[Marxism] British election results

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Fri Dec 13 18:11:23 MST 2019

Roger Silverman writes:
"This is no time for glib slogans. This is a serious defeat; a disaster. It
clears the way for the most brutal Tory attacks yet seen on our living
standards and our democratic rights. It will destroy the last remaining
vestiges of the welfare state established 75 years ago. It will at least
for a period demoralise a generation of youth desperate for the chance of a
future. And it puts at risk the huge advances made in the last four years
towards the reconquest of the Labour Party as the party of the working
class and the 99%.

"In a lesser-known story by Lewis Carroll, there is a scene where the
masses are rioting in the streets demanding: “Less Bread! More Taxes!”. In
Victorian England, that was a piece of playful nonsense fantasy, along with
the Cheshire Cat’s grin or the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. In 21st century
Britain, the population have actually in real life elected a grotesque
pantomime prime minister who could easily have walked straight out of Alice
In Wonderland, promising exactly that very programme....

"Under a Johnson parliamentary dictatorship, years of volatility, conflict
and crisis lie ahead, erupting in an explosion of protest which could well
bring it crashing to its downfall. In countries around the world, from
Europe to Africa, the Middle East to Latin America, tens of thousands are
marching on the streets, braving police bullets and in many cases
overthrowing their oppressors. Britain is plunging into the turmoil that is
already gripping at least thirty countries throughout the rest of the
world. Let Boris Johnson chortle in his moment of glory while he can. He
least of all will be equipped to withstand the era of revolution and
resistance that is sweeping the world."

*“In politics, abstract terms conceal treachery.” *from "The Black
Jacobins" by C. L. R. James
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