Voting Remain, as well as playing into the hands of pernicious neoliberal ideologues like Cameron, Osborne and Hunt, necessarily implies acquiescence to, and support for the undemocratic Troika who are our real rulers now — the (unelected) European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the IMF. These undemocratic institutions are quite prepared, even eager, to punish any deviation from their Neo-Feudal Austerity agenda. ( Ask the Greeks )
Yet a vote to Leave would be seen as a victory for the reactionary right. It would send a strong signal to the growing neo-fascist movements across Europe that an inward-looking, closed-door, xenophobic ideology is a politically and economically viable option.
A vote for Britain to leave the EU would not empower any progressive alternative either; indeed in the short term it would facilitate Tory plans to scrap progressive European labour and human rights legislation. A Leave vote would be interpreted as victory for bigotry and fear.
Frankly, the EU referendum is a choice between two miserable options, – almost literally, the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Even if one is a slightly lesser evil than the other, neither offer any hope, any potential for liberation, any improvement in living conditions, any increase in wages or job stability, any reduction in rents, any progress towards more democratic control, or indeed anything that could be seen as increasing the chances of an improved, fairer society.
People need to stop trying to construct arguments that either side of this tedious ”debate” is a credible progressive option, and start focussing on building serious political movements instead.
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Incidentally, because the Isle of Man is not in the EU, I don’t have a vote in the Referendum.
But frankly, I don’t care.
The false choice of the Brexit referendum (~ article by Dr Rosln Fuller)
”That core issues are not squarely addressed unto themselves by any side in the debate is no accident. The truth is that Brexit boils down to a choice between Neoliberalism by Hook or Neoliberalism by Crook, because at bottom the British national establishment and the European Union share similar methods of operation as well as similar policies.”
Jeremy Corbyn was put in a very difficult position by the Labour Party. He is a lifelong opponent of the undemocratic EU and, in private at least, this view is unlikely to have changed. But as a result of his capitulation to the Blairites, as this ‘Canary’ editorial explains…
”Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle;
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.”
~ Lewis Carroll (‘Through the Looking Glass’)