Andrew Coates (at Tendance Coatesy) reports:
Blue Labour, Aaron Banks-funded Labour Leave and ‘Trade Unionists Against the EU’, and ‘Marxists’ launch Speaking Tour.
To counter this backwardness Left Unity has published an excellent article: Socialists should still oppose Brexit: Remain and Transform!
Craig Lewis and Len Arthur demolish Lexit attempts to dismiss the damaging effects of Brexit on the economy. Trade relations are central to the functioning of an internationally integrated capitalist production process. Socialists cannot afford to dismiss the impact of Brexit on trade.
The also tear apart this claim: “Staying within the single market will prevent a Corbyn government implementing key aspects of its “radical” programme. “
In a widely quoted report for the Renewal journal, Andy Tarrant and Andrea Biondi have undertaken a detailed analysis of claims that EU rules would present significant barriers to Corbyn’s industrial strategy. They looked at each of Labour’s economic proposals in the 2017 manifesto (26 in total). 17 would not fall within State Aid rules at all. 7 potentially do, but these would be exempted under current EU law. Only 2 measures would need to be reported under existing regulations and these could be structured to comply. With regard to nationalisation they suggest that little of Corbyn’s agenda would be affected, and point to the far higher proportion of public ownership in other EU countries.
The strategy Lewis and Arthur advocate is widely shared:
The Remain-supporting radical left must fight alongside those within the Labour Party and wider campaigning groups who seek to commit Jeremy Corbyn’s party to a policy of delaying Brexit to secure a second vote or a General Election. In doing so we should argue boldly for a “Remain and Transform” position. We do not support a “people’s vote” to maintain the status quo in Europe. The EU is as much a terrain of struggle for socialists as the individual capitalist states which comprise it. The radical left in Britain needs to build on the emerging struggles by Europeanising and internationalising the fightback.
Internationalism also needs to be an integral part of the socialist case and action in the UK. Defending these politics is what this response is all about and in practice, on the issue of the EU working with others through organisations such as Another Europe is Possible, to ensure that the socialist case for remain and fighting for a social and democratic EU is made as opposed to the ‘business as usual’ case being promoted by others. Just as important is the active defence of working class action across Europe, against the attacks of neoliberal governments such as that of Macron in France; opposing the rise of the right, for example the AfG in Germany; and supporting social and human rights, such as the vote against the anti-abortion laws in Ireland.
The full piece should be read:
Here we review and update the socialist case against Lexit outlined in an article on Left Unity’s website last year. The article was a response to a piece by Costas Lapavitsas in Jacobin magazine in May 2018, setting out a case for Labour to pursue a hard Brexit under WTO rules. Since then Lapavitsas has developed his critique of the EU and support for Brexit in his new book (Lapavitsas 2019).
Bearing in mind the following point, “Left Unity notes the “extent to which sections of the Labour and far left have accommodated to right-wing nationalist ideas” …
… the following sentences caught our gimlet eyes:
He (Lapavitas) will be the key speaker in a series of meetings planned for the run up to Brexit Day on March 29, organised by leading Lexit groups and figures including the Communist Party of Britain, Counterfire, Tariq Ali, the Guardian’s Larry Elliot and, bizarrely, Baron Glasman of Blue Labour: Transforming Britain after Brexit.
Indeed but the gathering is worse, a lot worse, than just the individual appearance of the misogynist and anti-immigrant Glasman – someone with whom no self-respecting leftist should share a platform, unless to denounce him.
The tour is launched by the Full Brexit.
The List of Shame:
Tariq Ali (New Left Review)
Paula Barker (NW UNISON Regional Convenor, personal capacity)
Chris Bickerton (Cambridge University and The Full Brexit)
Grace Blakeley (New Statesman)
Kim Bryan (Socialist Labour Party …..need we say more….)
Manuel Bueno Del Carpio (Aaron Banks-funded Trade Unions Against the EU)
Ben Chacko (Editor, Morning Star)
Brendan Chilton (General Secretary, Aaron Banks-funded Labour Leave, “Leave.EU also secretly funded Labour Leave, the programme claimed, citing emails that suggested three staff members and office costs were paid by Banks”, Guardian. 8.3.19)
Larry Elliott (Economics Editor, the Guardian)
Paul Embery (anti-migrant, anti-multiculturalism, Blue Labour, Arron Banks-funded Trade Unions Against the EU)
John Foster (CPB, Scotland)
Lindsey German (Counterfire)
Maurice Glasman (House of Lords, Blue Labour, and The Full Brexit)
Bill Greenshields (CPB)
Moz Greenshields (Derby TUC)
Malcolm Gribbin (Arron Banks-funded Trade Unions Against the EU)
Martin Hall (Counterfire)
Ian Hodson (President, Bakers Union)
Kelvin Hopkins MP (currently suspended from Labour over allegations of sexual misconduct which he denies)
Feyzi Ismail (SOAS, University of London)
Jacqui Johnson ( Arron Banks-funded Trade Unions Against the EU)
Lee Jones (Queen Mary, University of London and The Full Brexit)
Kevan Nelson (UNISON NW)
Doug Nicholls (Arron Banks-funded Trade Unions Against the EU)
Chris Nineham (Counterfire)
Bob Oram (Morning Star)
Peter Ramsay (LSE, University of London and The Full Brexit)
John Rees (Counterfire)
Arthur Scargill (SLP)
Richard Tuck (Harvard University and The Full Brexit)
Sarah Woolley (Bakers Union, Leeds)
Meanwhile, this funding scandal remains: Lexit and Brexit collaboration-what did the Morning Star know? by John Rogan.
And who did Banks deal with regarding this funding? Another extract from Bad Boys… (31 Jan 2016) –
Arron Banks is currently under investigation by the Electoral Commission for funding of Trade Unionists Against the EU (£54,000) and other organisations. Some more background to this can be found here and here.
A few days ago this came out, making the claim about Labour Leave’s funding by Aaron Banks.
Labour Leave (Channel Four)
The Banks organisation also funded an office, computers and paid for staff working for Labour Leave, a group that claimed it was “funded and staffed by Labour, Trades Unions and socialist Society members.”
Labour Leave did not declare any donations from Leave.EU or the Banks organisation.
The emails suggest that at least three prominent members of Labour Leave were also paid by Banks’s organisation. They include the former Labour MP and trade minister Nigel Griffiths, Brendan Chilton, the General Secretary of Labour Leave. and the Head of Communications, Olly Huitson.
Mr Huitson and Mr Griffiths told Channel 4 News they had expected the payments to be declared by the relevant organisation.
Mr Huitson said he worked for Labour Leave only and understood that his costs would be treated as a non-cash donation from the Banks organisation. They were not declared.
In an interview, John Mills, the Labour donor who ran Labour Leave, admitted he had failed to properly declare the office costs to the Electoral Commission. But he insisted Labour Leave was an independent organisation, and not controlled or directed in any way by Arron Banks or Leave.EU.
He said: “We were our own people, we ran our own ship, we had our own money. He did not provide any cash for us at all. He may of employed some of the people we did and paid them but they were separate from anything that was authorised expenditure by Labour Leave.”
So we have a series of meetings bringing together Counterfire, New Left Review, the Morning Star, Arthur Scargill, the Communist Party of Britain, magic money soveriegntists, Benittes in their second youth, Blue Labour, anti-multiculturalists, raving patriots, and Labour Leave, who are embroilled in a scandal about extensive far-right funding, not to mention the other recipients of Banks’ money, Trade Unionists Against the EU.
What a shower!
Channel 4 News can reveal that Labour Leave is under investigation by the Electoral Commission.