The European Union (EU) referendum campaigns are an unappealing bunch.
The pro-EU campaign—supported by David Cameron and organised by the Labour right—was launched by top former retail boss Lord Rose this week.
Rose said supporting the EU was “patriotic” and good for business.
He seemed to think he was still fighting last year’s battle against Scottish independence with Freudian slips about staying “in Britain”. The whole thing dismayed many on the centre left.
The Mirror newspaper warned that “a couple of Tory peers and a banker” won’t inspire workers to support the EU.
But this is the EU’s true face—a bosses’ club entirely compatible with nasty British nationalism.
Anti-EU politicians and bosses play to xenophobia and racism. And they want fewer protections for workers or the environment.
But they have been too fractious to agree on a single campaign.
Vile bigot and Ukip leader Nigel Farage has his own less “Westminster focused” campaign.
Socialists trying to make a principled left wing case will have to stand apart from all these toxic campaigns.
Socialist Worker stands against “Fortress Europe” immigration controls, big business and David Cameron.
That means being against the EU.