This weekends as we take part in parades and marches, rallying together for International Workers Day should serve as a timely reminder of the incredible strength that the workers of the world have when we unite together. Yet far from being a well known and oft used paraphrase it should mark the recognition and realisation that we have the strong hand. Something we often forget as we are continually oppressed and undermined by big business, corporations and governments which only serve their own financial interests.
This strength only arrives through organisation and cooperation, an understanding that we can best serve the interests of all in society when all in society have a fair say and are fairly represented. The organisational capacity comes in part through political party and trade union participation. In this Lenin’s belief in the benefit of organised political movements leading the revolution still ring true. I would argue however that today, particularly in Scotland, the organisation and movement must be directed towards a ballot box revolution. I know some comrades will disagree, however the mass movement of the yes campaign has proved that it is possible to revolutionise society through the principled aim of democratic elections.