After the Crimea conference, the British Communist Party leaders came
out with a position advocating a National unity government with the
Tories for the post-war period. This policy of class collaboration was
denounced by Ted Grant, who wrote in 1945
that, "to support Churchill is to support monopoly capitalism. To
support the capitalists, the interests of the working class must be
betrayed. It has taken the advanced British workers the experience of
50 years to realise that the Liberal and Tory Parties are parties of
In 1944 the Labour Party held its annual conference while British troops were being used to crush the Greek workers. The Labour leaders scandalously supported British imperialist policy in Greece, but even worse was the fact that the Labour left had capitulated on this issue. Ted Grant put forward a revolutionary Marxist position on the question.
In July 1944 the Allies had their forces in France ready to
march eastwards towards Germany. In the British media there were calls for
punishment of all Germans, conveniently ignoring the fact that the
German workers had always been opposed to Hitler, whereas the British bourgeois
had welcomed his crushing of the German labour movement in 1933.
The Third International was created by Lenin and Trotsky as an instrument of world revolution. However, as Ted Grant wrote in 1943, the Comintern under Stalin quickly degenerated "into a kept whore of the Stalinist bureaucracy, applying its policy according to the changing moods of Kremlin policy. In reality the creation of the International was not a question of sentiment or convenience, but arose directly from the objective tasks posed in front of the international working class."
Against the background of the German invasion of the Soviet Union, Ted
Grant wrote in 1941 that, "In spite of the ravages of the bureaucracy,
the basic conquests of the October Revolution still remain: the
capitalist class has never regained its possessions and private
ownership in the means of production has never been restored. It is this
that the masses, despite their aversion for the bureaucracy, have
rallied to defend, just as the British workers would rally to the
defence of their Trade Unions against capitalist attack, in spite of
their aversion for the Bevins and Citrines."