Edwin Starr Column – Issue 31

One of the more remarkable things about the recent EU referendum has to be the suspension of disbelief showed by too many of the leave voters.

In interview by someone trying to refute the idea that the proletariat, including lumpen, is not as stupid as projected in analysis of the result, one of the vociferous leave voters voiced being aggrieved that ‘they’ are coming over here and taking our jobs.

They being the foreign version of themselves as avidly seeking work so as to feed their families and get a modest stipend for their labours.

Discussing the tenets of his position, the unemployed proletarian talked of how he could not take a job because he wouldn’t be able to feed his children on what was being offered as a wage. Yet it seems, he resents migrants for taking these jobs, citing a downward pressure on wages he seems to blame entirely on his fellow proles from abroad. 

A significant oversight, due to a suspension of disbelief, is that the workers are not the power which creates through legislation reflecting a modern corporate ideology, the conditions in which wages are not enough to feed families. The reluctance or ignorance to identify the powerbrokers in this condition of economic exchange shows a misinterpretation of the facts of Tory ideology that serves corporatism that rendered the yes/no vote merely academic. His last comment in response to the question asking whether he thought that leaving will improve the situation, summarised his misguided position: “I hope so.”

So, he hopes that those political agents on both sides of the referendum ‘argument’ who have been instrumental in producing the conditions he has been adversely affected by, will change their ideology completely in order to create legitimate jobs – with reasonable terms and conditions and wages – and, suddenly, stop telling lies in order to persuade support for their unfair and class-ridden position.

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