Where the radical left has participated in centre-left governments the results have been universally disastrous.
The centre-left has proved impervious to pressure from below but has been all too accommodating to corporate interests.
The left is doing well in Germany, Greece and Portugal where the radical left has maintained its independence and its relationship to the mass movement.
The debate dominated Rifondazione Comunista’s conference in Italy last weekend is a live one in Britain.
Despite everything that New Labour has done to working class people, too many union leaders argue there is no alternative but to cling on and continue supporting it.
Some on the left were still prepared to urge a vote for New Labour in the London mayoral and Glasgow East elections.
Discontent with New Labour needs to be channelled leftwards. If it is not, then the siren voices of the right can gain support – voices that blame migrants for the disasters created by free market policies. Italy stands as a terrible warning to all of us.