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December 2013 - Apartheid and glass ceilings are also part of our ongoing battles!
With our thoughts being directed towards the huge contribution played by Nelson Mandela in trying to alleviate the lifestyles of the ‘black’ and ‘coloured’ elements largely oppressed in ‘apartheid’ South Africa, we must also focus on the conditions of Britain’s working classes.
Mandela made a significant political contribution but it would seem that much work still needs to be done in that Country. The relatively affluent South African wine industry, for example, is still largely dominated by the ‘privileged white’ element of its population. The conditions for great swathes of its less fortunate elements remain dire. South Africa would seem to be in a state of ‘unfinished revolution’. It is not too difficult, therefore, for large elements of the Western capitalist media to heap praise upon the former leader because he did not pose an immediate threat to their economic interests.
As far as Britain is concerned, we have our own problems with anti-working class apartheid and the huge Establishment imposed ‘glass ceiling’ stifling the progress of our working class. There can be little doubt that the ‘less than one per cent’ elite in Britain look down their noses with disdain at the rest of the population. Occasionally we get a glimpse of their thinking. Within the past few days we have had the Tory ‘toff’ and ‘buffoon’ Boris Johnson claiming that the poorer elements in Britain deserve to be so because of their lower IQ’s. This sort of thinking was originally based upon discredited, falsified, pseudo science produced for the consumption of the far-right in the 1930’s. The truth is that the majority of the working class is constituted of unpolished ‘diamonds’ with tremendous potential. Many of the elements represented in the ‘less than 1 per cent’ got there by birthright and privilege and are in fact as thick as two short planks. Unfortunately, many of these backward sort help to run the Country.
A second outpouring of ‘natural supremacy’ thinking could be heard on BBC radio’s Any Questions? from another Tory ‘toff’ Andrew Lansley. When confronted with the huge rise in the need for food banks to feed Britain’s starving, his only response was to praise the work of charities and those providing food donations. The acclaimed British writer Jeanette Winterson, also on the panel, was extremely upset and disgusted to hear this drivel which, of course, sidesteps the main issue i.e. the CAUSE of the problems. This problem ‘driver’ is the regime’s austerity policies aimed at the working class. We are constantly told by the state and its lying propaganda outlets that Britain’s economy and the conditions of its population is improving. The truth is that for the privileged few, their wealth has indeed shot up in leaps and bounds over the past few years. We are looking at wealth increases in the last year alone of over 18% for these people. This contrasts with continuing wage decreases and growing unemployment for the working class and coupled with withdrawal of benefits, no wonder so many are starving and in desperate poverty. Winter weather will also take its toll with numerous people (especially the elderly) freezing to death because of the exploitation of fuel prices by the corrupt few.
With wages and conditions falling so badly, we have also to question the attitudes and negligence of many current trade union leaders. Their failure to call effective strike action (not irrelevant token one day actions etc.) and other powerful industrial actions are making it far easier for the wealthy elite to trample all over the interests of the working class. The Labour Party and its sycophantic union leaders and other stooges have proven to be aligned on the wrong side in this ongoing class ‘battle’.
November 2013 - Socialist News Returns!
The SLP paper, Socialist News, has returned and is now available for purchase online via MagCloud.
November 2013 - Wrong priorities of capitalist political parties.
We are learning more every day about the political priorities of the capitalist parties operating in today’s Britain. It is readily apparent that ‘spinning’ news content is the overriding concern of all these parties, rather than the good governance of our Country. The ‘spin’ operation is necessary for them to ensure positive coverage from the capitalist media, especially the daily papers which, in turn, receive extensive further coverage from the main broadcasting companies.
The problem in all this lies with the fact that the capitalist ‘values’ of the press owners and editors do not generally reflect the morality or wishes of the British population at large. In fact, it could be safely stated that the headlines and general tripe poured out from these organs of capitalist greed have very little substance either in the way of morality or value. The proof of this is the continuing massive decline in sales of these capitalist ‘comics’ with all their triviality over decades.
Political ‘spin’ has, of course, been going on in Britain for centuries. The difference in today’s Britain is that the spinning has been developed into a major element of the operational function of capitalist parties. We saw, therefore, the internal workings of the Blair regime where ‘spin doctor’ Alastair Campbell and others played such a pivotal day to day role. Similarly, the internecine ‘civil war’ between the Blair and Brown camps meant that the Gordon Brown treasury team (including Ed Miliband and Ed Balls) had its own political ‘spin’ operation. This has been well documented in the recent book by Damian McBride who operated from within this team. From his recollections, it is apparent that getting the best headlines and stories into the capitalist media was often the main concern of the day. ’Dishing the dirt’ on rival politicians was also an essential element of the operations.
This political ‘spin’ is not, of course, the sole prerogative of the Labour Party. The current Prime Minister Cameron has been so obsessed with press coverage that he appointed Andy Coulson as a close advisor at Downing Street and had close social contacts with Rebekah Brooks. Both people have held high positions within and been integral parts of the Murdoch Empire.
Bearing in mind this complete obsession with political ‘spin’, it makes us wonder when and whether any proper running of the Country ever takes place. If the priority from any spin was the approval of the majority of the British public, then such oversized operations might, conceivably, be understandable. The fact that the subservience is to the views of remote, fascistically inclined, press Barons and Editors means that Britain is ill served by the politically ‘right-leaning’ regimes that currently buy their way into power using the funds, largely provided, by regressive capitalist big businessmen and oligarchs.
November 2013 - The truth about the poisonous capitalism killing our society.
It has been reported that The Tory MP for Northampton South, one Brian Binley has stated that all politicians are totally corrupt and scrounge all the time. He is obviously speaking from his personal experience of members of the Westminster Parliament. With the latest revelations concerning special exemptions on energy bills claimed by M.P’s this fits in well with our knowledge of these incompetents.
The poisonous capitalism being pumped out from this London cesspool has resulted in the major industry of many of our towns and cities being the sale and distribution of drugs. As in Afghanistan where the main economic result of Western intervention has been to promote a great increase in drug production (heroin poppies etc.), so our politicians require large swathes of the working class to be kept in squalid stupor. Even the major banks have been reported as making huge profits from exploiting the drug trade as in Mexico.
The exploitation by these capitalists isn’t only via drug abuse, however. The recent reintroduction of vile exploitative usury on a vast scale, as with pay day loan companies, credit card interest rates etc. has brought further suffering to large swathes of the population. This exploitation has been backed up by the Labour leader Ed Miliband. He has asked that adverts by companies charging thousands of percentage interest rates should not be shown on children’s T.V.
The obvious implication is that they are O.K. for adults to have bombarded at them.
They are NOT! Usury, under English common law was illegal for centuries and should remain so!
The corporate greed, immorality, exploitation and mass surveillance of the working class has seen protests throughout the world as with the ‘Anonymous movement’ march on Westminster and its continuance to Buckingham Palace. The British protests received excellent extensive coverage on the foreign based RT channel. This was in stark contrast to the almost complete non-coverage by British broadcasters such as the BBC and Channel 4 News. The right wing agenda pursued by our capitalist media has been highlighted recently by ‘over the top’ coverage of UKIP’s leader, Nigel Farage (especially on the BBC). Farage is, of course, a self professed user of overseas tax havens. This contrasts starkly with the continued denial of any BBC coverage of SLP spokespersons. The BBC did surpass itself on Sunday 3rd November, however, with broadcasting time given to two separate, unwarranted, political attacks (one by former Murdoch henchman Andrew Neil, the other by a Tory M.P.) on our inspirational leader, Arthur Scargill, to which, of course, we had no right of immediate reply.
October 2013 - Tory election tactics are leaked.
The election tactician for Thatcher, Lord Maurice Saatchi, has, surprisingly, revealed the plan of campaign to be employed by the Party at the next General election. Now we always say, ‘never interrupt your enemy when he’s making a mistake’!
The successful slogan used by the Thatcher campaign was ‘Labour isn’t working’ which depicted lines of jobless people. We can, in retrospect, see that capitalism is not working and this to a much greater extent than was the case at that time. Let’s hope that the slogan comes back to bite the Tories!
The important revelation by Saatchi is that the Tories will play upon the (false) assertion that capitalism and freedom go hand in hand (a huge lie as far as we are concerned). Well we know the sort of freedoms that the Tories have in mind. These are the freedoms to exploit the working class! They are the freedoms to avoid tax by the wealthy, as in the use of tax havens. They are the freedoms to play fast and loose with our hard won rights, as with fair trials and free, or at least easily affordable, legal representation. They are the freedoms to steal our public assets (such as the Post Office) by privatisations. They are the freedoms to deprive the working class of affordable health care. They are the freedoms to deprive the working class of high quality education. They are the freedoms to grind the working class into the British dirt! Forewarned against this onslaught, we shall be forearmed!
October 2013 -One in the eye for spiteful, fascist views of British capitalist press.
The fascist British press have been up in arms about a young blonde girl found amongst the Greek Roma community. This blonde youngster, they asserted, could not possibly be part of this community - she must have been illegally snatched from her real parents! This sort of racist stereotyping shows the thinking behind the warped minds that produce such stories. Like Hitler, it would seem to them outrageous that a blonde person should have to mingle with the Roma community. Again, they know so little about the communities in question that they cannot comprehend the fact that Roma should produce blonde children!
Well the truth has emerged thanks to DNA testing. The girl IS of Roma origin and she was handed to the Greek family by her Roma mother who stated that she was financially unable to properly support the child’s upbringing and so willingly handed her over. The adopting parents stated all along their love for the little girl. Oh that such values were widespread in the ‘capitalist’ society that we are forced to live in!
We, on the contrary, have the situation that some capitalist orientated parents care so little for their children that, at early ages, they are sent off to private boarding schools.
There does not appear to be much love involved in these sort of financial ‘transfer’ arrangements, but they are the kind of upbringings that the stinking owners and editors of the capitalist press are brought up under. No wonder their values are so warped and they cannot grasp elementary values like family ‘love’.
October 2013 - Evil British capitalist politicians show no morality when considering the preservation of our natural environment.
It has been sickening to listen to capitalist politicians spouting their environmental filth on the TV and radio recently. When considering the future for Britain’s energy supplies, the only options that they are prepared to consider involve nuclear powered futures, destructive fracking, foreign gas imports and minor mentions of green options.
Labour, Tory, mini-me Tory, UKIP and nationalist politicians are all singing from the same songsheet. They are all in favour of retaining the current ‘rip-off’ system. They refuse to mention the option that has stood us in good stead for hundreds of years, the availability of centuries worth of indigenous coal. The modern way forward should be the use of a virtually indefinite supply of this resource by way of Clean Coal technology.
When considering the alternatives propagated in the media by the capitalists, we can easily see the huge disadvantages.
Nuclear power has shown to be completely unsafe and out of control with the ongoing Fukushima disaster in Japan. Chernobyl and other ‘covered up’ nuclear disasters must be included in a long line of worldwide environmental pollution. The threats to nuclear plants are manyfold with human error at the forefront. Other factors include natural disasters, such as earthquakes and flooding as well as the omnipresent rising danger from terrorist attacks. The costs of building nuclear plants is also astronomical which is why Cameron and co. are seeking finance from China etc. We should have total control over our own energy resources which will be nationalised under a Socialist Labour administration. There is no place for other states having their hands on Britain’s jugular. There has been no conclusive answer to the question of how to safely store nuclear waste. In fact, again, the attempts to safely dispose of it are also astronomical in hazard and cost. Labour capitalist politicians such as Hilary Benn and Caroline Flint who echo the nuclear demands of the other capitalist degenerate parties are an absolute disgrace!
The worldwide anti-fracking day of action also confirms the extremely widespread hostility to this mutilation of mother nature’s beauty and bounty.
Cameron and his ‘snout in the trough’ cronies once even claimed to favour a green agenda! We can see clearly the pack of lies that has emerged with their favouring of money grabbing fracking operations. Besides damaging the earth’s infrastructure, toxic gases are being emitted into the environment from these desecrations. Drinking water is being poisoned by toxic chemicals which are pumped into the earth. Livestock farms can no longer operate safely. Earthquakes, which are so threatening to nuclear operations, are positively encouraged by fracking initiatives.
The use of indigenous clean coal technology in Britain would have tremendous benefits. We have hundreds of years of reserves. This would help our balance of payments prospects to a great extent. British people would be put back to work, especially in areas of high unemployment. Our expertise in coal technologies would be retained and would also operate as a further revenue source. Furthermore, so many other substances, such as oil, gases, plastics etc. can be extracted from coal. Mining operations have gone on in Britain for many centuries and have never threatened future generations or the wellbeing of the general population. This cannot be said of the horrible consequences of the nuclear and fracking futures envisaged by capitalist politicians whose only concern is for lining their own pockets at the expense of current and future generations.
October 2013 - East Midlands SLP day school notes.
An enjoyable and informative SLP day school was held in Swadlincote on Saturday 12th October. Those attending were rewarded with impressive speakers and some of the highlights were as follows:-
Paul Liversuch gave a talk on the alternative to austerity and cuts. He criticised the neoliberal agenda of the current government. He indicated that the minimum wage, to be realistic would amount to about £19 per hour. Hourly rates of pay have continued to fall under Labour and ConDem regimes. In today’s Britain, 40% of children in cities like Manchester are going to school hungry. The neoliberal agenda, hostile to trade unionism offers no restrictions on profit, import or export controls, private health care and gives subsidies for nuclear power. Large companies are registered abroad to avoid tax whilst it costs huge amounts to keep people out of work. SLP would abolish this agenda and under us, people would not be afraid of retirement.
Ken Capstick then gave a talk on how the SLP should present itself to the media.
He spoke about the inbuilt media bias as shown during the miners’ strike. The hostility to the workers was orchestrated by the security forces and ‘Establishment’ and employed psychological warfare. He continued that because the Labour Party will not reverse the ConDem cuts, it is in fact part of the coalition. He mentioned the black propaganda against miners’ leaders like Scargill and Heathfield regarding ficticious mortgages etc. He said that today’s British tabloid newspapers are not covering the news or explaining the economic crisis. He also gave specific examples of ‘false’ reporting by capitalist journalists.
During the afternoon session local historian, Graham Nutt gave a talk on the rise of the Town of Swadlincote, its industrial impetus and some of its famous sons and daughters. Many of the local trades have now been taken up by French, Chinese etc. operations.
A further presentation was given by representatives of the ‘Leicester City of Sanctuary’ organisation which helps asylum seekers who have come to the area. The disgraceful treatment of these people by British governments and capitalist politicians besmirches any respectable reputation we may have had of helping such people (including Huguenots etc.) in past generations.
The final speaker, introduced by Chair Nick Wroughton, was SLP President Andrew Jordan. His theme was our relationship to the European Union.
He referred to the political consensus at Westminster. He categorically stated that we are NOT all in it together- a ridiculous claim by Tory spin doctors. The capitalist British regimes in fact treat us like scum. He referred to the disgraceful treatment of smaller countries like Ireland and Cyprus by the EU. In Cyprus, for instance 60% of depositors’ monies were stolen from the banks. EU accounts have not been signed off for years - totally unacceptable in other financial spheres. The working classes have to pay for the capitalist crisis. The EU institutions, such as the Commission and Council are totally undemocratic.
Because two thirds of British laws originate in Europe, this is a challenge to our national sovereignty. The EU free movement of capital and labour ultimately costs us jobs and encourages unregulated economic migration. Reform of the EU is in practice impossible because of the need for all 27 states to sing from the same songsheet.
The SLP must continue to call for Britain’s withdrawal and we should carry on with our exposure of the nationalist parties in Britain who are only interested in separation when it doesn’t involve the undemocratic EU. Andrew pointed out that pulling out of the EU would have no bearing upon us remaining under the jurisdiction of the European Court of human rights. Under the Common Agricultural Policy, billions of pounds worth of food is being written off every year. Producers are being paid to spoil, burn food and others not to produce it. With British children going to school hungry and the Red Cross appealing for help to the UK, people are having to rely on credit to feed themselves. Exploitation is feeding exploitation!
October 2013 - Labour Party leader distances himself from any pretences of Socialism.
The verbal dispute that has emerged between the Daily Mail and Ed Miliband has at least enlightened us to the beliefs and values of the Labour Party leader.
To quote him from his article in this Tory rag, ‘My father’s strongly Left-wing views are well known, as is the fact that I have pursued a different path and I have a different vision.....I want to make capitalism work for working people, not destroy it’.
The criticism of his father by this Tory trash reminds us that its proprietors supported Hitler and his rise to power, as well as Mosley’s blackshirts. They do not like ‘his disdain for the Establishment’ which included ‘Eton and Harrow, Oxford and Cambridge, the great Clubs, the Times...... the values of the ruling orders’.
It would seem that Miliband senior, to a large extent, had his heart in the right place. It is a pity that the same cannot be said for his two politician sons or the equally disgusting Daily Mail!
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