By Pat Stack
Millions celebrated Labour's victory in May 1997. But instead of giving us the real change from the Tories that millions voted for, we've had more of the same and worse. In this pamphlet Pat Stack looks at the rise of Blair and New Labour. He shows that, although Blair is much more right wing than almost all Labour leaders of the past, Labour has never delivered the change to a fairer and more just society that Labour voters have craved. Every Labour government has turned on the very people who elected them in order to try to keep the bosses happy. The fundamental problem for Labour has been the illusion that real power lies in parliament. It doesn't. Real power lies in the hands of the rich and those who serve their needs in the civil service, the judiciary, the army and the police. The author shows there is only one force that can take on that power and change society for the better-the working class. And to channel the power of the working class, we need a different party from Labour-a revolutionary socialist party.