Croydon and beyond

by John Eden

People of Croydon face the same problems confronting others in Britain and others though less acute than those worldwide, rising unemployment,particularly among the youth and young adults, rising food prices though not on the scale as in some countries where prices have tripled leading to great social unrest as in Middle -East. The websites of the two main legal communist parties in Syria dated April and May 2011 put the initial unrest in the southern town of Derra at the ending of food subsides,the privatisation programme of the government in electrical supply and telecommunications, and rising unemployment. Tensions increased with the heavy-handed response of the security services using state of emergency laws which have been in place for almost fifty years,the lifting of these laws was also a demand of the two parties,what started as peaceful demonstrations though illegal under the above mentioned laws, as become an armed struggle as old suppressed tensions have been unleashed, and what was an oppressed class struggle, could become a sectarian conflict, as regional forces and world powers fight out their own contradictions with each other through the crisis in Syria.

Just as regimes in the middle-east have resorted to cuts to resolve  the world capitalist crisis and how it affects them,so  have the main political parties in Britain, and Labour say they will not reverse any of  the cuts if elected at a general election, in this scenario there is no political party in parliament,where the working people can fundamentally change things for the better.

The Labour leadership has fully endorsed capitalism and come to its rescue, and exposed the working class to savage cuts in living standards, at local level Labour councillors when in power have impose cuts (Lambeth)  and condemned trade unionists who oppose them,where not in power opposed cuts, (Croydon) and invite trade unionists to support their position. Can the working class win back the labour party? Myself I am convinced we can’t but of course we must work with those who think they can.

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2 thoughts on “Croydon and beyond

  1. Precisely. The Labour movement is dead in the ground at the moment. It is not the ‘Labourer’ – that is ‘forced worker’ – that the contemporary Labour Party represents, but rather the exact opposites, that is the unbridled exploiters of Labour, the middle and upper classes. Every cut is designed to take Britain back to the status quo of society that existed previous to 1948 and the implimentation of the Welfare State and National Health Service. The Labour Party today actively excludes the true Leftwing from any real positions of political power, and does not encourage Leftwing candidates to stand at the local level. The savage cuts in State Benefits (particularly those effecting the Disabled) are so shocking that it is designed to serve as a warning of intent to the rest of society, and there is no need for such action as the UK, due primarily to its imperialist past, is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The stupid Working Class element that buys The Sun newspaper helps the Tories systematically dismantle their world and take away their rights. Why do these Rightwing governments keep getting elected? It certainly can not be through the middle and upper class vote alone.

  2. Why do rightwing governments get elected? Here’s one answer: democracy under capitalism is a sham. The dynamics of two party systems like that in the USA facilitate rich individuals standing and focus on personalities not politics. Multi-party systems are more likely under PR but the electorate’s wishes can often be traded away after the election. In both cases, money from big business (our money!) supports the mainstream parties and buys business-friendly policies; and the mass media is controlled by capital and outrageously ignores smaller left wing parties and the radical sentiments of a significant proportion of the electorate. Just to make quite sure such parties like the Communist Party don’t get a toe-hold, deposits are set so high in national and regional elections that they would bankrupt any such party that stood in constituencies across the country.

    This is, of course, a somewhat simplistic answer. To dig deeper, come along to the Communist University in South London (CUiSL). It’s open to everyone and charges no fees. Classes are held at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD at 7 pm on the first Tuesday of every month. From April we will be studying democracy in all its aspects.

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