Editorial: After the Election
The General Election is over, and once again the workers have placed the powers of the State within the anxious grasp of the master class. Deluded by the Babel of lies and false issues, the hirelings have again embraced the yoke of wage-slavery. Some voted Liberal—or Labour (same thing)—to keep the “food-taxer” out, while others voted Tory to keep the “Foreigner” out; between then they succeeded in keeping those grand old institutions, the British Empire and the workhouse.
Amongst the Labourites and pseudo-Socialists, compromise and election dodgery have been well to the fore, as indeed was inevitable. We give elsewhere some instances of the game and there are more to follow. The ludicrous posture of the Social-Democratic Party consequent upon the contemptuous rejection of its overtures for alliance (“joining hands,” they call it) by the Liberals, have disgusted many of its members, while the pandering to ignorance and the, for the time being, popular, which marked the utterances of its candidates and their prominent supporters, evidently had, in many cases, the opposite effect to that intended. Its own members were dismayed and it polled badly. The “hysterical error of judgement” to which we draw attention under “Election Notes,” can have no other meaning. And withal the utter failure of the time-honoured S.D.P. policy even as regards electoral support should go far to convince erstwhile adherents of that organisation of its impotence for ought else than confusion and injury to the cause of Socialism. We fear that after this the good old S.D.P. may not very long survive to “see that the Liberals do not lower the flag”, the Union Jack of old England, we presume (happily there are still papa Blatchford and the Boy Scouts).
Also the Labour Party has but slight ground for congratulation, for, as the “Labour Leader” has it, “it has lost proportionately most heavily.” The protecting partner, the Liberal Party, has lost ground and with its protege.
The hypocritical pretence of independence is to-day seen through by many who helped form the Labour Party, and so the ground is being cleared for the growth of the genuine Socialist Party – the party of revolution.
The S.P.G.B. has made its influence widely felt during the election by distributing its “Election Manifesto” in different districts over the country. From widely separated constituencies comes the gratifying news that its recommendations to ABSTAIN FROM VOTING—because there were no Socialist candidates in the field—has been followed; the voting papers being “spoilt” by having “Socialism” written across them. Our action has been well appreciated, and will redound to the strength of the Party. Let those who know the day must come when we shall be in a position to put Socialist candidates in the field now join the Socialist Party of Great Britain, for that is the way of success and emancipation.