SOCIALIST PARTY MEETING – “The impact of Corbyn’s re-election & what comes next?” – Thursday, 29 Sept., 7.30 pm at the Old Crown, 81 Westgate Street
In 1995, Tony Blair abolished Labour’s historic commitment to “common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange”. Clause 4, Part IV of the party’s rules called for democratic public ownership; this was replaced with calls for the dynamic “enterprise of the market”, “the rigour of competition”, and “a thriving private sector”. The establishment benefited enormously from the transformation of Labour into Blair’s New Labour and for two decades pro-market ideas dominated. Now that Corbyn has won such a resounding result, will the Labour Party develop into a mass socialist party?