Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/997/27425

From The Socialist newspaper, 30 May 2018

Johnson and Rees-Mogg widen Tory Brexit splits

Tories out!, photo Mary Finch

Tories out!, photo Mary Finch   (Click to enlarge)

Strike together to kick Tories out

Tom Baldwin, Socialist Party national committee

This minority Tory government is the weakest in a generation. Its splits over Brexit are clear for all to see, and that rift extends all the way to the top of the cabinet.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has used an official trip to Latin America to unleash more open criticism of Theresa May, calling on her to "get on with it" and take Britain fully out of the EU's Customs Union.

This is only the latest of a series of attacks he has made on the prime minister's Brexit policy. A few weeks ago he referred to May's proposals for a post-Brexit 'customs partnership' with the EU as "crazy."

Such dissent would never normally be tolerated from members of the cabinet, who are supposed to be bound by 'collective responsibility'. However, May cannot risk sacking Johnson for fear of collapsing her weak and wobbly government.

This is not an isolated spat between Johnson and May. It reflects deep divisions throughout the Tory party, caught between the capitalist class - which wants to stay in the neoliberal EU's Single Market and Customs Union to maximise exploitation and profit - and the big sections of the Tories' diminishing electoral base which oppose it.

Other MPs such as backbench Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg have also gone public with scathing criticisms. Johnson or other ministers could yet force May's hand by resigning if they felt it was in their interests.

Weakness

The Tories' weakness is compounded by the fact that they lost their majority at the last election and are forced to rely on the support of the leadership of Northern Ireland's reactionary Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to govern.

This will now be exacerbated by the overwhelming referendum vote to legalise abortion in the Republic of Ireland, on the back of a mass movement which Socialist Party Ireland helped initiate and lead (see pages 3 and 16). Northern Ireland is now the only part of Britain and Ireland that retains a virtual ban on abortion - which DUP politicians will insist on retaining.

Parliament is supposed to vote on Brexit proposals in September, and the government's deal with the EU is supposed to be finalised by October. Open splits are paralysing the government as these key deadlines come ever closer.

The Tories are incapable of serving their main purpose - ruling effectively in the interests of British capitalism. One of the few things holding them together is the fear of the alternative, a Corbyn-led Labour government, which big business wants even less.

Although it could happen at any time, workers cannot assume that the Tories' divisions will lead inevitably to collapse.

We must bring down this weak and hated government by stepping up and uniting strikes and protests against cuts and privatisations, the pay cap, the roll-out of the cruel universal credit benefit system, and all the other attacks they have inflicted on us.

Jeremy Corbyn must use his position to call for immediate action, and convene a meeting with union leaders to plan coordinated strikes.


National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference

Saturday 7th July 2018, 11.00 to 16.30

25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Open to all trade union and anti-cuts campaigners

2018 has seen the continuation of last year's strike wave, from rail workers fighting the removal of the guards to low-paid health workers and McDonald's staff striking against low pay and the Birmingham bin-workers defending their contracts. University lecturers have also taken action to defend their pensions and mobilised in their thousands to reject the employers' deal. But how much could be achieved if workers fight and strike together? The NSSN has a proud record of fighting for coordinated action against the Tories and the bosses.

www.shopstewards.net

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 30 May 2018:


Donald Trump

Stop war, fight Trump, walk out on 13 July

United working class movements can defeat Trump


Irish abortion referendum

Landslide vote to repeal Ireland's abortion laws

Historic victory won by grassroots movement


Opinion

Sting's shipbuilders showcase class pride and change from below

Aberfan disaster novel reminds us Grenfell was not an anomaly

The Socialist Inbox


Socialist Party news and analysis

Johnson and Rees-Mogg widen Tory Brexit splits

Welsh Labour reprivatises rail lines: reverse Tory sell-offs!

Toxic air hits schools as EU ponders slap on wrist years late

England facing water shortage due to underinvestment

Them & Us


PCS conference

PCS conference 2018: members ready to fight to end pay misery


Workplace news and analysis

UCU conference: Members are organising and winning - build the union, build the struggles!

900-strong north west NHS strike

Unison ballots workers at Yorkshire hospitals at risk of privatisation

Wales TUC 2018: Socialist Party members challenge leadership at undemocratic conference

Springfield school strike in Birmingham against job cuts and workload

Broad Left candidate elected as Usdaw deputy general secretary


Nationalisation

Socialist nationalisation: what it is and why we need it


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Action demanded from new council

Hands off Teignmouth Hospital!

Socialist Party members inspired by revolutionary events

Police shootings in Tamil Nadu condemned

Leicester plans sales boost of 1,000th edition of the Socialist


 

Home   |   The Socialist 30 May 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Tories:

trianglePublic sector pay - NHS, teachers - Prepare for action!

triangleTories threaten to axe free prescriptions for older workers

triangleTrade unions must continue the fight for Covid safety

triangleKick out the privatisers - Fight for a 15% Pay rise

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: Save our NHS from the Tories

Brexit:

triangleNorthern Ireland and Brexit

triangleLeeds Socialist Party: Brexit so far and in the next period

trianglePost-Brexit trade deals: Workers' mobilisation needed to stop corporate extortion

triangleNews in Brief

Strike:

triangleSt Mungo's strikers end 12-week strike

triangleWorkplace round-up

triangleBrush workers into eighth week of strike

Government:

triangleGovernment departments move to impose pay cuts: Fightback needed

trianglePutting the Olympic gravy train ahead of public health

Ireland:

triangleSocialist Party national youth meeting

EU:

triangleCovid 'vaccine wars' underline failure of capitalist nation states to deal with the global pandemic

Dup:

triangleDodgy MP lobbied for genocidal Sri Lankan leader

Northern Ireland:

triangleSocialist candidate wins NIPSA general secretary election

Election:

triangleSupport Sharon Graham for Unite general secretary

Tory party:

triangleUrgent need to build alternative to pro-capitalist politicians

Theresa May:

triangleReaders' comments

Boris Johnson:

triangleCladding: Tories refuse to protect leaseholders again

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

14/7/21

Covid

Trade unions must continue the fight for Covid safety

14/7/21

Benefits

Keep the Universal Credit uplift

14/7/21

NHS

Kick out the privatisers - Fight for a 15% Pay rise

14/7/21

Covid

We cannot trust this government over Covid

14/7/21

Lgbtq

LGBTQ+ workers' charter

14/7/21

NHS

Scrap the privatising health and care bill

14/7/21

Tories

Tories threaten to axe free prescriptions for older workers

14/7/21

Poverty

Defend the triple lock - Fight to end poverty pensions

14/7/21

Wealth

Wealth chasm widens

7/7/21

Environment

COP26: Socialist change to end the climate crisis

7/7/21

NHS

Fight is on to save our NHS

7/7/21

Manchester

Manchester death rate caused by deprivation

5/7/21

NHS

Tories deliver second slap in the face to NHS workers

5/7/21

Labour

Batley & Spen byelection: Another condemnation of Starmer's New Labour

1/7/21

Britain

Preparing for struggle in post-Covid Britain

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999