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For the sake of working people, the left must back remain | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
If there is a second referendum, Labour will back remain. How it campaigns will matter as never before. Remain’s chances will rest squarely on winning back Labour leave voters – making a case both for staying in the EU and for upending the status quo at home. That means Tory remainers somehow agreeing to let Corbyn get some of his policies on the statute books. And the beached whales of the remain campaign – the likes of Tony Blair – will need to be cleared away.

It will also mean Labour squarely making the case for the EU being better for working people than Brexit. Without the EU’s working time directive, they could say, British workers wouldn’t have the legal right to paid holidays. Indeed, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson have reportedly plotted to repeal such rights as soon as Britain leaves. Equal pay for women, protection for agency workers: such basics have come from the EU, often despite resistance from the British government.

Some on the left will ask, but what about those EU state aid rules that get in the way of building a new economy? Yet research by two EU competition law experts found that of the 26 economic proposals in Labour’s 2017 manifesto, all but two would not require any state aid notification. And researchers concluded that Brussels would allow the other two to pass. Besides, under Labour’s current proposal for a customs union, the UK would still be subject to state-aid rules.

While I understand the sentiments of those who want a leftwing Brexit, many of their positions sound like flights of fantasy, by those who will never have to suffer the worst consequences. Against them, I’d weigh up the consequences that await low-paid migrant workers – and I know which side deserves the most support from the left.
UK  EU  Brexit  referendum  withdrawalAgreement  CorbynJeremy  LabourParty  constructiveAmbiguity  opposition  noDeal  ERG  NorwayPlus  BolesNick  MayTheresa  softBrexit  freedomOfMovement  PeoplesVote  farRight  RobinsonTommy  FarageNigel  Remain  Lexit  TheLeft  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
9 weeks ago by petej
Brexit proved our economy is broken, but our leaders still have no clue how to fix it | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
It ultimately comes down to this: decades of privatisation, hammering unions and chucking billions at the housing market while stripping the welfare state has effectively ended any semblance of a national, redistributive economy in which a child born in Sunderland can expect to have similar life chances to one born in Surrey. Yet politicians remain fixated on mechanisms that no longer work adequately for those who actually depend on the economy. They obsess over GDP growth when the benefits of that are unequally shared between classes and regions. They boast about job creation when wages are still on the floor.
UK  economy  inequality  Brexit  CoetzeeRyan  OsborneGeorge  HammondPhilip  DuncanSmithIain  deindustrialisation  unemployment  privatisation  cuts  GDP  LegatumInstitute  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
9 weeks ago by petej
Britain fell for a neoliberal con trick – even the IMF says so | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
Let us get it straight. Neoliberalism has ripped you off and robbed you blind. The evidence of that is mounting up – in your bills, in your services and in the finances of your country.
UK  neoliberalism  publicSpending  privatisation  state  cuts  economics  politics  austerity  IMF  finance  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
october 2018 by petej
Mis-sold, expensive and overhyped: why our universities are a con | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
For two decades, Westminster has used universities as its magic answer for social mobility. Ministers did so with the connivance of highly paid vice-chancellors, and in the process they have trashed much of what was good about British higher education. What should be sites for speculative inquiry and critical thinking have instead turned into businesses that speculate on property deals, criticise academics who aren’t publishing in the right journals – and fail spectacularly to engage with the serious social and economic problems that confront the UK right now. As for the graduates, they largely wind up taking the same place in the queue as their parents – only this time with an expensive certificate detailing their newfound expertise.
education  higherEducation  universities  expansion  fees  tuitionFees  pay  wages  salaries  marketisation  debt  class  socialMobility  UK  policy  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
september 2018 by petej
Austerity, not Brexit, has doomed the Tory party | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
The problem with competence is that you can only bluff it for so long – and then your reputation is shot for good. That, in a nutshell, is the Tories of 2017. Austerity was a political tactic that Cameron and Osborne passed off as a long-term economic plan. It was no such thing. Now May and Hammond have been lumbered with a botchjob for a fiscal strategy and a reputation for ineptitude. Ditch the first and they might just about lose the second. Sadly, I see no chance of them doing either.
UK  politics  ToryParty  austerity  policy  OsborneGeorge  CameronDavid  MayTheresa  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
november 2017 by petej
How power operates in modern Britain: with absolute contempt | Aditya Chakraborrty | Opinion | The Guardian
The council’s own 2015 assessment of its housing strategy says: “Black residents may not benefit from the plans to build more homes in the borough.” It goes on: “The ability of local people to afford the new homes being built, is dependent on them … increasing their incomes to a sufficient level to afford the new homes.”
housing  socialHousing  Haringey  privatisation  development  localGovernment  accountability  London  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
july 2017 by petej
Treated like dirt, these teaching assistants have become the lions of Durham | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
Sold out by a Labour council, the TAs have also been badly let down by their union. The officials of Unison have been painfully slow to organise serious action. In all the months since the pay cut was announced last winter, they have failed so far even to ballot for any kind of industrial action. They now promise to hold one this month – which might yield a strike in October, just two months before the members are all laid off.

Aghast at such spinelessness, some councillors have shown the TAs correspondence from paid union representatives. One email suggests a one-off compensation payment that, it promises, would “gain overwhelming support” from the membership. That pledge was made without either the knowledge or the agreement of the TAs I’ve spoken to.

At the very point when Unison bureaucrats should have been digging in for the fight of their lives, they have instead spent months drawing up the terms of defeat.
Durham  education  schools  teachers  teachingAssistants  tradeUnions  Unison  cuts  localGovernment  UK  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
february 2017 by petej
In Brexit Britain there will be no benefit caps for the multinationals | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
Where this takes you is to the dirty secret of the British business model. From Margaret Thatcher onwards, successive governments have lured multinational investors by promising them access to the single market, a cheap, biddable workforce and a bunch of corporate sweeteners.
UK  EU  Brexit  business  Nissan  manufacturing  cars  GhosnCarlos  subsidies  tariffs  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya  MayTheresa  ClarkGreg  politics 
november 2016 by petej
The crash in the pound punctures the delusion that Brexit Britain will flourish | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
"Think about those figures: a Britain that doesn’t make things, that can’t pay its way in the world and where two generations have been brought up believing that what your wages won’t pay, your credit will buy. As the promises for Brexit are broken and people get poorer; as the consumerist model breaks down, who do you think will pay the price?

The answer, I’d suggest, was on show in Birmingham last week. Without Brussels, the right still has one set of scapegoats left. They number the Muslim woman in the headscarf, the Pole in the wrong kebab shop, and the African cleaner on the nightbus."
UK  EU  Brexit  delusion  nostalgia  history  currency  pound  exchangeRates  deficit  manufacturing  industry  inflation  benefits  consumerism  xenophobia  racism  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
october 2016 by petej
Cameron was right, Britain is broken. But it’s businessmen who are to blame | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
"In Brexit Britain, one of the most important contracts between businesses and the public has been broken. Companies increasingly rely on the public to pay their way: to top up wages with benefits and public services, and billions in subsidies and grants and tax reliefs. What goes with that is another broken contract: the one that says work always pays. From Norman Tebbit to Brown to IDS, that idea has been central to employment and welfare policy. It is now dead. As the Institute for Fiscal Studies said last week: “The new poor tend to live in households where there is someone in work.” This is a fact that those at the bottom of the labour market have known for years, but is only now working its way into the minds of policymakers."
UK  business  SportsDirect  AshleyMike  BHS  GreenPhilip  exploitation  pay  wages  ChappellDominic  corruption  pensions  finance  welfare  benefits  subsidies  economics  politics  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
july 2016 by petej
Corbyn must slay the zombie ideas that blight our economy | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian
"So life rolls on in the mother of democracies in the early 21st century: where a multimillionaire elite in the City of London gets to smash up the economy, then is invited onto the BBC to reassure 65 million innocent subjects from Bournemouth to Bolton, before wandering over to Whitehall to draft a Crown copyrighted report advising with what type of kid-leather glove they should be treated.

I could go on, and list the newspapers that spent 2009-10 yelling for swingeing cuts rather than clamping down on tax avoidance – the same newspapers whose owners are on familiar terms with some of the more obscure crown jurisdictions. But you get the point: these are the elites that will judge whether Corbyn and co are silly or sensible, ideological or pragmatic. They will get the earliest and most resounding vote on whether Labour’s new leadership are “credible”."
UK  politics  finance  crash  debt  crisis  power  banks  BBC  media  bailout  CityOfLondon  CorbynJeremy  LabourParty  democracy  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
september 2015 by petej
Greece is a sideshow. The eurozone has failed, and Germans are its victims too | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian
"That is expressly what the European commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF are telling Greece: make workers redundant, pay those still in a job much less, and slash pensions for the elderly. But it’s not just in Greece. Nearly every meeting of the Wise Folk in Brussels and Strasbourg comes up with the same communique for “reform” of the labour market and social-security entitlements across the continent: a not-so-coded call for attacking ordinary people’s living standards.

This is what the noble European project is turning into: a grim march to the bottom. This isn’t about creating a deeper democracy, but deeper markets – and the two are increasingly incompatible."
EU  EuropeanUnion  Euro  currency  politics  economics  Germany  inequality  wages  pay  democracy  markets  troika  EC  ECB  IMF  Greece  reform  austerity  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
june 2015 by petej
George Osborne’s Tea Party settlement is the stuff of cold sweats | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian
"The point of this law isn’t the letter, but its spirit. Osborne wants to use an apparently obscure, highly technical change in the economic rules to reshape British society. He says as much in his Mansion House address, calling it a “permanent change in our political debate” and “a new settlement” for the UK. Unlike in 2010, the chancellor is no longer claiming these cuts have been forced upon him – now he’s promising they’ll be good for us."
UK  politics  economics  austerity  debt  deficit  OsborneGeorge  democracy  privatisation  policy  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
june 2015 by petej
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