vngelis | 02.05.2002 22:53
Failing to claim the sole 'anti-globalisation' label the SWP through its misnamed Globalise Resistance front held a joint demo with the bureaucrats of the TUC (Trade Union Congress). Holding a rally in Trafalgar Square where Labour politicians reeled off the 101 reasons why to remain a member of Blairs party they attempted to defuse the anti-globalisation movement by giving prominence to union bureacrats who remember the working class during elections or rallies. The 'left' fact of new Labourism reared its ugly head again showing to the world how peaceful life could be if only ...they were in charge of peaceful protests.
The reason the SWP can only ever call Labour Party politicians on paltforms is primarily because they are the last step of support to the Labour Party whilst almost everyone else including significant sections of the working poor have abandoned it. Of course the middle income layers of doctors, teachers, social workers will vote for a party that supports big business since the left doesn't appears as yet on the horizon. But the SWP role is to corral any independent movement back into the Labour Party and the TUC which prop them up.
IN Athens their supporters marched behind the pro-government rallies of PASOK whilst ignoring the much larger and more militant KKE demo. In fact their banners where prominantly displayed on state tv showing the government to be on the side of the left...
One cannot of course expect the SWP to break its connection with New Labour. After all it was only few months ago it was urging supporters to vote for Blair. The second time in five years. Propping up the sellouts of the TUC is small change in comparison...