The trade unions were instrumental in forming the Labour Party as a political expression of the class that they represent. That link has endured for almost 100 years and is as relevant today as when the Labour Party was formed. If the leadership breaks that link, the party will suffer the same fate as the old Liberal Party. A new party is bound to develop from the trade unions, probably more radical than the Labour Party today.
The Labour Party can only win the votes of the middle class with radical policies that challenge received wisdom in fields such as economics, defence and the environment, to name but three.
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