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June 30, 2021 at 3:22 pm in reply to: Labour win less than 2% of the vote #219803
I recommend starting a new topic for the Batley & Spen by-election.June 30, 2021 at 12:26 pm in reply to: Labour win less than 2% of the vote #219778
Thanks, Adam, for the helpful information regarding why the SPGB didn’t advocate universal suffrage in the early 20th century.June 24, 2021 at 6:04 pm in reply to: Labour win less than 2% of the vote #219464
You’ve made a good point. However, here’s a question for you:
If there was a referendum this year on extending the franchise to 16 & 17 year olds, what (do you reckon) would be the SPGB’s position?June 24, 2021 at 5:21 pm in reply to: Labour win less than 2% of the vote #219463
I never wrote or implied I’m against people who don’t have the right to vote being allowed to join the Party (and participate in party affairs) as equal members.June 23, 2021 at 8:40 pm in reply to: Labour win less than 2% of the vote #219406
Don’t read very much into the Chesham and Amersham by-election. Voter turnout was only 52%, whereas, it was 77% for the last two general elections. Although, it does say something about Labour’s strategy of attracting voters by copying the Conservatives.June 23, 2021 at 8:32 pm in reply to: Labour win less than 2% of the vote #219405
I can’t understand why that was the Party’s position. What if the majority of voters wanted socialism, but the majority of the women and the third of men didn’t?June 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm in reply to: Labour win less than 2% of the vote #219403
This: “As Alan has pointed out, what we were opposed to was the Suffragette demand for votes for women on the same terms as it then was for men. This, on the grounds that it would have meant more votes for members of the propertied class than for workers”, contradicts this: “As to universal suffrage, we weren’t against this but argued that it wasn’t necessary as enough workers already had the vote that could be used to win control of political power to bring in socialism”. How could granting voter equality (between the sexes) have ONLY increased the size of the bourgeois electorate but not the proletarian one?
The SPGB SHOULD have advocated universal suffrage because that was (and still is) the best way for the proletariat to peacefully and democratically create a free association.