ECCI

RESOLUTION ON THE ENGLISH

QUESTION

 

EXTRACTS

 

4 March 1922

 

Inprekorr, ii, 2 Sonderbeilage, p. 8, 1 April 1922

 

 

 


3.

Since the Council of Action in 1920, when for the first time in the history of the British labour movement the proletariat was arrayed in a single common front against the bourgeoisie, who were trying to drive the country into war with the Russian workers' republic, the Labour Party has allowed the ranks of the workers to be split up, and to become again incapable of defending themselves against the capitalist offensive. Today the labour movement is not united either industrially or

politically, nor centralized enough to counter successfully the united and centralized attacks of the capitalists.

 

 

4.

The only salvation for the British working class, now more than ever before, is a united front against the bourgeoisie.

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Together with preparations for bringing the working class together on a common programme, and for carrying this

programme through, the labour movement must be mobilized in a united effort to return a workers' government at the next general election. If the Labour Party approaches the masses with such a programme, it will succeed in creating a united

front of the working class which will ensure its victory at the polls.

 

 

5.

The Communist Party of Great Britain fights for a united working class.

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It has tried to organize the unemployed and the ex-servicemen and to make their fight a part of the fight of the entire working class. In the trade unions and workshop organizations the CPGB is making every effort to bring about complete unity among

the workers.

 

 

6.

The General Council elected at the last trade union congress in Cardiff does not have the authority of a Labour General Staff. The situation however demands the centralization and concentration of the workers movement. Since it was elected,

the General Council has not taken a single important step in this direction. The enlarged Executive of the CI therefore demands of the CPGB that it should approach the General Council with the object of establishing the unity of the working class on the programme of minimum demands as formulated above and which are designed to facilitate the formation of a workers' government at the next general election as a means of carrying out such a programme.

 

 

7.

The Labour Party is the political organization of the trade unions. It includes various political tendencies within the workers' movement, such as those represented by the Independent Labour Party, the Fabians, the Guild Socialists, etc.

But the defensive struggle of the working class against the increasing oppression of the bourgeoisie requires that the Labour Party should include within its ranks all the political aspirations of the workers' movement. The Labour Party cannot claim that it unites the working class in the political field if it does not also include the communist party which has long become an undeniable factor in the workers' movement.

The enlarged Executive of the CI suggests that the CPGB seek admission to the Labour Party in order that the unity of the working class in the political sphere can be established with particular reference to the forthcoming general election, the goal of which will be to replace the bourgeois coalition by a workers' government. In seeking admission to the Labour Party the communist party will retain for itself complete freedom of propaganda. On the same basis and with the same object the

communist party is asked to support the Labour Party in the general election.

The enlarged Executive of the CI instructs the presidium to work out in detail proposals to the CPGB with regard to adherence to the Labour Party and support for that party in the general election.


 

 

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