10 February 2013

Jim Connell - The Red Flag

As is traditional at any gathering of Socialists we have The Red Flag to play out our mixtape this week...

As we said on the show, the song still forms a good base for a protest song even if it's plastic Socialists you're going after...

1 comment:

  1. Great episode (I'm catching up) and I hadn't realised the Jim Connell connection with Honor Oak. One detail on clause 4 - it was actually the clause in Labour's constitution that committed the party to common ownership. It read: "To secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may be possible upon the basis of the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange, and the best obtainable system of popular administration and control of each industry or service."
    It was the thing that underpinned the 45 govt's commitment to nationalisation and the establishment of the Welfare State. Ironically in light of later events, it was seen as something the Labour Party introduced to differentiate itself from the revolutionary socialist organisations in 1919, because it allowed for an interpretation which embraced mutuality and cooperativism rather than than full workers control of the means of production, exchange and control.
    That was changed in 1997 by the Blairites to read: "The Labour Party is a democratic socialist party. It believes that by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and for all of us a community in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many, not the few, where the rights we enjoy reflect the duties we owe, and where we live together, freely, in a spirit of solidarity, tolerance and respect."
    In common with much of modern Labour's approach, it sounds quite good until you try to find out what it actually means.