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Campaign for a New Workers' Party Press Coverage

The following letter in reply to Polly Toynbee was carried in the Guardian on Monday 31 March in an edited form. It is carried here in full:

Poly Toynbee makes some very important points (One small electoral change could rouse the sulking apathetic hordes, Guardian, 28/03/08). Voter turnout is low because voters aren’t given any real choice. Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems are so close politically that it seems like we have three wings of one party that artificially split for elections!

Low turnout is something that worries establishment politicians basically because it undermines their legitimacy & its for that reason we hear talk of electoral reform and an ‘alternative vote’ system.

But Polly misses one key point - for workers to feel engaged with politics we need a party that clearly represents and fights for our interests. Without this any amount of electoral ‘quick fixes’ will come to naught.

In the coming council elections a number of left & anti-cuts candidates will be standing. This include socialist Councillor Dave Nellist defending his seat in St Michaels, Coventry, Fire Fighters standing in Merseyside and Huddersfield Save Our NHS campaigning for a second seat on Kirklees council, amongst many others.

In these areas, odds are the election will be more hotly contested than elsewhere as ordinary people are given a genuine choice – the “them-and-us” that Polly writes about. If this alternative were offered on a national scale – a new workers’ party – it would have the immediate effect of “letting other voices be heard beyond the diminishing returns of centre ground vacuity,” as Polly puts it.

Greg Maughan

Campaign for a New Workers’ Party

 

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