Chasing after Middle England

By Steve Godward

We have changed from a left coalition which will be "of course, socialist" to one where we will "fight for it to adopt a working class and socialist platform". This major policy breach was not in my opinion within the power of the Exec.

[At the Exec] I argued that to subsume the SA in the forthcoming local elections would be the best gift the BNP would have, as it appears "Respect" is only standing in the London and European elections.

I left the meeting believing we have deserted the class in the hope of Middle England's vote through our craven desire not to rock the "Respect" boat. We desert the areas we are working hard in, to become a job creation organisation for a few individuals over whom we will have no mandate when in power. The BNP must be laughing all the way to the council chamber. And the new Unite Against Fascism organisation will offer what in the local elections? - vote Labour?

The Labour Party must be chuffed as well. I know we aren't challenging that hard. Our election results are poorÂ… but this was our year. In England all the council seats are to be contested due to boundary changes. We should have been concentrating on a mass challenge to fascism and capitalism.