General Election 2015: What Are the UK Workers To Do?


The capitalist system is inherently unfair and favours the privilege minority in any society. In the liberal, democratic West, the political systems are distinct, but are all a variation of a common theme, namely that of maintaining the bourgeois system in power. To do this, the fallacy of choice is enacted throughout the populace, and the concepts of fairness and equality automatically assumed to exist for everyone. This idyllic picture of middle class utopia is nothing but a lie. The class that has the power is the class that possesses the means of production – and it is exactly this class that dominates society from top to bottom, and defines what it believes to be correct and normal convention. In the capitalist West it is the middle class that dominate, and has done so in the UK since the over-throw of the absolute monarchy of Charles I in the mid-1600’s. In other European states the dates that the bourgeoisie gained political power from the aristocracy (or the upper class) vary, but the fact is that a middle class revolution did occur Europe-wide which shifted the balance of political power. Through the industrialisation process, the peasantry has been transformed into the proletariat – a body of workers dispossessed of their land and the means of production, that where forced by economic necessity into factories, where they were trained to work machines over long hours during the day, and throughout their often very short existences. Their pay was minimal, their living conditions despicable, and their working conditions awful! They were forced to live on a very small share of the profit of their work, with the vast majority of this profit (or surplus value) going directly into the pockets of the middle class who partook in no physical labour. The leisure that the middle class enjoined was a direct result of the sweat and toil of the workers they employed.

Following the development of unions, and the spread of Socialist and Communist ideals throughout the workforce, a political battle ensued between the workers and their pay-masters, with the workers always trying to get better working conditions and pay, and the middle class trying to prevent any improvement, whilst maintaining the maximum exploitation of the worker. This relations exists in the UK today, but is hidden behind a biased press and media, and a political system that represents only the aspirations of the already affluent middle class and their allies within society. The working class has responded to this not by voting, but rather by withdrawing completely from the political system that continuously alienates and excludes them. This is seen from the fact that only 1 in 6 of those eligible to vote actually register to vote. This means that 5 out of 6 people in the UK who could vote, are not even registered in the system. This mass of humanity represents the vast majority of the workers whose daily existence is reliant upon the Welfare State and the National Health Service.

The Welfare State – with its Universalist premise – has helped and supported all British people regardless of class, since its inception in 1948. The middle class uses this system, as does the working class, but the difference is that the middle class, by definition, already possesses enough financial resources (historically stolen from the workers), to take care of themselves – the working class, by way of contrast, possesses no such resources. The working class does not possess any financial resources because the middle class has stolen it from them at every turn, and ensure, through a legal system biased to bourgeois requirements, that this accumulated wealth remains no-returnable. This same bourgeois legal system also stops and prevents the working class from bettering itself outside of the bourgeois system by encouraging (or bludgeoning) conformity to its own norms and standards. The working class is trapped by the auspices of the very middle class system they helped to create through the stolen profit gained from their collective labour.

Today, the political parliamentary landscape in the UK works entirely from a centre-right perspective, with the British media deliberately ignoring grass-roots workers’ movements, and instead giving wall to wall coverage to minority far-right movements such as the racist British National Party and the United Kingdom Independence Party. The Labour Party – since 1997 – has moved to the right and embraced the philosophy of neo-conservativism. In short it has ideologically abandoned its working class roots, and the working class people. It depends upon the middle class to vote it into office by not offending it with tax rises, and working class populations who vote Labour regardless of the policies it pursues. The Liberal Democrats are really just soft Tories, whilst the Conservatives are hard Tories. These three political parties in the UK all represent variants of Toryism. It was ‘new’ Labour who began the wholesale dismantling of the Welfare State, and the privatisation of the NHS – following in the footstep of Margaret Thatcher. The Labour leader Tony Blair idealised Thatcher, and referred to the famous Tory racist – Enoch Powel – as a great man! Today, although many working class people still habitually vote Labour, Labour is not repaying their loyalty by rewarding them with leftwing policies. Instead Labour keeps granting further tax cuts for the rich, and privatising previously nationalised industries. Labour only exists to betray the very workers it claims to represent. This is because the upper echelons of the Labour Party have become infiltrated by middle class politicians who are representing their class whilst continuing to exploit the workers by peddling myths and aspirations.

A Labour win in yesterdays General Election would have been a relief, because it would have ushered in a change in feel of the UK government, but Labour stated firmly that they were not going to reverse any Tory reforms or free the unions if they won. They were not going to reinstate the Welfare State or renationalise the NHS – both of which were paid for through the taxation of the workers who made use of them. Labour lost the middle class vote last night to Tory administration that has a proven track record for dismantling all Socialist institutions regardless of the cost in human suffering or human lives. The point of Labour, the LibDems, and the Tories is to make life as comfortable as possible for the middle class – and in so doing continue to exploit the workers to the maximum to achieve it. A vote for Labour was only ever a vote for a damage limitation exercise that would have simply slowed down the rightwing assault on Socialism – and not stopped it. The LibDems allow this Tory administration to unleash hell in the UK – and they have paid the electoral price for the abandoning of their principles to attain political power – even if it were only that of second fiddle to an indifferent Tory Party. The truth is that all three main parties are all equally guilty of attacking the working class, and all have hands covered in the blood of the workers. A new grass roots political movement is needed to represent the workers and take the initiative away from Labour and their confidence trick of claiming to represent the workers at each election. If Labour continues to take hard earned money from the workers via union dues – then it has a moral duty to represent those who funds its existence. The fact that Labour continues to take working class money but refuses to represent the workers suggests a very exploitative relationship. This situation has allow a far-right fascist Tory Party to gain power for a second time. This kind of duplicity has cost lives, and will continue to take lives.

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