Appeal for left unity in Britain


We have received this important appeal for left unity in Britain. We urgently need to debate out the basis for a united movement. We post it on in the spirit of encouraging that conversation, spreading the word, and drawing more people in.

Europe is plunging deeper and deeper into crisis. Its governments are continuing with their failed austerity policies which are destroying the social and economic gains working people have made over many decades.

The economic crisis has increasingly become a social and political crisis as people face poverty, hunger and even death, as a result of the catastrophic and government-imposed failure of health systems and social services.

However the people of Europe are fighting back. On November 14th millions took to the streets to oppose these policies and throughout southern Europe there were general strikes. The task of the hour is to give adequate political expression to this new movement. In Greece, France, Germany and elsewhere, new political formations have emerged, drawing together a range of left forces, challenging the capitulation of social democracy to neo-liberalism. Here in Britain, a successful response to the rightwards move of Labour has not yet taken place, yet we have equal need of a new political formation which rejects austerity and war, advocates a greater democratisation of our society and institutions, and poses a new way of organising everyday life.

The need for cooperation amongst those forces which seek to bring change to our society is vital, to enable us to overcome the obstacles of the first-past-the-post electoral system. The need for unity is paramount as attacks on the living and working conditions of ordinary people intensify, and the very fabric of our welfare state is being destroyed. We need to open a dialogue of the left, as a matter of urgency, to ensure that we do not remain outside of these developments.

A coalition for change is necessary. We call on all those willing to tread this path to support this Appeal, so that this essential discussion can begin.

The task is urgent and the time short.

Called made by the 14 November Movement for Left Unity. To support it or for more information contact Andrew Burgin and Kate Hudson on [email protected]


One Comment

  1. Sue Fortune
    January 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm · Reply

    The indispensible part of any analysis that will prove honest and constructive is to recognise that what is happening is an upwards redistribution of wealth, and that it started during Thatcher’s 80s and did not cease during her bastard son Tony’s reign. Any electoral solution is illusory, as 1997-onwards should have proved. The Blair-Brown years have only fuelled the confidence of the present incumbents in grabbing back everything working-class organisation claimed during the 20th century’s years of struggle. Anyone lily-livered enough to reject direct action and promote an electoral response is part of the problem, not the solution. It is becoming clear that “nothing to lose, everything to gain” will become the only workable slogan. Even that may well be over-optimistic.

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