The polling stations had hardly closed last week when the Tories’ bitter feuding reached new heights. Their splits and weakness should be a signal to step up our resistance.
David Cameron and Boris Johnson clashed bitterly over the European Union (EU) referendum this week.
On Monday Cameron was reduced to saying that leaving the EU would mean a threat of wars and genocide. The Daily Mail accused him of “an extraordinary escalation of Project Fear”. Johnson said Cameron’s claims were “wholly bogus”.
At the same time former cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith said George Osborne’s economic forecasts were like “soothsayers throwing bones on the floor”.
Meanwhile, Osborne was tearing into Michael Gove for wanting to inflict a Brexit “catastrophe” on the economy.
Osborne had the cheek to say, “Some people may think wrecking our economy is a price worth paying but I totally disagree.”
These deep divisions mean that, even facing weak opposition, the Tories are forced to retreat.
Education secretary Nicky Morgan had told teachers she had “no reverse gear” on mass forced academisation. But, under cover of last week’s election results, Morgan was forced to ditch the policy.
While the Tories are still determined to press ahead with more schools becoming academies, this is a major retreat from wholesale privatisation.
It should encourage the NUT teachers’ union to press on to win more, and for everyone to fight now.
Higher education workers have called a national strike on 25?and?26 May. Junior doctors have paused their action, but there is now a potential for teachers, doctors and lecturers to fight together.
The Tories’ disgusting Islamophobia against Sadiq Khan failed to win the London mayoral election last week.
That won’t stop their racist scapegoating. But they can be beaten on this too.
The Tories had said it would be disastrous to allow child refugees into Britain. They retreated last week and said at least some would be let in.
It’s not nearly enough, but it’s a sign that the Tories are weak.
The planned solidarity convoy to Calais on Saturday 18 June becomes even more important. It’s time to fight, and to push the union leaders to do much more.
And more resistance would also strengthen Jeremy Corbyn against the Labour right.
A Leave vote on 23 June would force Cameron’s resignation and would deepen the Tory crisis—socialists should vote Leave on an internationalist basis.
What happens afterwards depends on building the working class fightback. We can drive the Tory rabble out.