In many ways, the coming general election does not seem an inspiring one for socialists and militants. Faced with the choice between a discredited, right-wing, anti-working class Labour government and a revived Tory party, some will be tempted to sit it out. Things are made worse by the fact that there are few left Labour candidates, and that the main “left” coalition outside Labour (the “son of No2EU” effort) looks very thin and shaky politically.
Do not despair, however. There is something positive you can do in this election.
As regular readers of Solidarity will be aware, Workers’ Liberty supporter Jill Mountford is standing in the south London constituency of Camberwell and Peckham — against New Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman.
Jill is everything that Harriet Harman is not. A socialist, feminist, trade unionist and welfare state activist over twenty five years. She is a workers’ candidate, not a servant of the rich like Harman. She is pledged to take only the average worker’s wage, donating the rest to labour movement and campaigning organisations.
She stands for a workers’ government, a socialist government that serves our class as New Labour and the Tories serve the bosses.
Because there will be so few socialist candidates in this election, the working class will be denied a political voice — and during an economic crisis when it needs such a voice more than ever. We can begin to change that situation through campaigns like Jill’s in Camberwell and Peckham.
There are at most four months left until the election. Use them to help us build the fight for a workers’ voice in politics!
• We will be doing regular stalls, leafleting, canvassing, public meetings and other events. If you want to help with the campaign, get in touch: 07904 944 771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org