The only alternative to a Labour government is one led by the Tories, who want to intensify their pogrom against the poor, sick and disabled, writes Robert Griffiths, CP general secretary.

WHO on Earth is advising Ed Miliband on electoral strategy — presuming they are from this planet at all? 
Most people don’t give two hoots about whether politicians should be compelled by law to take part in televised leaders’ debates.
What many electors would like to hear instead from Labour, in particular, is what a Miliband government would do to clamp down on the tax-dodgers and City fraudsters, to build more houses and to end the privatisation rip-off on the railways and in the gas, electricity and water industries.
As recent opinion polls confirm, at present the prospect of Ed Miliband as prime minister doesn’t set the pulse racing. Indeed, the thought of Ed Balls as chancellor is enough to get the blood boiling.
But not to see the difference between electing a Labour government and a Tory one on May 7 — even on the basis of Labour’s current feeble prospectus — is nothing less than what Aneurin Bevan would have called an “emotional spasm.”
It’s a self-indulgence best left to socialists who are not paying the price of the bedroom tax, who care nothing about the privatisation of the NHS and who happily contemplate a new round of anti-trade union laws and 500 more schools run by millionaires, religious fanatics or business corporations.
Which is not to say that anyone should write the Labour Party leadership a blank cheque or stop campaigning against Tory-Lib Dem policies in favour of the left and progressive alternatives. Still less does it mean voting Labour in every constituency across Britain.
But Miliband has committed an incoming Labour government to abolish the bedroom tax that represents such a despicable attack on hundreds of thousands of the unemployed and their families.
Would his government keep its word? I’m not the author of Old Moore’s Almanack and have no powers of prophecy.
But I know that the only alternative to a Labour government is one led by the Tories, who would regard their victory as a mandate to intensify their pogrom against the poor, sick and disabled.
That’s why the preferable and only realistic alternative is to step up the extra-parliamentary campaigning against the bedroom tax, including winning more Labour-run councils to approaches which avoid evictions for non-payment.
Maximum pressure will be needed to ensure that Labour repeals the bedroom tax in full — and then proceeds to reform the council tax system so that it much more closely reflects people’s ability to pay.
In England in particular, privatisation of NHS services is accelerating as PFI payments pile up to £2 billion a year.
Again, Andy Burnham and the Labour leadership have pledged to repeal the 2012 Health and Social Care Act which undermines strategic planning and opens the door wider still to private medical service providers.
Therefore, the People’s March for the NHS campaign could not come at a better time. 
Marches and rallies up to May 7 and beyond would press a Labour government not only to repeal the 2012 Act, but to begin reversing the whole PFI and privatisation rip-off of our NHS.
Most of Britain’s trade unions will be putting their weight behind a Labour victory in the general election.
Their reasons should not be hard to fathom. In particular, they do not want another barrage of anti-union laws, notably the Tory proposal to further restrict the right to strike even after a secret ballot.
Labour has no such plans, but its supporters could rightfully insist that a Labour government introduce a trade union freedom Bill to restore and extend workers’ rights across England, Scotland and Wales.
As the Tories complain that too few workers vote in secret postal ballots, the Campaign for Trade Union Freedom could launch a drive for workplace voting instead.
Of course, a Labour victory guarantees nothing for as long as spokespersons such as Douglas Alexander, Vernon Coaker, Chuka Umunna and Rachel Reeves worship at the shrines of the EU, Nato, big business and the poorhouse.
We need Labour policies which inspire the millions, not appease the millionaires.
In particular, the disproportionate impact of austerity on women as low-paid workers, unpaid carers and single parents should be recognised, with measures to enforce equal pay across both private and public sectors and inflation-busting rises in welfare benefits.
While explaining the case for a Labour victory, Communist Party candidates will also be campaigning for steeply progressive taxation, the closure of all tax havens under British rule, public ownership of key sectors of the economy, a federal Britain and all-out opposition to membership of the EU and Nato.
Nobody expects Labour to abandon a century of loyalty to British imperialism between now and May 7.
But dumping the leadership’s craven commitment to a new generation of nuclear weapons of mass destruction after Trident would be a vote-winner — and might just prevent a wipeout in Scotland at the hands of the SNP.
 Similarly, some criticism of the enthusiasm of the EU-European Central Bank-IMF “troika” for punishing the poor and unemployed in Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Portugal and Ireland would be welcomed by many working-class electors.
For their part, Communist Party candidates will campaign boldly for an independent foreign and defence policy for Britain.
A big Communist vote would send a powerful message to a future Labour government without jeopardising its election. 
The same could be said for other left and progressive candidates, where they stand for similar policies without dismissing or endanger the prospects for a Labour victory.
The best vote in some seats may well be Communist, socialist or Green. But in most, it has to be Labour.