cropped-cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgBY DAVID TATE

No sooner had the announcement been made by May of the snap general election on the 8th June than the right-wing Blairites opened up another offensive on their long running war of attrition against Jeremy Corbyn. Just after losing a council seat to the Tories in the Coulby Newham ward of Middlesbrough the sitting Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Tom Blenkinsop announced that he would not be standing in the election. Blenkinsop gave as a reason irreconcilable  political differences with Corbyn. Almost on que Blair’s election agent John Burton for the Sedgefield constituency also was interviewed on local ITV news where he argued that he believed that with the present leadership Labour would be out of office for thirty years. To add further injury the Bishop Auckland MP, Helen Goodman on ITV news said that the objective of the election wasn’t so much as Labour winning the general election but one of minimising the Tory gains.

As if Corbyn does not have enough political problems on his plate it is also expected that with the local elections Labour will do poorly. In the labour heartlands of the North East this could dangerously mean that many workers will simply stay away from the polls. One tragic example is the ongoing long running dispute that Durham County Council has with their teaching assistants. It looks like it will carry on in the hope that through exhaustion the teaching assistants will capitulate. One outcome of the dispute could be that many teaching assistants will be so angry against labour councillors that they will either stay away or even vote for alternatives such as the Greens. This disillusion with Labour is also seen in the Hartlepool constituency where the xenophobic, reactionary UKIP hopes to do well both in the council elections as well as the constituency.

While these parliamentary shenanigans carry on until the 8th June the lives of workers are being further devastated with job losses being announced at a small Northumbrian town Seaton Delaval where the main employer Coty who produces cosmetics for Rimmel is closing the factory with the loss of 450 jobs. Of course, we don’t have to wait and hope that Labour will be elected we can do something now which is to follow the lead of the Arriva Rail North and strike.

All these political weaknesses of Corbyn arises not through any individual failings that he has. After all, over the years Corbyn has upheld unpopular positions, as far as the Labour leadership was concerned, over Palestine, nuclear disarmament etc. The problem that Corbyn faces and many of his supporters is that they have internalised and still hold what are left reformist views which sees all change as essentially coming through parliamentary politics. This has been the hallmark of the Labour Party, left as well as right, from its inception. Whatever happens after 8th June what is certain is that the attacks by the capitalist class will carry on. Irrespective of whether the right wing of the Labour Party with their media supporters in The Guardian ensures that Corbyn loses the election on the 8th June what is certain is that workers will continue to strike and demonstrate against the continuing austerity and that there is still a need for a Marxist voice in the labour movement which offers a Marxist perspective and a Marxist programme.

 

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About RCIT Britain

What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. For new, revolutionary workers' parties in all countries! For a 5th Workers International to be founded on a revolutionary program! Join the RCIT! No future without socialism! No socialism without revolution! No revolution without a revolutionary party!
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