The discovery of intelligent life in the second largest galaxy of the Local Group – a galaxy called the Milky Way – itself in the universe within the Virgo Supercluster of galaxies, is of obvious significance. This life-form exists on a planet located in one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way (called the Orion Arm), which lies about two-thirds of the way out from the centre of the Galaxy. Here exists part of the Solar System – a group of eight planets, as well as numerous comets and asteroids and dwarf planets which orbit the Sun. The planet with intelligent life is called earth and it is the third planet from the Sun in the Solar System.
The discovery of intelligent life on earth might seem to be called into question, but is actually confirmed, by the equally brilliant discovery of a Local Group in the island of Ireland, off the largest land mass on earth, by the People before Profit organisation.
This organisation has released a statement on the Brexit negotiations, in which it announces its brilliant discovery – that it is “becoming increasingly clear” that these negotiations will take place between “two reactionary imperialist blocs. On one side are the Tories” and “on the other side are the bureaucrats in the EU Commission.”
Who’da thunk it, eh? Hard to believe, I know. But there you are, it’s true. When the referendum produced a Brexit result, it was the British Government and the European Commission that would negotiate the outcome.
I know the first round of negotiations started in June, but the referendum was only called in February 2016 and held on 23 June 2016, and Article 50 was only invoked on 29 March 2017. It is only now becoming clear that it is the Tory Government and EU bureaucrats who will cobble together the deal (if there is one) and now, or rather on 13 December 2017, when the statement was published, that it became “increasingly clear” that “the Brexit negotiations are a competition between two reactionary imperialist blocs.”
Can we expect a progressive outcome from these negotiations? I don’t think so. People before Profit are therefore surely right to say that this does not bode well for the working class of Ireland. Or Britain for that matter.
But hold on a minute! Did not People before Profit support Brexit? And should it not have been suspicious that the British Government would end up negotiating the Brexit deal with the European Commission?
It is hard not to conclude, after careful thought, that Yes! Yes! is the answer. They should’ve known.
But wait, didn’t People before Profit not support something else entirely? Didn’t they support Lexit? And isn’t this a completely different life-form from Brexit?
Mmmm, I know what you are trying to say, but wasn’t it Brexit on the ballot paper, not Lexit? And didn’t People before Profit vote for it? And isn’t this life form ‘Lexit’ completely unknown to our universe? Is it not, to quote Mr Spock ,“Life, Jim, but not as we know it!”, completely alien to life in our Solar System, never mind the North of Ireland?
Does this really matter? Can’t we change Brexit to Lexit?
I don’t think so – “ye cannae change the laws of physics”, even if you really understood them.
Jesus Christ!, isn’t this politics complicated?!
So, let’s move on. After all, that’s what all politicians do when they’ve f****d up.
So, People before Profit now say that “The question must be asked what use is it to call for an end to the British Empire only to dissolve Irish sovereignty into a new EU empire?”
That’s a good question. But what exactly is “Irish sovereignty” – the sovereign power of the Irish people maybe? But how could this power be exercised in a capitalist Irish State, which seems to care only about rich tax dodgers, corrupt bankers and multinationals? Didn’t this Irish State declare that it would die in the ditch to protect its sovereignty by retaining a 12.5% corporation tax rate, even as it saddled today’s and future Irish generations with €64 billion of debt to bail out the twats who invested in Irish banks?
Isn’t this attachment to an “Irish sovereignty” rather old fashioned, when a really, truly independent Ireland can’t exist in a globalised world? Isn’t that why we are socialists? Because we know that the sovereignty of working people will have no need for borders, just like now the capitalists and their money have no need for borders? Is this not why we are internationalists – we don’t want to be exploited and oppressed by anyone, whether they’re from Baltimore in County Cork or Baltimore Maryland, Dublin Ireland or Dublin Ohio?
Would fighting with our fellow workers in Denmark, Spain and Lithuania etc. not be a better idea than “Irish sovereignty”?
But let’s move on, again.
“PBP continue to call for referenda to be held North and South on any Brexit deal. Ordinary people should have the final say in whatever deal is made, as a matter of democratic principle.”
But what sort of shit deal from the “two reactionary imperialist blocs” can we expect to look forward to accepting? Or are we going to reject all of them, one after another, as they concoct ever more awful arrangements for us to vote on?
Can we maybe expect them to eventually come up with Lexit? So we can vote yes, just as we might expect a monkey, given enough time, to type the complete works of Shakespeare?
Or, are we rather to expect that we would reject every conceivable deal they would throw at us? In which case why should we have supported Brexit/Lexit/whatever-you-want-to-call-it in the first place?
But then, surely this is the point of the People before Profit statement.
They’ve worked out that Brexit (whisper it – Lexit) is a crock of shit, and want to be seen to have nothing to do with it, and to oppose it, without however looking stupid and without, to use the HR jargon employed in my work, ‘showing competency in holding to account’.
What better way of doing this that declare up front the bleeding obvious – that it is “becoming increasingly clear” that these negotiations will take place between “two reactionary imperialist blocs. On one side are the Tories” and “on the other side are the bureaucrats in the EU Commission.”
Then, when you already have them agreeing with you, say that you want to vote again (when you can get it right this time) and cover your tracks with “PBP continue to call for referenda to be held North and South on any Brexit deal. Ordinary people should have the final say in whatever deal is made, as a matter of democratic principle.”
So, far from being cynical, perhaps we should recognise the fact, that People before Profit have recognised the fact, that Lexit is a joke and Brexit a disaster, and should be opposed.
They aren’t all the way there yet, but then, who ever expects a small left group to admit it got it wrong, very wrong?
This statement might therefore be seen as a start – at impulse power rather than warp drive.
Of course, there’s other rubbish in the statement, but it’s less important than this unacknowledged step forward (or should that be backward). As I noted before, the British mothership once refused to engage in reactionary opposition to the EEC, perhaps it’s coming home again, via Belfast.