Mick Hall on why he decided to resign from the British Labour Party.
My decision to leave the LP was not an emotional act. I signed up to support Jeremy Corbyn and the policies he advocated, and not once have I regretted this.
What I didn't sign up to do is support a toady of the British establishment, someone who accepted one of its major honours which help perpetuate class prejudice and division, a system which ruins and blights so many working class lives.
I'm a socialist republican - is there any other kind? - an Internationalist, and anti-imperialist to my bones and I was never going to remain a member of a party led by a man like Starmer.
Having said this even I was a little surprised at his speed and direction of travel since becoming party leader. Taking this into account I felt I had no option but to resign immediately from the party. As a comrade, Trevor, said when he resigned, I needed to make a point!
What is to be done? If Corbyn socialists are to remain in the party let alone the odd one in the Cabinet, the Starmer leadership will demand ever more concessions from them. This will undoubtedly result in the socialist policies of the Corbyn years being hollowed out.
If they stay in and fight by forming a faction they will be forever fighting a rear guard action. It's worth remembering even with a sizeable section of the membership behind them they will face considerable opposition internally, and from UK State agencies: the MSM and foreign intelligence services like the CIA and Mossad, all of whom will put their not inconsiderable resources behind Starmer, the Blairites and the flotsam and jetsam which supports him.
In my opinion the LP is a busted flush. Writing as someone who is no longer a member and without arrogance, the best option for those comrades who remain in the party is to agitate for leaving the party in an orderly fashion to form a new organisation. Corbyn Labour's policies remain popular with a sizeable section of the membership and the electorate, but in the latter case the Labour party does not, and why would it when powerful forces within and without have been trashing its leadership for the last four years.
I would ask those comrades who remain do they really want to spend their future time in the party mirroring this wretched behaviour? I doubt it. Much better to strike out in a new direction, surely?
⏩ Mick Hall is a veteran Left Wing activist and trade unionist.