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The 'Rusholme Result.

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The Rusholme Result. THE congratulations of the whole working- class movement in this country are due to Dr. Dunstan and his hand of workers, who on a straight out-and-out democratic fight in the Rusholme Division of Manchester have pulled down the Coalition majority by over three thousand votes; and who in a less complicated struggle than a four-cor- nered contest that included so militant a Radical as Mr. Pringle, would have secured the seat that is held to-day by a Coalition- ist on a minority vote of the constituency. Couple together the facts that Labour's showing in this Manchester division at the general election was not one to get enthu- siastic about, and the campaign of prejudice that has since characterised the capitalist organs respecting the Bolshevists," and the acrimonious class prejudices stirred to their depths in the midst of the election campaign by the occurrence of the Railway Strike, and a real meaning of Dr. Dunstan's candidature on the I.L.P. ticket becomes plain. Here, more potently even that in the other bye-elections, the wonderful strides made by Labour in face of the most virulent opposition is attested. Here more than in any other previous contest it is made abundantly clear that at long last the common people of the nation arc awaken- ing to a consciousness that they can only emancipate themselves and their children from the thraldom of economic .slavery, by consciously directing their political efforts in their direction of their own party. They are coming to see the folly of being work- ing-class in trades-unions and in their every-day life, and aristocratic in their poli- tical representation. At last the dawn of that knowledge gives them a perception that life is not two part, but is one—an uni- fied whole, and that to act otherwise is worse than folly. They see that without politics their means to progress are sorely curtailed, and necessarily over-used; and they have sought to correct their previous errors by at last aligning their whole or- ganisation and purpose. That is the mean- ing of Rusholme. Dr. Dunstan has failed to secure the seat, but, even so, his poll is a remarkable tribute to the working-class solidarity of the constituency, and its mes- sage is obvious to all who pause and think. There can be no rejoicing in the Coalition fold at such a result, for its import is full of vigorous healthy threat against that fold. Much has been said by both the victor and Mr. Pringle about the adverse effect of the railway strike upon the result. Mr. Pringle may have grounds for such a complaint; but the victor has not. During that strike with its worse than lying propaganda against the men, and, consequently, against trades unionism in general every class from the smallest of small traders to the biggest of Corporation Capitalists were stirred to their depths in hatred and opposition to Demos; and the canker of a poisonous pro- paganda did not omit its results from the workers themselves. Hundreds who were beginning to listen with hesitating ear to the message of Labour, found their stomachs too weak to withstand the dose that the strike compelled them to face, and in terror they fled to their old defences. And yet, despite that 6,412 voters declared for the I.L.P. candidate. Without that Rusholme might be represented by a ma- jority representative in Westminster, in- stead of as to-day by an M.P. whose vote is nearly 2,000 short of a majority of the con- stituency.

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