Motion passed by Finsbury Park RMT branch on the coronation

Down with the royalty! All power to the working class!

This branch notes the forthcoming coronation of Charles III, which will cost the British taxpayer 250 million pounds, at a time when front line workers are being told there is no money for a RPI matching payrise.

This branch agrees with the quote by Irish Irish socialist James Connolly, who was right when he said, “Neither in science, nor in art, nor in literature, nor in exploration, nor in mechanical invention, nor in humanising of laws, nor in any sphere of human activity has a representative of British royalty helped forward the moral, intellectual or material improvement of mankind. 

“A people mentally poisoned by the adulation of royalty can never attain to that spirit of self-reliant democracy necessary for the attainment of social freedom. The mind accustomed to political kings can easily be reconciled to social kings—capitalist kings of the workshop, the mill, the railway, the ships and the docks.”

This branch also notes the comments this week by Princess Anne about the function of the royal family

In an interview with CBC News in Canada this week, the king’s sister, admitted one of its key functions. She said,
“I would just underline that the monarchy provides—with the constitution—a degree of long-term stability that is actually quite hard to come by any other way.”
She was saying that amid the tumult of class struggle, the monarchy acts as a glue to hold society together in the interests of those who have power and wealth. Monarchy says inequality is unavoidable and basic to society.

This branch believes that the monarchy upholds class structures that keep the working class down, that it is way past its sell by date, has no room in a modern society and can only be got rid of, in a similar way to the working class got rid of the Russian royal family in 1917, and a similar way to how the French removed Louis XVI in 1793.

This branch requests that the regional organiser asks LU how much money was spent on badges, signage, and other resources, linked to the coronation, at a time they are making job losses and attacking our terms, because they say there is not enough money.

Down with the royalty.
All power to the working class.

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