Forget ‘Red’ Ed; take the fight to capitalism

Now that Labour no longer occupies the government hot seat and has resumed the status of ‘honourable’ opposition, cost-free ‘left’ posturing is suddenly back in fashion.

The Daily Mail has helpfully recreated long-serving Brown toady Ed Miliband as the imaginary firebrand “Red Ed”, thereby throwing a lifeline to all those in the left swamp telling workers to hold fast to ‘the mass party of the working class’ and pray for better times.

Taking his phrases from Lenin and his inspiration from the Daily Mail, Robert Griffiths of the Labour-loving Communist Party of Britain (CPB) has dubbed Red Ed’s leadership victory “One step forward”, enthusing that this “represents a defeat for the arch-new Labourites” and enjoining the unions to “liberate” the new leader from the “death grip” of New Labour. How? Why, by steering their members back into social democracy, so that Labour may be “reclaimed”!

Really the boot is on the other foot. The unfinished task confronting militant workers anxious to resist the impending cuts is not rescuing virginal Ed from the fiendish clutches of ‘New’ Labour, but ‘liberating’ the unions and the wider working class from the ‘death grip’ of the Labour party – all brands.

The younger Miliband’s belated efforts to wipe his fingerprints off Labour’s many crimes, both against British workers and against the courageous people of Iraq, should fool nobody. And the ‘comfort zone’ from which the unions must be freed is not just some sordid ‘New Labour’ interlude, but the smothering embrace of social democracy represented by the whole history of the bourgeois Labour party.

Nobody thrives long inside the Labour party who will not crawl behind imperialism when push comes to shove. A miracle landslide vote for ‘anti-war’ Diane Abbott would no more have been “one step forward” for workers than was the triumph of Ed over David. Suffice it to recall that it’s only a year and a half ago that she endorsed a Commons motion celebrating “the heroic efforts of the British armed forces in Iraq”, which were said to be conducting “important operations … to support the people and government of Iraq”.

Working-class people need to fight tooth and nail against the massive class attack now to be unleashed on their heads. We must never forget that it was the Labour party that prepared the ground for this onslaught in the first place. It was ‘New’ Labour that bolstered up the union-bashing laws enshrined by Thatcher, pushed through ‘anti-terror’ measures for use against workers in struggle and dragged the British working class into demoralising complicity with oppressive foreign wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And it was ‘Old’ Labour that played the most crucial role in keeping workers off the revolutionary scent all through the post-war years, pretending that domestic advances in education and welfare provision could be won and sustained under benign capitalist rule whilst the army went on breaking heads in Greece and Malaya. With privatisation eating its way through the NHS and schooling, and the welfare state heading for the Big Society knackers’ yard, the gilt is rapidly peeling from the ‘golden age’ of Clem Attlee’s ‘real Labour’.

With world capitalism in the grip of an acute crisis of overproduction, our rulers can only hope to extricate themselves by driving living standards down into the ground and preparing for future wars to redivide the markets. To resist this class warfare initiated by our rulers, we need to take the fight back to capitalism, sweeping aside all those Labour apologists who would spread disunity in the ranks of resistance.

2 thoughts on “Forget ‘Red’ Ed; take the fight to capitalism

  1. BRILLIANT, ARTICLE FORGET RED ED TAKE THE FIGHT TO CAPITALISM. I THINK CPB, COMMUNIST PARTY OF BRITIAN, ARE SEROIUSLY CONFUSED, FIRST IT WAS THE QUESTION IS BROWN BETTER THAN BLAIR, WHICH WAS AS GEORGE GALLOWAY PUT IT TWO CHEEKS OF THE SMAE BACKSIDE, AND NOW THEY ARE TELLING US THAT RED ED, IS THE FUTURE, FOR THE LEFT AND HE IS THE ONE TO CHNGE THE LABOUR PARTY, FROM NOT BEING A RED TORRY PARTY INTO A SOCIALIOST, OR COMMUNIST PARTY?

    I DON’T THINK SO, AND SADLY THIS IS THE STATE OF THE CPB TODAY, AND WHY THE MAJORITY OF THE WORKING CLASS, DO NOT JOIN THEM OR LISTEN TO THIER POINTS, BECAUSE THEY ARE THIER TO CONFUSE THE WORKING CLASS, BYE SAYING VOTE LABOUR KEEP THE TORRES OUT.

    I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU CPB, THIER IS A NEW COMMUNIST PARTY AND MOVEMENT GROWING IN UK, WHO ARE PROUD TO BE COMMUNIST, THATS US IN CPGB-ML, AND OTHERS, WE STAND UP FOR COMMUNISM, AND DON’T EVER TRUST WHAT WAY ED AND HIS SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PALS ARE GOING TO SWING, LEAVE ED HE AIN’T GOING TO CHANGE EVER.

    A WARNING TO ALL REVISIONISTS, YOUR TIME AT THE TOP OF THE PILE IS OVER THIER IS NEW BLOOD NOW IN THE MOVEMENT, AND YOUR REVISIONISTS, WAYS HAVE GOT US NO WHERE THEY HAVE NOT WORKED. SO I KNOW WHAT THE CHALLENGE IS AND SO DO MY PARTY TO BUILD A COMMUNIST PARTY LIKE OLD CPGB IN 30 40 S, AND LIKE KKE,IN GREECE, WITH A SIMPLE MESSAGE WE ARE THE COMMUNIST PARTY, AND WE ARE BUILDING THE COMMUNIST PARTY, TO FOLLOW THOSE IN GREECE AND TRY TO GET INTO GOVERMENT. LIKE WILLIE GALLACHER COMMUNIST MP.

  2. My name is Jonathan Dale from Scotland, and I am a Red Yotuh member, I have been a Communist all my life, and I have been on demos, and meetings most of my young life. But what I do now is that the old CPGB, of 30 40’s 50,s was a party that was proud to be communist and it took up working class peoples problems, in workplace and in society they lived in, ie during wars, and post war, it knew and was proud to go around knocking on doors and saying we are the communist party. I t worked not just in elctions, but all year round to get the votes, how did it get the votes, because it was a party that was thier all the time, and people knew that. in my view we must learn from the good points and good times of the old cpgb, but we must also learn from the bad points, when the revisionists line took over, and led to its collapse, and dimise which was broadcast bye the capitalist media widely, and i noticed recently it is back on you tube. the end of the party? are the revisionists celebrating what they have done? youo better worry revisionists, because real communists who have learned the ggod points of the soviet union and old cpgb, are rising up greatly, and are thier for the working class, we care about the working class, and we want to he,lp them expose the right wing goverments, that are robbing the working class, the bankers are laughing under labour and torries, they are getting away with it.

    communism does work it worked in britian, when cpgb was strong and it worked in Soviet Union- put simply it means no unemployment, state owned industries and banks, were you have money to save and your country’s resources like oil, and trees are produced and put back into the state. where thier is enough housing, and food for people. where thier is not the few owning the wealth, while the working class slave long hours to prop up the profits of faboulusly rich companies, who are laughing, all the way to the bank, while the working class suffer long hours of work and tiredness, unable to be healthy with so much hours or hard work, we are Red Youth come join us, remeber students, if youo want to have an education, yes you will get it but loaded with that you have massive debt that you need to pay back, whcih you may never pay back, education should be free state paid for, state should own everything, in doing this it is rich, not in debt like we are today in Britian?

    but remeber who created and started the mess, tony blair, and his pal gordon brown, 13 years of a labour goverment, and what have the working class and students got out of it nothing, same as the torries, red torrie blue torry, thier is no difference.

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