Corbyn versus May
The Political Cup Final at Wembley Stadium is upon us again.
Most of the capacity crowd support Corbyn: “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn!”, “Oh Jeremy, Corbyn!”, “Oh Jeremy Corbyn!” they inanely chant-out, while wearing a face mask of their hero and saviour.
Corbyn has won the toss and he kicks-off. He believes he has momentum on his side.
Corbyn easily passes the Tory strikers from the DAILY TELEGRAPH, the SUN, The DAILY EXPRESS and The DAILY MAIL who have exhausted their bile, hatred and mendacity towards him. They are now more interested in the “traitors”, “mutineers” and “enemies of the people” on the other side.
Corbyn swiftly side-steps the Tory midfield players, who are too busy fighting each other over whether or not to leave the European Union.
And Corbyn by-passes the injury-prone defenders of free-market economists who are being stretchered -off the pitch for slipping up time and time again on the state of the pitch.
Now Corbyn only has May to confront and she dives the wrong way, presenting Corbyn with an open goal.
Corbyn kicks the football at the empty net but it soars high over the cross-bar into the stand filled with his supporters, who let out a deep sigh of disappointment. It is from “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” to “Oh dear, Jeremy Corbyn!”.
The Match of the Day pundits look at Corbyn’s missed opportunity in slow motion and notice the ball is not only deflated but seems to be very old; with the names MacDonald, Atlee, Wilson, Callaghan, Blair and Brown etched onto the tattered remnants of the disfigured ball.
The football has been kicked around long before Corbyn became captain but it has never managed to pass over the goal-line. The manufacturer has a history of producing footballs that deflate on impact. The football is totally useless for scoring a goal with, no matter who the striker happens to be. And it is not helped by the fact that the Wembley pitch is tilted in favour of its owners; not the footballers or the supporters.
Jeremy is shown the red card: but it is not a Marxist one. Mores’ the pity.
Object and Declaration of Principles
The establishment of a system of society based upon the common ownership and democratic control of the means and instruments for producing and distributing wealth by and in the interest of the whole community.
Declaration of Principles
THE SOCIALIST PARTY OF GREAT BRITAIN HOLDS:
1. That society as at present constituted is based upon the ownership of the means of living (ie land, factories, railways, etc.) by the capitalist or master class, and the consequent enslavement of the working class, by whose labour alone wealth is produced.
2. That in society, therefore, there is an antagonism of interests, manifesting itself as a class struggle, between those who possess but do not produce and those who produce but do not possess.
3.That this antagonism can be abolished only by the emancipation of the working class from the domination of the master class, by the conversion into common property of society of the means of production and distribution, and their democratic control by the whole people.
4. That as in the order of social evolution the working class is the last class to achieve its freedom, the emancipation of the working class will involve the emancipation of all mankind without distinction of race or sex.
5. That this emancipation must be the work of the working class itself.
6. That as the machinery of government, including the armed forces of the nation, exists only to conserve the monopoly by the capitalist class of the wealth taken from the workers, the working class must organise consciously and politically for the conquest of the powers of government, national and local, in order that this machinery, including these forces, may be converted from an instrument of oppression into the agent of emancipation and the overthrow of privilege, aristocratic and plutocratic.
7. That as all political parties are but the expression of class interests, and as the interest of the working class is diametrically opposed to the interests of all sections of the master class, the party seeking working class emancipation must be hostile to every other party.
8. The Socialist Party of Great Britain, therefore, enters the field of political action determined to wage war against all other political parties, whether alleged labour or avowedly capitalist, and calls upon the members of the working class of this country to muster under its banner to the end that a speedy termination may be wrought to the system which deprives them of the fruits of their labour, and that poverty may give place to comfort, privilege to equality, and slavery to freedom.