Soapy Joe QC calls for the workers to rise up and have a general strike… against Brexit:
It is time for the people, the workers to take control. For the hundreds of thousands who will lose their jobs this is no joke; to save our democracy this is no drill; it is no rehearsal for the sick and the vulnerable who will suffer if the government’s planning fails.
If the government will not listen, if it refuses to recognise the supremacy of parliament, we must have a general strike.
A general strike over Brexit is a real possibility. But it will be the other way around from what Maugham thinks. All the actual workers I’ve talked to – that is, the people who do the real work, and not just the ponces sitting about in plush offices in London – have been rabidly pro-Brexit. They’re ready to down tools and march on Parliament House.
I can just see Jolly On’s face beaming with delight as a huge wave of workers with placards descends upon Westminster. I can just see him rushing out to join the crowds who have responded to his clarion call in the worker’s daily read, the Guardian. I can just see him freezing with horror when he reads the placards, dropping his cappuccino in horror, and getting trampled underfoot before he can scurry back to his office to tweet about the fascist hordes.
But anyway, thanks for the idea, Joe.
The burden will fall most heavily on those least able to bear it: the north-east, the north-west, the West Midlands and Northern Ireland.
Well, Moe, how about you come up to Mansfield yourself with a megaphone, and start rousing the workers now? I can point you to a few factories you can start with. You should get some interesting reactions.