The book is in very good condition with slight creasing to the front corners and top of the spine and scuffs at the top and bottom of the spine. There is a crease on the spine. The edges and pages are clean and intact.
One of the assertions – an assertion which has acquired the force of a public prejudice -made not only by the left generally, but also, with some honourable exceptions, by that part of it which calls itself communist, is that the Labour Party is a party of the British working class, which can be an instrument of socialism in Britain. The purpose of this book is to demonstrate the utter fallacy of this assertion and, on the contrary to prove that Labour, throughout its existence, ha been an imperialist party – a “bourgeois labour party”, to use Engels’ remarkably profound expression – that it has never championed the interests of the vast masses of the British proletariat, that it has always defended the interests of British imperialism and that of the privileged sections of the working class.
Secondly, it is the purpose of this book to stress the truth that imperialism long ago engendered a split in the working class. A handful of exceptionally rich and powerful states who plunder the whole world are able to use a portion of the superprofits thus derived to bribe the labour leaders and the upper stratum of the “working class, who act as the principal social prop of the bourgeoisie, and who are the real agents of the bourgeoisie in the working class movement, the lieutenants of the capitalist class, real channels of reformism and chauvinism” (Lenin)