The report today on the latest anti-union manoeuvring by Ed Miliband includes the choice news that he has appointed Phil Wilson MP to his team to lead the effort to win support for the ‘reforms’ to the Labour Party/trade union link. Wilson is an arch-Blairite, the man behind the abandonment of the nationalising principles of the original Clause IV and Progress stalwart. This provocative action deliberately cements the perception that Miliband sees this as his ‘Clause IV moment’, where he sets out to pick a fight with core party supporters. As polls indicate a significant drop in Labour support, does he, or anyone else in the shadow cabinet, actually know what Labour stands for any more? Can he explain why he is following a Tory agenda? Are we, in fact, seeing the Strange Death of the Labour Party?
CUiSL is taking its summer break in August. The next class will be on Tuesday, 2 September, 7 pm, at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD when we will be studying what how socialism might look like in its early stage of development.
In July we studied the Labour Theory of Value. See the paper written and presented by Nigel Green at http://communistuniversity.wordpress.com/