The Guardian has an interesting article about the French Communist Party dropping the hammer and sickle as its official insignia. It goes on to ask is that symbol even relevant in today’s globalised and digital world.
For me the hammer and sickle, as first envisaged, was about the working class retaking their dignity and power away from the hands of a few power craven industrialists. It was about the rise of the Proletariat.
Let’s look at the Left in Europe for a moment. There are not many members of the various parties and groups which hold to that ideology who would be represented by that insignia.
Pseudo intellectuals, champagne socialists, digital programmers, educationalists, community workers etc but not that many hard industry factory or agrarian workers amongst their ranks. In fact by the looks of quite a few I know a hard day’s work would kill them.
At a time when the working class are being devastated by the effects of rampant and uncontrolled capitalism why isn't the Left making more of an impact across Europe?
I'm not talking about the "I can't believe it's not Left" type party who massage their political message in the centre. I'm talking about traditional working class values from a time when morals where still very much part and parcel of the Left wing movement and not the rampant liberal atheism and moral relativism that we see all too often today.
The Left should be spending less time worrying about symbols and more time reconnecting with their traditional base.