On the news that veteran Cuban leader Fidel Castro will retire due to ill health, our own commandante, Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued the following statement:
“This is now an opportunity to make progress towards a peaceful transition to a pluralist democracy,”
Unfortunately, due to the Prime Minister composing his statement on a mobile phone during The Jeremy Kyle Show, and with the predictive texting fuction switched on, the message was distorted.
“Pluralist democracy” should, of course, read “plutocracy“.
It is a matter of public record that the Prime Minister has sought to create a “government of all the talents” – namely those from big business, the armed forces, and the police – thus preventing the base of his own Labour party forcing issues affecting working class people onto the agenda.
The Prime Minister’s policies in health and education are making it easier for foreign companies to profit at the expense of the public and paving the way for the eventual privatisation of the NHS – further proof of his plutocratic credentials.
To suggest, as some have, that the Prime Minister believes in pluralist democracy is to cynically exploit what was an honest mistake – he is, of course, firmly committed to plutocracy, as evidenced by his prevention of a leadership contest in the Labour party, calling off a promised general election, reneging on a promise to hold a referendum on the EU constitutional treaty, and his refusalto countenance any form of devolution for England.
Quoth Bob Avakian:
In a world marked by profound class divisions and social inequality, to talk about “democracy”—without talking about the class nature of that democracy and which class it serves—is meaningless, and worse. So long as society is divided into classes, there can be no “democracy for all”: one class or another will rule, and it will uphold and promote that kind of democracy which serves its interests and goals. The question is: which class will rule and whether its rule, and its system of democracy, will serve the continuation, or the eventual abolition, of class divisions and the corresponding relations of exploitation, oppression and inequality.