Position of New Communist Party of Britain
THE RULING class in Britain is panicking at the prospect of a Corbyn Labour government in the near future and divided over Brexit that would leave Britain decisively outside the economic controls of the European Union.
Brexit would mark a significant shift in the balance of power between capital and Labour in Britain. It would leave a Labour government free to trade with any country around the world and free to invest in British manufacturing industry. It would be a government ready to restore trade union rights and in so doing reverse the yawning wealth gap between rich and poor in Britain. It would be a government that could cap rents and burst the housing bubble that sees our cities’ forests of towering luxury homes owned by investment companies whilst our workers are forced to sleep on the streets.
Labour’s standing continues to rise in the opinion polls. Mrs May’s Conservative government, which is dependent on the votes of sectarian bigots from northern Ireland, is on its last legs and there’s every chance of a fresh general election this year.
Whilst US imperialism licks its wounds in Syria, the warmongers in Washington are already plotting their next move in the campaign to establish their hegemony over the Middle East that would give them total control of the immense oil and gas resources in the region. Although the Americans can always rely on their Israeli and Saudi lackeys to do their dirty work, that’s never proved enough in the past and it’s certainly not working now.
The Saudi intervention in the Yemeni civil war has backfired whilst their spat with their feudal Arab rivals in Qatar has pushed the oil-rich Gulf state back into hands of Turkey — whilst the Muslim Brotherhood on one side and the equally bigoted Saudi-funded Salafist movements battle it out for control in Libya and other parts of the Arab world.
The greedy eye of US imperialism is once again focussing on Iran, whose support for Syria and the south Lebanese resistance movement has been a constant thorn in the flesh of the Americans. But their pathetic attempt to exploit social unrest in the Islamic Republic of Iran has fizzled out despite the best efforts of their hirelings to drum up support for imperialist intervention à la Libya in the bourgeois media.
In Korea the realistic response of the south Korean authorities to the Democratic Korean initiative at the beginning of the year led to the first high-level inter-Korean talks in two years to guarantee the success of the Winter Olympics that took place in south Korea in March. Both sides are continuing the dialogue and a north-south summit is imminent. The changing perspective of the new government in south Korea, which is responding to the demand for peace on the street and reflects the views of realistic circles within the south Korean ruling class, has also forced the US imperialists to agree to a summit meeting between Donald Trump and north Korean leader, Kim Jong Un in the near future,
Meanwhile British public opinion has forced the chief American warlord, Donald Trump, to cancel his planned visit to Britain in February to open the new US embassy in London. Trump’s not welcome in Britain not just because of his personal sexism, chauvinism and bigoted anti-immigrant views but because he is the Supreme Commander of the most oppressive country in the world.
No US president should be invited to Britain until US imperialism ends its occupation of south Korea and closes its ring of nuclear bases that target Russia and People’s China. No US president should be welcomed in Britain until the Americans end their support of the fascist regime in Kiev and drop sanctions against Cuba, Iran and Democratic Korea. No leader of US imperialism should be fêted in Britain until America ends its support for Zionist Israel and recognises the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.
The ruling class is deeply divided over Brexit with the Europhile ‘Remainers’, whose campaign for a second referendum has been boosted by the collapse of UKIP and the relentless equivocation of the Blairite back-stabbers in the Parliamentary Labour Party who still dream of staying in the European Union and, at the same time, getting rid of Jeremy Corbyn.
Some prominent pro-Palestinian activists, many of whom are anti-Zionist Jews, have been suspended or expelled from the Labour Party by a bureaucracy still dominated by Blairites. Corbyn himself has being branded an “anti-Semite” and a Russian “asset” by the bourgeois media the Labour leader enraged by challenging the official narrative over the Skripal affair. He is, of course, a staunch opponent of racism and fascism. His ‘crime’ is simply that he opposes the austerity regime and supports the legitimate rights of the Palestinian Arabs.
The dominant wing within the ruling class is pulling out all the stops to sink Corbyn and make it impossible for him to become Prime Minister. Their smears are aimed at splitting the Labour Party and keeping the Conservatives in office for another five years. Their collaborators are the Blairite fifth column within the Parliamentary Labour Party and the Zionist apologists within the labour movement.
But amongst the Europhiles within the corridors of power there is a growing realisation that the only way that Brexit can be stopped is with the return of a Labour government, ideally dependent on the support of the Scottish Nationalists (SNP) and the Liberal Democrats, whose price will inevitably be a second referendum.
We have to make sure this doesn’t happen. And it won’t if Labour gets a big enough mandate at the next general election to govern without the dubious assistance of the SNP or the Liberal Democrats. But there’s no guarantee that this will happen, or indeed that the Conservatives will be forced out ahead of time, without massive pressure from the labour and peace movement across the country.
But the wounds inflicted by the Blairite rump in the Labour Party can only be healed with an end to the witch-hunt and the return to Labour’s ranks of all those unjustly suspended or expelled over the last few years. The Blairites, who are still a major force within the Parliamentary Labour Party, say Corbyn’s left policies make Labour unelectable but what they really fear is that Labour will be returned to office on a programme of trade union rights, public ownership and social justice that they so bitterly oppose.
Corbyn’s overwhelming support within the trade union movement and the rank-and-file of the Labour party shows that Labour is still a potentially strong weapon for our class and has vindicated the New Communist Party’s long held electoral position. Although the New Communist Party has never confused the Labour Party with a revolutionary party or imagined that we can gain a workers’ state through parliamentary elections, a Labour government, with its organisational links with the trade unions and the co-operative movement, offers the best option for the working class in the era of bourgeois parliamentary democracy.
Our strategy is for working class unity and our campaigns are focused on defeating the right-wing within the movement, and strengthening the left within the Labour Party and the unions. We support Labour’s demands for the restoration of trade union rights, progressive taxation, state welfare and a public sector dedicated to meet the people’s needs.
But social democracy, left or right, remains social democracy whatever trend is dominant within it. It has never led to socialism. So, at the same time, we must build the revolutionary party and campaign for revolutionary change.