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ANALYSIS

Labour: “things must change in order to remain the same”

The phrase “things must change in order to remain the same” from the novel “The Leopard” by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, is particularly apt when considering the Labour Party’s relationship with the bosses and their lackies. It suggests that in order for a society or system to maintain its current state, it must adapt and evolve to meet the changing circumstances and challenges it faces. That same is true of organisations. Labour promises change while reassuring bosses that this will not affect their privileges and position.

How can Labour truly represent ordinary people and fight for their interests if it will not make fundamental policy changes to bring about Social Justice? The party’s acceptance of donations and support from the wealthy elite is a sign that it is more interested in maintaining the status quo and preserving the interests of the powerful, rather than making meaningful change for the working class. This perception is further reinforced by actions like shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves “deep in conversation” with former Tory chancellor George Osborne at a party “packed with Labour MPs and advisers” and her boasting of countless posh breakfasts to schmooze bosses and CEOs, which is reminiscent of Tony Blair’s “prawn cocktail offensive” with bankers in the 1990s.

Moreover, the association of the Labour Party with Osbourne and the bosses also raises questions about the party’s ability to truly challenge the power of the elite. If the party is beholden to the same interests as the bosses, it is unlikely to take meaningful action against them or push for policies that would redistribute wealth and power to the people. This is further reinforced by Rachel Reeves’ statement that she doesn’t like to describe businesses as “predators” and agrees with Blair’s friend Peter Mandelson that Labour should be “intensely relaxed about people being filthy rich”, it suggests that Labour Party is not truly committed to addressing the issue of wealth inequality.

Furthermore, Reeves’ statement that “If we were in government, we wouldn’t be on picket lines,” and her refusal to promise anyone a real pay rise, suggest that the Labour Party is not truly committed to supporting and defending the rights of workers.

The Labour Party’s links with the bosses, and Osbourne, must be critically examined. The party must be willing to adapt, evolve and challenge the status quo, rather than preserving it, in order to truly serve the interests of workers. This means breaking away from the influence of the wealthy elite and standing up for the rights and interests of ordinary working people, including supporting and defending workers’ rights, and pushing for policies that address wealth inequality and redistribute wealth and power to the people. Things should change and not remain the same.

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