"Fabianism, MacDonaldism and pacifism today play the same role in relation to the historical movement of the proletariat. They are the main prop of British imperialism and of the European, if not the world bourgeoisie. Workers must at all costs be shown these self-satisfied pedants, drivelling eclectics, sentimental careerists and liveried footmen of the bourgeoisie in their true colours. To show them up for what they are means to discredit them beyond repair. To discredit them means rendering a supreme service to historical progress. The day that the British proletariat cleanses itself of the spiritual abomination of Fabianism, mankind, especially in Europe, will increase its stature by a head."
Leon Trotsky, Where is Britain Going? ch.4 The Fabian Theory of Socialism
I will not go so far as to say "the enemy of my enemy...", but he does a fine skewering.
The LPUK's candidate, Thomas Burridge, gained 36 votes.
This was the LPUK"s first outing in a National election. To say we had a "bad" result is really not getting the point. Yes, retaining our deposit is a very good result, but the only truly "bad" result would be if the LPUK does not learn lessons from this campaign and this will only be known over time. I have confidence that the lessons will be leant.
I do hope Thomas sticks with it and in 5 years when the Tories are exposed as the mendacious, Authoritarian Centrist Statists that they have become under Cameron, Thomas will gain more votes.
Thomas had wisdom beyond his years before this election. It is safe to say that many more years of wisdom have been added to those shoulders since the by-election was called.
Today, the good folk of Norwich North go to the polls in their by-election.
Standing is one Thomas Burridge for the Libertarian Party UK. He is young, but has a wise head on his shoulders, as can be heard here.
From nothing the LPUK is now standing in National Elections and is a great achievement for all those concerned.
I wish Thomas every success and hope that the result will make people sit up and take notice.
Pragmatically I hope we just retain our deposit. If we gain the same percentage as in our last outing (in Council elections) of just under 8% it will be a triumph for a party with almost no media exposure and prevented from participating in the hustings (due to the cuckoos, natch).