Created: Thursday, 09 December 2010 13:01
Written by Michael McGregor
From Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! No. 152 Decmber 1999 / January 2000
MacLean only broke with the Labour Party in the last year of his life. His political work amongst the unemployed, radicalised by the experience of war, led to this critical and progressive development. While Labour gained in municipal and general elections, its completely reactionary character became clear to the poorest sections of the working class. Labour councillors and MPs ignored, manipulated and conspired against the poor and those who stood with them.
Political progress for the working class means more than just withdrawing support for Labour. It means organising consciously against Labour. MacLean was successful in beginning to draw hundreds of people into an open fight against the Labour Party. Then and today, this struggle represents the only way forward for the mass of the working class. Labour represents the privileged minority of the working class in alliance with the middle class, an alliance cemented by imperialist profits. MacLean’s most important contribution as a communist was to challenge the political representative of this corrupt, decadent and violent alliance – the Labour Party. This challenge remains the central political issue and is the foundation of our organisation, the Revolutionary Communist Group.
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