‘Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to endorse staying in a customs union with the EU provoked derision in one of Labour’s key northern strongholds yesterday. Many families in Doncaster – a town synonymous with heavy industry, mining and the railways – have backed the party for generations.
The South Yorkshire town, heavily backed Leave in the 2016 referendum, after seeing traditional industries such as coal mining and heavy engineering destroyed by Margaret Thatcher’s war on the working class and then the indistries that sprang up in the wak of that economic disaster progressively exported to low labour cost third world nations by Tony Blair’s Labour government, which simultaneously imported unskilled semi – literate immigrants, many locals feel Labour no longer represents their views.
Mother-of-two Beverley Smith, 55, a retail manager, said: “Corbyn is wrong. There’s a big wide world out there we can trade with. The people voted heavily for Brexit because they know what they want. I know quite a few who voted Conservative for the first time in the general election last year. People’s will to come out of Europe is stronger than their support for Labour.”
“So many people down south have no idea what’s going on in the North and what everyone here has to say.”
Lifelong Labour supporter Ron Wales, 77, a retired engineer, said: “He’s wrong on the customs union. I voted out – I’m a big believer in us being on our own.” Ukip supporter Nigel Berry, 59, who runs the fish stall he has worked on since he was 13, said: “I’ve seen how the EU has destroyed Britain’s fishing industry. People voted to leave completely, not to stay in in some form. Corbyn has sold out his core voters.”
Factory worker Michael Smith, 46, who is the fist in his family for generations not to work in coal mining, said: “Labour are afraid to listen to the ordinary people. Are we allowed to get what we wanted on Europe or not?’ On immigration, he added: “We’ve run out of jobs, houses, why not put our own people first?”
Robert Lowry from Newcastle said: “He’s now hinting that there could be a second referendum because people like me didn’t know what we were voting for! Does that mean that when there’s a general election that the losers can call for another election because they’re not happy with the results? Another point, look at all the remainers. Tony Blair, Clegg, Branson (who doesn’t pay tax in this country) I rest my case.”
Mark Richards in Manchester added: “Looks like a Labour MEP has just confirmed that they are also going to sign up for uncontrolled EU immigration as well, so what part of Brexit is he going to honour. I feel sorry for the Labour voters who trusted him and his manifesto as he has made total and utter fools out of them, although I wont feel sorry for them if they vote for him again. John M from Nottingham summed it up nicely, commenting: Let’s face it the days when Labour was a true working class party I knew in the 1960’s have long since gone and been replaced by a Metropolitan elite Luvvies and snowflake left wing students who’ve never done a days graft in their lives …give em a brickies trowel and they¿d think it was a garden tool.
The problem for the Labour party has been obvious since George Orwell wrote ‘The Road To Wigan Pier‘ in the 1930s. The professional socialist elite had usurped the party from its grass roots working class leaders even then. The first part of the book is a study of life in working class areas, the second part a polemic against the british class system and against the wealthy socialist do – gooders whose superior and condescending attitudes to the working class will always work to prevent true social mobility.
Over the past 50 years these upper class (‘trust fund kiddies’) and professional class socialists have taken over the higher echelons of the party (Corbyn’s childhood was spent in a mansion in rural Shropshire, the duffel coat wearing, bike riding, man – of – the – people is an act, he’s never had a real job in his life,) leading to Labour policy being focused on fashionable causes such as multiculturalism or sponsoring tyrants in African failed states, while the party has increasingly ignored the views of the people who have traditionally supported them and on whose votes they rely; the working class who beyond paying the political levy in their union subscriptions do not appear to get a look in these days.
Margeret Thatcher once said “the problem with socialism is that sooner or later they run out of other peoples money” and if we look at the current Labour leadership’s public spending plans it is clear that Corbyn ever becomes Prime Minister, being in the EU or not will be of little consequence for the younger snow flakes and their gap years, because the tsunami of capital flight from the UK as companies avoid Labour’s public ownership plans, will make even the most OTT scaremongering of Remainers about Brexit look as ignificant as a gnat’s fart in a hurricane.