Men fight and lose the battle, and the thing that they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it comes turns out not to be what they meant, and other men have to fight for what they meant under another name. (William Morris - A Dream of John Ball)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Here we go...

A General Election is upon us.

Good. Since working class people won the vote, General Elections have been an opportunity, often missed, to promote policies in the interests of the majority.

In 2019 we need not miss this opportunity because our Party is articulating policies which reflect the interests of working class people.

Our role as socialists is now to do all that we can to secure a socialist-led Labour Government.

Labour candidates will stand in every constituency and we must campaign for every one of them.

We must campaign with particular vigour in those constituencies where, given our electoral system, the outcome of the General Election will be determined.

We must do this, as socialists, because we recognise that our politics are the defensive response of our side in the class struggle.

Class struggle is not some obscure “far left” idea. It is the practice of the political representatives of the ruling class in the here and now.

Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg are simply the representatives of the wealthy and powerful.

They are pursuing class war against us.

They are promoting precarious employment (and their Brexit is entirely about weakening in every way the limited protections of current employment law).

They are undermining our health service, seeking to break it up for privatisation whilst starving it of resources (their Brexit aims to accelerate this).

They are demonising migrants (and their Brexit is founded upon promoting a divisive, racist nationalism).

As ever, their attacks upon our class fall with particular force upon those who also experience other forms of oppression.

We have no choice but to fight back, and to prepare to continue to fight to defend the interests of our people whatever the results of this (or any other) election.

That is why we do have to continue to build, and campaign for, our Party in every constituency, whilst particularly focusing electoral effort in the marginals.

Whatever the result of the General Election our class needs effective political organisation, whether to defend us against Government attacks or to defend our Government from attack.

Time to get busy.

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