Labour MPs, Above All, Should Recall That The General Strike Failed


Yes, OK, it’s political party conference season and thus we’re going to hear all sorts of very silly things being called for. But the idea that there should be a general strike in order to force the Tories out is rather biscuit taking, isn’t it. We’ve hardly got a trade union movement left outside the public sector, the government still has the support of some 40% of the population, about the same as that Labour Party which thinks it might gain from such a strike. We’re hardly at the point where the proletarian revolution is going to come through now, are we?

EVERY worker in Britain should go on strike to bring down the Government, a Labour MP has demanded.

Laura Smith, the Labour MP for Crewe and Nantwich, called for a general strike if there isn’t a general election that they can try and storm into No10.

Isn’t that interesting? We’re fewer than 2 years past the last election where they failed to do that. Is the argument that they get to have special goes unavailable to everyone else?

Laura Smith, the Labour MP for Crewe and Nantwich, has called for a general strike to help bring down the Conservative government – if there isn’t a general election.

She spoke at Momentum organised The World Transformed festival, which is running alongside the Labour Party conference in Liverpool.

Ahh, there’s a pint though, Momentum are that middle class part of the left which thinks that the proles are just gagging to throw off the yoke of the bourgeoisie. All that’s needed is the tiniest trigger, plus some guidance from the bourgeoisie experts inside Momentum, and the revolution will truly arrive and succeed.

Maybe not though:

“And if we can’t get a general election, we should organise with our brothers and sisters in the trade unions to bring an end to this government with a general strike,” she said.

Well, yes. Except trade unionists make up around 13% of the private sector workforce. Sure, the rate’s much higher in the public sector but the taxmen going on strike really isn’t something the rest of us will worry about all that much. Nor the diversity advisers. So the power probably isn’t there in the first place.

And, well, this has been tried a couple of times in the past too. First time around, 1926, the general strike failed after only 9 days. Second time, well, only the miners did go out during the miners’ strike and that didn’t work either. All the pits did close.

So, all in all, not going to work and probably not going to happen anyway. But makes a nice call at party conference, no one expects good sense or reason from such things anyway.