- Created: Thursday, 14 May 2009 13:23
- Written by Robert Clough
Labour won the 1997 general election because it was the preferred party of the ruling class. Now we can see why. For the last 12 months, it has pursued ruling class interests with complete single-mindedness. Whether it has been the City of London, the arms manufacturers or News International, Labour has ensured that they have prospered. It has of course been a very different story for the working class. Labour has continued to ensure that the poor pay.
Not that it promised anything else. Labour had made clear it would defend ruling class interests - in particular in relation to Europe, over which the Tories were hopelessly split. By the time of the election, the ruling class was quite satisfied that Labour would defend its political and economic interests in conditions of increasing international instability. It was also confident that when Labour spoke of welfare reform, it would continue, and indeed accelerate, the attack on state welfare started by the Tories. The Sun's endorsement of Blair showed which way the wind was blowing, and with most of the left also supporting Labour, how could it fail to win?