British Labour Party

Alec Grange alec.grange at
Sat Jan 4 09:41:30 MST 2003

"What I want to know from people who think that political change is going to
come from or via the Labour Party is 1) how is this going to be effected?
(i.e. why will it succeed this time when it failed before under better
circumstances) and 2) What did Blair's changes to LP policy and organisation
in the 1990s signify?"

Can it be denied that the Blair-Brown coalition has seen the Labour Party as a force for change and indeed they have succeeded in hijacking the party for their ideas and policies with a little help from Kinnock.

The mass of the membership is largely and probably more concerned about the next episode on Eastenders than on initiating any policies. CLPs are still led by an active core with different agendas. Activists complain there are members never seen and never involved. Perhaps over the years there wasn't really any difference except the left and the ultra left Trots again in confused and varied forms were more noisy.

A look at the Socialist Campaign Group web site shows a report from the November NEC meeting and nothing particularly riveting is revealed.

Indeed, I agree there is little sign of any serious challenge to the Blair-Brown domination.
But it is clear that the Labour Party is likely to remain a major force in UK politics for years to come.

Is all this due to a general malaise of what socialism is? What it can be? And what in the UK would it mean? I notice that the French Parti Socialiste debated its situation with its membership following their recent defeat in the French elections this year but I've seen little comment on its proceedings.

As for anti-war?  I find it difficult to get excited about Saddam Hussein and care little what happens to him and his clique and cannot therefore support anti-war protests.

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