Cameron shuffles the pack

Tory Party reshuffles rarely concern working people. Few will shed a tear at the departure of the useless William Hague from the Foreign Office or Michael Gove’s transfer out of Education. Two Europhiles, including veteran politician Kenneth Clarke, have been dumped and a number of Tory women MPs have been elevated to replace some of the older male nonentities in the Cameron team. But all in all David Cameron’s changes are purely cosmetic and are simply designed to build a Conservative front-bench slate best able to head off the Ukip challenge from the right at the general election next year.

Workers have little say in whoever rules them in this country let alone those chosen by the ruling class to represent the interests of the capitalists and landowners in Parliament. But we do have a say in those who claim to represent us in the labour movement and the Labour Party it largely funds.

Last week around two million public sector workers supported a one-day strike against public service cuts, attacks on wages and the Government’s austerity programme. It was a stoppage possibly bigger than the historic TUC Day of Action in November 2011 that was the largest industrial action in Britain since the General Strike. Some Labour MPs took the principled stand and supported the pickets.

But what did we get from the Labour leaders? Nothing apart from the weasel-words Miliband & Co reserve for times when workers stand up for themselves. The Labour leaders neither supported nor condemned the strike but simply called for both sides to get round the negotiating table to resolve their differences. These are the people who expect the working class to turn out in droves next year to return them to power.

It may be a shift away from the discredited Blairites, who openly opposed most strikes, but it’s not going to mobilise the masses when it comes to the big vote. The Tories and their Liberal Democrat allies must be defeated and communists must close ranks with all militant workers to push the unions’ demands to the fore in the run-up to the general election.