So let me start on my subject, working-class politics in the contemporary world, with a quote from Ralph Miliband:
“All concepts of politics, of whatever kind, are about conflict - how to contain it, or abolish it.”
That is how I understand politics based on my own experiences, and on my own reading of our history. I say that not to celebrate conflict – still less violence – but merely to state a fact.
Politics is about struggle, about the clash of interests and, for me, ultimately about how to create a society and a world where there really are common interests.