My humble role over the past decade has been to hew out the political, cultural and intellectual space for a new sort of politics to flourish in. One that starts from the irrefragable fact that the forward march of labour has been halted.
Not only do we need a new revolutionary left but also a new working class and that is only possible by a very complicated process that is way way waaaay over the heads of most people.
The history of Cheadle High Street has shown us that it is possible to create a space whereby the relationship of revolutionary politics to the working class can be redrawn and rethought. In that pilot, we tested out the theory that it is not the working class that makes history but the revolutionary left itself.
In fact what we found is that it is possible for the revolutionary left to make its own history, one that is independent of the working class; the looting of the Spar shop at Gleneagles, the International Brigade for Iraq, the introduction of text messaging for threats to the workers movement, Skateboarders Against the War, the Girls Aloud b-side about Kronstadt, and the Lindsey German cookbook for example.
And in making that history, in circumstances entirely of its own choosing, a new working class has been forged. One that is fit for the script and does what it is supposed to do not just in theory but in practice.
The emergence of Workers’ Girder is proof that not only is another world possible, but possibly we are in another world.
Comrades, it is not the end of history, it is simply extra time.
Cde. Barry Mainwaring