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If you think all the big political parties are the same - you're right! The bosses have got three parties - isn't it about time we had one of our own?
Fighting for a political voice for working people
As Blair gave his leaving speech to Parliament, he was greeted with a standing ovation from all the establishment parties. As Jonathan Freedland pointed out in the Guardian: “If the Tories had clapped Margaret Thatcher in 1990, which they did not, Labour MPs would have sawn off their own hands rather than join in.”
But much has changed since Thatcher left office; the process that was underway in the Labour Party at that stage is now complete and New Labour is an unrepentant party of big business. Blair saw himself as continuing in Thatcher’s footsteps and now Brown and Cameron will argue over who can best continue in Blair’s.
On public services, on the NHS, on driving down workers pay and conditions, you’d be hard pushed to get a cigarette paper between the New Labour and the Tories, or the Liberal Democrats for that matter!
So this begs the question, if the establishment have got three different parties that all represent their interests – isn’t it about time that we had one of our own? More and more workers are thinking this; with almost 3000 having drawn the conscious political conclusion that a new mass party that represents working peoples interests is necessary and signing up to the Campaign for a New Workers’ Party.
This weekend, shop stewards from across the trade union movement will be taking part in the founding conference of the National Shop Stewards Network. Supporters of the Campaign for a New Workers’ Party have been participating in the build-up to this important conference and will be in attendance on the day.
The campaign for independent working class political representation and the struggle to build a national network of militant shop stewards are two key elements of the same basic struggle, to give workers a voice and the confidence to fight. But if we are to just rely on either one tactic or the other, then we are fighting with one arm tied behind our back.
Supporters of the Campaign for a New Workers’ Party are organising a meeting taking place immediately after the Shop Stewards Network conference where we can discuss how the two struggles can come together and how we can fight for a mass political voice for working class people to stand up against cuts, closures and privatisation. If you’re at the Shop Stewards Network conference, then this is a discussion that you shouldn’t miss out on.