The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Workers’ Fight Workplace Bulletin Editorials

Sep 12, 2022

The following are excerpts from the workplace editorials of the British revolutionary workers group Workers’ Fight for the week of September 9.

The suspension of strike action within minutes of the notice of the queen’s demise reveals exactly the true function of the British monarchy. Bringing the “nation” together, unity of all! Concealing the deep class divide between the poor and rich, working class and exploiting class—that same class which refuses absolutely to pay workers a living wage today!

The optical illusion created by media-savvy “classless matriarchy,” er … sorry, “monarchy"—aided by incredible (and incredibly expensive!) show-business—is precisely what the British capitalist state has relied upon these past 70 years to help it keep social peace.

And as we hear from the endless messages of condolence from politicians of every stripe, it makes no difference which party has sat in government. They have all upheld—and continue to uphold—this gold and diamond-encrusted system, equally! And to display their loyalty and obedience, every MP wore black when attending the House of Commons the day after the royal death.

The Monarchy Isn’t Neutral

Of course, contrary to the wall-to-wall commentary about her, the queen was never a “neutral figure,” nor even “above it all.” Silence over her own opinions was always the silence of consent….

By saying nothing, Mrs. Windsor was always saying “yes” to the perpetuation of the class system which British capitalism rests upon. And moreover, to British imperialism and its domination over the so-called “Commonwealth” ("her great love!"); wealth which is sucked out of former dominions into British hands. Nothing “common” about it! But this is precisely why it is so vital to the ruling class to keep the monarchy alive, even if this would be an excellent moment to get rid of it for good!