But what’s true of the eurozone is also true of the wider European Union, where privatisation, deregulation and lack of democratic accountability have been built into successive treaties. That’s epitomised by the secret EU-US negotiations over the TTIP trade deal – a debate in the European parliament had to be called off on Wednesday because of the scale of opposition – which would enforce “liberalisation” through corporate arbitration tribunals.Could Labour's support in the Commons for the Referendum Bill signal perhaps the biggest shift in British politics since the rise of UKIP - the conversion of Labour to an anti-EU party?
It’s a long way from the days of former commission president Jacques Delors, when the European Union was sold to a British labour movement, punch drunk from Margaret Thatcher’s onslaught, as a “social Europe” that would deliver social and employment rights to sweeten the pill of the corporate-controlled single market.....
But it’s essential that the case for radical change in Europe – and a break with its anti-democratic, corporate-controlled structures – is not abandoned to the right.
Thursday, 11 June 2015
Labour move to wear UKIP's clothes
After Labour were trounced by the Conservatives in the north over devolution and policies giving rise to the 'Northern powerhouse', policies that should have been Labour's, it is perhaps hardly surprising that Labour is now looking at wearing UKIP's Eurosceptic clothes. As Seumas Milne writes in the Grauniad;