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The Editorial of October's Socialist Appeal calls for meetings to be organised to support John McDonnells' bid for the leadership of the Labour Party as an important opportunity to raise socialist ideas throughout the labour movement. In preparing for a struggle in the Labour Party we must learn from the past. The most vital lesson is that it is not sufficient to tinker with the capitalist system. We will fight for any reform in the interests of the working class. The central lesson of the whole of Labour history, however, must be that not one of those reforms can endure if the capitalist system remains intact.