Tubeworker is more than a little alarmed, having heard a few workmates speculate that they might vote Conservative at the General Election. We understand very well how much New Labour has betrayed transport workers - and working-class people in general - but before anyone decides to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire, let us remind you of a few salient points ...
The Conservative Party are the enemy of working-class people and our movement. They fought and defeated the miners, they have tied us up in anti-union laws, they plan further laws to prevent us exercising our democratic right to strike, they systematically attack poor people and feather the nests of the rich.
They opposed every piece of social progress for working-class people, from the NHS to the minimum wage. They privatised the mainline railway before New Labour thought up PPP for the Tube. They brought privatised whole swathes of public services, causing the pay and conditions of workers to be decimated, and services suffer. And while we oppose New Labour's wars, the Tories' hands are covered in the blood of the many unjustified wars they have pursued in the past, and will undoubtedly do in the future.
This is straightforward: they represent the bosses and the bosses' interests. Voting Tory is the political equivalent of crossing a picket line.
No matter how much New Labour attacks and betrays us, we must never fall into the trap of seeing the Tories as our saviours, or even as some kind of "lesser evil". They are not.