Our class needs unity
by Daphne Liddle
LEN MCLUSKEY, general secretary of the giant union Unite, last week wrote in the Guardian that unions must be able to fight for workers, even if it means breaking bad laws. He said: “People have intrinsic rights that democratically elected legislatures sometimes violate. The right of working people to combine, to organise, is one of them.
He added: “Restrictions imposed on our campaigning role in the Lobbying Act will be followed by laws to make picketing nigh on impossible.”
“Last week our governing body, Unite’s executive, unanimously agreed to make it shorter. It recommended the deletion from our rules of six little words that have governed our union’s actions: ‘so far as may be lawful’,” he said.
It is a shame that it has taken three decades, since the defeat of the Miners’ Strike and the passing of anti-union laws that made it very hard for our class to defend our living standards, to realise that the class struggle cannot be won if we passively allow our class enemy to make all the rules.
The New Communist Party has sometimes been criticised for being too soft on lazy and opportunist trade union leaders and on the Labour Party leadership.
We do recognise that these vital organs of our class struggle are full of self-seeking careerists who are easily bought and influenced by the wellheeled agents of the ruling class.
But we also know the answer is not to attack the existence of the unions and the Labour Party and set up dozens of tiny splinter alternatives that will divide and demoralise the class.
The Labour Party is not going to bring us socialism because it is a reformist party and not a revolutionary party. Only a working class revolution, the breaking of the capitalist state and replacing it with a workers’ state can bring us real socialism.
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[ Our class needs unity ]
from our Scottish Political Correspondent
FORMER First Minister Alex Salmond has been busy metaphorically measuring the curtains of Number 11 Downing Street. He has been going about claiming that he will in effect be running Britain by using SNP MPs to prop up a minority Labour government, but only on his terms.
If the opinion polls turn out to be accurate there will be a large contingent of Scottish National Party MPs in the House of Commons. This will be a defeat for Labour and give David Cameroon a fighting chance of remaining in Downing Street to impose harsher anti-trade union laws and sell off more of the National Health Service than Margaret Thatcher ever dreamt of.
Voting SNP to secure a Labour government is as absurd as voting for the Democratic Unionist Party or the Official Monster Raving Loony Party for the same ends.
Despite their public posture there is no doubt that the leadership of the SNP positively want a Tory government.
Naturally they don’t let the cat out of bag by saying so in public as this would alienate their followers, but having a Tory government gives the SNP a useful alibi, it can easily blame Westminster for the shortcomings of its back of a cigarette packet policies when they fall apart.
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