As armaments were piled up in preparation for the Second
World War Ted Grant explained that, “This war machine is for the defence of the
trading interests and the colonial loot of British imperialism, for what is
making for war is the intensified and sharpened struggle for markets between
the different countries of the world.”
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).
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.
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.