Brexit will only count if everybody leaves the EU

I tend to agree with this!

Systemic Disorder

Britain can leave the European Union, but it would remain just as tied to capitalist markets as before. The decision to leave the EU is not a decision to leave the world capitalist system, or even disengage from Europe, and thus is not a decision that will lead to any additional “independence” or “sovereignty” outside of proponents’ imaginations.

What has been unleashed is the nationalism and xenophobia of right-wing “populism” — those on the Left celebrating a blow against elites might pause for thought. Yes, voting in defiance of what elites told them to do played its part in favor of a British exit from the EU, but nationalism, scapegoating of immigrants, and convincing people at the mercy of corporate power that less regulation is in their interest were dominant.

It is the far Right that been given a shot in the arm from Brexit — from the National Front…

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Yes, the Leave vote is hostile to foreigners – and you need to come to terms with that

Please read this great article I am reblogging!

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Here’s what the Brexit vote means to me: 52% of the people I share a nationality with think there should be fewer people like me in Britain’s future. And before you object, or make excuses, let me point out that if Britain clamps down on immigration, there will be fewer people like me.

I was born in England. In Hammersmith, to be precise. It’s where my dad was born. And his mum. And her mum before her.

I was born in England, but I am not English. I have roots in London, but that is not the same thing. My dad’s family – his great-grandparents – arrived here as Jewish refugees in the 1880s, ending up as East enders on one side and West enders on the other. My heritage spans the breadth of the city in which the family whose name I bear has lived for a century before…

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What Jeremy Corbyn must say to the Labour Party establishment

Jeremy Corbyn

Corbyn: ‘Are you with me?’

‘You claim you wanted strong leadership. I give it to you.

‘I have an overwhelming mandate from members to lead this party, and I am using it now.

Purging Blairites

‘I am purging all Blairites from the party. Resign or be sacked. The choice is yours. I give you one day to decide which it will be.

‘For those who require clarification of the term “Blairite”, I use the term to mean those apologists for neoliberalism who sought to align themselves with the so-called elite, to talk about the importance of appeasing big business and the markets, rather than of addressing the fundamental underlying cause of ever-widening inequality and the genuine suffering of many.

Collusion and fascism

‘You have colluded with the super-rich, who seek to scapegoat the weakest and most vulnerable in society for the consequences of their own greed and short-termism. This is evil, a word I use advisedly.

‘Your collusion has contributed to a drift towards fascism. You have let down the people of the UK, and the people of the world. You have no place in the Labour Party. Leave now.

‘For those who require clarification of the term “neoliberalism“, this poisonous philosophy, which we should have been much more explicit in explaining and condemning, has five main elements:

  • the rule of the market,
  • cutting public expenditure for social services,
  • deregulation,
  • privatisation, and
  • eliminating the concept of ‘public good’ or ‘community’.

‘None of these contributes to public wellbeing in the long run. All of them are claimed to help (at least) the short-term profits of multinational companies, but even this is questionable as a universal truth, and they certainly do not help them in the long run. I refer you to Ha-Joon Chang’s 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism.

Neoliberalism in a nutshell

Jeremy Corbyn must spell out what the real enemy is: neoliberalism.

The rancid heart

‘Neoliberalism is based on neoclassical economics, and this spurious “science” is a self-referent, hermetically sealed, theoretical discipline, based mainly on the assumption that people can be thought of merely as autonomous and selfish actors, interested only in their short-term material gain. It is not based on empirical evidence. Indeed, as Ha-Joon Chang and many others have demonstrated, it is nonsensical.

‘This nasty and false assumption – of the essential selfishness of people, and the non-existence of community – lies at the rancid heart of nihilistic neoliberal dogma. It is totally at odds with the founding values and traditions of the Labour Party.

Anti-intellectualism

‘There is no excuse for not knowing these things. There is no excuse for not acting on them. Alas, neoliberalism has also fostered a cancerous anti-intellectualism and so many people are now not only ignorant, but wilfully so, and this brings me to my next topic: education.

Education

‘We shall simplify and reform the education system. Teachers will be given the best possible training, and then respected for the professionals they are, and largely trusted to get on with it.

‘Children will start formal education at 7. Before this age there will be informal, play-based education only. There will be an emphasis on outdoor education throughout. We shall drastically reduce the number of tests and exams.

‘We shall focus not on providing fodder for the ever-fickle jobs market, but instead on producing happy, resourceful, resilient and responsible global citizens, citizens who speak at least two languages fluently, and who are equally at home in – and see no boundaries between – the arts, humanities and sciences. Above all, we shall produce citizens equipped to tackle the real challenges of our century, not least climate change. Citizens, not consumers!

‘In this way we shall eliminate the silo mentality of so-called experts, whose blinkered views of one tiny aspect of a field do not allow them to see or address the wide consequences of their pet projects or see beyond their own short-term financial interests.

‘Such cancerous anti-intellectualism is demonstrated by the proponents of GM crops. These thin-end-of-nothingers are doing the biosphere a huge disfavour and bringing science into disrepute.

Conclusion

‘In conclusion, comrades – and I use that word advisedly – from now on we shall offer a solid, evidence-based alternative to neoliberalism rather than collude with it.

‘We shall address the real cause of people’s suffering.

‘We shall not shy away from explaining all this. We shall halt the pernicious dumbing-down of society. For now on, we shall “intelligent-up”!

‘Are you with me, or are you against me?’

Footnote: most Labour Party members are for him. Jeremy, don’t let them oust you because of Iraq.

 

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Reeling from the EU referendum, especially this…

The Kirklees borough contains the town of Birstall, where young mother and MP Jo Cox, a Remain campaigner, was murdered by a fascist terrorist in the name of the Leave campaign. See how the people of this area voted in response!

The Kirklees borough contains the town of Birstall, where young mother and MP Jo Cox, an EU Remain campaigner, was murdered by a fascist terrorist in the cause of  leaving the EU. See above how the people of this area voted after this act: 54.7% in support of Leave!

Sadness, anger, bewilderment

I am not yet sure what my settled feeling about the EU referendum results will be, but sadness, anger and bewilderment certainly feature at the moment.

Understandable discontent

If I believed that Leave supporters had voted on the basis of a rational desire for democracy, having analysed the advantages and disadvantages of EU membership, I would not feel this way. (Indeed, I am not uncritical of the EU myself, not least the Common Agricultural Policy.)

However, it seems clear that understandable discontent at their circumstances was exploited by the far-right element of the establishment (whose neoliberal policies cause much inequality and misery). These cynical plutocrats and their acolytes sought to scapegoat immigrants and refugees (an old trick, done in many ways), and then to conflate EU membership with ‘breaking point’ levels of immigration, suggesting that the solution to ‘the problem’ was Brexit.

Most disturbing

Here is the most bewildering and disturbing thing for me… Jo Cox, a young mother, MP and pro-Remain campaigner, was murdered in Birstall by a white fascist who made it clear that he was killing her in support of leaving the EU. After this appalling act of terrorism how did the good people of Kirklees (the borough in which Birstall is situated) vote? They voted to leave!

A secondary disturbing element of this story is how the right-wing media framed the murder: ‘the act of a loner with mental health problems’. Not only could this be construed as pejorative with regard to loners and people with mental health issues (probably most of us at some point in our lives), but it also contrasts with how they describe non-white people – and those who claim to be Muslim (falsely, in my opinion) – who commit similarly abhorrent acts and share similarly extremist ideologies. Such hypocrisy arguably amounts to hate-mongering propaganda in itself.

I am fearful that the present era has parallels with the 1930s, and we are drifting into outright fascism. Please learn about neoliberalism before it is too late.

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We are angry.

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1) Scotty is prevented from playing with his EU friends.

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2) …But he is determined not to be bullied!

Explanation:

Every Scottish local authority area voted to stay in the EU (and Scots as a whole voted 62:38 to stay in), but the English anti-EU vote, which seems to have been fuelled largely by xenophobia and racism (the systematic scapegoating of minorities for the undoubted suffering caused by neoliberal policies), is taking the UK out of the EU.

In particular, the young people of Scotland, who appreciated the opportunities offered by the EU, will suffer if Scotland is compelled to come out against its wishes.

I, for one, am determined to do what I can not to let my life be dictated by Westminster, which is showing worrying signs of drifting ever further under the influence of the far right.

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An open letter to a boy I once snogged following Brexit

Great article by Sally Fraser. Please read!

sally fraser

Dear Paul,

I hope you don’t mind me writing to you, although I appreciate this might seem weird. I thought about writing to you last night, after I saw on your Facebook that you were excited about voting leave, and worried about your vote being changed because you had voted with a pencil. I think you were probably joking about that bit though. But I sort of wanted to see what the results were.

We were at school together from the age of about nine I think. We had the same surname, but we are not related. You have a sister with exactly the same name as my sister, if I remember right. We weren’t in many of the same classes I don’t think, but I remember sitting near you on the bus on our first school trip to France. I remember doing art GCSE together too, and that once…

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Germans’ Brexit Fears

Vruvru is said at the prospect of Brexit

Vruvru is sad at the prospect of Brexit…

On the same day one German resident in Scotland wrote to Bella Caledonia to outline her concerns about a possible Brexit, another (a friend of mine) was campaigning in Edinburgh’s Meadows for a ‘remain’ vote.

Vruvru’s cartoon and signs speak for themselves…

Please vote Remain or I might have to go.

The front of Vruvru’s flyer: ‘Please vote Remain or I might have to go’.

 

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the full cartoon, which was handed out to passers-by by Vruvru’s daughter. You can click on it and then zoom in to see properly…

 

 

 

 

 

Vruvru sits on a stool while her daughter hands out her cartoon strip explaining her Brexit fears.

Vruvru sits on a stool while her daughter hands out her cartoon strip explaining her Brexit fears.

Please vote Remain....

Please vote Remain….

or I might have to go.

or I might have to go.

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Please vote Remain: Vruvru’s cartoon explaining her Brexit fears. Click on it to see it larger.

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