On the uprising by the youth in England
The brutal murder of Mark Duggan by the police on the 4th
August 2011 in Tottenham is what sparked an uprising of the unemployed and
student youth across England.
As the parasitic nature of the capitalist system has grown so has the size and
brutality of the state repressive forces.
The massive cuts of 82 billion pounds launched by the Labour Party, and
now continued by the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives, together with huge
unemployment and falling real wages, are the objective factors that has led to
this explosion by the youth. The working class has long been prepared to fight
against the imperialist capitalist regime of Britain but the treacherous leaders
within the workers movement have consistently kept the organised working class
off the streets- they only occasionally organised 1 day marches for the masses
to blow off steam. In the deliberate disorganization of the resistance, the
‘left’, the SWP, the Militant, Workers Power, WRP, Socialist Fight, etc have
played the major counter-revolutionary role. In fact they have done this over
the years and this time round the imperialists thought they could once again
depend on them. Indeed they will continue to play the most dangerous role in
saving the system by acting to isolate and stifle the current uprising of the
Who are the criminals?
The main criminals are the US
banks and indeed the entire capitalist class, who are making unheard of profits
of countless billions of pounds. They are the ones who are condemning millions
of workers to low wages, mass unemployment; they are the ones who increase
their profits over the backs of students who now have to pay triple their fees.
The capitalist class is responsible for raising housing costs to levels that
have no relation to real costs; they are the ones who have raised fuel and food
prices much higher than their real level; they are the ones who profit
massively from the increasingly privatized health care system. The Labour
Party, Lib Dems and Conservatives are the agents of
these capitalist criminals who have been openly looting the public coffers and
the working class for centuries.
The way forward
While organizing action committees in every area, uniting local and
immigrant workers, the immediate question must be of self-defence against the
police thugs. At the same time it is important to call for factory committees
to be set up in the form of work-based action committees. While the youth is
the spark of the uprising, it is the broader working class that has to be
mobilised to take the fight further. The capitalists are the ones who are
looting the masses- the way to resist should be to prepare for factory
occupations as part of the preparation for a general strike. At the same time
the workers and youth should march to the union offices to demand a general
strike, not only against the cuts but for jobs for all. Workers should send
delegations to their family members who are rank and file soldiers in the army
and call on them to join in the defence of the masses.
These are the first next steps in the fight ahead. 12.8.2011 WIVL