I spent a lot of last night watching the final demise of Hosni Mubarak, flicking between BBC World and Al Jazeera. It was dramatic and inspiring.
The US backed dictator has gone, swept away by a revolution that will have profound consequences for the Middle East and the world.
Of course the revolution is far from over. it remains incomplete.
On a political level, the Egyptian state remains under the control of the apparatus that Mubarak built. At the very heart of it is a military command that was loyal to Mubarak for thirty years and which owes its strength to the billions of dollars that successive US administrations have poured into it.
Against this background the emerging political and civil forces, that were suppressed by Mubarak, must determine how they will respond to the opportunities that will lie before them.
They will have to no look no further than the impoverished economic conditions of the majority of Egyptians. Forty percent of the Egyptian population live on less than $2 a day.
The Mubarak regime handed over the Egyptian economy to a small handful of business leaders and foreign companies. 100 families own more than 90 percent of the country’s wealth, who benefited from the wholesale privatisation of the economy.
In the end this was a revolution against economic injustice and social deprivation.
This was a working class revolution and the revolution must be deepened to benefit the lives of the people.
It must also be a revolution that breaks the chains that have tied it to both the United States and Israel. It must be a revolution that restores Egypt’s independence, dignity and leadership in the region.