Class War in the British Labour Party
Tories, Blairites Turn the Screws on Jeremy Corbyn
Publisher: Workers Vanguard
Date Written: 15/01/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX18648
Ever since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the British Labour Party last September, the party has been in a state of internal class warfare. Corbyn is a decades-long member of old Labours left wing and is hugely popular among working people. Pitted against Corbyn and his followers are the vast majority of Labour Members of Parliament (MPs) who uphold the legacy of Tony Blair and are unashamedly committed to "free-market" capitalist exploitation and imperialist military slaughter in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.
James Bronterre OBrien, an Irish-born leader of the Chartists, gave voice to the need for the working class to fight in its own interests instead of begging its oppressors:
"My motto is... 'What you take you may have.' I will not attempt to deal with the abstract question of right, but will proceed to show that it is POWER, solid, substantial POWER, that the millions must obtain and retain, if they would enjoy the produce of their own labour and the privileges of freemen."
In Britain, the military chiefs -- who owe allegiance to the monarch, the head of the armed forceshave made it clear they are not disposed to obey the will of Parliament should Corbyn become prime minister. The City bankers and businesses are not going to voluntarily give up their vast wealth for the common good.