‘The left has turned its back on the working class’

Paul Embery talks to Brendan O’Neill about Brexit, democracy and the scourge of wokeness.


Trade unionist and outspoken Brexiteer Paul Embery joins spiked’s editor for the latest episode of The Brendan O’Neill Show. They discuss the left’s turn against free speech, democracy and its traditional working-class base.

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colin witts

11th November 2019 at 11:47 am

The working class didn’t turn it’s back on LIEBOUR. LIEBOUR turned it’s back on the working class !!!!

Russell Hobbs

7th November 2019 at 10:59 pm

If ‘the Left has turned its back on the working class’, then the Right has sent them to the gas chambers, which after all is what you secretly would like to do.

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7th November 2019 at 5:29 pm

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John Marks

2nd November 2019 at 10:04 am

Blair sold out the working classes with his Iraq War lie.
The reaction saw Corbyn elected leader by the people but the “champagne socialist” MPs left in place are mostly unreconstructed Blairites. Hopefully the election will see them all lose their deposits and we get a real Labour Party again.
Why isn’t this election about the plutocracy?
The banksters run the EU, America and, under Johnson, the UK.
Vote Labour, but not for Blairite candidates.

Tim Wheeler

28th October 2019 at 11:01 am

Classic case of the ‘capture’ of democratic institutions (which includes trade unions) by global capital. It’s amazing that global capital could recruit a socialist party to its cause, but the treatment of Embery and the 180 U-turn and sellout of citizens votes. Proof of human weakness when offered the lure of big money campaign funds, access to power, and an easier ride from the state broadcaster who’ve previously been hostile.

Tim Wheeler

28th October 2019 at 11:03 am

I’m referring to Corbyn.

Jim Lawrie

28th October 2019 at 11:22 am

Blair and Brown were no different.

Amelia Cantor

28th October 2019 at 10:00 am

Yes, we can all agree that Comrade-Commentator Brendan, with his sociology degree* and many decades of toil in the Trotskyist vineyard, is the perfect person to speak for the working-class. I mean, just look at these core working-class issues on which Brendan and the other Comrades are passionately agreed:

• Open the borders
• Support IRA bombing
• Repeal the laws against ch*ld p*rn*gr*ph*.

*Or whatever it was the first brought him into Father Frank’s not-at-all-cultish circle.

Andrew Leonard

28th October 2019 at 11:04 am

I don’t like Monday’s either, Comrade, but could you ease up on the vodka?

Mister Joshua

27th October 2019 at 11:30 pm

The left has “abandoned” the working class?

Pray tell, when did the left give a damn about the working class?

Was it when Lenin and Stalin were sending them to the slave labour camps, death camps, and gulags by the 10s of millions?

Was it when the left in the West were vociferously denying that this was going on?

Was it when Mao’s various purges, manufactured famines, and cultural revolutions were exterminating working people by the 10s of millions?

Or was it when the hippy-leftists in the West were dawning Mao T-shirts and denying that this was going on?

Was it, perchance, when the left took over our universities in the 60s and effectively ended freedom of speech and expression for everyone except themselves?

Was it when the left accused anyone of not wanting to join the Eurozone, or sign on the European Constitution, a racist?

Pray tell, gentlemen, when was this magical time when the left gave a rat’s a$$ about the working class?

Amelia Cantor

28th October 2019 at 10:14 am

Was it when Lenin and Stalin were sending them to the slave labour camps, death camps, and gulags by the 10s of millions?

Excuse me: please do not speak of Lenin and St*l*n as though they were in any way equivalent. Dr F. Lenin was a Prometheus of politics, snatching fire from the very Heavens to light Humanity’s path towards a brighter and freer future. The only figure of comparable stature in twentieth-century politics is B. Trotsky, Lenin’s devoted disciple and heir.

St*l*n, in complete contrast, was a twisted political psychopath whose low Georgian cunning and duplicity brought him a wholly undeserved victory over the great Trotsky and prevented Trotsky from taking Lenin’s glorious Bolshevik revolution to new heights of progress and liberty.

And remember: history is not over. the greatness of Lenin and Trotsky still shines as a beacon for some today.

Andrew Leonard

28th October 2019 at 10:56 am

I wholeheartedly agree, Comrade Cantor – two great cis white males!

Jim Lawrie

27th October 2019 at 11:30 pm

The pro-EU left use it as a proxy to express what they are against. They think that coming out as pro-EU lends respectability to their prejudices.

Margaret Thatcher beat The NUM on democratic arguments. Scargill was repeatedly defeated at the ballot box. The left see the EU as he saw the NUM, a vehicle for imposing their ideology on us without winning at the ballot box.

Frank Sutton

27th October 2019 at 8:58 pm

Embery absolutely right about the sentiment behind the leave vote – shot across the bows of the elites.

Jim Lawrie

28th October 2019 at 8:46 am

Those elites include the left.

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