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    Corbyn still firmly saying “when” and still talking about Brexit as almost a natural phenomenon.

    Mark Pack @markpack
    Corbyn: "My party stands for a completely different future when we leave the EU" press.labour.org.uk/post/168322341…

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    I was thinking about this the other day. His refusal to resist Brexit is not about an allegiance to the democratic process.

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    Here’s the thing: let’s suppose there was a referendum on something very right wing.

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    “Britain should introduce indentured servitude for anyone unemployed and refusing to seek work.”

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    And let’s say, in this fevered tabloid moment, it passed with sixty percent of the vote.

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    Would the Labour Party get behind serfdom? “That’s democracy, it’s the will of the people?”

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    It really wouldn’t sit well if Labour said “owners must provide minimum dignity but we’re basically okay with this.”

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    Brexit - which however it began now ticks most of Eco’s warning boxes for a Fascist project - nybooks.com/articles/1995/… - is a choice.

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    Labour’s continued posture of support is not a necessary consequence of the referendum. It is a judgement.

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    What it means that an enlightened Labour leadership has shackled itself to an emergent Fascist project is somewhat unclear.

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    It doesn’t fill me with confidence about the leadership’s choices down the line.

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    And if you’re in Labour, you need to ask whether appeasing a Fascist mood is the road you want to go down.

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    I am not, habitually, someone who throws around words like “Fascist”. I distrust their baggage.

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    But when Davis’s impact assessments turned out to be unreal, and then the cabinet announced they were finally discussing what Brexit means -

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    And then I re-read the whole thing and it is our political environment right now, today. Almost word for word.

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    So: Brexit has emerged as a Fascist project. Support for it is not compatible with Labour, the left, or anti-Fascism. [/thread]

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