Where have the left gone. At a time when we really need an effective radical left-wing movement to protect the interests of the working class they are nowhere to be seen. There are anti-democratic forces trying to frustrate the outcome of the recent referendum in which the people of Britain voted against increased globalization and increasing power to the corporations. This should have been a first step on a path to create a better Britain, one in which corporate needs would be forced to play second fiddle to the communities needs. It should have been the time when a radical revision of our society and economy started. But the radicals are nowhere to be seen.

The likes of Owen Jones and Paul Mason who, prior to the referendum, clearly knew the dangers that the EU posed to working class communities, and the poor, now happily toe the party line. Jeremy Corbyn has spent three years trying to hide his true opinions in the hope that it will buy him time and power. Like their wealthy friends, the TV executives, the bankers, the business men, the celebrities, the judges and the well-off metropolitan middle class, they sing from the same hymn sheet and tell the people to get back in their box. They tell the working class that they are uneducated and don’t know what is good for them, and they should be thankful for the guidance of their betters. They smear them as elderly racists; ignoring their concerns about youth unemployment, wage levels, and a failing welfare state, claiming they are only concerned about skin colour. An opportunity to create a better, fairer, more open society is being squandered and thwarted by media ‘liberals’ and ‘lefties’ who don’t want to risk turning off the state support that supports their ventures. As long as their lifestyles are safe then to hell with the poor, the unemployed, the elderly and the marginalized .

We seem to be on the cusp of a constitutional crisis : one group want to thwart the will of the majority, in response, another group want to undermine our parliamentary democracy. There can be no happy outcome to this crisis. The flames of a populist revolt are being fanned by both sides but the right is in the position to seize the fire and use it. The previous ‘firebrands’ of the left are now acting as puppets trying to placate the mob and maintain the status quo, any authority they once had will soon evaporate leaving the right with less opposition. It is no wonder that we have witnessed the death of the major socialist parties across Europe, their unwillingness to defend labour against capital means they are largely an irrelevance. This may have been their time to rekindle their relevance but it seems that they have missed their opportunity.

In their place will be the right-wing and the nationalists. The blame for their success can squarely be placed at the door of the current left, they left the majority of us who voted for Brexit with only Boris Johnson to protect our interests – shame on you.

8 thoughts on “Proroguing Parliament : The shame of the left.

    1. Sorry, I agree, I have not made myself clear here. I meant to report that when they, and some others, analysed EU membership some years ago they came to the conclusion that it was the wrong thing to do. They like most of those on the progressive side of politics saw that the EU was undemocratic, biased towards capital rather than labour, and carried risks for any nation states which wanted to deviate far from its agreed plans in terms of the welfare state provision, taxation or the management of the economy. So they opposed EU membership as had the majority of the left since the 1975 referendum and held this position until fairly recently. At the time of the referendum, and subsequently, they have decided to ignore this analysis for purely pragmatic reasons as they feel this will help win them power. I am very disappointed that they, and others, will ditch their principles and drop their support for their constituency so lightly and easily. It is even more depressing as, far from leading them to power, it will cost them future chances to lead. They will be seen as turncoats and people, who would never have considered voting for Boris Johnson or Rees Mogg in their life, will end up voting Tory as they seemed to listen to their concerns. The power that comes from the people might be harnessed by populist parties of the left, right or centre but the failure of the left to take a principled stand makes me fear that the populist right will fill the gap.

      1. Thanks. The bias towards capital rather than labour is a concern I share and I am of the view that things have moved too far towards capital. However, I have come round to thinking that more recent issues such as the shift in economic power from West to East and climate change mean it is now important to be part of a stronger block, and the EU seems by far preferential to the US. The standalone argument that we are the world’s fifth biggest economy doesn’t carry much weight with me – the fifth biggest banks and supermarkets are quickly gobbled up. So I’m in the “things have changed” camp. Time will tell.

  1. I have only the most tenuous understanding of the situation there. I am most confused by the Ireland aspect of things. Is there a news source you would recommend?

    1. This is a surprisingly difficult question as the press has become so polarized. Perhaps ‘The Economist ‘ manages to do the best job of walking the line of avoiding being too partisan. It has a remain bias but does report the situation fairly in the main.

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