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Factionalism in the Time of Coronavirus, Part 6: Workers Revolutionary Party Predicted UK Police State (1980, from onwards)

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WRP predicted Tory Coup back in the 1980s! (@M.Ezra Archives).

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There has been much talk of ‘Nostradamus’ Dominic Cummings and his ability to predict the future of pandemics.

But the Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) has a better, and proven, track record of clairvoyance.

In the early 1980s the industrial dispute in Britain’s coal fields saw the WRP work out the implications of the threat a military dictatorship posed for the working class and labour movement,

The beginning of the miners’ strike coincided with the Thatcher government’s banning of unions at GCHQ. This, and the massive police operation directed at picketing miners, was taken by the WRP as evidence that ‘the traditional system of capitalist rule through parliamentary democracy is a thing of the past. In its place is Bonapartism – a regime of crisis relying on the armed national police force, directly confronting the organised working class on the streets’.16

The WRP insisted that the miners’ strike could not be won outside the struggle for power, and that if the miners were defeated Thatcher would impose a police-military dictatorship. ‘If we don’t take the power we will have fascism’, Healy declared in February 1985, on the eve of the strike’s collapse. ‘Make no mistake, if we don’t do it, there will be fascism.

The Rise and Fall of Gerry Healy. Bob Pitt. Chapter 10.

This menace has not gone away.

In 2014 the WRP again saw a UK Police State in the making:

May Launches Tory Police State (1st October 2014)

TORY Home Secretary May’s plans to ban democratic rights, that she proposed to the Tory party conference yesterday, was condemned as ‘worthy of a caliphate’ by civil rights group.
2019 saw renewed concerns,

Anti-Brexit coup under way – ‘Country before Party’ means bringing in military police state!

This foresight has now shown its value.

The Coronavirus Pandemic has proved, WRP stalwarts assert, the worth of their farsighted analysis.
There is a clear answer:

The unions must immediately organise a general strike to bring them down and go forward to a workers government that will nationalise the banks and major industries under workers management and bring in a socialist planned economy.

Socialist revolution is the only way forward today.

News From the Red-Brown Front: Bannon and Galloway Scheme Revolution as WRP Calls for General Strike for Brexit.

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Bannon and Galloway Scheme Revolution over some Tasty Grub in Kazakhstan. 

This is on the agenda….

Or so the WRP says,

Workers shake Labour to its foundations with their vote for Brexit!

The News Line says,

This means that a Brexit on October 31 or before, carried out by the working class taking general strike action to bring in a workers government, will be welcomed by workers all over Europe and lead to the revolutionary replacement of the EU by a Socialist United States of Europe.

Only the WRP and the Young Socialists are fighting for this policy and perspective. We urge all workers and youth to join today and to fight for the victory of the British and world socialist revolutions!

The Communist Party of Britain (Marxist Leninist ) founded by Reg Birch and whose best known former member is Alexei Sayle – not to be confused with Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist) who ‘best known’ member is Harpal Brar – is also chorting.

Long believed to have disappeared into red bases in Thetford Forest the one-time supporters of Enver Hoxha  finds in the Brexit Party an instrument of the working class.

Its organ declares,

The working class has used the Brexit party to tell the pro-EU ruling class to carry out our 2016 instruction to leave and we have given that ruling class a bloody nose.

Three years after we voted to leave, it was a staggering failure that we were made to participate in the EU’s elections. Even May herself admitted that taking part in these elections would amount to “failure”.

Fresh from their triumphal implementation of the red-brown mass line the former Revolutionary Communist Party, now Spiked, finds time for a whinge by some useless idiot, Isaac Doel.

Recently Nigel Farage was pictured drenched in milkshake after a pro-Remain protester launched the drink at him. This fuelled debate about the ethics of ‘milkshaking’ as a form of protest. Many jumped to the protester’s defence, claiming that throwing milkshake was an acceptable form of protest when dealing with ‘fascists’ like Farage.

High-profile Remainers frequently use the f-word to describe Nigel Farage. In a video recently posted on his Twitter account, the deputy leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson, said Farage ‘represents the creep of fascism across Europe’. ‘Fascist’ is a term used by those who oppose Farage’s politics to attempt to damage his reputation and delegitimise his Brexit movement.

Quite right!

Le Monde merely calls them “extreme right wing“: “le leader d’extrême droite, Nigel Farage”.

We prefer national populist.

The theme that the voters of the Brexit Party were expressing ‘working class anger’ is dear to many on the Lexit left.

In more measured tones LIndsey German comments, from Counterfire, that Labour’s poor showing was

..the result of trying to put a position which unites both sides of the referendum divide at a time when both sides are becoming more polarised. Jeremy Corbyn’s original position of a People’s Brexit had more chance of working. It was an approach that accepted the referendum result but committed Labour to a progressive Brexit.

In other words Labour should have adopted Counterfire’s views.

She suggests, not unreasonably,

The impasse at the top of politics can only be resolved elsewhere. That requires a focus on wider politics as well as trying to address the EU question. The major class divisions which cut across leave/remain, the issues facing people over their jobs, housing, education, are the ones on which people can find some unity. The left also needs to ask itself some questions: can the Corbyn project succeed in winning an election and making the first steps towards changing British government policies? How can Labour’s right be defeated? How can the left relate especially to working class people in the old industrial areas?

But this comes back to the “EU question”, and internationalists are not going to “unite” with the Brexit camp, ‘People’s’ or not.

Pompous Padre Giles Fraser says,

He found time yesterday to show some solidarity with the Red-Brown inner core:

Meanwhile more details emerge of the top Galloway Bannon summit.

Perhaps the WRP, the CPB (M-L) and the CPGB (M-L) should get an invite to the next jamboree.

 

 

General Strike to Help Gaddafi, Says WRP.

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Gerry Healy (WRP): His Succesors Keep up the Fight.

Unfazed by recent events, the WRP’s Newsline continues on its principled path.

This week they announce a novel way to save Gaddafi.

The News Line urges the British workers to support the Libyan people, and to be for the victory of Gaddafi. UK workers must make their contribution to the struggle. This must be a general strike to bring down the coalition and bring in a workers government.

 Here.

Those who follow such things know that the WRP has some close co-thinkers in the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist),

Down with social-democratic treachery; down with imperialism!
VICTORY TO THE LIBYAN REVOLUTION; VICTORY TO GADDAFI!
HANDS OFF LIBYA!

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Written by Andrew Coates

September 7, 2011 at 11:20 am

Posted in Colonialism, Communism, Libya, Trotskyism

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