|Who Supports The EU And Why
People think the left support the EU. They don't. The middle-class who have
colonised the left, - they support the EU, not because they are the left, but because
they aren't, they support it because they are middle class. No wonder they support
it, it's a middle class autocracy.
But they should consider if it is right or wise to exclude the working classes from
politics, by voting to remain in a system of government without electorate. They can
ask; is the EU building a safe and certain future, or is it attempting a coup?
The EU is part of the global movement to remove democratic resistance to
capitalism. The project is to govern without having to face elections;That is fascism.
Propaganda by the big capitalist interests, the IMF, the OECD, the American
President, the World Bank, threatens economic disaster while the middle class social
democrat media, namely The Guardian, and the BBC has tried to characterise the
choices falsely by identifying the opposition to the EU as right-wing or as nationalism.
This is a deliberate lie. At stake is the very foundation of all workers rights, and of
all freedoms, throughout Europe, not just in Britain. This couldn't be a more clear
choice for the left.
An obsession with Tory-bashing makes the left talk of “a bonfire of workers rights”
if we left the EU, as if all social welfare comes from the EU - it doesn't. What world do
they live in? The fire is already burning, but it's no bonfire, it's a Europe-sized wipe
out. In defence, the working classes are demanding democracy, power, a say in how
their own countries are governed, control over their communities. In Britain we have
8 million (including immigrants) on low pay who would rather like to be allowed a
decent life. These are people who do need democracy. The EU wants to drive their
wages down still further. --- Delours in 1988, offered the TUC the 'social chapter'
instead of democracy, and everybody fell for it. He bribed us with something we
already had, or were going to get anyway. Meanwhile inequality is at least as bad as it
was in 1988.
Middle class left wingers have always rather liked the EU, because it delivered just
the right degree of social democracy to suit them without disrupting their wealth
advantage over the poor - the EU and the middle-classes being resolutely devoted to
the idea of cheap labour. And because it neatly by-passed the electorate, defeated the
man with a white van, whom they hate and don't understand. It allowed them to take
left wing politics that used to be about getting higher wages for the less well off, and
turn it into a game about middle class identity. Central to that is the new middle-class
religion, of so called non-racism. It became “racist” for the working classes to ask why
white European cheap labour was allowed to come and drive wages down. It takes a
real middle-class invasion of labour politics to put that trick across.
What do they really care about the plight of black families living in Peckham in
poverty, whose children are afraid to leave their flats unarmed? These are the low
paid or unemployed whose job chances are threatened by EU immigration.
And what do they care about the plight of the new migrants once they get here?
What do they say about them after they have settled in and want higher wages? ---“
British workers (and this must include settled immigrants and sons of immigrants)
won't do the jobs....so we have to get immigrants to do it” By which they mean new
immigrants, cheap immigrants. And the bit they leave out is …..for the low wages
offered. They won't do the jobs for the low wages offered. This is the crux of the EU
intentions on labour.
Just as the Victorians tried to make trade-unionism immoral, so the present middle
classes brand any worker who complains of non-union or cheap labour. It was
immoral to protect your job or wages in Victorian times, it is immoral now. Morality
often co-incides with middle class economic interests.
The EU supports the low wage economy, and tries to create it where it didn't already
exist, for example in Sweden where it prosecuted the unions, and sequestrated their
funds (like the Tories did to the miners) when they tried to get union rates for migrant
Where should the left stand in all this? It's pretty clear where the left would stand if
it was working class.
History will surely condemn the attempt to govern 500 million people without
elections. Talk of uncertainty! This wild attempt does violence, once again, to the
very values which many Europeans have fought and died to maintain.
There is scant opposition to it because the left has virtually ceased to exist, spun off
into various issues unrelated to working class pay and conditions of living. Because
the prosperous class who now control it equate their self interest with politics that is
left wing in name only. The wolf has eaten grandma and wears her clothes.
How else can it be considered to be left wing to support something as openly
capitalist as the EU?
Some people suggest that we should stay in the EU and “reform it”, a fine example of
arrogant (little Englander?) self importance, a mis-calculation of our weight. The EU
project is federalism, everyone knows it except us, and they will pursue it. The EU is
not changeable, that's the point of it being non-democratic. A vote for the EU is a vote
for the status quo. That's why the well-off support it. The purpose of the EU, Barosso's
“antidote to democracy”, is to remove the opportunity to change anything. Imagine a
near future when we have an elected left-ish government, under Corbyn, whose
policies clash with the austerity measures the EU likes to impose on its members
(witness it's effective direct rule over-riding Greek electorates). Remember EU law is
supreme and over-rules our own. Then will they realise what democracy means?
This is not about saving British democracy alone, the whole of Europe is in the grip
of an autocratic coup by a too powerful governing class who view people only as the
functions of an economic system, whose dictates they are made to follow, no matter
what the cost. Theirs is a quietly, but determinedly repressive hegemony that creates
chaos beneath it.
When the EU is hopefully off our backs we can get on with the vital work of re-
building the left on working class foundations. A bright future doesn't come from
vague glossy impressions, it's about power and who controls what. Given the
aggressive nature of global corporate capitalism it would be suicide to give up political