We don’t have local elections in London this year, so I’m going to spend Polling Day knocking on doors for Labour, in East Anglia, where I grew up.
Like marathon runners, if political activists travel enough miles, they’ll eventually hit ‘the wall’. They’ll have to face the enormity of the task ahead, and ask themselves some pretty tough questions, like “why on earth am I doing this?”
Well for me, the answer was beautifully put by Marx in his ‘Critique of the Gotha Program’, and in reality it’s an idea that has been around since the bible and beyond.
“from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”.
In the Labour Party, it underpins everything we do. It’s about good quality, affordable, state housing, for everyone who wants it. It’s about world-beating healthcare, free at the point of delivery, for whoever needs it. And it’s about the best education, provided preferably free, but certainly to everyone who wants it, whenever they want it.
And it’s paid for by those who can afford to. Full stop.
It is the opposite of greed, and I believe it’s the opposite of Conservatism. It’s why I’m a Labour activist, and it’s why I will be spending Polling Day knocking on doors.
Come and join me!