[Marxism] tension in the British Labour Party(?)

Gary MacLennan gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 24 18:21:15 MDT 2013

The Guardian had this report on the spat developing between Union leader
and the far-right of the Labour Party.

"Ed Miliband <http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/edmiliband> risked a civil
war in the Labour <http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/labour> movement on
Wednesday evening when he denounced the leader of Britain's largest trade
union for a "reprehensible" attempt to divide the party after warning of
the dangers of being "seduced" by supporters of Tony

In his strongest attack on any union leader, Miliband tore into Len
McCluskey <http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/len-mccluskey> hours after
the Unite <http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/unite> general secretary
claimed that the Labour leader would be "cast into the dustbin of history"
unless he abandons support for David Miliband's campaign managers, Jim
Murphy and Douglas Alexander.

"Len McCluskey does not speak for the Labour Party," a spokesman for
Miliband said. "This attempt to divide the Labour Party is reprehensible.

"It is the kind of politics that lost Labour many elections in the 1980s.
It won't work<http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/apr/24/ed-miliband-union-leader#>.
It is wrong. It is disloyal to the party he claims to represent."

The strongly worded statement follows a warning by a member of the shadow
cabinet that Britain's largest trade
unions<http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/tradeunions>have been taken
over by a new "Bennite tendency" which must be fought by
Labour. McCluskey has been identified as one of the most disruptive

I struggle to maintain coherence when it comes to the Milliband Brothers.
Theirs is the worst kind of snotty treachery.  Nevertheless I think it is
important to pay attention to the "row" within the British Labour Party.
The far-right known as the Blairites or New Labour have been stirring
lately, including getting Blair himself to take time off from making
millions sucking up to dictators to make a call for the Labour Party to
stay "electable" i.e. to stay on the side of Murdoch et the captialist

This notion of keeping to the right so one can win an election is deeply in
the consciousness of the British Labour Party, although the Blairites
express it in its most fanatical form. BTW much the same can be said of the
Australian Labor Party.

The problem is that the economic crisis is so deep in the UK, that
increasingly people are abandoning support for the ruling
Conservative-Liberal Coalition.  The Labour Party is 10% in the polls,
virtually without doing anything. If they were to come up with a serious
alternative to Austerity then the gap would widen.

However even though the Keynesians are making much of the Reinhart Rogoff
spread sheet error, there will be no return to Keynseianism until the
specter of communism appears once more at the banquet table and shakes its
gory locks.  Then and only then will a section of the capitalist class move
to Plan B.

I remain convinced that a pre-revolutionary firestorm is a very real
possibility and not just a consummation devoutly to be wished. A European
political crisis worthy of the name is what we need.  Then surprise,
surprise suddenly we would get Keynesian solutions coming out of the mouth
of "good cop" Ed and maybe even from his "bad cop" brother David.



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