At the end of
the Second World War the Labour Party was elected into office, a clear
rejection of Churchill and his anti-working class policies. But the statements
of the Labour leaders revealed that they intended to continue with capitalism.
The British ruling class understood they could use these leaders, discredit
them and then bring back the Tories. Ted Grant warned the Labour leaders that
this is what would happen.
In 1943 a revolt of the Lebanese erupted against French imperialism. While oppressing their own colonies, the British cynically supported the Lebanese as a means of weakening De Gaulle and French imperialism. De Gaulle drowned the rebellion in blood refusing to accept the position of puppet of Anglo-American imperialism. See Ted Grant's article (November 1943).
In 1945 Churchill
justified the brutal repression of the Greek workers at the hands of British
troops. The then leaders of the Labour Party and the Communist Party in Britain hid the
real meaning of the Greek events from the British workers. Ted Grant exposed
this terrible betrayal in this article that appeared in the Mid-February
1945 edition of the Socialist Appeal.
Contrary to the official mythology about Churchill, by 1944 he was already losing support among the people of Britain. This article by Ted Grant, written at the time and based on local election results, shows that the workers were becoming radicalised. This was to be confirmed in a dramatic way just after the war when Labour won a landslide victory.
Towards the end of the Second World War the
coalition government in Britain
was pushing through the Town and Country Planning Bill in such a way that it
guaranteed the property rights of the big landowners. In this article (July 1944) Ted Grant
called on Labour to break the coalition and nationalise the land without
compensation to the big landowners!