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Only ‘repairs’ possible

(January 1981)

From Militant, No. 535, 16 January 1981, p. 12.
Transcribed by Iain Dalton.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

Dear Comrades

While on a recent visit to West Germany I heard it reported that the right-wing Social Democratic Mayor of Hamburg, Ulrich Klose, stated at a public meeting that the present form of state existed only to “carry out repairs on capitalism,” thereby admitting the truth of the Marxist analysis that the state exists to protect the property of the monopoly capitalists who control the economy.

Such apparently ‘left’ remarks by a prominent right-wing politician reflect the growing desire of the rank and file that the German Social Democratic Party should return to socialist policies. Our fight for a Labour government committed to a socialist policy is not only the way to stop the attacks on our own standard of living by a decaying capitalism, it is also the way forward to the Socialist United States of Europe.


Yours sincerely
Dudley Edwards

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