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Published on Apr 19, 2012
Joe says: The leader of the Labour Party, Ramsey McDonald, refused to support the 1926 general strike, arguing that strikes should not be used as a political weapon, and the best way to achieve social reform was through parliamentary elections.
When I was growing up in Sunderland, everyone always said you had to join the Labour Party because they're the only party that will speak up for the workers.
No longer. When Labour MP Sadiq Khan congratulated the ConDem Justice Minister for selling Birmingham Prison, and my colleagues, to the private sector, like slaves, I tore up my Labour Party card and joined the Socialist Party.
I believe in full employment, a decent living wage, a decent house to live in, and a society that looks after everyone, not just the privileged few; to be able to withdraw my labour without fear of imprisonment or losing my job; free healthcare, an end to privatisation, and the re-nationalisation of all privatised industries.