Brexit: a quagmire for all factions of the ruling class

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jk1921
Brexit: a quagmire for all factions of the ruling class
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A great piece analyzing the dilemnas facing the British ruling class. The main problem for it seems to be that if the referendumn was called as a means of putting the European issue to rest, there is now no more consensus among the "main factions," that Brexit can or should be be effectively opposed. This is unlike the US, where three years after his election, Trump is still an outcast, whom the main factions are attempting to sabatoge at just about every turn. If they have moved on from Russiagate hysteria they are now on to a media campaign around "white supremacy" as the means of discrediting him. Of course, the circumstances are not entirely comparable--the British bourgeoisie has one chance to get Brexit right, while the US bourgeoisie will get another shot at Trump in the normal course of its democratic game in about 18 months.

KT
Decomposition and the Left

I agree with JK's comments about this article: an excellent analysis and in continuity with that produced by the UK section in January, The British bourgeoisie is losing control of its political game.

One element perhaps to be developed, arising from both pieces: the effect of decomposition on the Labour Party, ‘Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition’ in GB.

Traditionally and generally, the ICC would say that the Parliamentary and extra-parliamentary Left was best placed in opposition except at moments of rising class struggle, or a times when the centre of right had simply outstayed it’s welcome, had become ‘worn out’ in electoral terms.

Given the low levels of class struggle and consciousness at present, it didn’t hurt the UK ruling class in the least to have a subdued Labour Party (albeit with a reactivated left flank in the shape of Momentum) with Corbyn its most unelectable leader since Michael Foot. This is in continuity with the general fading of Social Democracy as an electoral force in much of Europe and the Americas.

Nonetheless, given the rise of populism (UKIP, Farage, etc), the referendum mistake of Cameron and the subsequent unravelling of the bourgeoisie’s control over its own direction, it must be considered that the rise of Corbyn – sporting a classic UK Stalinist stance long opposed to the EU (“just a club for rich capitalists”) at the very time when the Labour Party might have played a pro-Euro role (forget all that guff about 'white workers wanting out of Europe' – a majority of Labour supporters who vote in many parts of the UK were and are ‘remainers’) and mitigated the mess currently unfolding.

Corbyn at the head of Labour should be seen as yet another ‘mistake’ of the British bourgeoisie under the pressure of populism and decomposition, IMO.

baboon
I thought this an excellent

I thought this an excellent analysis. The Tory Party coming up against Farage has been going on in one form or another, festering, since John Major's government but who would have predicted this mess. Parliament, as if to confirm popular opinion, has shown itself as a complete shambles with a no no-deal, no-Brexit majority completely unable to consolidate a voting bloc, instead fractionating and falling out amongst themselves or coming up with ludicrous ideas such as the Green Party's all women anti-Brexit front. As the text says, the present government clique knows what it wants and is pursuing it ruthlessly.

There's a strong imperialist element to this tied in with Trump administration of Britain's future relationship, as the text says, and Ireland could play a big part in this from both sides of the question.

I too wondered about the Labour Party and thought that Corbyn, a wily old Stalinist, might have been onto a winner by standing aloof and letting the Tories tear themselves apart but essentially the present situation is just as much a quagmire for the Labour Party. I don't think you can predict what will happen next but if Johnson does cut a deal it is back to the same situation that May was in...

jk1921
Obviously, the situation has

Obviously, the situation has deteriorated a great deal since this article as published. B. Johnson is getting the bulk of the media hate, but one wonders if this is what he signed on for or was he set-up for it? The main factions seems intent on obstructing Brexit, but can't find a way to comfortably fit that into the narrative of democratic ideology. Parlianet has rejected a deal and now no deal. What does it want exactly? Johnson is presented as a lame duck by the media, unable to govern, yet not many want an election. What are they afraid of? Corbyn (who is no fan of the EU himself, really) or Johnson returned to power backed by Farage's Brexit die hards?

In any event, what is really taking a beating right now is the democratic ideology itself: "the people" vote for Brexit, yet it is obstructed at every turn, Trump wins an election, but there is a vicious media campaign to derail his Presidency. Demcoracy appears more and more openly to be an ideological veneer fo the ruling class. It is fine when it delivers the right result, but a great incovienence when it doesn't.