Since the rise of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK, the far-left (outside the Labour party at least) has struggled to gain political traction.
Always fractious at best, the two main far-left political parties (the Socialist Workers’ Party and the Socialist Party of England and Wales) are declining in both numbers and influence. The SWP, rocked by a rape cover-up scandal involving a leading member, was already struggling, while SPEW is a shadow of its former self from its ‘Militant’ heyday in the mid-eighties.
Various communist sects and factions still litter the political landscape, but the hollowing out of the organised far-left has been noticeable, since Corbyn gained the leadership of the Labour party in 2015. Assuming they haven’t already been blacklisted by the Labour party, most far-left activists and potential far-left activists have thrown their lot in with the Labour party or groups such as Momentum, the faction within the Labour party organised by pro-Corbyn activists.
And Corbyn himself is surrounded by former far-left supporters or longstanding fellow travellers, such as: Seumas Milne, the son of a former BBC director general, ex-Guardian journalist and apologist for Joseph Stalin and the USSR; Andrew Murray, the well-heeled (former?) communist aristocrat; and Andrew Fisher, who once expressed enthusiastic support for an election candidate for the anarchist Class War group; among others.
As a result, why would any self-styled ‘revolutionary’ bother with the tawdry entrails of the twenty first century ‘revolutionary’ left, when they control the main opposition political party in the country?
And just like the fictional character ‘Strelnikov’ (pictured in black and white above) in the classic 1965 film ‘Dr Zhivago’ about the Russian Revolution, the organised far-left (outside the Labour party) are firmly strapped onto that speeding train heading to nowhere.