Since 1979, as a result of the strategies of all successive governments,
the gap between the wealthy and the impoverished is the greatest since records
began. In a study of 25 countries, child poverty in Britain was the third
highest, outstripped only by Russia and our other free-market model, the
United States. The example of the United States—the most powerful country
in the world—demonstrates that the prosperity of the few invariably goes
hand in hand with the degradation of the many.
It also shows that a nation’s economy can be successful while the living
standards of its people fall. The continued wealth and visibility of middle
Britain is entirely dependent on the continued impoverishment of working
class children in particular.
The IWCA strategy is straightforward. It recognises that if the working
class is to recover its share of the national cake and bring about a return in
the level of investment in health, education and pensions to even
pre-Thatcher levels, the working class must first retake political control
and responsibility for its own communities.
In practical terms this means bringing an independent working class
analysis into the heart of local government thinking throughout Britain. In
electoral terms it means supporting those candidates who are committed to
putting the immediate interests of the working class first.
Please note: the programme itself is, and has to be, an evolving document. It has to
reflect the changing experiences of the working class and our experience as
a campaigning party. Undoubtedly, as the IWCA begins to grow, people will
join with new areas of expertise and experience which will feed back into
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