The Labour Party is in greater disarray than ever, since its disastrous general election result. Quite apart from the corruption endemic in parliament, as exemplified by the Lord Sewel case, the Labour Party wheels out its own collection of corrupt grandees such as Blair, Mandelson and Straw, to bolster the Blairite faction and bad-mouth other factions, most notably the one led by Corbyn.
All thoughts of opposing government are forgotten while Labour goes into a trance about which personality should lead the party. Parliamentary parties excel at putting on side-shows to entertain the public. In the meantime, this government’s destruction of the state and public services continues.
Workers in trade unions have the capacity to bring about progressive change, irrespective of who leads the Labour Party. Since the 1945 government no Labour leader has had the right to speak on behalf of the working class. By its actions we should have no doubt that Labour has no intention of managing capitalism in the interests of the working class – quite the opposite; they despise us. We are the majority and create all wealth. Our class is 99% of the population and no party in parliament represents our interests.
The Labour Party itself perpetuates the illusion that it is simply a matter of arguments between ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ factions which magically transform the party and ultimately bring about socialism without the working class having to lift a finger. Leftists in the Labour Party are really talking about changing the party, not about transforming society. Labour has always played its part in the destruction of wages over the years through wage restraint, privatisation and now austerity. It is only trade unions that fought against them. Both parties stand for the private ownership of land, means of production and utilities, resources and industries. Both agree that there can be no alternative to a market economy.
It is only when our class decides to take state power over the economy, under a new constitution of our making, that socialism may be achieved. Whatever the outcome of Labour’s leadership election it will not alter the fact that Labour is a party of capitalism. The Labour Party will continue its internal battles, and socialism through Labour will remain what it has always been, a dream. Real politics is conducted where we work. First, we need to settle matters between ourselves and our employers. It is only then that we can start to build socialism.
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