Letters: Nick Vinehill, June 7, 2016

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Nobody should be deceived into believing the Tories are really at war with themselves over the European question.

Few UK mainstream politicians of the establishment have ever liked the idea of a European Union (which ironically has never existed anyway due to no full scale political integration between member states) because it contradicts with their cherished ideology of a UK one nation mentality that’s economically and culturally superior to other national states. However the joining of the Common Market back in 1972 (by a right wing Tory government without a referendum) that has now evolved into the current European Union simply reflected the emerging needs of post war boom and bust UK capitalism after the swinging 60s and how, quite apart from being a trading arrangement between European developed countries and away from all the bluster about preserving national sovereignty needed to merge on a greater monetary and financial scale with other countries because companies and corporations did the same across borders to enhance profit making potential.

The Tory government are using their dilemma over Europe to cover up their failed neoliberal economic policies at home. Along with their glorified Tory chums within the UKIP leadership their dilemma over the EU is that a vast section of them spearheaded by Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledge that due to the state of low growth UK capitalism, it would be detrimental to leave the EU while on the other hand populist career opportunists like Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage use the EU as a scapegoat for neoliberal free market failure in order to whip up all types of divisive xenophobic sentiments that exploits voter political apathy and ignorance particularly over why immigration really happens globally.

Quite simply the EU is a capitalist club for top industrialists and monetary bankers so for the average working class voter being in or out of Europe under capitalism makes no long term difference. One of the most ludicrous arguments promoted by many pro Brexit correspondents is the common cliché that we need to be out of this current European arrangement to retrieve our sovereignty and ‘to get our country back’. So what was this country of ours that we lost? If it was ever ‘our country’ there would be no private property, no bosses, no wage slaves and everyone would own the land and means of production not for profit but for need. That has never existed so it was never anyone’s country in the first place thus rendering this forthcoming referendum over EU membership an irrelevant political sideshow that won’t solve anything.

Nick Vinehill