Sunday, 19 December 2010

Our Revolution: The dangers of two party politics

A new politics is emerging, which has sent British politics down a new and radical path (as with many major political events) we never saw coming. Unpredictable events in politics tend to be instances which manage to ignite a political re-insurgence in the youth. Moments, such as this we now in Britain are experiencing should be taken with the utmost importance and seriousness. This moment holds the potential to change the dimensions and contours of British politics by the left filling the void left by the class war this government ignited. This is the time that all those who feel affiliated with the struggle of 21st century socialism’s, quest for workers liberty, just and ethical wage divisions, the future of our decayed welfare system, the destruction of our democratic system and our need to construct a more representative and democratic political system For these reasons we need to become active and dedicate our energies on debating and implementing the tomorrow we once never thought possible. 

Unwittingly on May the 12th David Cameron and Nick Clegg forged a coalition which is attempting and succeeding to condemn the Workers of Britain. The very people who operate the fundamental mechanisms our state requires to operate: hospitals and care home staff, factory workers, milk workers, farmers, bin workers, transport workers, postal workers, teachers, academics, free lance musicians, shop assistants, IT workers, and journalists. The actions of the coalition government have managed to do something the Left has been trying and failing to do since 1968. That is to expose the corrupt figure of the politician and their politics, for all to see. Clegg and Cameron stand naked before our very eyes and all those with the apt ability to see the spectacle is certainly mortified, perhaps horrified, but definitely not surprised- as the Left had the subconscious ability to spontaneously mobilise and take to the streets in the first skirmishes with the state that have the potential to impose the underclass radical left onto the British political spectrum.

The movement we have seen unrelentingly spill out onto the streets with all the vibrancy and energy of a new social class with an essentially proletarian character and culture, has predominantly emanated out of the halls of University campuses around the UK. I hope also too in the work place and even within the enemy itself, the petty bourgeoisie. The rise in opposition is intrinsically linked to the dangerous political formation of a British government, Conservative throughout but, with the addition of the Liberal Democrats, once our third opposing political party - the Liberal Democrats were traditionally in parliament to serve as an-other representative, used to hold the leading party to account in attempts to force their agenda into policy construction -  however, with the Liberal Democrats insufficient sway of the British public they were destined to never hold the keys to 10 Downing Street.

When a window of opportunity presented itself to the Liberal Democrats they allowed the complete demise of their own party, for this they should never be forgiven, just as the elitist figure of the Conservative party, in particular, its front bench should never be forgiven, and all those careerist politicians which stand before us. Contemporary politicians and subsequently representatives of the British civility no longer represent or even attempt to represent the majority. What this government is doing is forcing the deficit upon the workers and students of Britain.

The deficit has been accumulated by; the petty Bourgeoisie, stockbrokers, investment bankers, banks, tax evading business and business people, at the expense of not only the workers of Britain but more poignantly on the workers of the world. It is in this instance that a thought must go to those living in the Congo, the biggest humanitarian catastrophe of our times, where over 5,000,000 people have perished, and 40% of its population have been raped. This conflict is fuelled by the DRC’s mineral resources in particular coltan a very rare mineral used in electronic equipment.

Events such as the Congo resonate with the left on levels of empathy that a capitalist bourgeois is incapable of mustering. They may give unsurpassable amounts of much needed charity however, they will reside to the assumption that this is the way of the world; I give to charity and contribute to charities very existence. For those of us on the left we want to help and the only way we can help is by attempting to create new political modes and new modes of economy as a result of the new politics. Human life and the way we interact with our habitat is what are needed, not the accumulation of materials worth far more than any price tag can symbolise. We live on a finite planet and we must act responsibly.

What the student protests across the UK demonstrate is that there is a will to fight against a government we never wanted. How long the spirit of the youth will last and to what degree it will infect the workers of Britain remain to be seen, the Tube workers are leading the workers resistance and they are with the students when we march. The marches we have seen need to expand; we need to march against this government when they attack in the class war, again and again. This is just the beginning. Workers and students unite, with solidarity and with dignity.   

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