Arthur Scargill, the old trade union boss, unexpectedly popped up in the news again yesterday. The reason being, he had given a pro-Brexit speech in which he said that leaving the EU would allow Britain to re-open the coal mines.
“We were not allowed to subsidise pits under EU rules unless we were closing them – that’s the kind of policies that were being dictated to us by the European Union.”
I can see how in the abstract, there is very much a hard left argument for Brexit being a great thing. The EU is very centrist in its approach – it dictates certain workers’ rights on one hand, but is also explicitly free market by design – so it’s obvious why people who want to renationalise everything would not be so fond of Britain’s membership of it. However, Brexit isn’t an abstraction – it is actually happening. And the fact that it is happening under a Tory government that has explicitly said it wants to cut regulation and corporate taxation while continuing the try and balance the books tells you that public services will very probably be cut. This socialist “nirvana” will be put further than ever away from being reality.
I suppose if one buys into the fantasy that Corbyn is actually on course for victory in 2020, then I guess you could think of the hard left positives. But I don’t think the leftie Brexiteers actually think that will happen. They seem to think that the damage they believe will be done by what they would define as a far right Conservative government will cause false consciousness to break and for the masses to cry out for socialism. This theory may be even more mad than the “Corbyn PM after May 2020” one.
Even if all of their assumptions were correct, it’s still a pretty heartless idea. So, the poor of Britain need to suffer in order to grease the wheels for your little revolution? What I’m saying is, even in a world where all of the hard left’s assumptions are true, those lowest down the socio-economic chain are the ones who will feel the brunt of it, while they get to sip their cappuccinos and wait for the new dawn. I suppose when nirvana hits, everyone will be better off, so cracking eggs, omelette, all that, still glad I’m not the poor bastard of an egg that’s getting cracked though.
Although they don’t realise it yet, leftie Brexiteers have become useful idiots for the Eurosceptic Right. I understand why right-wing pro-Brexit people are excited, calling yesterday Brexmas – everything they have ever wanted, a UK free of EU regulation, allowing a shrinking of the state to proceed at speed, is within sight. I have the distinct feeling re-opening nationalised coal mines is not part of Theresa May’s immediate plans.