UK Politics

Alternatives to Labour

Paul Anderson charts the trajectory of Uber-Trot Tariq Ali’s political wisdom between 1971 and 2005:

“At present there exists no alternative to the Tories which the revolutionary movement could support. . . The only real alternative to capitalist politics is provided by the revolutionary left groups as a whole. Despite their smallness and despite their many failings, they represent the only way forward.” Tariq Ali, 1971 (in The Coming British Revolution )

“Vote Lib Dem. If the result is a hung parliament or a tiny Blair majority it will be seen as a victory for our side.” Tariq Ali, 2005 (in an article in Red Pepper)