum.
(14.3.2014) Ask the powerful five questions:
WHAT POWER HAVE YOU GOT?
WHERE DID YOU GET IT FROM?
IN WHOSE INTERESTS DO YOU EXERCISE IT?
TO WHOM ARE YOU ACCOUNTABLE?
HOW CAN WE GET RID OF YOU?
(14.3.2014) Tony Benn met Mahatma Gandhi when he was 12, knew and defended Nelson Mandela when the embrace of the anti-apartheid struggle was seen as a radical act, began his fifty years of service in the British Parliament when Winston Churchill was the leader of the conservative opposition and left after Tony Blair became prime minister, renounced his inherited title as the 2nd Viscount Stansgate so that he could continue to serve in the people’s parliament (declaring “I am not a reluctant peer but a persistent commoner”), ushered in a new age of popular communications and connectivity as Britain’s pioneering Minister of Technology in the 1960s and 1970s, championed cooperatives and worker ownership as Britain’s Minister of Industry in the 1970s, battled not just Margaret Thatcher but the compromising leaders of his own Labour Party on behalf of the working class in the 1980s and finished his almost 60 years of public life as an international leader of the opposition to the wars of whim and folly that have stolen so much of the promise of our time.
spiked: Many on the left say we should reform the EU, rather than leave it. What is your view on this?
Lapavitsas: Reforming the EU is a long-standing dream of many on the left. It is something the British left has adopted quite recently compared with the rest of Europe. The British left used to be very Eurosceptic – that was a good thing.
I understand where this dream comes from. It comes from a wish to see a community of solidarity and support, to see a shared progressive outlook on economic and social policies across Europe.
But I must assure those who hold this view that they misunderstand the beast they are faced with.
Something needs to stand in the way of, on the one hand, global corporations, responsible through their ever-increasing hegemony of devaluing national democracy and deracinating communities, and, on the other, liberal internationalists, responsible for the growing sense of cultural and political detachment felt by millions in their own homeland.
The independent self-governing nation state isn’t dead. Not yet. In fact, it may be on its way back.
(1.9.2018) Anspruch des Nationalismus: Das eigene Land vor allen Anderen zu retten.
Souveränität hingegen bedeutet, zu gleichen Teilen das eigene Land vor allen Anderen, vor der eigenen Regierung, vor sich selbst und wenn nötig auch alle Anderen vor dem eigenen Land retten.
(14.2.2018) Daltrey added: “We are getting out, and when the dust settles I think that it’ll be seen that it’s the right thing for this country to have done, that’s for sure. It’s got nothing to do with any of the immigration issues or any of that for me. It was to do with much more. The majority of this country felt that their voices weren’t being heard. It would have been nice to do a deal with Europe but they didn’t want to do a deal, and they sent Cameron back with a bag.”
Caps off to Artists 4 Brexit, there should be no stigma attached to being a Brexiteer whatsoever.
John Cleese, Roger Daltrey, Sir Michael Caine, Susan Hill
Last week, I resigned as Brexit Secretary because I could not in good conscience support the proposed deal between the UK and the EU. There is still time to stand up to the bullying tactics from Brussels. But we must change course, or the flame of optimism and opportunity that sparked Brexit will be snuffed out.
(19.11.2018) While claiming to take back control, the Government’s “backstop” risks locking Britain into an indefinite halfway house it cannot leave without the agreement of the EU.
This is an unparalleled and unacceptable loss of sovereignty, which Labour will not accept on behalf of our country.
You can say anything you like about the dim, teeming millions who voted Leave, and about the evil demagogues who made us do it, because of course we’re so fantastically stupid that we cannot think for ourselves. You can call them ‘low-information’. You can say they think with their ‘lizard brains’, as the New Statesman did. Slimy sub-humans! You can say they emerged from the ‘sewers’ (Nick Cohen) and that they will hopefully die soon (Ian McEwan). You can call them thick, ignorant, racist, deluded, fat (one study says Leave voters were of course higher in areas with high levels of obesity. Corpulent plebs.)