By Gerry Bates
Blairism is the syphilis of the British labour movement! The way the government foments and encourages racism and chauvinism is only the filthiest example of it.
The labour movement's continual submission to Blair and Blairism means acceptance of politics that are often to the right of the Tories "in return for" sops such as the minimum wage.
Acceptance of the anti-union laws which Thatcher chained around the neck of the labour movement and Blair.
Acceptance of a war dictated by Blair playing doggy-pal to George Bush.
Acceptance of widespread poverty at "the bottom of" British society and of a social inequality starker now than it was even under Thatcher.
Acceptance of low tax rates for the rich. In short, government of the rich, for the rich and by the rich.
Blairism became entrenched in the labour movement because the old trade union leaders, time serving men dead in hearts and minds, backed the Blairites. The new generation of union leaders is critical of Blair and Blairism. Isn't it time they started to do something about it?
The unions need to break with Blair. Now, when the Blairites are weakened by their unpopular war in Iraq, is the time to do it. The unions should break not only with Blair, but with Blairism too, lock, stock and Thatcherite barrel!
The unions should fight for a government of the workers, for the workers and by the workers - for a workers' government that will do for our class what Blair, like Thatcher and Major before him, does for the rich.