progress is not the elimination of struggle, but rather a change in its terms’ - Aneurin Bevan

the struggle continues

The reasons for Labour being behind in the polls are natural considering the recession and the expenses scandal - to say nothing of the vicious hostility of the Murdoch papers.

Should Labour fail to secure an overall majority, I would support a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. However, if a coalition is necessary it must be on the basis of shared objectives on fairness, not the privatisation and deregulation agenda of the Orange Book liberals. Many Liberal Democrat activists have roots in the Labour Party, either through the SDP split or more recent departures over foreign policy.

Any Tory victory would be far from a landslide - certainly David Cameron has no mandate for the kind of changes they want to bring about. So if we are faced with the Tories returning to office, we should not mourn but organise. Public opinion has shifted so far from the Tories in much of the country, they have had to establish a cult of personality around David Cameron to hide the snobbery and bigotry of the party.

The priority for the next government will be to assuage investors with details of deficit reduction plans. The Tories intend reckless spending cuts which would take money out of the economy. A Labour government would initiate a spending review and the pre-budget report at the end of the year would announce spending cuts for the financial year 2011-12. Gordon Brown has suggested that decisions on cuts will be subject to a fairness test - and Labour is backing a living wage for lowest paid workers.

The choice on Thursday is is between a winning struggle with Labour or a losing struggle with the Tories. The contrast between Labour's roots in the trade unions and the co-operative movement with the wealth and privilege of the Tories hasn't been so stark for years.

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