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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)

Friday, May 27, 2022

If you knew your history...


More than 31 years ago, in March 1991, Labour Briefing carried the report above about goings-on in what was then the single Brighton Constituency Labour Party, which had been suspended six months beforehand..

There is nothing new about the Labour Party seeking to close down its own democratic structures in order to isolate or eliminate the influence of socialist ideas.

Socialism is, however, unavoidably part of the Labour Party for as long as the Labour Party is the party of the organised working class. Furthermore, other routes to socialism through other political parties are at best pointless diversions.

That's why socialists in Brighton did not abandon their commitment to the Labour Party in the early 1990s but continued to fight for socialist politics and the election of Labour candidates locally and nationally.

Socialists in Brighton and elsewhere must continue to orient ourselves towards the Labour Party and the trade unions as well as other progressive single issue campaigns.

Like the man said

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