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Tory splits provide the opportunity of a lifetime

Issue No. 2504

Cameron is trying desperately to hold his party together, but if he can’t deliver a big win then he’s toast

Cameron is trying desperately to hold his party together, but if he can’t deliver a big win then he’s toast

“Tories in meltdown” ran a headline in the Sunday Times newspaper last week. The story said, “As party unity crumbles, Boris Johnson may be back to seize Cameron’s job”.

The Tories are tearing themselves apart over the European Union (EU) referendum, with bitter rows every day.

The blood-spilling will continue right up until the vote on 23 June—and beyond.

This is the moment to step up the exit campaign from the left. It should oppose racism, the EU bosses’ club, the pro-corporation trade deals and stand for internationalism and workers’ unity.

The Remain camp has mobilised the forces that spectacularly plunged the world into recession in 2008 to say leaving the EU would spell economic disaster.

Last week Tory chancellor George Osborne said the Treasury had begun contingency planning to shore up Britain’s financial system should the Leave vote win. He said there would be “extreme volatility”.

The next day Bank of England governor Mark Carney said risks of leaving “could possibly include a technical recession”.

The next day Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, came to London to make a speech at the Treasury.

She said, “We have done our homework and we haven’t found anything positive to say about a Brexit vote.”


The right wing official Leave campaign hit back last Sunday. Former mayor of London Boris Johnson insultingly compared the EU’s aims to those of Nazi Adolf Hitler.

He said this was because both had tried to unify Europe under a single “authority”.

Johnson said Hitler and Napoleon had both attempted and failed to rediscover the “golden age of peace and prosperity under the Romans”.

The EU was “an attempt to do this by different methods”.

Very rich people on both sides are peddling their reactionary views on Europe.

Carolyn Fairbairn, the head of the bosses’ CBI organisation, tried to blame fears about leaving for the stagnant British economy.

She said last week, “A dark cloud of uncertainty is looming over global growth, particularly around the outcome of the EU referendum, which is chilling some firms’ plans to invest.”


Arron Banks—a millionaire who leads the Leave.EU group and supports Ukip—said, “If it were up to me, I’d privatise the NHS.”

We need independent politics against the bosses on both sides.

Socialist Worker supports the Leave campaign from the left.

We don’t share platforms with the Tories or Ukip and we argue against those who say that migrants are a problem.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) drives privatisation into key public services and threatens the NHS.

It is being negotiated in secret between the US and the EU.

TTIP is a powerful symbol of the interests dominating the EU—and another reason to leave it.

Cameron wants Ukip debate

David Cameron has agreed to a television debate on the referendum—but only if his opponent is Ukip’s Nigel Farage.

Racist Nigel Farage

Racist Nigel Farage

He wants to pretend that everyone against the EU is even more right wing and racist than the Tories.

The Daily Mail newspaper said the debate was “an audacious, secretly negotiated pact”. Cameron thinks he will benefit by debating someone who has only narrow support.

Farage hopes to gain because he has had a relatively low profile so far but can get on television and rant about immigration.

One survey last week showed that 29 percent of potential voters have not yet made up their minds about how to vote.

They deserve much more than this bigots’ and bosses’ barney.

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