The Labour leadership’s pitch to voters for next year’s general election is that we need “big reform, not big spending”.
This is after delegates to last weekend’s policy conference agreed to sign up to Tory spending plans for the first year of a future Labour government.
One delegate forced a vote to challenge the proposal—but won only 14 votes to 125.
The full results of the policy conference won’t be reported till Labour conference in the autumn.
Alongside accepting Tory cuts it will also include concessions to the trade unions and the working class base that Labour assumes it can take for granted.
But Labour has effectively declared it will offer no alternative to the hated Tory austerity.
The Tories have spent the past four years driving down living standards for millions of working class people.
Waiting for the general election next May is not a solution because Labour will not reverse many of the attacks.
That’s why fighting for bigger and longer strikes in the autumn is so important.
Then there is the chance of NHS, local government and other public sector workers coming out on strike together over poverty pay.
This kind of action can stop the Tory assault. It can also show that there is an alternative to austerity—whatever the Labour leaders say.