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SOME PIFFLE. To the Editor, Amman Valley Chronicle. I Sir,—As a worker, I think I have wit- nessed poverty and extreme wealth in their most ugly garbs. A man is not a sinner for owning wealth until he uses his wealth for tyrannical purposes, at which juncture it is our duty as workers to fight for our proper share in any industrial undertaking. The Capitalist speculates money in factories, col- lieries, quarries, and in a hundred-and-one different concerns. 'The question is, How can we workers claim a proper and righteous share of the wealth we partly produce? Building on the past, and not on the Socialists' suppositions of the future, it can be safely said that the only known antidote to meet tyrannical Capitalism is collective bargaining in the form of a powerful and united Trade Union. I maintain that Trade Unionism and the body politic known as the Labour Party are two different things entirely. The former exists as a means to an end, and that end is the happiness, prosperity and success of its members. With their direct representatives in the House of Commons, Trade Unions can always get their voices heard in the counsels of the nation. If the Labour Parfy claim to be the representatives of the Trade Unions, then why shall we re- quire Trade Unions, even if we get a Labour Government in power? Other countries, after Revolutions and Communes at different periods in their history, which have produced for them Labour and Socialist Governments, tfilil at the present day have Trade Unions, Capitalism, extremes of wealth and poverty, as we have here; often in more ugly and repulsive forms than Great Britain ever had. There were (until the electors threw them out) men in the Labour Party whose pre- sence in a coal-mine would not be tolerated for a week, because they never paid a penny- piece to any Trade Union in their lives; but, on the other hand, they waxed fat and wealthy out of the shillings subscribed by the Trade Union members. They boasted that they were not in the Labour Party for Trade Union purposes, but for Socialism only. Their programme generally being a sweeping state- ment of nationalisation of all the means of produce but they never giveus details of how their schemes are to be realised, whether by confiscation or by buying the Capitalists out; m i £ .;t, th° oociai ts ideas all differ con- siderably on this point. I fail to find two of their societies who can agree. The question is. Can it be done without being a greater burden on the backs of the workers than the present system ? If the Labour Party hac shed itself of its affiliated Socialist organisa- tions before the recent election, we should probably tvehad 200 Trade Union mem- bers .a v-.z of Commons, and not a paltry Ov U. in my opinion, tiie greatest burden on Trade Unionism to-day is its politics. I would give my vote for a man as a Trade Unionist on a Trade Union ques- tion, but I will r, have him as a politician, because of his Socialist tendencies, which as a member of the Labour Party he is com- pelled to adopt; even if the Socialistic pro- gramme tends to Evolution. In fact, some Labour speaker- .L.F. Jcctlca-t: ve L- e-n paid good 5. .v preaching Evolution as a kind of practical joke," stating that the police and soldiers, in the form of reactionaries, were the only cause of blood- shed. The geod done by Trade Union methods is past history. As a workman, am prepared to do my best for my fellow- men as a duty. If the leaders of our Fede- ration are wrong-I am not saying whether they are or not—then let us change them at once, rather than have unconstitutional strikes, which tend to weaken our cause in the eyes of the public, and weaken our own pockets when the majority can ill afford. In every case the dispute is handed over, a fter a period of idleness in the form of a strike," for the constitutional leaders of our Union and the leaders of sectional strikes are gene- rally the aspirants for the post of miners' agents when the opportunity occurs. It is high time for the workers to find some means of redressing disputes without resorting to organisations in the locality whose ideals are more revolutionary than the majority of the local workers ever dreamt. The Socialists of to-day wait, Micawber- Jike, for something to turn up in the form of a heaven-sent blunder on the part of the present Government, which was only elected two months ago. From Parliament down to the Parish Council their influence is felt under the disguise of Labour." I am not against the shortening of hours, the raising- of wages, as some of my opponents have openly stated. I want to better conditions as far as is economically possible, without casting un- due burdens on the poor, whch strikes in- variably incur. It is the poorest paid men who suffer, and not the Capitalists, by stop- pages of coal supplies. By the time these lines are in print, the fateful ballot for or against a mighty indus- trial upheaval will have taken place. After the whirlwind manner in which the dispute has been brought to a climax, one is apt to wonder whether it is sane Trade Unionism or popllt Ical motives that .prevail. Is the Un- seen Hand of Socialism urging matters on because of the failures of certain Pacifists at the recent election? Despite our differences, ley us hope that wir counsels than dis- ruption—which will cause untold suff ering- I will prevail, and a true spirit of conciliation be the fruits of the present serious deadlock. Socialism, as far as' I understand it, is not the Temedy for social ills and irregularities. It does nothing but spread discontent. I ask, Has Socialism fed the poor, as many reli- gious societies do to-day? What man in dis- tress ever found relief at Socialist head- quarters? What orphanages are supported by Socialists? What is the exact figures of Socialist organisations towards the Red Cross? Their promises are all for the future; per- formance, nil; promises galore; no fruits, but words, words, words, and Atheism. Your Karl Marx Socialist cares nothing for these things: not for Heaven and holiness, not even to feed the hungry or harbour the harbour- less in this world for the more discontent and misery, the better room for his game of agitator. S. SHAW. 6, Thomas Terrace, Llandebie.

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