|Andy Brooks during the discussion|
by New Worker correspondent
Where is Labour going was the theme of a New Worker round-table discussion at the Cock Tavern, near Euston station, in central London last week. It was opened by a panel including NCP leader Andy Brooks, Gerry Downing of Socialist Fight and Marie Lynam, a rank-and-file Labour party activist. Marie gave a full report of the ground-breaking Labour conference in Brighton this year, and Gerry and Andy high-lighted campaigning points in the run-up to what will almost certainly be another election in the new year.
Everyone agreed that the reinstatement of Labour members suspended or expelled on trumped-up charges of “anti-Semitism” by the Blairite bureaucracy came top of the agenda and that the first act of a new Labour government must be the restoration of free collective bargaining. What comes after depends upon the balance of forces within the labour movement. Most of the subsequent discussion revolved around the problem of making the case for socialism to the new generation that has rallied to Jeremy Corbyn’s banner in recent years.