(Video) The Left Is In Turmoil As UKIP Lurks

Historically the left wing in politics has always been divided. There are so many variables in left wing culture that there will always be differences of opinion.

If there was one thing you could normally take for granted from the left however is that nearly the entire left spectrum is often found to be anti establishment and anti capitalist. Or at least that’s what you would expect.

For those on the centre ground it’s been a confusing time of late as Labour is reinvigorated by the Corbyn effect. For years Labour supporters have considered themselves on the left of politics, as the ‘real’ left wing spent years in the wilderness, rarely engaging in the political process so naturally the centre ground in Labour took up the mantle of the left wing in the politicial sphere. The result of this was Tony Blair. It’s why all the three main parties gained the title ‘LibLabCon’, they were all much the same.

To the shock of many, Corbyn’s nomination for Labour leader sent a shockwave through the left wing movement. Suddenly we had the possibility of a real left wing Labour MP leading the party and then out of the depths of obscurity came the floating and disengaged voters. They came from Left Unity, The Green Party and of course non voters made their voices heard too. Suddenly Labour was a force again, even if the PLP was strangling itself just to make a point.

The centre ground either sat quietly to see what would happen or they vociferously condemned the influx of the radical left. This is where the crux of the problem now lies for that radical left. Many of the people that joined Labour or began to back them from the moment Corbyn joined are having to battle the centre ground and to do so the game of politics is having to be played. It’s caused many to forget why they are protesting and how to do it. They are trying to do battle with the politicians on their own turf and the truth is the radical left wing can not fight them there. The political system wasn’t built for a battle. It’s designed to defend against infiltrators with aplumb. It’s a capitalist system, not a radical one.

The EU referendum then has made stark the divides of the left.

So who in Labour voted to remain in the EU referendum? The Labour right and Labour centrists who long backed the likes of Tony Blair and the long disenfranchised Labour voters who felt that Labour wasn’t quite to the left of centre enough. These are the same people who are defending the financial institutions, justifying the treatment of the establishment against the Greek people and those that are oblivious to the fact that the EU can not be reformed. If they were on the radical left then they would never have voted to remain in the European Union. These are also the same people who believe that campaigning for more housing, raising wages and stopping austerity are their top priorities for a Corbyn Labour government. Never mind radical.. these people just want reform, not realising that reform tends to happen in every government and just helps the status quo to continue.

Instead we have had Jeremy Corbyn who was blackmailed by the PLP to back remain with those same disenfranchised voters following him like the pied piper. Corbyn’s heart though wasn’t in it and the PLP are baying for blood and as for the Labour voters they are laying blame with the radical left who unsurprisingly voted leave in the referendum.

Here though is the curious thing, both the radical left and the disenfranchised left prior to the EU referendum were often championing the same things, they were calling for Cameron to resign back in April this year, calling for the end to the dominance of the financial institutions, the redistribution of wealth, the end to austerity, the death of Capitalism, the end to the EU and calling out the elite, establishment and the 1% and in one fell swoop on 24th June 2016 that call was answered. The people of the UK collectively voted to leave the European Union. It was a blow to the financial institutions and the elite, a blow to Capitalism and a blow to David Cameron. He has now served just 13 months as prime minister of a controlling government. Everything that the left championed has been achieved in the space of 24 hours.

So even more curious then that the left are now seemingly at war with each other.

The original working classes who used to vote for Labour seem to have voted for leave along with the radical/far left, it’s these groups that are representing the working person in reality and with Labour having been in the wilderness for so long as the working persons party is it any wonder that it’s alleged that UKIP is fast becoming the party of the working people. Rightly or wrongly. Smaller far left parties like the Socialist Party and the TUSC appear to have attracted the far left in fairly large numbers.

If Corbyn can not hold on to his reign as Leader or if Labour will not field other left wing candidates then the membership will dwindle back to previous Corbyn numbers. Labour will be finished. Perhaps this is why Labour can never be considered the working persons party every again. Their left wing element, the workers element, is almost done with.

What the radical left along with the disenfranchised and original Labour voters should do is Unite elsewhere, at the very least in the future when Corbyn has gone. Either under a new party or with the likes of the TUSC or SP or perhaps even Greens, but even the Greens showed that they still suffer from the one-issue effect when their whole stance on the EU was decided by environmental issues, never mind the working person.

It’s unlikely to happen though but if the left want to take on UKIP they need to offer the working man and woman something. An alternative, before the right wing UKIP takes them all under their wing.

It’s one thing to engage in the political process to make things better than the status quo, but taking on capitalism and fighting for the common cause will not be won by a vote to remain in the EU. It also won’t likely ever be won at the ballot box, but if that’s the way people want to do it, via the ballot box then we at least need to be backing a party that truly wants to take on the capitalist elite. After all, for those that voted remain who consider themselves left wing… it should be a cold day in hell before you’re ever seen sharing anti-capitalist sentiment again.

Regardless however it’s imperative that the left finds a way forward together, somehow.

(Video Below: Sat 25th June, are UKIP the working man’s party?)

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(Video) Carer Delivers Simple Yet Powerful Socialist Message To Leave The EU

(Video) A carer who self defines as one of the poor people who many on the left claim to be protecting by voting remain in the EU referendum delivers a stark rebuke to that claim with a simple yet powerful message to leave the European Union.

To the backdrop of Islamic cultural music he delivers a message that is on point for the left wing argument to leave the EU. He identifies a global community where everyone works in cooperation and unity away from the gated inward looking community that is the EU. A far cry from the idea that all ‘Out’ voters are small minded little Englanders that many in the remain camp would have you believe.

Perhaps that is the impression that the media wish to portray to the country whilst valid voices like this one go unheard. Let’s get this message out in the time we have left.

Crocodile Tears Must Not Stand In The Way Of Democracy

Jo Cox, Labour MP, was Murdered in her constituency just days ago. It was a needless and senseless death that will achieve nothing other than great sadness and heartache for her closest friends and family and indeed for those that worked closely to her.

Those of us that are bystanders may well be shocked by the senseless and barbaric nature of the killing and it’s understandable that the official campaigns for the EU referendum take a break and time to reflect.

For the vast majority of people though life goes on and come Friday of next week the headlines will have moved on to the result of the EU referendum.

The reaction from many online has been of course one of condemnation but also one of sadness and anger. Facebook groups have either curtailed certain conversations around the murder or put a hold on group posting, full stop, until at least Monday. Some people are being attacked by others in online discussions for daring to suggest one thing or another in relation to the killing but generally there is an Internet version of an outpouring of grief and reflection. Facebook crying emojis (emoticons) litter Jo Cox articles and there is even a call to cancel the EU referendum. Much of the blame has not only been levelled at far right groups such as Britain First but also at the likes of Nigel Farage and his politicial party, UKIP.

I suggest we need to stop the crocodile tears and refocus on the real issues both from a political and a societal perspective. Too early? No. You’ve been told it’s too early. You now think it’s unacceptable to discuss this kind of thing even before Monday has arrived. Who told you that and why?

Margaret Thatcher. Sorry to blindside you with that name but let’s focus on her just for one moment. Observe the image below…

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Despite only being a politician, many on the left celebrated Margaret Thatchers death

Do you recall that when, and ever since, Thatchers death, many on the left celebrated her death as if the government had announced a six week paid holiday for everyone. There were even Street parties celebrating her demise. Memes were abound across the Internet. It’s almost certain that each and every left wing friend you know has either posted, commented approval, ‘liked’ or shared with a wry smile an image or meme or article celebrating or mocking her death.

We are no fan of Thatcher, heck we even probably shared those memes, but here is a politician, no, a 3 term Prime Minister who love her or hate her left a historic legacy that few others will. Yes we will hate her for what she did to the miners and the legacy she left for social housing and of course the poll tax, others will love her for her dedication, her ability to stand up for the nation and her no nonsense politics. You don’t get 3 terms in Power by being rubbish. (Although that depends on what side of the political divide you’re on of course).

Yet here we stand today with the media telling us that abuse towards politicians has reached an unacceptable level, who can recall Lucy Allen, MP, hounded by many for lying about a constituent in public. The many Tory MP’s hounded for voting in favour of Tax credit cuts and of course lets not forget Piggate. You don’t need me to explain that one. The call from many quarters in the light of the Murder of Jo Cox is that politicians have lost the respect of the people and that the public needs to find that respect again. The calls will only grow for that to happen. Just watch what happens the next time someone slightly aggressively confronts an MP. They will be treated as an enemy combatant, thrown in prison without trial and left to rot…oh hang on.. that already happens with suspected terrorists. Guantanamo was never shut down. Sure that’s not British politics, or is it? Have we played no part? There have even been reports of high security detention camps in Diego Garcia a British owned American military base. Anyway, I digress.

Could it in fact be argued that far from just the right wing groups and politicians like Nigel Farage being in part to blame for the Killing of Joe Cox that maybe ‘we’ are collectively responsible for creating an atmosphere conducive to murder? Do we have blood on our hands too? Why not? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Why are ‘you’ or ‘we’ any less culpable?

Truth is no one can be blamed except for the man who delivered the fatal shots that day but we have no right to mourn nor cry over it. Not when our record of abuse to even the recently deceased like Thatcher was so vitriolic and nasty. Most people probably had not even heard of Jo Cox before that fateful day yet we react like she was our closest ally and friend. What are we telling ourselves? That it’s ok to abuse the dead politician Thatcher because we didn’t like her politics and decisions but in the next breath claim it’s wrong to even discuss the murder of Joe Cox and we must express and show our grief? You smile when ‘the witch’ is ridiculed on her grave but you cry at this death and pour scourn on those still debating the facts as if you must have silence whilst you mourn from behind a computer screen.

I recall many on the left who never gave so much as a hoot that Princess Diana died. The anti establishment would rather speak about who ‘really’ killed her. We never shead one solitary tear and many exclaimed how annoying it was that every channel was talking about Princess Diana. It was ok then, but it’s not ok now?

Many on the left and certainly the anti establishment must go on challenging MP’s. The politicians must be brought to book. This is not a time to start considering if we should engage in the political process more out of some sense of guilt and remorse. It’s certainly not the time to believe that cancelling the EU referendum ‘might be the right thing to do’. One petition calling for this in the wake of the Jo Cox murder suddenly took off in the last 24 hours and has reached over 30,000 already. Have a read below what the petition reads like… a referendum was promised and that means the public gets to decide, not the politicians, otherwise far from being democratic as the petition suggests it would actually be highly undemocratic. If they want to respect the memory of Jo Cox, I suggest people stop trying to change the democratic process to their own ends.

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Some may ask if Fifth Opinion were in favour of remain, would we be saying the same thing then? Absolutely. If you’re really on the left you will respect the Democratic process. Not that it means you stop fighting for your cause afterwards of course.

We have seen many people state things such as the EU referendum ‘is not worth the hate’ or ‘they should cancel it now’ in several pro remain groups. Imagine for a moment this wasn’t an EU vote and instead a general election, would we be calling to cancel a general election because of this.. it would have to continue regardless, it’s the democratic process. So is this vote and as many have claimed, this EU referendum is in many ways more important than a general election.

As if all of that wasn’t reason enough to drop the crocodile tears, on Friday a 17 year old girl was attacked and dragged off only to be stabbed and raped. She is in a serious but stable condition, yet no headlines. No fanfare. Yet again we ask why do some stories make the press more than others? But we know why. It’s sensational. An MP gets killed and the world talks about it because they have the authority and the power yet we know that 17 year old girls getting stabbed and raped.. is not so rare. There is no headline there. No sales.

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How many refugees died today? How many refugees did Turkey detain or send back to Greece? How many refugees are sleeping rough or child refugees being abducted and sexualy abused tonight in the towns of Italy? How many people has the EU failed to save in the seas around Greece? How many more children will die tomorrow because of EU policy? How many tears were shead for those refugees today? How many more bombs will drop on Syria today from Western forces voted for by our politicians? How many more people will die because the West are arming and supplying moderate (terrorists) forces.. still.. in Syria? We know that Jo Cox abstained from voting on wether the UK should join the bombing campaign in Syria, perhaps conflicted between her support for refugees and an uneasyness to vote against the action in Syria. Either way under normal circumstances she would have been at least questioned on why she didn’t vote against the bombing.

But here we are, deciding that maybe we should lay off the politicians and let them do their jobs and not hound them so much. No. We should continue to do it. MP’s may be people like you and I, but so often they go against democracy, they ignore the will of the people, they lie, they cheat, they deceive and take advantage of their position. The expenses scandals, the questions around child abuse, multiple pay rises whilst the public sectors are frozen out. Illegal wars, planned austerity and so on and so on. Never let them rest. They hold great power and as such much be held to a high standard and they must remain answerable to the people. This is not the time to let them off the hook.

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Jo Cox lost her life needlessly and by all accounts she was well liked and a wonderful person to those closest to her and her loss will be felt by her family immensely. The calls by her husband for peace and unity must be heard and upheld and no politician in peaceful times should ever be considered a target for murder.

Let us not though, as citizens who did not know her at all, be bullied and sidelined into thinking that somehow this should negate the need to push the politicians to uphold democracy and the will of the people and we certainly should not let Jo’s death be the catalyst to throw democracy to the wind by cancelling the EU referendum.

On a final note, we were ourselves questioning the #thankyourmp that began to circulate.. Whilst recognising that it was with good intentions there was just no way we could take part and this screen capture from elsewhere on the Web pretty much sums up our feeling on it. Stay safe.

(WARNING: Screenshot contains explicit language)

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Bourgeoisplaining – The Middle Classes Are Revolting

One thing many on the left of the political spectrum can attest to during this EU referendum is the level of hostility between themselves.

You have many following Jeremy Corbyn and his vision for a future within the EU and you have those on the side of Lexit (the left case for Brexit), the long time stance of the entire left spectrum, until now. Lexit have an internationalist vision and the hope of a new world away from blocs of nations who compete globally for the best deal capitalism can garner for itself.

There is though one more type of reaction many on the Lexit Left are experiencing…

Bourgeoisplaining‘…

Another Europe is possible…if you have a second home in Normandy…

It’s like ‘manplaining‘, where men speak down to women in a condescending way, but replace the ‘man’ with the ‘middle classes’ who speak down to the working class as if they know what’s best for them.

Observe this satirical example of Bourgeoisplaining.

Look, people have to stop blaming the banks and the corporations for the debt crisis in Greece as it was the Greek governments fault and the fault of the Greeks for not paying their taxes.

The IMF are the good guys and are actually just trying to help Greece come to a new arrangement, a new deal.. our attempt to reform Europe is working and neo liberalism is dying!

You’re destroying workers rights everywhere! I’m voting in solidarity with my middle class chums in Brussels! You can bugger off and do what you like, I’m off for a latte in Paris thanks to my 60K job in financing at the Commission.
Solidarity Comrades!
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They will use phrases such as ‘social mobility’ and ‘we are Europeans’ as if that is somehow evidence of how worldly they are. They assume everyone who is voting out is a dedicated racist foaming at the mouth with xenophobic rage.

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They will claim their vision is all knowing and progressive but fail to understand that progressive is opening up to and dealing with the world. They will say that Lexit voters are often ‘thick chavs’ who don’t know what they are doing.

They cite the ‘collapse and financial strife’ if we leave the EU but fail to understand that progression for the working classes has always come via struggle. Most Lexiters will admit that there may be some upheaval for a short while but that struggle will be worth the benefits in the end, especially if we can foster better democracy and representation on our own doorstep.

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A 'live' example of Bourgeoisplaining

The Bourgeoisplainers will tell us they will miss out on cheap flights and lower mobile phone tariffs, they won’t be able to visit Paris or Brussels as easily, they won’t be able to go to their European Condo as often and then, to top it all off, they cite the workers of Europe.

Thanks. Thanks for thinking of the workers. We are so glad for your support and so too are the Greek workers as the Bourgeoisplainers blame them for their financial strife and defend the international banks and the EU system that led to their troubles. seems the middle classes are revolting.. just not in the way any of us expected.

With thanks to Laura, John R., Alex, Richard and John M. (Especially John M.)
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Lexit The Movie & The Case For A Left Wing Exit

The Lexit Movie is the left wing case for voting out of the European Union. The movie was put together in 2 weeks and cost £6,000 to put together. Below is that final production. Further down you will find some other useful articles and links. Here then is a ‘compendium’ for the left wing case to vote out of the EU.

“Every rotton, rapacious, exploiting capitalist corporation is fighting… to get working people to vote remain, if that doesnt make you smell a rat, what would? These are giant rats!”
– George Galloway

Lexit – The Left Leave Campaign
Labour Leave Campaign
Ninja News – Alternate media (pro Lexit)
Fifth Opinion – Alternate media (pro Lexit)

Other Left wing arguments to leave.

The British must not repeat the mistake of Grexit

Jacob Reese-Mogg destroys George Osbornes claim that he will introduce an emergency budget where he will raise income tax – Facebook Video

Cameron Admits we don’t need workers rights

Huffington Post – Can the left really support remain?

Cameron inadvertently argues a case to leave the EU over workers rights

The real affect the EU had on Greece – Video short by Labour Leave on FB

How a vote to leave the EU will hurt the 1%

Think there won’t be an EU army? – Video on Facebook with source links.

14 Reasons to vote Leave

Compilation of Hilary Been being challenged on points about remaining in the EU. Benn struggles to find answers.
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How the Obama intervention turned some voters off

Why a vote to remain is playing with Democracy

We would love to add any articles you have found useful to this short list. Let us know in the comments and we will try to include as many as possible.

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The British Must Not Repeat The Mistake Of Grexit

In 2012 the Greek people were told that a Grexit would have serious consequences for its economy.

The Greek debt crisis had been going on for 2 years and things were already bad enough. They were told that only by staying in the EU would they save their economy. How wrong could they be?

Every year that followed their crisis worsened resulting in the height of the crisis in 2015 and to this day Greece is in economic and societal strife. Schools and hospitals closed, unemployment amongst the young is at 50% and there is virtually nothing left in private ownership.

The crisis may have in part been of the Greek governments own doing but there is no doubt that the EU and it’s financial institutions misjudged the Greek economy, lent irresponsibly and then showed no mercy on the Greek people in demanding austerity be the way forward to repay debts they couldn’t afford to repay.

It’s true that most Greek people do wish to stay in the EU. Originally because they were warned of the dire consequences if they left and now because they know, there is no Greek central bank, they would still be saddled with the debt from the Troika even if they went their own way and they knew with the finances in a dire situation it could be suicide for their pensions and businesses that were left. Stuck between a rock and a hard place the Greeks almost feel like they have no choice.

Observe the written piece in the photo below (this is just one section from the article at the link below). Look at the words and ask yourself, “does all this sound familiar?” Then ask yourself.. “what if the Greeks had bitten the bullet back in 2012?”

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Section from 2012 article on Grexit

Where have you heard those words before? From the exact same people warning of dire consequences if the UK leaves the European Union. Thanks for the advice but we will take our chances.

Some people have suggested that voting to remain in the EU is showing solidarity with the Greeks. You are entitled to think that of course, however we believe that to show true solidarity, we should do what the Greeks couldn’t, and can’t bring themselves to do, help end the system that ultimately brought Greece to its knees.

Greece is suffering and will continue to suffer whether it stays or is forced to leave through the destruction of the EU, if it happens, via a Brexit/Lexit vote.

This isn’t about austerity or the financial system or the part that the Greek government played or the part that the financial institutions played in the demise of the birthplace of democracy.. this is about all of it. This is about how the European countries treated one of its own in its hour of need. This is about how European nations have treated one of its own when the Refugee crisis struck and the lack of assistance Greece was given by the EU.

Solidarity? Who needs solidarity with friends like this.

Article on the 2012 possibility of Greek Grexit
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2012/may/13/greece-must-stay-eurozone

Huge Blow To Remain Camp as Cameron Admits – ‘We Don’t Need The EU To Protect Workers Rights’

It seems that David Cameron has forgotten what side of the EU debate he is on leading to the question “who can we actually trust in this referendum?”

It also means that both the remain camps are headed by politicians where no-one quite knows if they are telling the truth or not.

With Jeremy Corbyn having for decades spoken out against the EU and voted against it at almost every opportunity only to back ‘remain’ in this EU referendum, now we have David Cameron in PMQ’s today admitting that the UK does not need the EU to protect workers rights in the UK after reeling off a list of all the rights the Conservatives have given “above and beyond” what the EU offers as it’s ‘underpinning’ of workers rights. Completely at odds with the remain campaigns assertion that the UK needs the EU to protect its workers rights.
(Video Below)

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It might just be that Cameron has chosen to back remain as a tactical choice knowing that in the event of a Brexit he has already talked up all that is ‘good’ about the Tories and maybe he doesn’t really believe what he is saying about the EU anyway.

Quite where that leaves Corbyn we are not sure, with allegations that he is purely playing to the PLP by backing remain and not putting all his effort into the campaign itself, it’s all starting to make Nigel Farage look like ‘honesty and integrity personified’. Who would have thought it?