It allowed them to take Left-wing politics that used to be about getting higher wages for the less well off, and turn it into a game about middle-class identity.I recommend reading the whole thing.
Central to that is the new middle-class religion of so-called non-racism.
It became “racist” for the working classes to ask why white European cheap labour was allowed to come and drive wages down. It takes a real middle-class invasion of Labour politics to put that trick across.
What do the middle classes really care about the plight of black families living in poverty in our inner cities? These are the low paid or unemployed whose job chances are threatened by EU immigration.
And what do they care about the plight of the migrants once they get here? What do they say about them after they have settled in and want higher wages?
“British workers (and this must include settled immigrants and sons of immigrants) won’t do the jobs… so we have to get immigrants to do it.”
By which they mean new immigrants, cheap immigrants. And the bit they leave out is… for the low wages offered. They won’t do the jobs for the low wages offered. This is the crux of the EU intentions on labour.
Just as the Victorians tried to make trade unionism immoral, so the present middle classes brand any worker who complains of non-union or cheap labour.
It was immoral to protect your wages in Victorian times, it is immoral now. Morality often coincides with middle class economic interests.
The EU supports the low-wage economy, and tries to create it where it didn’t already exist, for example in Sweden where it prosecuted the unions, and sequestrated their funds (as the Tories did to the miners) when they tried to get union rates for migrant workers.
Where should the Left stand in all this? It’s pretty clear where it would stand if it were working class.
Thursday, 9 June 2016
Hatred of the Left for the working class - Pt II
I was going to pen another piece about the vicious hatred of the middle-class EUphiliac Left for the working class, but found that Kate Hoey MP has already done it, and rather well