Working Class

When the middle classes hear that
the EU lacks democracy they first
tend to think it isn't true, then they
say it doesn't matter.

The facts about it are readily available, no-
one could argue that the EU is a proper
democracy and no-one can, or does, refute
that its government,
The Commission, is
unelected, and cannot be removed by
The Euro elections have no
bearing on the appointment of EU
government and
there are no MEPs in the
Anyone supporting the EU has
to set aside these facts as unimportant.
The EU's founding principles are the four
principles of capitalism; the free movement of
goods, services, labour and capital.
purpose, more or less clearly stated, is to
rule in the interests of the smooth
running of a capitalist economy, without
regard to an electorate.
 Jose Barosso, president of the EU
Commission made it very clear; “the EU is
an antidote to democratic government”.
When the last throes of democracy gets in the
way of the unelected EU Commission's
policies, then they start talking of banning it.
It is already mooted in an autocratic outburst
by senior Eurocrats, that referendums should
be “banned” (Fraser Cameron, EU policy
unit,Eu Commission).


Why, at this point in our history are we
perhaps about to voluntarily give up our
sovereignty, and give up our democratic
rights to chose our government? For the first
time since we rejected the power of the
papacy we are to voluntarily make ourselves
part of a superstate. We do so in a condition
of such ignorance that even the EU has
remarked that we are not fit to decide (while
'ignorance' and being 'unfit to decide' is their
justification for excluding the working classes
from decision making). Despite not knowing
even the basics of the EU workings, 50% of
us are willing to surrender to it, an act of
such blind faith, that it might as well be a
What is behind that faith, and what is behind
the contempt for our own democracy and
sovereignty, that makes us willing to take a
giant step backwards, several hundred years,
in terms of political development, and
democratic rights?
Since the EU's purpose is to liberate
economic policy from the encumbrance of
misguided electorates, Eurocrats tend to have
an irascible, autocratic belief in their
rightness. So do their supporters, the middle
class left, whose guardianship of morality that
begun in the 19th century, continues today in
the form of their usurped custody of left wing
thinking. The same qualities of hypocrisy and
impostership apply now as then.
Is this belief in their own rightness  
enough to explain why the middle class
that thinks of itself as left wing, can
support an organisation so blatantly
capitalist and hostile to democracy?

Are they not troubled by the EU's
negotiation of the notorious TTIP, the go
ahead to USA corporations to sue
governments for loss of profits, to enforce the
privatisation of the NHS, to impose GM
foods despite British bans on it, to make it
impossible to regulate against harmful
chemicals. Are they not troubled by the
notorious EU record on environmental
damage, especially the destruction of the
marine environment by its aggressive sea bed
hoovering trawlers, not just in EU waters but
around the world. Are they not troubled the
EU creating the biggest pool of migrant
labour since 1930s America, in the days of
classical economics?
 Are their left wing principles not affronted
by the EU being the enthronement of
capitalism as not just our economic but now
our political system as well, and one step
worse than that, actually an attempt, so far
successful, to remove democracy itself.
Not much, surely, could be more right
wing than the EU?
And yet the middle classes 'left', so far,
support it.
 They persist in pretending the EU is a
benevolent dictator, magically more liberal
than elected governments. Why?
The EU, a middle class
coup against democracy

Tony Benn called the EU “a
derogation of our historic
democratic right to select and
remove our governments”
Well, that section of the middle class which is
now happy to align itself with big business
and the whole of the political establishment,
may consider itself to be left wing, but their
self identity as radicals has always been
perversely, or perhaps revealingly,
contradicted by a mistrust and dislike of the
working classes.
Their version of
“socialism” centres around issues that
promote their self identity and pointedly
does not involve improved, let alone
equal, pay and conditions for the
working classes, or any other aspect of
working class interests.
Least of all does it
bring with it any obligation to listen to their
opinions or concerns.
On the contrary, being 'left wing' for them
involves a rejection of working class opinion.
And the EU vision of the future is
distinctly that of the middle class
beneficiaries of capitalism. How do the
working classes of Europe feature in it?
As a vast sea of cheap migrant labour.

The main reason, however, is a simple and
obvious one; the middle classes are the chief
beneficiaries of capitalism, and as long as
they continue to be so they will support it, as
a priority. They will even create a morality to
fit that requirement. It is morally wrong to
complain of cheap labour pushing wages
down. It was morally wrong in Victorian
times, and it is now.

Democracy, on the other hand, is an agent of
change, obviously. Without it there is not
much hope for change or improvement. The
middle classes like the status quo, they do not
want or need change. They do want, or think
they need, democracy.


It also has meant, in Britain, the
abandonment of manufacture. In Britain this
supremacy was mainly achieved by the
colonisation of the Labour Party, where the
middle classes identify themselves as the real
left, not the working classes, who must be
silenced and removed from the decision-
making process. They have to be because
they would otherwise put an end to the
supply of cheap labour.
If the EU were a democracy then the middle
class left wouldn't support it.  They do not see
themselves as being part of a giant unwieldy
democracy including 28 diverse nations and
peoples, each with their unpredictable and
'misguided' voting patterns. No,
the middle
classes see themselves as living securely
in a superstate whence the popular vote
has been banished and silenced and
decisions are made discretely by experts
of their own class and (covert)
persuasion. The spectre of the popular
vote rising across Europe is not part of
the attraction nor the purpose.
 It is hard to imagine EU leaders either,  
enjoying an election if it meant an EU
government would be removed and another
selected by it, and that parties would have to
put manifestos before the electorate of 450
million. That is what an EU democracy
would have to be. And, if it was that, then the
middle classes would be campaigning to leave.

 Let's hear once again what Jose Barosso,
President of the EU Commission said,
EU is an antidote to democratic
. This is its purpose.

But if being left wing now means
supporting a middle class coup d'etat
that ends democracy and promotes the
four principles of capitalism, then we
need a new left. And we need to start by
opposing the EU. Before its too late.

    Gregory Motton  April 2016
It is reasonable to wonder why the 'left wing'
middle classes support this project to do away
with democratic government and make
capitalism sovereign instead of the people.
The project of which the EU is a large and
leading part, is the final strategic defeat of the
working classes across Europe and in Britain,
the triumph of the middle classes in a decades
long struggle, albeit an uneven one, against the
working classes. It involves keeping them poor,
and confirming the supremacy of middle class
values and ideas.         
The Middle Classes - Left wing?
They're not even democrats