As parties canvass for votes countrywide, there's a notable gap in the interests represented: those of the workers. IRVIN JIM ponders the problem in his speech.
This gathering takes place at a highly political time. It's a time when all manner of political parties are busy campaigning for votes to put them in Parliament.
However, in most of the debate that takes place, we find a big and important gap on their campaign trails when it comes to talking about the interests of the working class. So I want to start by reminding us all of the observation that Lenin made in 1913.
People always have been the foolish victims of deception and self-deception in politics, and they always will be until they have learnt to seek out the interests of some class or other behind all moral, religious, political and social phrases, declarations and promises. Champions of reforms and improvements will always be fooled by the defenders of the old order until they realise that every old institution, however barbarous and rotten it may appear to be, is kept going by the forces of certain ruling classes. And there is only one way of smashing the resistance of those...