Venue: Railway Tavern,
131 South Western Road,
Salisbury SP2 7RR
This meeting is being held with a view to re-activating the South West Branch of the SPGB.
The working class must organise as a political party to achieve socialism. At present the capitalist class control society through their possession of political power, through their control of the machinery of government. They did not construct this machine for this purpose for the machinery of government evolved along with the evolution of society as a whole. It is one of the facts of social life that the government machine is the centre of social control. The working class must base its policy on a recognition of this. If the working class is to become the master of society—which it must do in order to change it—then it too must recognise itself as a class, and organise itself politically. This political party must be socialist expressing workers’ recognition that their emancipation can only be achieved by the expropriation of the capitalist class and the establishment of socialism.