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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:45 PM

David Lammy: "There is no left-wing justification for Brexit"

Most MPs now recognise it in private, but do not say it in public. Brexit is a con. A trick. A swindle. A fraud. A deception that will hurt most those people it promised to help. A dangerous fantasy which will make every problem it claims to solve worse.

A campaign won on false promises and lies.

Vote Leave and Leave.EU both broke the law. Russian interference is beyond reasonable doubt. And by now every single campaign promise made in 2016 has come unstuck.

Brexit will not enrich our NHS – it will impoverish it.

A trade deal with Donald Trump will see US corporations privatise and dismantle the NHS one bed at a time.

And even those promises on immigration – which has so greatly enriched our country – are a lie. After Brexit immigration will go up, not down.

When we enter negotiations with countries like India and China, they will ask for three things. Visas. Visas. And more visas. And they will get them because we will be weak.
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This country’s greatest moments came when we showed courage, not when we appeased. The courage of Wilberforce to emancipate the slaves, against the anger of the British ruling class. The courage of Winston Churchill to declare war on Hitler, against the appeasers in his cabinet and the country. The courage of Atlee and Bevan to nationalise the health service – against the doctors who protested it was not right.

Today we must be bold, because the challenges we face are just as extreme. We must not be afraid to tell the truth to those who do not agree.

Friends on this side of the house tell me to appease Labour voters in industrial towns. The former miners, the factory workers, those who feel they have been left behind.

I say we must not patronise them with cowardice. Let’s tell them the truth.
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So just as I speak plainly to the government this time around, let me also speak to the opposition about some home truths. There is no left-wing justification for Brexit. Ditching workers’ rights, social protections, and ending environmental cooperation is not progressive.

This is a project about neoliberal deregulation. It is Thatcherism on steroids, pushed by her modern day disciples. Leaving the EU will not free us from the injustices of global capitalism: it will make us subordinate to Trump’s US.


[link:https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/brexit/2019/01/david-lammy-there-no-left-wing-justification-brexit|

ALL OF THIS!

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Soph0571 Jan 11 OP
DonViejo Jan 11 #1
Pope George Ringo II Jan 11 #2
Soph0571 Jan 11 #3
Pope George Ringo II Jan 11 #4
Soph0571 Jan 11 #7
ms liberty Jan 11 #5
Soph0571 Jan 11 #6
ms liberty Jan 11 #8
T_i_B Jan 12 #9

Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:02 PM

1. K and R. A very excellent read.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:11 PM

2. "Most MPs now recognise it in private"

Unfortunately, that leaves Jeremy Corbyn. I have nothing kid to say about the man at this point. I'm not even sure he really represents an upgrade from Mrs. May.

Edit: Churchill declared war on Hitler?

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:14 PM

3. Edit: Churchill declared war on Hitler?

Well no, but I get the spirit of what he is saying

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Response to Soph0571 (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:16 PM

4. Indeed.

But Chamberlain is infamous for his mistake, we probably owe it to the man to remember his attempt to make it up.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:39 PM

7. Yeah, you are not wrong n/t

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:26 PM

5. Recommended. Read the full piece, y'all. Really good.

I think you live there don't you? Is this guy your MP? If he's like he sounds in this piece, I like him.

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Response to ms liberty (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:39 PM

6. He is not my MP

But he is a statesman - unlike many others....

Lammy on Windrush was glorious

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Response to Soph0571 (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:45 PM

8. Wow, that was an awesome wonder to beholdl! He's amazing! n/t

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:19 PM

9. If promotion in politics was based on merit....

….then David Lammy would be a senior front bencher at the very least.

Sadly politics is based far more on factionalism, so we have a Labour front bench fronted by clowns like Barry Gardiner, while the likes of David Lammy are stuck on the back benches.

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