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Factionalism in the Time of Coronavirus Part 14: Calls for New Workers’ Party and ‘Resistance Movement’.

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It’s all happening on the Home Front! 

From what remains of the left (we hear that Momentum has revised its membership total down to 8000, from a high of 45k)  the drip drop of criticism of Keir Starmer continues, without a pause,

Momentum is trying to re-merge as a force:

 

But other strategists have been plotting the way forward.

At the beginning of August the revolutionary socialist groupuscule Counterfire which runs what remains of the People’s Assembly, and strongly influences the surviving structures of the Stop the War Coalition  carried this analysis, from the white-heat of the actuality of the revolution,

Life After Corbyn: don’t lose the radicalism

There has been some speculation that Corbyn might be expelled, and that he might then set up a new mass party of the socialist left. It won’t happen. Starmer isn’t stupid, he would prefer to keep Corbyn as a prisoner of the PLP so that what’s left of Labour’s radical left can be kept to heal and picked off one by one in the witch hunt. So if we need something new we are going to have build it ourselves.

Roy Wilkes concluded.

Plurality of ideas and approaches is positive and healthy. Plurality of sects competing with each other isn’t. And if we are going to extricate ourselves from the terrible predicament we find ourselves in, following over a century of failure to build an effective proletarian leadership, then our best hope is surely to force ourselves to come together, one way or another.

 

This is where revolutionary socialist leadership should be stepping in to the breach. It isn’t too late to change the course of history and avert catastrophe. But it soon will be.

Zooms apart there is little sign of this popping its head above the parapet.

Yet.

Chris Williamson is garnering support for his initiative, The Resistance Movement, as critics of Keir Starmer seek a welcoming political home.

Many will  relish his plain speaking.

 

They will no doubt admire how he stands up to the “Zionist” lobby,

Last week the Socialist Party called for a “new mass workers’ party”.

Labour payouts: unions must discuss political representation

the Socialist Party has called for discussion in the workers’ movement on the need for a new mass workers’ party.

A ‘major gathering’ of trade unionists and socialists is definitely needed, in the form of a conference that can democratically discuss and debate how political representation for the working class can concretely be re-established in the situation created by Starmer’s leadership.

 with or without the involvement of any particular individual, the need for a mass workers’ party that can discuss and adopt a socialist programme is inherent in today’s situation.

The Socialist Party has already initiated a call for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) to once again stand anti-cuts candidates in the next local and mayoral elections, following TUSC’s suspension of standing in the last local elections.

Presenting candidates who will fight for workers’ interests can only aid the discussion on how a mass workers’ party can be built, while in the meantime playing an important role in putting a socialist alternative on the ballot papers.

Yet, so far no answer seems to have come.

Socialist Worker comments,

Battles and infighting inside Labour reflect the party’s limits Charlie Kimber

Socialists should always be for the Labour left against the Labour right. But they also have to recognise that, even at its best, Labourism is not going to transform society.

A left that couldn’t effectively confront the right in its own party can hardly deal with the pressures of global capital and the state.

The obsession with Corbyn-nostalgia matters because big struggles are coming. Every day there is more news of job cuts and frequent predictions of mass unemployment.

The need for resistance focused on the workplaces and the streets, not parliament, is more urgent than ever.

At the moment the main energy of these factions has been concentrated on building Colvid-19 Action fronts, People Before Profit: Health Worker Covid,  and  agitating for NHS workers’ pay rises – a better way of spending their time some might say than the usual party/groupuscule building.

 

Hot on their heels George Galloway’s Workers Party calls on the masses to spurn those  “beholden to the Westminster brethren”.

 

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  1. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    A6er

    August 12, 2020 at 6:33 pm

  2. In order for the Labour Party to achieve a majority of one in the next General Election, it needs to win 123 seats (as well as defend up to 38 seats which could now be considered marginals(1)). For example, in GE19, there were quite a few Labour seats where the Brexit Party vote was more than the Labour majority over the Tories (Yvette Cooper (Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford — Labour majority 1,276, Brexit Party vote 8,032) and Ed Miliband (Doncaster North — Labour majority 2,370, Brexit Party vote 8,294)). I don’t think it’s hard to imagine that many of these Brexit Party voters would have been more likely to vote Tory had Farage’s party not stood.

    As the Tories have a healthy majority of 80, it is unlikely the next GE will take place before 2024. In the meantime, Labour has to persuade millions of voters (GE19 votes— Tories 13,966,454 , Labour 10,269,051) that they are a viable alternative government.

    All these small parties are interested in, ultimately, is building their own brand not electing a Labour Govt.

    As to what Labour can do to improve the situation, it’s difficult to come up with easy solutions. The situation could be much worse in Scotland next year and it’s possible the Tories could beat Labour in Wales at the same time.

    It’s not all doom and gloom though. Starmer’s poll position is improving against Johnson’s. However, unfortunately, Labour is still well behind the Tories in the polls. That’s what the Labour leadership has to concentrate on changing and try to ignore the sectarian anti-Labour left as much as possible.

    (1) https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/what-impact-did-the-brexit-party-have-on-the-general-election-result-

    John Rogan

    August 14, 2020 at 10:16 am


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