The Flying Column #22 – Left In or Left Out?

By Connor Kelly

Frankie Goes to Lesbos


The Pope, in a grand gesture of Sapphic love, visited Lesbos today, and returned with six child refugees. I, like most people, squirmed mightily when I heard this news. Pope holidays to small island and returns with poor children. But no, let’s not be cynical. We should take it as a gesture of good faith from the Holy Father, though it is a pity that his good Catholic faith doesn’t quite extend to all the children battered and abused by members of the institution over which he now presides. But that’s ok. Look! The Pope wants to help refugee children. Hurray!

Whilst on the topic of refugees, I have been shocked this week by all of the leftists extolling the virtues of the European Union on migration – as opposed to the racist Tory regime in Britain – as a reason for voting to stay within the EU. These people are eejits – incoherent ones. They proclaim the merits of the EU as opposed to the “Fortress Britain” consequences of a Brexit. Have they been holidaying on Pluto for the last few years? What we have now is Fortress Europe – refugees and migrants denied access to an entire continent – and being deported back to Turkey in order to “outsource” the “problem.”

There is not a humanitarian bone in the whole necrotic edifice of the “European Project.” A quick glance through news headlines about Ireland or Greece should be enough to convince anyone with half a nugget of sense of this. “It has its flaws,” they mumble, like reformists attempting a constructive thought, “but the only way we can overcome them is to stay in.” If you think that the Greek punishment, the barbarism of the treatment of refugees, the official policy of austerity, or indeed the expansionist geopolitics in the East are mere “flaws” that can be “overcome” then you are willfully blind. The EU is a crystallization of the forces of European Capital – it must be smashed. I hope a leave vote in the referendum will be the first strike in that process.


Fahrenheit 34.7


Meanwhile, as we continue to check our privilege and idiotically debate the abstract virtues of capitalist institutions such as those of the EU, the Earth continues to not give a fuck, and is very quickly making its moves against us. According to a Japanese meteorological institute, 2016 has already jumped to almost 1.5C above pre-industrial levels – in its first months. Now, although this could be to do with seasonal variation (the most obvious cause being the current El Nino), we shouldn’t write this off as a mere blip in the data. We need to stop thinking of climate change as a linear process – where gradually the earth warms until, when our grandchildren are around, there will be 3 or 3.5 degrees warming. Climate change is a non-linear process – one of sudden jolts – one of tipping points. The earth can rapidly shift from one state to another – we cannot let that happen – for when it does, all bets are off. (More next week where the column will be devoted entirely to the ecological crisis).


Do It Dodgy Style


At PMQs on Wednesday, David Cameron had the gumption to give Jeremy Corbyn a right bollocking for paying too much tax. Tut tut, Jeremy, what a plonker you are. Cameron said that the “late, chaotic, inaccurate and uncosted” document was a metaphor for Labour Party policy. What I find most amazing about this is the sheer unabashed arrogance of it. Cameron, as a Prime Minister who has been implicated in major tax dodging (of which I’m sure there’s much more to come out) has the nerve to attack his opponent for being a good citizen. This is the measure of the man. He cares not. Nor will he care about the some 75,000 people marching today in London calling for his resignation. His solipsistic mentality disallows him from feeling a shred of guilt or shame for what he has done. The problem, of course, is that people rarely feel adequate shame unless they are made to. That requires justice. And this is where I invoke the spirit of the great French revolutionary Jean Paul Marat:



“Don’t be deceived when they tell you things are better now. Even if there’s no poverty to be seen because the poverty’s been hidden. Even if you ever got more wages and could afford to buy more of these new and useless goods which industries foist on you and even if it seems to you that you never had so much, that is only the slogan of those who still have much more than you. Don’t be taken in when they paternally pat you on the shoulder and say that there’s no inequality worth speaking of and no more reason to fight because if you believe them they will be completely in charge in their marble homes and granite banks from which they rob the people of the world under the pretence of bringing them culture. Watch out, for as soon as it pleases them they’ll send you out to protect their gold in wars whose weapons, rapidly developed by servile scientists, will become more and more deadly until they can with a flick of the finger tear a million of you to pieces.”
“Man has the right to deal with his oppressors by devouring their palpitating hearts.”