Theory & Struggle

Where next for Britain’s labour movement?

Reflecting on issues arising from the 2019 election

Theory & Struggle (2020), 121, (1), 10–19.

Abstract

This article examines the challenges facing the labour movement and the working class as a whole in the wake of Labour’s electoral defeat in 2019. It argues that the left needs to take a deeper strategic look at its position, understanding the economic and political challenges that are likely to come from the Tory government’s policies and thinking about the threats and opportunities they pose. In addition to waging a political battle over the Labour Party’s direction, the left needs to look to draw masses of people into struggle against the policies of the Tory government and in search of policies that can raise living standards and challenge the narrow economic and political dominance of big business and finance capital. This will require an honest analysis of some of the deeper weaknesses of the labour movement and some hard thought about how to build organisations that can begin to draw people into mass struggle.

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White, Jonathan