A debate is currently raging on the Socialist Unity blog over the strategy those on the left should adopt in the run-up to the General Election next year.
The central bone of contention is whether the Labour Party is better for the working class than the Conservative Party. Whilst it is clear that there could only be such confusion after 12 years of a Labour government that has pursued an aggressive neo-liberal ideology, thoroughly alienating its core vote in the process, it is disturbing that once again so many on the left cannot grasp the fact that however lukewarm we might welcome it, a returned Labour government is much better than Cameron’s 21st century Thatcherites. (Over at 21st Century Socialism, Noah Tucker last month explored the character of Cameron’s likely government very well.)
That is why the recent turn in George Galloway’s Respect to a broader orientation on the left, seeking to maximise friendly relations with those of the lefts of Labour and the Greens, is to be welcomed. Galloway has made clear that Respect should consider a Labour government better than a Tory one come next summer and he is absolutely right. Galloway’s most recent remarks come in an interview with the interesting Third Estate blog.
Just frustrating that ultra-left sectarians cannot see this most basic fact.