Below is an article submitted to Redline by Alec Abbott
At its inception, the British Labour Party was a vehicle for the propagation of racist and imperialist views within the working-class. Such views are still widespread in the party, as they are in Europe’s Social-Democratic parties, though, in the case of the latter, these views are often presented in deceptive ways. European Social-Democrats speak as if they welcome the free movement of peoples, whereas in reality they favour the formation of an all-European border within which the EU citizenry can move freely, in much the same way as the British can move freely between, say, England and Scotland, or the Americans between California and Texas. This is not internationalism, but pseudo-internationalism. Genuine internationalists are opposed to immigration controls, whether applied within territories or between them.
The two factions of the British labour aristocracy – the nationalists and pseudo-internationalists – are now absolutely irreconcilable, despite what the Corbynite opportunists might say or do. Just as the British ruling class is hopelessly divided over the question of whether to form a bloc with the US or remain in the EU, so too is the British labour aristocracy, nurtured by that self-same ruling class, similarly devoid of any sense of unity. Those who are bribed from the crumbs of super-profits will inevitably lose their bearings whenever their masters turn on one another.
While it is impossible to predict with certainty what shape Britain’s political landscape will take in the wake of the split in the ruling class over Europe, this much is clear: The corresponding split in the labour aristocracy will lead to the complete disintegration of the Labour Party as we know it.