By summer 2019 Theresa May
had fallen, but the Labour right were blocking a no confidence motion in the
new Johnson government. The following Socialism Today editorial was published
in the October 2019 edition, No.232.
Have the September
shenanigans in Westminster fatally undermined the chances of a Corbyn-led
government being elected this autumn? And, as pertinently, what do they say
about the character of such a government if it were to come to power in the
midst of the political crisis and looming economic turbulence now confronting
The 2019 general election was held on December 12. The following article is
the text of the special supplement of The Socialist, issue 1067(1), produced as
the results came in and printed and distributed on 13 December 2019.
The Tories have won a substantial parliamentary
majority. Boris Johnson’s victory speech talked about being a ‘one-nation
Conservative’ and promised increased spending on the NHS. This is a lie. When
Maggie Thatcher won in 1979 she quoted Frances of Assisi, promising to bring
harmony and hope to Britain.
she ruled ruthlessly and attacked the working class. Johnson will do the same
and rule not for the ‘whole nation’ but the billionaires. His manifesto
promised an immediate assault on the rights of rail workers to strike. This,
combined with the recent brutal anti-democratic court rulings against the
postal workers’ union, the CWU, gives a glimpse of the attacks on workers’
rights to come.