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In April 2018 John McDonnell tried to assure the City that Labour did not have a "shadow manifesto" that it was keeping hidden until after an election.
It does.
This is it.
Full details are in my article, extracts here in this long (apologies) thread... standpointmag.co.uk/february-2019-…
The plans were published when the Left never imagined it would get close to Downing Street. They might regret that now.
The tone is messianic: Capitalism has taken us to the 'abyss' & 'must be overthrown’. Only ‘state power in the hands of the working class can save humanity’.
The revolution will run through three stages. By stage three, there will be civil war - with counter-revolutionary right-wing death squads let loose to enforce a military dictatorship run by industrialists and newspaper editors.
Maybe even @DailyMailUK journos on the barricades?
To head this off there will be purges of the leadership of the police, civil and diplomatic service, judiciary, army and security services, and their replacement by 'supporters of the revolution' (just like the old Soviet commissars) - with political re-education for lower ranks.
In time the armed forces will be replaced by a peoples' militia, trained by trades unionists and based around factories and workplaces. Just like the anti-fascist glory days...
To ensure they don't obstruct or sabotage the revolution the security services will be disbanded and the police disarmed.
I guess in the new utopia everyone is going to be nice to each other so we won't need MI5 to prevent ISIS terrorism.
Military action will be supplemented by control of the press & the takeover of the advertising industry. (replaced by a state propaganda office?) Gov't funding for parties would be banned & corporate donations would be subject to a workers' ballots, crippling Tory funding. Clever
Nationalisation would go far beyond the modest programme so far announced - to pretty well everything - inc airlines (Virgin? BA?) and road haulage, banks, country estates, luxury holiday establishments, and second homes. Not much compensation is likely, either.
If any company tried to shift its assets abroad or avoid the ensuing crash, it would be seized by force - and that includes the supermarkets. Watch out @Tesco @sainsburys & @waitrose
The Isle of Man and Channel Isles would be 'closed' as tax havens (do they know that @GuernseyPress?) and multiple wealth and local property taxes will replace council tax. That will kill the property market but as estate agents are going to be taken over anyway they won't notice
Brexit? Well, Remain fans of the Magic Grandpa people are finally waking up to that one. Communists hate the EU (they ran Left Leave) and see the EU as part of the worldwide 'neoliberal capitalist' establishment which would block their nationalisation plans. They want out.
Britain's "subservient alliance with US imperialism would have to cease immediately" - so we'd be out of NATO and, fearing foreign military support for the right wing counter-revolution, all US and other bases in the UK would be closed. @USAmbUK & @NATO might like to note this
Our rejection of our former capitalist allies would be no loss though in the new Peoples Democracy of Britain. We would build ties with progressive, left-wing, anti-imperialist governments abroad like Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, & North Korea.
That's all right then...
And of course, the monarchy has to go. Jeremy squirms & non-answers when confronted with that but its in print so we know the truth. His chum Ken Loach wants all Royal assets seized too - together with those of the CofE. Will village halls become Palaces of Culture @His_Grace ?
And the end result will be... The Dictatorship of the Proletariat!!!
- followed shortly afterwards by heaven on earth.
Just one problem - the Left admit that use of force and the violent suppression of opposition will be inevitable in achieving utopia. Not nice.
Which isn't surprising because both Marx and Engels believed that violence was an essential component in the revolutionary process.
"Those who are not communists by the time they finish their teens have no heart. Those who still are by the time they reach their late twenties have no brain."
The article link is at the start of this thread. Better still, buy @StandpointMag - its easier to read in hard copy
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