JEREMY CORBYN is right to resist the blandishments of pro-EU Labour members to back the pipe-dream of Britain remaining inside the internal market and customs union after leaving the EU.

His preference for wanting continued friendly relations and friction-free bilateral trade in the interests of all current EU members is more honest and more workable.

Signatories to the Observer letter know that membership of the internal market and customs union brings with it accepting EU directives and European Court of Justice rulings.

In other words, Britain would remain in EU membership in contradiction to the 2016 referendum result.

That suits the Liberal Democrats, who make no secret of their contempt for democracy, mirroring the time-dishonoured European Commission tendency to demand repeat ballots whenever electors in member states vote the wrong way.

But this “EU membership whatever the voters say” position was trounced at the general election when both major parties asserted that the referendum position must be respected.

Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who is always assured of an unchallenging interview on BBC TV, had the temerity to tell Andrew Marr that it is impossible to oppose austerity without rejecting Brexit.

This charmer, who drove the Tory austerity agenda with David Cameron and George Osborne, also suggested — “And how can I put this politely?” — that another referendum was necessary because “the high point of the Brexit vote has already passed,” meaning that older voters who backed Leave most strongly are dying out.

He also claimed a second bite was justified because the Leave campaign told lies to win the vote.

Clegg could revisit Project Fear’s warnings by political, banking and other corporate leaders forecasting erroneously that the roof would fall in immediately following a Leave vote.

Politicians have a tendency to overstate the benefits of their own policies and exaggerate others’ shortcomings — what’s new? Some even lie about tuition fees.

The Observer open letter stresses that “migrants are not to blame for falling wages, job insecurity, bad housing and overstretched public services” — a point made constantly by Corbyn.

But Corbyn insists correctly that Labour’s economic plans, involving state aid to industry and returning privatised services to public ownership, would fall foul of the EU “four freedoms” founding principle that individual states cannot interfere with free movement of goods, capital, services, and labour.

Many workers from the other 27 EU states already live and work in Britain and there should be no change to this.

But the Labour leader is clear that there must be no persistence of the dirty deals whereby employers bring workers to Britain to suffer poor pay and conditions and thereby undermine trade union-negotiated rates.

Both Corbyn and the Morning Star wanted a residency guarantee offered to EU citizens immediately after the referendum rather than the Tories’ heartless decision to use them as bargaining chips.

Internationalism is at the heart of left-wing rejection of the neoliberal EU project, yet propagandists for the EU superstate have succeeded in conning too many people into believing that EU free movement of labour equates to internationalism.

Tell that to the hundreds of thousands of people from Asia and Africa seeking political asylum in Europe and denied entry because Fortress Europe buys off Turkey and Libya to clamp down on them.

Labour should leave attempts to subvert the referendum vote to the Liberal Democrats and support the party’s anti-austerity programme that has so enthused members and supporters.

 

 

-Feedback from events since last meeting:
21st August Monday 7.30pm: Positive Money Bournemouth, Meet Transition Town
Bournemouth group at the Cricketers Arms Bournemouth. Interesting to hear about
their work: Slades Farm, Repair Cafe etc
22nd August 7pm Greenhouse Hotel Bournemouth: Stop the War Bournemouth had a
panel discussion around British foreign policy. Rep from StWC, Green Party and
Humanists on the panel. Well attended, lively debate. The group are now looking for
ideas for the next event/action. You can find them on social media.
4-11 Sept DSEI arms trade fare East London. Campaign Against the Arms Trade did
a week of events and actions.

-Upcoming actions and events. Details available on relevant website/social media.
The People's Assembly are now building for a National Demo at the Tory Party
conference Manchester to be held Sunday 1st October. Details on the National PA
website and social media. There will also be events in Manchester between 30th Sept-
4
th October.
16th September Bristol Book Fair
18th Sept 7.30pm Cricketers Wyndeham Road Bournemouth Positive Money showing
film 'Inside Job' with discussion after.
20th September Weds 9.30am Dorford Centre Bridport Road, Dorchester. Demo
called by Health Campaigns Together outside the Dorset CCG meeting when the
decision will be announced of the outcome of the CSR for Dorset hospital services.
14th October We Shall Overcome Bridport

14th October: sees the start of the Arts By the Sea Festival Bournemouth for a week.
BNSS will be open the first weekend. There are a few events focusing on damaging
aspects of plastic waste.
19th October Elstead Hotel Bournemouth 7.30pm. We are co-hosting this event with
Positive Money Bournemouth. Panel presentation and discussion on the merits of
annual Land Value Tax, lead by Heather and Dave Wetzel, Vice Chair and President
of the Labour Land Campaign (non political party). They will propose a fundamental
shift of taxes from earned incomes and onto the unearned incomes that the owners of
land and other natural resources enjoy. Further details on social media.
28th October London Book Fair.
6
th November. 800th Anniversary of the Forest Charter, issued to restore the rights of
access to the commons. The Woodland Trust will be launching a modern day Tree
Charter to reinforce the importance of green spaces for use by the general public. We
would like to plant a tree in a public place (hoping for Shelley Park) with
accompanying plaque to mark the occasion. (Sheila to write to the council)
Ongoing Anti Fracking protest at Preston New Road Lancashire.
No other business.
If anyone is putting on a protest/action or knows of any group that is, let us know
either on fb or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will help promote it
on our social media.
- #DorsetHour is available to promote events on twitter between 7.30-8.30pm on a
Monday evening. They have 17,000 followers so useful platform.
Next meeting: Weds 11th October 7-9pm. Kaspa's, Christchurch Road Boscombe
(where the Percy Florence Weatherspoon's pub used to be)