A "classless" society? nonsense!

Workers' Fight workplace bulletin editorials
22 October 2007

Many of us remember how Blair boasted about how he would create a classless society and even claimed that the class war was over.

What this meant, of course, was that the working class was supposed to surrender the weapon of the class struggle, in order to give the bosses a free ride to boost their profits. Under the new Labour administration, the interests of business would be considered as the interests of all, regardless of the damage caused to society in general and working people in particular. Blair was merely advertising his determination to see to it that this would be his government's policy.

Ten years on, Gordon Brown went one step further at Labour's last conference. This time he hailed the fact that Labour had become the "party of business". Not that this is a big surprise to any of us, of course. But to see these politicians, who owe their jobs to our votes, begging for the favours of big business is another illustration of what they mean by a "classless" society. Especially given that under their rule, social inequalities have increased drastically!

But really how "classless" is society? An opinion poll published last week shows that 53% of the population feels part of the working class. This is to be compared with the 55% figure in an equivalent poll 10 years ago. In other words, for all of Labour's efforts to convince the working class that it no longer exists, we are still here and kicking, despite all the job cuts and company "restructuring"! And no wonder! Otherwise, who would produce the wealth in this society? Certainly not the City's parasites and their politicians who live off our labour!

But the reality is not just that the working class remains the majority in society, while the capitalists who own or control everything are only a tiny gang. The truth is that the working class remains also the only force capable of ridding society of the main cause of its on-going economic chaos and scandalous injustices - private profit. While the Browns and the Blairs of this world keep writing us off as a spent force, we can and should rest assured that we hold the future of society in our hands. Sooner or later, our day will come and the profiteers will join capitalism in the dustbin of history, once and for all.