As Corbyn discovered………………………
The nearest thing to emerge in Britain that looked like a Socialist agenda
And that was as a result in the failure to recognise that leadership is about more than arriving at decisions democratically, also as Corbyn tried and failed to do.
Because simply the decision making process was flawed because it ignored the will of the people.
Brexit was opposed
And not only that but Corbyn the Leader failed to lead and steer the Party to adopt the will of the electorate majority.
And he knew it because he was anti EU all his political life until he became committed to the democratic decision of the Party when he needed to make an autocratic decision to support Brexit.
And so is the BRS
Its case for Socialism fails to address that some difficult decisions will have to be made by the leader at the time if the will of the people is not to be denied.
When the BRS states “that Vietnam and China have taken their own roads to socialism in very different circumstances” it fails to mention both have adopted capitalist market economies within a socialist structure of state control.
And arriving at that conclusion for the BRS would require strong leadership which means some autocratic decisions.
Assuming there is a leader
Even if only to recognise that democratic decisions take to long if everyone must have a say .
This alone make the BRS unworkable because no where is there a mention that autocratic decisions might be necessary and it only talks of collective decisions.
“In Britain our road to socialism will be very different …..by learning from its own mistakes and those of others” … Corbyn made a mistake which became terminal for him.
Leaders don’t make mistakes, they make alternative decisions that are sacrosanct, or end up like Allende Gorbachev or even Fidel Castro.
The labour and progressive movements
Contrary to the BRS it is unlikely that the road will be flowing with more than a section of working class support and definitely some opposition if power is to be gained through the ballot box.
So slogans will become the propaganda of the day including “Bread Land and Peace”
And programmes to take into state ownership will be the popular industries services and property first.
Peace may have to be negotiated with the armed forces first and monarchy second but reform of parliaments may need to be the carrot and stick so as not to tread on too many toes.
The BRS has a a rose coloured view of allowing power to be decentralised too soon especially into the hands of trades unions.
As well as the market economy not being mentioned, the take over of state media is omitted.
Re- education will be necessary and so will dramatic changes in equality and that will involve redistribution of finances.
This will result in control of the exchange and from there the means of production and distribution
If only the BRS had talked about British Polices for Britain more, sustainability , self sufficiency and self sacrifice for the good of the socialist system of sharing.
That greed is a capitalist disease and abject wealth is wasteful.
No the BRS is not the answer as it does not address the real questions that will need to be faced.
There is a very long way to go and it must be very different from this BRS
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