‘‘Since the end of the 19th century capital has become concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, through a process of merger, take-overs, financial crises. This has led to a situation where a small number of capitalists companies control whole sectors of the global economy’’. (Little p20, 2011)
Lenin argued that we must ‘‘take advantage of bourgeois democracy which, compared with feudalism, represents great historic advance, but not for one minute must [We] forget the bourgeois character of this ‘democracy’, its history conditional and limited character. [We must] never forget that the state even in the most democratic republic, and, and not only in a monarchy, is simply a machine for the suppression of one class by another’’. (Lenin sited in Little p23, 2011)
The British Road to Socialism called for a broad democratic alliance, it has called this an anti-monopoly alliance since 1989 and the new draft calls it a democratic anti-monopoly alliance and for it to take control of state power in order that society can move towards socialism. The ‘state’ and in the case of the European Union ‘super-state’ is an instrument of the social, economic and political system and as such a tool of the ruling classes, if we are to achieve a socialist system where the working class control the instruments of social, economic and political power then we need to control the super-state institutions as well as the institutions of the nation state.
As Gawain Little points out in his article parliamentary democracy ‘‘is a tool we must use in the fight for socialism’’. (Little p24, 2011)