Some next steps for Momentum 

17 June 2017

The situation is fraught with pain and anger and pregnant with opportunity. This is more than a Tory electoral meltdown – in the terrible aftermath of Grenfell, the Tories have lost the consent of the people and cannot rule. 

We still have no government, no coalition, but we have a sense of what they’re going to try. A minority Tory government backed the DUP will be a weak and vicious affair.

Some say we need do nothing but prepare for the next election, that we should let the Tories bleed, that we should not interfere with our enemy when she is making a mistake. But that military analogy is misplaced. The Tories have just lost a huge battle, it remains to drive them from the battlefield.

Red Flag, socialists in the Labour Party, welcome today’s meeting of Grassroots Momentum branches and Red Labour. We hope this will help extend the networks of democratically organised Labour Party members that support Jeremy Corbyn at local, regional and national level. We have two proposals to make.

1. Create a democratic network of left wing party members that can mesh with local struggles and remove the right from levers of control in the party 

2. Prepare for a Labour government 

Whether it comes this year or next a Labour government with the likely complexion of the PLP would have a left wing leadership and a right wing parliamentary group. This will make it very difficult for a Corbyn government to resist the inevitable reaction from financial markets, employers and the state. There are four possible outcomes: the government gives in and adopts austerity like Syriza in Greece; the government is overthrown in a military coup like in Chile; or the government breaks with the ruling class, takes over their property and hands power to new democratic institutions of working people organised to fight the system.

In this context we believe there’s an urgent need for a debate to extend and strengthen the party’s programme. Key areas include:

There is much more to discuss and we really hope today’s meeting marks a step forward in that process.


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