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Vote Labour Tomorrow!


Another Tory government – ruling by themselves, with the Lib Dems or, worst of all, in coalition with UKIP – would be a disaster for the working class. As socialists, we want a Labour victory, not because we support Labour’s current position – a softer version of austerity and anti-migrant politics – but to throw out the Coalition, and because Labour is linked to workers’ basic organisations, trade unions. If the unions choose to fight, they can change Labour’s direction.

We don’t want to “hold our noses” and vote Labour as a lesser evil. We want to combine campaigning for a Labour government with making clear working-class demands, to boost working-class confidence, and strengthen and transform our labour movement so it is fit to fight.

We must challenge the idea that the working class should pay for the capitalist crisis through increased inequality, lower pay, job insecurity, workplace stress, draconian ‘performance management’ and cuts to services. The labour movement should be championing every working-class fightback against the bosses’ drive to squeeze more and more profit out of our work and our lives.

In place of the dog-eat-dog, exploiting society of capitalism, we socialists are fighting for a world of collective ownership, equality and sustainable planning for people’s needs, not profit. We want to spread these ideas in the working class and among young people.

A socialist transformation of society is not immediately on the cards. Socialism is only possible when a majority of workers are convinced and organised to make it happen. But if we work to strengthen the left and working-class struggles, and reinject socialist ideas into political debate, we can push Labour to shift course and deliver at least some positive changes for the working class.

Whether on the Living Wage or the NHS, free education or zero hours contracts, rail renationalisation or fracking, we need to up the pressure on Labour. We need to advocate radical policies like reversing all cuts, taxing the rich and taking the banks into democratic public ownership. The labour movement should aim for a government that serves the working class as the Coalition serves the rich.

We are fighting for democracy in the Labour Party so that working-class voices, muffled by the New Labour machine and union bureaucracy, can be heard.

We need a labour movement responsive and accessible to the working class in all its diversity, fighting bigotry and oppression. We oppose Labour’s shameful accommodation to anti-migrant agitation by UKIP and other right-wingers. British and migrant workers have the same interests. We support freedom of movement and equal rights for all. We want working-class solidarity across Europe and the world.

In the run up to the election, we are building a network of socialists to carry out this fight. Help us, get involved!


As part of fighting for a socialist alternative to capitalism, we are fighting for the labour movement to campaign around a “workers’ plan” of demands in the interests of the working-class, such as:

1. Stop and reverse the cuts. Make the rich pay to rebuild public services. Tax the rich! Expropriate the banks!

2. A decent income for everyone: attack inequality and precariousness. Tax the rich, curb high pay. Nationalise companies that axe jobs; create decent, secure jobs in the public sector. Wage rises that at least match inflation for all workers. Raise the National Minimum Wage to the Living Wage. Full, equal rights for part-time and agency workers; ban zero hours contracts. Stop the war on the poor, unemployed and disabled: decent benefits. Good pensions for all, public or private, at no older than 60.

3. Rebuild the NHS. A comprehensive public health service providing high quality care for all, not a logo above a marketplace of profit-making companies. End outsourcing, marketisation and PFI. A free, public social care system.

4. End privatisation and outsourcing. Expand public ownership, starting with the railways, Royal Mail, the energy companies and other utilities, under democratic and workers’ control.

5. Stop scapegoating migrants. Freedom of movement and equal rights for all. End deportations and detention.

6. Promote workers’ rights. Scrap the anti-union laws. Introduce strong rights to strike, picket and take solidarity action, and for union recognition and collective bargaining, in individual units and sectorally.

7. End the housing crisis. Build millions of council houses. Repopulate empty homes and estates; take over property left empty; tax second homes; end the sell-off of public land. Control rents.

8. Free education. A good local, comprehensive school for every child. Abolish “free schools”, academies, grammar schools, public funding for religious schools. Reverse cuts in FE. Scrap tuition fees, a living grant for every student. Reverse cuts to Sure Start, invest in early years education.

9. Strong action for equality. Crack down on police and state racism. Ensure and make real civil rights for LGBT, black, disabled people and women, and expanded social provision and redistribution to fight inequality. Universal, free public childcare and nursery provision so no parent is forced to choose between work and care. Ensure equal pay and a Living Wage for all. Free abortion on demand.

10. Slash military spending: scrap Trident. Aid for working-class and democratic movements around the world, not support for dictatorships and imperialism.

11. Drive down carbon emissions. Public investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Stop fracking. A public, integrated transport system with radically reduced fares. Workers’ plans for a just transition to a sustainable economy.

12. Expand democracy. A federal republic of Britain: abolish the monarchy and House of Lords. Votes at 16. Re-empower local government. Extend civil liberties and rights to organise and protest. Disband MI5 and special police squads, disarm the police. MPs should only be paid a worker’s wage.

We need to transform our unions so we stop just adopting good policies on paper and start fighting effectively for the interests of the working class – in strikes and struggles, but also by putting forward a working-class political alternative, including demands on Labour. What we can win depends on to what extent we can convince, organise and mobilise people to fight, and in the process renew our movement and change it for the better.

We will prioritise support for Labour candidates who advocate these kinds of policies and represent a voice of working-class opposition within the party.

Tendance Coatesy supports this campaign (see list of signatories).

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  1. you’d be better off backing Left Unity mate,
    you’re having a giraffe if you think you can win Labour to socialism.


    May 6, 2015 at 6:27 pm

  2. I’ve heard that Ian Donovan may be the most important Marxist theorist of the 21st century.
    His work may be translated into Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, and Bengali.

    His work needs a serious discussion, not a hackneyed refutation and accusations of being ‘mentally ill’.
    Some parts of the Theses may be questionable, but the main argument is not entirely wrong.


    May 6, 2015 at 6:48 pm

  3. Sean Matgamna

    Should I one day run into Trotsky,
    I think I’d shake like a child:
    How could I look him in the eye,

    That eye so far from mild?

    Like Tommy coming home again,
    He’d ask me what I’d done
    And what could I say to placate him?
    “I did my best, Old Man” — ?

    And could I tell the stark flat truth:
    I did the best I could,
    Weighed down by me, a timid youth,
    Ignorant as aul King Lud;

    That I joined his routed army, beneath
    Its flag of inconsequence:
    Joined a movement mad as death,
    That I hack my way toward sense?

    So yes, if I one day met Trotsky
    I’d blush like the child I bagan;
    But then I’d say, that eye on me:
    “I will do my best, Old Man!”

    Proletarian poetry from the pen of the AWL guru. He certainly does owe not only Trotsky but also poetry some apologies. Good thing he keeps his day job as leftist sect guru.

    Ian Donovan is the one who keeps Trotsky’s legacy afloat.


    May 6, 2015 at 7:24 pm

  4. “Ian Donovan is the one who keeps Trotsky’s legacy afloat” say what you will about the Old Man, but do not dare to suggest that he had anything in common with an anti-Semitic scumbag and woman-beater whose only excuse is his mental health problems.

    Jim Denham

    May 6, 2015 at 7:46 pm

  5. .”..an anti-Semitic scumbag and woman-beater whose only excuse is his mental health problems.”

    anti-semitic – depends on definition
    scumbag – subjective
    woman beater – libel and probably made up. not all women are angels anyway.
    mental health issues – subjective. are you a psychologist?

    Trotsky also had mental health issues, and died after a crushing headache which made his ears burn.
    He cheated on his wife. He thought revolution was round the corner, and the 4th International would lead something important.

    why are zionists not able to answer any criticism except by recourse calling someone mad and bad, albeit in different words. I think Jim D should go back to school and he might get better marx next time.

    we could say of JD

    ” a zionist scumbag and masturbator whose only excuse is his mental health problems”

    However, I refuse to descend to that. its about the arguments in the Theses. Not the person.

    Trotskyist popinjay.


    May 6, 2015 at 8:29 pm

  6. Coatesy — tickets please!

  7. Hilary Wainwright thinks this,

    “How a hung parliament could lead to a new anti-austerity alliance
    The right is horrified by the rise of the SNP – because it raises the prospect of a progressive coalition, argues Hilary Wainwright”

    “that a progressive anti-austerity alliance of the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the Greens and the left of the Labour Party could have if they worked together. ”

    The idea that working with the self-centred nationalist capitalists of the SNP, cretins like the Greens, is a new “progressive coalition” reminds me of the kind of stuff Marxism Today used to come out with the late 1980s.

    While she’s at it she could also perhaps mention the ‘left’ of the Liberal Democrats and consitutional and electoral reform.


    Poor Hilary.

    Andrew Coates

    May 7, 2015 at 11:27 am

  8. How’s the barricade building going in Ipswich? Ready to seize the Post Office?

    Paul Canning

    May 7, 2015 at 11:56 am

  9. Protest: Stop the ‘Tory Coup’ (if it happens – watch this space!).

    People’s Assembly: https://www.facebook.com/events/891550857551023/

    Ipswich Workers’ Militia training yesterday.

    Andrew Coates

    May 7, 2015 at 12:35 pm

  10. I assume there’s a segregated women’s battalion comrade Coatsey?

    Comrade Galloway just retweeted a fake exit poll :[ Yet another fine orator lost, surely, to the Twitter Temptress and the Zionist bourgeois courts!

    Paul Canning

    May 7, 2015 at 1:14 pm

  11. The ‘er, hang on a sec’ comments on that Facebook page are hillaire.

    Paul Canning

    May 7, 2015 at 1:18 pm

  12. We in the Provisional Central Committee CPGB (Posadist) are glad to declare our unconditional support to Counterfire and the People’s Assembly in their call for a protest against a possible Tory coup.

    Even now, our Comrades are waiting to help if needed.

    john r

    May 7, 2015 at 1:43 pm

  13. We in the Provisional Central Committee CPGB (Posadist) offer our full and unconditional support to Counterfire and the People’s Assembly in their call for a protest against a possible Tory coup.

    Our Comrades are on hand if need be.

    john r

    May 7, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    • Every nerve is straining to assemble our peasant brigades from the Suffolk hinterland.

      Andrew Coates

      May 7, 2015 at 4:28 pm

  14. Owen has been drilling the People’s Gaystapo Militia [PGM] hard up a back alley, ready to take on all comers.

    Paul Canning

    May 7, 2015 at 6:26 pm

  15. Two brigades of Feline rangers standing by to smother Tories in their beds, Comrade General.

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