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)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

How is the General Election campaign going?

I don’t know.

You don’t know.

The opinion pollsters don’t know.

In fact, from canvassing over many years, I know just how popular “don’t know” is as a response on the doorstep.

Indeed, if canvass returns could predict election results the only people who would beat the “don’t knows” would be the people who aren’t in when you call.

Where are they all? If we knew where they were and what they were up to while we are trying to canvass them we would doubtless be better informed.

What I do know is that every socialist, every trade unionist (indeed every decent human being) can step up our activity to campaign for a Labour Government over the next fortnight.

We will campaign for Labour everywhere, because everyone (except perhaps for the more selfish billionaires) will benefit from a Labour Government – but the most important campaigning will be in the marginal seats.

We also need to build up our organisation as the Labour Party, because whatever the outcome of the General Election we will need to be able to mobilise people on an unprecedented scale, whether to defend our Government from sabotage or to resist the attacks upon us which would come from the Tories.

Like Harold Wilson, our answer to the question "what is going on" needs to be; "we are".

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