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The Brexit Collection by [Bell, Kenneth]
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Bell makes a powerful case for Brexit as the revenge of a working class that has been marginalised and dispossessed since, not only the Thatcher years, but the turn to monetarism under Callaghan. He argues for strong immigration controls while the present economic system remains in place, in order to prevent the undercutting of wages and the undermining of workers' hard-won rights. Now resident in Scotland, he calls for Scottish independence outside the EU, pointing out the absurdity of the SNP's opposition to rule from London but support for rule from Brussels. I do not agree with Scottish independence, but Bell's is the logical articulation of that position.

"The Durham Miners would never wear it," were the words that the British Government of the late 1940s wrote across the plans for the EU's first precursor, before duly sending them back. That was that. "The Durham Miners would never wear it." So the United Kingdom's answer was no. That meant the Durham Miners' Association, with its vast network of national and international contacts. But it also meant the miners themselves, who were the basis of that Association's wealth and power. Yet on the day of the EU referendum, Thursday 23rd June 2016, we learned that in 2015, for the first time on record, more people had died in the North East of England, from which I write, than had been born here. County Durham voted Leave, and Sunderland, which had been part of the Durham coalfield in the 1940s, shook the international money markets by doing so. Albeit from a perspective partly in the North West and partly in Scotland, Bell explains why.
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Having read the original essays, I thought that it was worth rereading this book now much of the dust has settled. It remains an important book as it is written from the perspective of the millions of forgotten voters who supported Brexit in their droves. It remains a highly dated view; managers are still scum even if millions of those jobs have evaporated with the march of computers. But it does highlight some very important points. For instance, the SNP still demands subjugation to Brussels ignoring the disaster that the EU has brought to many aspects of Scotland. One only has to read the section on the Scottish fishing industry to appreciate this.

At the end of the day, I still feel that we got the right result for the wrong reasons. But that does not devalue it. Corrupt self-perpetuating oligarchy's, be they the Roman senate 2000 years ago or the modern EU ruling class, eventually self-destruct. It is better to be on the outside when this happens. Bell rams home that message.

Well worth the read!
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Ken Bell’s The Brexit Collection provides excellent analysis and insight into the reasons why the majority of Britons voted to leave the European Union, written from the perspective of the traditional, working class left. But this booklet is more than a collection of dry essays of interest only to the hard-core policy wonk; it is sprinkled with entertaining anecdotes of the author’s personal life, experience and reflections whilst campaigning to leave in his home town of Edinburgh. Bell holds no prisoners and his waspish pen is at its most entertaining when aimed at the self-indulgent, middle-class identity socialism of the “Snowflake Federasts” which sadly passes for today’s left. His scorn and contempt for these despicable creatures is a delight to read. This booklet is an excellent and a must for anybody wishing to understand why the majority of the British people voted out in the EU referendum of the 23rd June 2016.
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Entertaining and thought-provoking essays on Brexit and the surrounding political issues. Kenneth Bell looks at things from a solidly working-class socialist perspective-and believes that leaving the EU would be in the best interests of the working-class as it would provide more of a chance of returning to the fairer and more egalitarian policies of the mid 1970s. His essay 'The Last Summer' in which he looks back at the long, hot summer of 1976 is particularly poignant and deserves the widest possible circulation. 'The notion that you could live well as a working-man, in a society that tried to share its resources fairly, and in which you didn't have to bust a ball to earn a butty, has gone from the popular memory', he writes. Bell doesn't mince his words when it comes to 'management' and 'the bosses', but whether you agree or disagree with his conclusions in favour of 'Lexit', this book definitely adds plenty to the debate.
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