Why is the Left right once again?
Recent events have confirmed that the Left were right, and the Right were wrong, claims NEIL FINDLAY
The latest scandals involving News International are yet another example of how those on the Left of the Labour Party have once again called it right.
For decades socialists in the party have warned against courting Murdoch and his ilk. They warned against single companies owning large sections of the press and the wider media and against turning a blind eye to dodgy practices. Similarly, socialists warned against joining the euro and that it would end in disaster (see Greece, Ireland, Portugal etc).
Socialists appealed to Tony Blair et al not to go to war in Iraq as it would cost thousands of lives (and billions of pounds) and would not solve a thing.
They warned against an over-reliance on financial services and the lack of regulation in the market. Socialists campaigned for a living wage and improved workers’ rights to protect jobs; for progressive taxation to create opportunities for our young people and argued that there is no place for the private sector vultures in the provision of our public services – the Southern cross scandal all too clearly highlights this danger.
In all of these major policy areas and more we were told that the views of socialists were extreme, out of touch, and in need of ‘modernisation’’. Yet in each and every one them the Left has taken the correct point of view. Maybe, just maybe, there are lessons that the party and the leadership can learn from these events. From now on in the views and talents of the whole party should be sought, and respected; and serious, committed people should be listened to and not dismissed so readily in future.
Neil Findlay is Labour MSP for Lothians.