Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1036/28936

From The Socialist newspaper, 3 April 2019

Socialists say we need a workers' Brexit at Young Labour debate

No worker in Britain, the EU or anywhere else should be made to pay for the bosses' economic and political crisis, photo Paul Mattsson

No worker in Britain, the EU or anywhere else should be made to pay for the bosses' economic and political crisis, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Leicester Socialist Party member Tom Barker put the case for a socialist Brexit at an EU debate, organised by Leicester Young Labour, on 21 March. Blairite MP Liz Kendall and MEP Rory Palmer were due to speak, but unfortunately both backed out at the last minute.

However, the Labour Parliamentary candidates for Loughborough and Nuneaton, Stuart Brady and Zoe Mayou, and De Montfort University politics lecturer Alastair Jones, were on the panel.

Tom was the only speaker to put forward the case for a workers' Brexit. All the other speakers expressed illusions that the EU helped protect workers' rights, and put forward a Remain position.

Most tellingly, when asked if they would prefer a Tory victory with Remain, or Brexit with a Labour government, the other panellists avoided the question.

When it was argued that trade unions were responsible for gains made by workers, rather than these being protected by the EU, the response of Zoe Mayou was to lambast the Tory anti-trade union laws for making it difficult for workers to take strike action.

There was no acknowledgement, other than from the Socialist Party speaker, of the critical role of the working class or that workers can fight back, particularly if given a lead.

The Socialist Party pointed out the strikes by homecare workers and refuse collectors in Birmingham against a Labour council. The bin workers have won 3,500 for every worker, while the home carers are still fighting.

Tom raised the despicable use of false accusations of antisemitism by right wingers in an attempt to discredit supporters of Jeremy Corbyn like left-wing MP Chris Williamson. He was sadly met with comments of "shame", and "anti-semite apologist", but only from a few, more vocal members of the audience. Our socialist arguments got an echo with many of the young people attending.

It is clear, if this meeting represented a microcosm of the Labour Party, that it remains two parties in one. Mandatory reselection of MPs could clear out those who oppose Corbyn's anti-austerity programme.

A real people's vote is not a re-run of the EU referendum, but a general election to kick out the hated Tories.

We need to continue the fight for socialism, through fighting, democratic trade unions, both within and outside of the Labour Party.

Andrew Walton, Leicester East Socialist Party

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 3 April 2019:


What we think

Corbyn and workers' movement must lead fight for general election and socialist alternative to EU bosses' club


International socialist news and analysis

Mueller report underlines Democrats' weakness

40 years after Three Mile Island disaster

Corporate capitalism jeopardises air safety


News

Cuts and chaos. Enough. General election now!

End Tory cold cruelty: life under austerity in Merthyr

Working families in poverty: fund homes and childcare

Toxic Grenfell fire residue threatens survivors

Poor doors, segregated playgrounds

Probation privatisation failure


Workplace news

Thousands of Honda workers march in Swindon

Greenwich Unite demands workers brought in-house

Well-supported strike against cuts at Bradfield school

Chesterfield hospital privatisation plans

Workplace news in brief


PCS elections

PCS elections: Support socialist candidates


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Socialist change not climate change

Vote for socialist mayor and council candidates

NHS marches in Yorkshire and London

Financing the fightback

Discussion and debate at Leeds Trans Pride

Socialists say we need a workers' Brexit at Young Labour debate

Reclaim the Game book launch


Opinion

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 3 April 2019   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Brexit:

triangleLeicester Socialist Party: Britain after Brexit

triangle'Post-Brexit' era of crisis ahead

triangleCaerphilly Socialist Party: After Brexit - what next?

triangleBrexit and British capitalism - why Johnson's juggernaut is set to jackknife

triangleCaerphilly Socialist Party: Save Royal Glamorgan A&E

Workers:

triangleCardiff Socialist Party: Young workers and students fighting for their rights

triangleWorkers call on Interserve bosses to recognise union

triangleChesterfield Socialist Party: Is the time right for a new Scottish workers' party?

triangleBuild independent workers' media with May Day greetings

Labour:

trianglePreparing for the post-Corbyn era

triangleUnite union executive council elections

triangleStop Newham Labour's cuts and gentrification

Socialist:

triangleCardiff East Socialist Party: The monarchy - not just a harmless relic

triangleCardiff East Socialist Party: Abortion rights

Leicester:

triangleSocialist sellers

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

22/2/20

PCS

Workers call on Interserve bosses to recognise union

19/2/20

Rhondda Cynon Taff

Keep the pressure on to save Royal Glam A&E

19/2/20

Climate change

'Roses are red, violets are blue, BP and Shell - we're coming for you'

19/2/20

Newham

Stop Newham Labour's cuts and gentrification

19/2/20

Unite

London bus rep dismissal update

19/2/20

Birmingham

Support Clive Walder

19/2/20

East London

East London anti-academy strikes escalate

19/2/20

NEU

Sixth-form strikers stand firm for increased funding

19/2/20

Unite

Unite union executive council elections

19/2/20

CWU

CWU: Build for a massive Yes vote in Royal Mail

19/2/20

Hackney

Hackney parking wardens strike for 15 an hour

19/2/20

The Socialist

The Socialist: Ideas to change society

19/2/20

Peterborough

Peterborough food workers picket and protest

19/2/20

The Socialist

Socialist sellers

19/2/20

Environment

Socialist Students says democratise the climate strike movement

triangleMore Reports and campaigns 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: info@socialistparty.org.uk

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: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999