Tories in trouble on Brexit

26th July 2017 Socialist Action 0

By Ian Richardson

The open warfare in the Tory Party with leaks from the Cabinet discussions and Ministers briefing against each other may be suspended temporarily during the summer holidays. But the Tories are in disarray on the decisive issue of Brexit, and their crisis is likely to deepen and hostilities resume ahead of the party conferences.

Desperate to keep Corbyn out, allies prepare to prop up the Tories

3rd July 2017 Socialist Action 0

By Ian Richardson

The Tory deal with the DUP has faced widespread criticism both for its blatant bribery and the threat it poses to the Good Friday Agreement. But the degree of hostility to Jeremy Corbyn from pro-establishment political forces in general is so great that other potential allies are also preparing to come to the Tories’ rescue if needed.

Tories take on UKIP’s policies to win UKIP voters. Vote Labour!

8th May 2017 Socialist Action 0

By Ian Richardson

The run up to the local elections on 4 May saw a clarification in Theresa May’s election strategy – or more accurately Lynton Crosby’s strategy: a pitch to mop up the UKIP vote by rebranding the Tories as the anti-European, ‘hard Brexit’ and anti-immigration party. Her ‘strong and stable’ mantra is of course chiefly inflected against the alleged ‘dangers’ presented by a Labour-led coalition government, but it also works as a banner for a reinvented hard right Tory party that promises to drive through a full and thorough Brexit.