Liz Kendall graced our television screens on BBC’s Sunday Politics where she touted the views of big business to promote continued membership of the EU.
Kendall believes that people who are as yet undecided on how to vote will be “more likely to listen to employers like Rolls-Royce and Toyota, both of whom have come out this week to say we should remain.”
Rather than use her position as a elected member of the working-class, Kendall explained how she intends to propagate the arguments of the boss class. She continued, “my job is to make sure those voices are heard, because I think they will be the most convincing for the public.”
Surely it doesn’t take a genius, let alone a socialist, to realise that Rolls-Royce are hardly the best arbiters to decide the fate of British workers. Just last year, in an unprecedented move, Rolls-Royce employees, who are members of the union UNITE, voted to set up an industrial action fund to defend UK jobs at the company after continuing attacks upon their livelihoods.
UNITE national officer Ian Waddell said: “Our members have shown great loyalty in building up Rolls-Royce, but are feeling increasingly betrayed by the company’s continued refusal to give assurances on jobs and guarantees over redundancies.” This is nothing less than a kick in the face of their workers, especially considering “the company’s order book and profit levels”.
Trust however, is not something that goes hand-in-hand with capitalist business interests whose profit margins always trump other concerns.
Newspaper headlines like “Rolls-Royce faces new questions in Brazil corruption investigation” (January 1, 2016, The Guardian) should hardly inspire Kendall with the confidence to let them decide on our membership of the EU.
Similar class problems haunt Toyota, the other corporation whose political voice Liz Kendall has stated she aims to trumpet far and loud. Does she not read the news? I wonder what Kendall makes of the New York Times article “Toyota Is Fined $1.2 Billion for Concealing Safety Defects” (March 19, 2014).
Correspondingly, the working-class have no faith in the ultra-Blairite nonsense of Liz Kendall, who received a derisory 4.5% of the Labour vote in last years leadership showdown.
This letter was emailed to the Leicester Mercury mailbox on March 9.