Articles from En Passant
My article in Independent Australia today on the election
John Passant discusses Australia’s close election result and what is says about our disengagement with out of touch politicians.
I woke up to a TV full of smug, ugly commentators and politicians on election day. It made me coin a new word. The smuglies.
Drinking game for tonight. Every time a commentator or politician mentions capitalism, wage slavery, abstract socially necessary labour time, exploitation, alienation, or surplus value, [fill in your own favourite Marxist expression here] have a big slug of grog. By the end of the night you will be completely sober.
Jeremy Corbyn issued the following statement, after 172 Labour MPs supported a motion of ‘No Confidence’ in his leadership.
“In the aftermath of last week’s referendum, our country faces major challenges. Risks to the economy and living standards are growing. The public is divided.
The government is in disarray. Ministers have made it clear they have no exit plan, but are determined to make working people pay with a new round of cuts and tax rises.
The first 3 sentences plus the last one of spin announce the Government’s priorities – making pensioners pay for multinational tax cuts. It is all about attacking the poor to give the big end of town more, and more, and more.
There are lessons for Australia from the Brexit vote but they have little to do with economic “stability” as Turnbull and the Coalition would have us swallow, I write in Monday’s Independent Australia. I finish off by saying: