By Kim Bryan (Revision of a speech to the Socialist Labour Party Congress, 28th October 2017)
The announcement this week of the creation by Corbyn sympathisers of ‘Left Against Brexit’ is a salutary reminder of the dark places we come to inhabit when we are invited to lunch at the table of power There is nothing new in the arguments of so called left defenders of the European Union. The world inhabited by reformers is framed for them by the narratives of the powerful.
‘Left’ globalists believe the Brexit debate is what the capitalist media says it is: a struggle between a ‘progressive’ internationalist left and a ‘nationalist’ hard right. Having long since abandoned the class struggle, they are frightened too by any open expression of working class identity which they’ve placed in the ‘bad’ box marked ‘xenophobia’.
When you stop seeing in the ‘consensus’ the interests of the privileged class or group, you absorb its ideas as if they were your own. Once we accept the controlling narrative, that all meaningful political discourse revolves around a conflict between the conservative and liberal wings of capitalism, then rather than being ‘relevant’ we are no longer engaged at all.