In the local elections, Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) stood 100 candidates, far fewer than in previous years. The Socialist Party stood in order to argue for the implementation of Corbyn’s anti-austerity message by Labour councils. They say, that people, “voted Labour enthusiastically last year for Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity manifesto. But they haven’t seen any of that implemented in our borough [Waltham Forest]. The opposite – from councillors who backed the coup against Corbyn.”
The ISL asks the SP do they really think that Labour’s manifesto will overcome the austerity plans of the government of the banks and big business? And how can minor reforms, only some of which may be implemented by Labour if elected, be called an anti-austerity programme? That’s why they call it a Corbyn ‘message’ and not a programme. Labour, if elected in a general election, will not turn councils into bastions of socialism.
Mass strikes not called for by Labour
Corbyn does not call for the mass mobilisation of the working class and strikes, against council cuts, he is quiet on this matter. But the Socialist Party, in the 1000th issue of their paper, asks Corbyn to call national strikes to fight for the NHS. They say:
“Rather than spending their time reassuring mega-rich business leaders, Corbyn and McDonnell should instead be preparing working class people to fight to defend their anti-austerity stand and go further. Ultimately to meet the demands and aspirations of working class people, that means being prepared to carry through the socialist transformation of society.”
But they do not warn that Corbyn will never carry out a socialist transformation. Although this is ABC for revolutionary socialists.
The demand the SP makes is for Corbyn’s victory in 2020. They are even talking of snap election that could lead Corbyn to power if the Tories call it. But parliamentary socialism has been a failure in every country where it was presented as a way out for the working class. It will also be a failure here.
The quote we have used also shows the SP think that Labour’s “anti-austerity stand” is adequate as a basis to develop a struggle for socialism. Nothing could be further from the truth. Corbyn’s anti-austerity programme is just words.
They “call for Corbyn to adopt a socialist internationalist approach to the negotiations” with the EU. However, in the article, they do not call for a common European workers’ struggle to bring down and destroy the EU, as part of the struggle for workers’ socialism in the UK and Europe. This is the only way to approach the EU from a revolutionary socialist standpoint, rather than sowing illusions in reformism.
Rather than standing on principle in order to win the best elements to prepare a fighting leadership for the working class the SP follow Labour’s ‘lead’ who are balancing on a wire and appeal to the basest attitudes held amongst some sections of the working class.