Professor Robert Arnott
Secretary, Cheltenham CLP and UNISON Member
(In personal capacity)
27 June 2020
We are at a crossroads in human history. The choices we make today will determine the fate of our children and grandchildren. The COVID-19 pandemic as much as climate change, has been recognised as a massive wake-up call to the realities of our crumbling and outdated socio-economic system. Huge opportunities now exist to push forward progressive change and we must do everything we can to ensure that we bring this about; we owe it to future generations.
If we do not succeed, what comes next will be much worse; a grossly authoritarian system, with massive inequalities protected by the state and legitimised by right-wing nationalism and xenophobia. In all of my fifty-five years of political activism, from the 1960s to the present day, I have never witnessed such an opportunity for change, but at the same time, I have never felt such fear of what might come.
Other than the trades unions, with which we stand shoulder-to-shoulder, the only significant organisation that can help push forward progressive change and fight inequality and worse, is the Labour Party.
Because of the changes in the leadership and the NEC and more recent events, some members have felt the need to leave the party. Others may be considering doing so and I would implore them to reconsider and to follow the appeal: Don’t Leave – Organise.
The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in these articles are those of local Party members and do not necessarily reflect the Labour Party.