Socialist Worker

Don’t let the elite’s crisis go to waste

Issue No. 2511

A distant memory - Cameron, Osborne and May share a smile in their 2010 prime

A distant memory - Cameron, Osborne and May share a smile in their 2010 prime (Pic: Conservatives)


Boris Johnson and Ukip politician Nigel Farage have followed David Cameron into the sunset.

Tory chancellor George Osborne has been humbled and sidelined. Hated Tory Michael Gove has been monstered for stabbing Johnson in the back.

Many on the left warned that the right wing would be the main beneficiaries of a Brexit vote. Instead, it has further stirred up the turmoil in their ranks.

So weakened are the leading Tories that the obscure junior minister Andrea Leadsom emerged as a potential leader.

The class they represent is reeling too. Arch privatiser Richard Branson has led a chorus of whining from big business.

From Nato to the European enforcers of austerity in Portugal and Greece, the forces of capitalism and imperialism have taken a severe hit.

For all the uncertainty and fear many people feel, this is the key to navigating the chaos.

There are two sides in our society—those at the top and the rest of us. Brexit is bad for their side, and that makes it an opportunity for us.

Of course their crisis brings dangers too.

When business leaders warn of a recession, they are threatening to punish us for their system’s problems.

The Labour right has made the shameful move against Jeremy Corbyn it has been plotting all year.

And some racists have been emboldened to go on a more overt offensive. They are helped by politicians who claim the Leave vote was a rejection of immigration.

Tory leadership frontrunner Theresa May even warns she could deport some European Union (EU) migrants resident in Britain—a move 77 percent of Leave voters oppose.

Fighting this racism requires clarity. For years politicians’ anti-migrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies have fuelled racism on the streets.

This won’t be stopped by tying anti-racism to a defence of the undemocratic EU or by smearing the popular vote against it.

The EU is a brutally racist institution responsible for the mass deaths of refugees in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas.

Instead we must seize on the anger that drove millions of working class people to vote against the establishment.

We must turn it against the bosses’ and Blairites’ revenge, the racists attempting to hijack Brexit and the Tories struggling to recover.

This takes socialist organisation inside the working class—and mass mobilisation.

We need more strikes like this week’s walkout by teachers.

And the national demonstration against racism and austerity in London on Saturday 16 July is a crucial chance to pull the situation our way.

Everyone must go all-out to build the biggest turnout possible.


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