In this short article, guest writer David Warwick asks: is it Labour?
With all the good intentions in the world we join the ‘Labour Party ‘ prepared to take on the Tories locally, hoping that in some small way our efforts will lead to victory nationally. Our principles and our desire for social justice sets us apart from the ‘nasty party’ and all it stands for. The Tories strip back our communities’ resources seemingly happy to put profits above people, offering little to those that need the most while bolstering their own heartlands with plenty of funding.
Should we really be surprised by this though? The Tories protect their own. But this can’t be said of the modern day Labour party.
A party with its foundations in the working class, where the voice of the masses finally would be heard – at least, that was the idea. Now in 2021 the party of the middle classes, micro managed at every level and dismissive of the grassroots within its own ranks, is no longer listening to the majority of its members and openly ejects them simply for calling out an apartheid state.
There is a merry go round of jobs within the party structure, one that that uncannily only ever seems to have seats for the right. The same pattern can also be seen in certain right-wing unions too: if a regional job comes up for grabs the musical chairs games start and the same faces seamlessly interchange between party and union. Anyone wanting to take even a lowly branch or CLP position finds themselves engulfed by vote-rigging, or faced with an avalanche of delegates that they’ve never seen before miraculously appearing at meetings just to thwart the left having any place at an executive level.
The machine that is the ‘Labour party’ – and to a slightly lesser extent certain unions – act and behave with a disregard for democracy and unity. They maintain internal power with an iron fist, brutalising and dispatching anyone who dares challenge it.
So who really is the nasty party in British politics?
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