of this blog (Sid and Doris Blogger) will know that I am awaiting treatment for
cancer. Brexit isn’t the only thing that got delayed this week – so did my
least in the latter case this was on the basis of a sound and worked out alternative
plan – and I won’t have to wait for a vote in Parliament before receiving
In the meantime
though I am not really up to demonstrating, otherwise I would (this
time) have been on the People’s Vote demonstration in London (taking just
one day off from the local election campaigning which, again were I fit enough,
would be taking up much of my time).
never going to do any good for working class people – it is the (peculiarly) English
manifestation of the reactionary tide rising around the world, and the only
sane socialist position is to oppose it.
Labour’s leadership have had – and still have – a tightrope to walk, as is
evidenced by the geographical
spread of signatures on the petition to
revoke Article 50 (or which I am one of the more than four and a half million
Seven of the
ten Parliamentary constituencies where the largest numbers have signed this petition
are Labour held, as are eight of the ten where the smallest numbers have
signed. Brexit divides, across the country, the people we need to unite in
support of a socialist Labour Government.
therefore have to try to heal the divisions between our supporters in West
Bromwich and West Bristol, which were exposed by the 2016 Referendum – and that
helps to explain why the Party leadership weren’t on today’s march (although the
constituencies of the Leader and the Shadow Home Secretary are both in the top
ten constituencies for signatures on the petition).
remain supporters in Hackney, Brighton and Islington have more in common with
working-class leave supporters in Wolverhampton, Easington and Rotherham than
we have with the Tory backers of the “People’s Vote” – just as those leave
supporters have more in common with us than they have with Nigel Farage or
We do therefore
need continually to assert the importance of the class issues which can unite
our side in politics and which divide us from both Anna Soubry (and her new “independent”
chums) and Boris Johnson. In Brighton and Hove we can do this by campaigning
progressive programme for our City, which will emerge in increasing detail
over coming days.
it comes to the crunch (as it now has) – and when decisions have to be taken
about Brexit - we need our Party in Parliament to come down on the progressive,
internationalist side of the divide among our own supporters, not least because
either May’s deal or a “no deal” will make it materially harder for any Labour
administration, nationally or locally, to implement policies in the interests
of our people (than either Labour’s “softer” Brexit plans or the better option
of no Brexit at all).