Friday, November 03, 2006

After the McDonnell campaign

One way or another, John McDonnell's bid to become leader of the Labour Party is going to be a defining moment for the future of the British far left.

Clearly, different tendencies in the movement are going to draw sharply different tactical conclusions from developments in the coming period.

DP helpfully offers this cut-out-and-keep guide to the five main likely scenarios, and what various Marxists will be saying 12 months from now:

(1) McDonnell becomes Britain's next prime minister
Workers Power denounces him for his abject failure to adopt a revolutionary programme. The Socialist Party insists this outcome underlines the need for a new workers' party. The SWP points to the potential future growth of Respect. Graham Bash maintains that the necessity for patient socialist work inside Labour has never been more clearly vindicated.

(2) McDonnell beaten after running credible campaign
Workers Power denounces him for his abject failure to adopt a revolutionary programme. The Socialist Party insists this outcome underlines the need for a new workers' party. The SWP points to the potential future growth of Respect. Graham Bash maintains that the necessity for patient socialist work inside Labour has never been more clearly vindicated.

(3) McDonnell polls humiliating low vote
Workers Power denounces him for his abject failure to adopt a revolutionary programme. The Socialist Party insists this outcome underlines the need for a new workers' party. The SWP points to the potential future growth of Respect. Graham Bash maintains that the necessity for patient socialist work inside Labour has never been more clearly vindicated.

(4) McDonnell doesn't make it onto ballot paper
Workers Power denounces him for his abject failure to adopt a revolutionary programme. The Socialist Party insists this outcome underlines the need for a new workers' party. The SWP points to the potential future growth of Respect. Graham Bash maintains that the necessity for patient socialist work inside Labour has never been more clearly vindicated.

(5) Climate change all but destroys human life
Workers Power denounces him for his abject failure to adopt a revolutionary programme. The Socialist Party insists this outcome underlines the need for a new workers' party. The SWP points to the potential future growth of Respect. Graham Bash maintains that the necessity for patient socialist work inside Labour has never been more clearly vindicated.

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