Paul Mason is a New Statesman contributing writer, author and film-maker. As economics editor at Newsnight, then Channel 4 News he covered the global financial crisis, the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement and the Gaza war. His bestselling book Postcapitalism has been translated into 16 languages. His play Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere was televised on BBC Two in 2017.
The prize is clear: to split the Tories, wipe out British conservatism as an electoral force for a generation, end the neoliberal era and democratise the UK’s institutions.
The party’s own support base will turn off if Jeremy Corbyn becomes immersed in political procedures.
If the Tories cannot be brought down, the party should back a second referendum and Remain – Lexit is a political fantasy.
On 23 May, Europe will elect 705 representatives for almost 450 million people. With nationalist, anti-immigrant populism ascendant, EU politics is about to swing to the dark side.
Rather than masquerading as a world power, Britain should focus on defending Europe from Russia and itself from terrorism.
In pursuit of a deluded Brexit vision, British Conservatism has become incautious, imprudent and impractical.
The cancellation of Brexit and the election of Jeremy Corbyn would transform the mood in Europe.
Socialists must form tactical alliances with the centre – the main enemy of social justice is no longer the neoliberal elite.
By standing on a platform of Remain and reform, the party could cement a grand social coalition around its domestic project.
The Brexit negotiations were a battle over how much control Britain would have to cede to the EU and Theresa May lost it.