Monday, February 24, 2014
Hope from an unexpected quarter
Although the trade unions (having - not quite - convinced ourselves that we have defended the principle of collective affiliation) will not defeat the foolish Party Leader on Saturday at the wholly unnecessary Special Conference, Young Labour's 25,000 votes will be cast against the Collins proposals to loosen the ties which bind the Party and unions.
As we head in to a future in which the forces of "Progress" will confront truly progressive forces in the Party with an agenda to expel collective working class organisation from politics, it is encouraging that the young activists who are the future of the Party recognise the dangers in the Collins proposals from which union General Secretaries are politely averting their gaze.
Congratulations are due to all the comrades who secured this outcome last Saturday in Bradford. There is still hope that we could have a Party of the left in this country.
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