The pampered middle classes of the so-called left are furious. “Racists” they spit from their white only enclaves whilst Eastern Europeans on the minimum wage clean up their shit in the background. How dare the poor not vote the way the privileged demanded. What betrayal, they rage, that those with nothing might have put house prices, foreign holidays and cheap au pairs at risk.
The likelihood of course is that none of those things are will be significantly affected. There will certainly be no forced deportations or militarised borders. The negotiations to leave the EU will be a swamp that may yet end more political careers. Up to two million UK citizens living in the EU is a big bargaining chip for the Brussels bureacrats. No dramatic change is coming overnight.
But even the merest chance that that just for once politics might actually affect them is enough to send the metropolitan elite into meltdown. Now we will see the nasty side of the latte slurping lefties who pretended to be on our side. The contempt for the most marginalised that has simmered for generations is already on full display. They will gloat to the thick racists that King Boris is coming with the most right wing administration in history. They will secretly cheer if more cuts are announced. And they don’t even seem to have noticed that the leader of a government that has attacked the working class like never before has just resigned in humiliation. David Cameron – the pig-fucking posh boy has gone. No matter what your views on the referendum if that isn’t a reason to raise a glass then you have no soul.
To believe this vote was purely about immigration is a comfortable deception for the privileged. Better that than it representing a war cry from the powerless and a plague on all elites, left or right. It is true that migration has hit working class wages in some sectors and placed pressure on housing and services in some areas* whilst the only response from those unaffected – or who have benefitted – has been disdain. But it is equally true that if people got paid properly, if the social security system had not been demolished, if the NHS were adequately funded and there was a council house for everyone, then few would really give that much of a shit about immigration policy. This referendum was the result of all out class war waged on those with least that has driven millions into insecurity and often desperate poverty. And the poorest, the ordinary, the forgotten and the dismissed have fought back in the only way that was possible. The working class fucking bites. Get used to it.
Because what is now needed is escalation on all fronts. It’s time to move beyond marching or empty speeches, and to forge a struggle that makes the ruling class tremble. To not allow racists, or fascists, to exploit this result, but to take, and keep the political initiative. To show any Tory or Labour politician who thinks this result justifies more attacks on the poor that they are as out of touch as ever. The EU, an institution that is neo-liberal to the core and an austerity machine, has been defeated in the UK. The architects of cut throat capitalism are in disarray. There will never be a bigger opportunity, the future is there for the taking and we have more power than we ever dreamed of. So let’s put aside any differences the last few weeks have created, and start to fight, really fight for a country that is actually worth living in. For everybody, no matter where they came from.
*This sentence was amended slightly as it was too broadly drawn. and that affected the tone of the piece. Sloppy writing, sorry.
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