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Socialist Worker Calls for Labour Vote…

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” in most places socialists will have to vote Labour.

Who should socialists vote for on 6 May?

Labour has no policies to challenge the rich or a deadly system that has failed so clearly and completely during coronavirus.

Nevertheless in most places socialists will have to vote Labour.

We want to see the Tories lose. If Boris Johnson and his coterie emerge with smiles on their faces after these elections, it will depress many activists. It will encourage the idea that the Tories can escape from any disaster.


More fundamentally, Labour is still not the same as the Tories. It retains some withered connections with working class organisation through its links with the trade union leaders.

The exception is where a small number of credible socialist candidates are standing. For example, in the Liverpool mayor election Roger Bannister of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition has consistently won respectable votes. He is confronting’s Labour’s capitulation to the Tories in the city.

The choice would have been wider if Labour lefts such as Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell had reacted to Starmer’s assaults by creating a new party.

Bad Labour….

But they remain trapped in the iron cage of Labour. They remain in a party that won’t even let its former leader be a Labour MP, and which this week suspended a councillor for calling prince Philip a “massive racist”. 

Exception, back the ‘real’ nationalists in Scotland.

In Scotland we can’t call for a Labour vote. Here a central issue before voters is whether the Scottish parliament will have a majority for an independence referendum—and Labour remains staunchly unionist.

At the same time many pro-independence forces, in the Scottish National Party and Alba, are completely unacceptable because of their pro-capitalist and bigoted politics. So in Scotland we say vote left and fight for independence.


The poverty of choice at the ballot box reflects a deeper crisis of the left.

Over three million people have died because of the ruling class handling of the pandemic. Hundreds of millions, particularly in the poorest countries, face being abandoned without vaccines, or hurled into poverty by lost jobs and slashed wages.

But socialist forces have not yet emerged on a mass scale to challenge the system.

Filling that gap through struggle and socialist politics is far more important than any vote.

It looks like the SWP don’t see much promise in TUSC, or can be even arsed to the mention the Communist Party of Britain…

The SWP has survived the Comrade Delta Crisis. It has managed as best it could. Unlike the mythomaniacs of the Socialist Party/TUSC it has never claimed to be Jeremy Corbyn’s oldest and bestest Friend. There is some slight distance from the Communist Party of Britain and its backing for the Bosses’ Brexit. Will their present mouvementiste strategy win them support? There is now a young bloke selling Socialist Worker in Ipswich.

Written by Andrew Coates

April 21, 2021 at 12:04 pm

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  1. I will support candidates that argue in favour of rejoining the EU.


    April 21, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    • As an internationalist and a Marxist I can only agree with the sentiment, but that is not on the cards. I will vote Labour.

      Andrew Coates

      April 21, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      • Financially they are in a heathly state, mainly through Bitcoin investments (they made loads through their “Black Lives Matter Movement” scam last year….many donated thinking it it was to the official or even American group).
        The reason the SWP nearly always call for a vote for Labour, despite hating them, is because they don’t want to alienate the milieu they recruit in (unionised public sector workers/teachers and students) who have an investment in Labourism. Labour is an anchor for them.


        April 21, 2021 at 6:16 pm

  2. Reminds me of Paul Foot saying somethiing like “Every day of the year I will denounce the reformist Labour Party but come general election day I become an enthusiastic and uncritical Labour supporter.”

    Jim Denham

    April 21, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    • Their is a good clip on YouTube of a Paul Foot Marxism speech on the Peasants Revolt. Superb stuff. They have no speakers like that anymore. When you listen to recent Marxism speeches on their YouTube channel what is noticable is how dull and uninspired the speakers are. Nobody of the speaking quality of Foot, Hallas, Cliff etc..
      The last one with any spirit was Martin Smith. It’s probably one of the reasons why they fought so hard to try and keep him on board.


      April 21, 2021 at 6:21 pm

      • Cliff actually came to Ipswich, and as you say he was an amazing speaker. I wish one could say the same for his son, Donny (who was at Warwick one year above me).

        Foot will not be remembered as SWP. He was above all a brilliant journalist and labour movement man, I recall, once , with a mate, we were at a trade union demo, late 1990s and Footy took the megaphone and just started speaking, addressing the popular masses. Neil shouted out, “And who are you!?”.

        How we laughed.

        Andrew Coates

        April 22, 2021 at 6:39 am

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