On behalf of the National Executive of Solidarity, I wish every member and supporter of our union a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Next year, 2020, promises to be an interesting one. After all the doubt, indecision and blatant attempts by illiberal anti-democratic elements to overrule and undermine the decision of the British people to leave the European Union, we now have a government pledged to leave the EU on the 31st of January.
The massive boost given to the Conservative Party in this month’s general election came from the kind of people who are members of our union; ordinary British workers, the type of folk who have been abandoned and vilified by the Labour party which once took pride in its working class roots and sought to give ordinary workers a say in government. The Prime Minister has acknowledged that these votes were lent – not given – to his party and he will have to deliver on his promises in order to keep them. Let’s not let him twist his success into a mandate to wipe out the NHS or to turn our country into the Bargain Basement of the western world.
In 2020, we as a union will continue to defend the hard-won rights of British workers against any attempts by the Tory government to dilute them or to take them away altogether. We will also defend British workers against their betrayal by the Labour Party which has sold its soul to neo-liberalism and the EU.
Politicians have become too divorced from the lives of ordinary people. Britain needs more ordinary workers – people with real experience of working for a living - to stand for office. We need to replace the current first past the post electoral system with a more proportional system; something like the Proportional Representation (PR) system currently used successfully in many other countries across the Globe, in order to make elected representatives more accountable to the electorate. It’s also time to abolish that superannuated feudal relic of graft, corruption, and rewards for services rendered to failed politicians, the house of Lords.
But’s that’ s all in the future. In the meantime, enjoy your much needed Christmas break and come back renewed to struggle for your rights and those of your fellow workers in the new year and the forthcoming new decade. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all. Solidarity forever.