People cheer and applaud whenever the government (I’m referring to Westminster) go back on a policy. For example, today the 55p per minute charge for calls to the Universal Credit helpline were to be made into free phone. This is an improvement, yes. But it’s minimal, what difference does it make in the big picture? Nothing. Universal Credit is still there, it is still harmful. Yet I’ve seen people claim that this is proof that Jeremy Corbyn is the Prime Minister.
When the reactionary DUP announced they would not support a cap on wages, the same reaction. Some claiming it was “A victory for the many, not the few”. It is not. This continuous idea that by making things slightly better, and I do mean slightly, is not helpful. The idea that minimum demands are acceptable is a poor one, especially when such minimum demands are so small. Yes, you can argue it shows that the government is being pressured. I suppose so, but not enough. Austere continues. Tax loopholes continue to be open. The messy and unorganised “No Deal” Brexit is going unresolved. Malcolm X was right in his analogy regarding the knife. That knife has been drove inside us 6 inches, and yet some celebrate that it’s some achievement when it’s pulled out to 5 inches.
Keep up pressure, keep up demands. Do not settle for minimum demands. If minimum demands are to be made, they must not be minimal. Demand as much as you can, demand an end to austerity. An end to poverty. An end to homelessness. A favourable government may even implement some reforms, which is welcome, but only a radical socialist system can deliver. By doing so, you can simultaneously highlight the impossibilities that exist under capitalism, as well as possibly gaining some concessions.
To quote the great socialist writer, and revolutionary, James Connolly
“Our demands most moderate, we only want the Earth!”