London’s Tory mayor Boris Johnson has become the latest signatory to the “People’s Pledge”, a campaign which attempts to get politicians to commit to backing a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.
The campaign’s initiators are right-wing Eurosceptics who think a referendum is the most likely way to achieve British withdrawal from the EU. Their main media outlet is the right-wing Daily Express. They dress themselves up by boasting of cross-party, and cross-class, support.
As co-founder Christopher Bruni-Lowe (UKIP general election coordinator in 2010) writes in Total Politics, “Seeing is believing: who would have thought Daniel Hannan [right-wing Tory MEP] and Bob Crow [RMT] would ever share the same platform?”
Who indeed? The spectacle of Bob Crow in alliance with Boris Johnson, who is currently leading an onslaught against RMT members’ conditions in London, is obscene.
RMT activists should fight for the immediate withdrawal of their union’s support for this rotten alliance.