May Day should be more than a march through the streets, listening to politicians and union officials. It should be the rallying point for a mass movement which combats low pay, long working hours, unemployment, poverty, restrictions on liberty outside and inside work, inequality, ecological destruction and the other evils we face. We should not be scared of media attacks on such a real labour movement. The public who see them are just as bossed about, overworked and under paid producing the wealth a minority monopolises.
We are a long way from such a movement and will remain so as long as we forget the spirit of May Day. Only by expressing our economic and social power can we change things for the better. That means direct action against capital: strikes, boycotts, occupations, blockades, solidarity. Relying on politicians to do it for us has failed and will always fail. We have to do it ourselves, by our own efforts and organisations. That is how May Day started and that is still its message.