Yesterday, I watched Ed Miliband tell Andrew Marr that he was "appalled" by the idea of strikes on the day of the royal wedding. He also declared that "strikes are a last resort and a sign of failure on both sides" and "the way you change a government is through the ballot box."
But it's tiring. The same old arguments are trotted out time and time again, the same blind hope on the back of no evidence whatsoever, the same acceptance that we the best we can hope for in life is a government ever-so-slightly less shit than the Tories.
I still believe that this is wrong, and I will still make the arguments to anybody who is new to politics or has been duped by the sophistry of whichever centre-left careerists / Trotskyite party-builders are peddling the "but... Labour..." line this week. But I'm not going to write about it anymore unless there's something particularly noteworthy.
Instead, I point people to some of my previous posts on this subject;
- A split that will benefit the left
- The Labour Party isn't worth even one penny
- Why Andrew Lewin won't find "a movement that stands by its values" in the Labour Party
- On the new Labour leader
- Why does so much of the left still cling, hopelessly, to Labour?
- An anarchist election hustings
- We vote for nobody - a response to the Socialist Worker
As a final word, I will say: have no illusions - don't vote, organise!