SOCIALISM or SURRENDER?
LABOUR REJECTS THE "POPULAR FRONT"
Why Sir Stafford Cripps was Expelled
Sir Stafford Cripps has been expelled for disloyalty to the Labour Party — and not because he chooses, for the moment, to believe in a "Popular Front."
(a) Over a period of years he has promoted a series of national campaigns, privately financed and personally directed, against decisions of Annual Conference.
(b) These campaigns have resulted in continuous controversy, have diverted valuable time and energy from Socialist organisation and propaganda, and have been gravely harmful to the Party.
(c) His present " Popular Front " Campaign is but another in the series, and seriously threatens that Party unity which is essential for victory at the forthcoming General Election.
He has consistently flouted the principle of majority rule by which decisions of Annual Conference are reached. His method is that of the free lance.
Yesterday, he wanted a " United Front " with the Communists. To-day he wants a "Popular Front" with the Liberals. To-morrow ? . . . who knows ?
Such continued disloyalty to a democratic Movement can no longer be tolerated. That is why Sir Stafford Cripps has been expelled, and that is the only reason.
Any member of the Party has the right to express a minority point of view, on a " Popular Front " or otherwise; and for this there are many opportunities. But no member has the right to promote privately-controlled organisations on a national scale for the purpose of undermining Party loyalties and reversing decisions of Party Conference.
PERSONAL POLITICAL PARTIES ARE A MENACE TO DEMOCRACY