Portugal, in a move to satisfy Brussels and appease foreign financial markets, has become the first country to prohibit anti EU political parties from taking office on the grounds of “national interest”. The President of Portugal, Anibal Cavaco Silva, has rejected the appointment of a left-wing coalition government even though it secured an absolute majority in the Portuguese parliament on a mandate to smash the austerity regime imposed by the EC/ECB/IMF Committee known as the Troika.
The combined parties of the Left, led by the Socialists and Communists won 50.7pc of the vote, and became the majority in the Portuguese Parliament. The Left Bloc had forged their coalition on a compromise deal and had dropped their demands for a euro exit, a withdrawal from NATO and nationalisation of the commanding heights of the economy such as energy, transport and heavy industry.
Silva stated, “It is my duty, within my constitutional powers, to do everything possible to prevent false signals being sent to financial institutions, investors and markets.” While he claims that the great majority of the Portuguese people did not vote for parties opposed to the EU, in reality Silva is imposing a reactionary regime, against the wishes of the people – all to prop up the discredited neoliberalism of the EU.
We need to ask whether this could be the beginning of a trend that spreads to other nations across the EU, whereby as support for left anti EU parties rises, reactionary forces seek to impose their will against the expressed wishes of the people.
It does not take much of a stretch of the imagination to foresee a scenario in which the British people vote to exit the EU and Cameron refuses to accept the result, employing the EU’s preferred methodology of simply holding another ballot until the right result is achieved.
Or even further ahead, would the EU and British establishment allow Corbyn to become Prime Minister, even if he commanded the support of the majority? Workers have to be mindful of the challenges ahead and the forces opposed to democracy and ensure they never win in Britain.