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October 2014 - British Workers have had no political representation acting on their behalves, at the highest level, for decades.
A Labour M.P. has been secretly recorded by Tory activists stating that the 1970’s were, in effect, one of the ’better’ decades for British workers. Wages and conditions were, in general, far more generous in real terms for workers than today.
If we go back to those times, we find that towards the end of the decade, the right wing Labour Prime Minister, James Callaghan, declared a form of wage war on the trade union movement which resulted in the so called ‘Winter of Discontent’. His attempts to screw down on wages and conditions for Britain’s workers caused large scale strike actions. The working class could see little benefit in supporting the Party which was attacking them and this opened the door for Thatcher and her far right entourage to take over the levers of power in Britain.
Careful preparation and planning went in to the vicious Tory attack upon the vanguard of the British Trade Union movement, the NUM, in the 1980’s. With the help of the police, paramilitary, capitalist media, secret services and Labour Party treachery, the resistance to the Tory capitalist onslaught on Britain’s Working class proved to be ultimately overwhelmed. We have not had the calibre of broad trade union leadership, subsequently, to put solid resistance firmly back on the political map. Labour Party leadership from Kinnock ,Smith, Blair, Brown and Miliband have followed enthusiastically in the Thatcher footsteps. The trade union movement has been held at arm’s length by the Labour Party hierarchy.
The British capitalist political parties have also, in subsequent periods, almost unanimously (UKIP’s posing apart) followed the Thatcherite line of being pro EU. The policy of this organisation has involved the de-industrialisation of Britain. The British Coal, Steel, Shipbuilding and other ‘heavy’ industries have been whittled away. The free movement of Labour and capital required by being part of the EU has also involved meant a deterioration in the wages and conditions once maintained by militant British Trade Unionism.
Nowadays, with all the major British political parties in the thrall of ‘big business’, including Labour, UKIP, SNP, Plaid, Tory and LibDem, there is currently very little hope of improvement for Britain’s working class. The one ray of hope is for the whole rotten British capitalist edifice to be brought crashing down by the Socialist Labour Party. Britain needs a thorough Socialist programme of rebuilding.
October 2014 - Conference notes – Blackpool October 2014.
The 2014 Conference of the Party was held in Blackpool last weekend. The general summing up of events would reveal a very united and determined Party in excellent spirits with a will to step up our efforts at overthrowing the rotten, corrupt, capitalist system operating in Britain.
The Conference opened with an address from Party President Andrew Jordan. He spoke of the irrelevance of New Labour’s policies with no mention of dealing with tax avoidance from them. Measures to prevent the wealthy from using tax avoidance would help significantly to balance Britain’s books as well as removing any need for austerity policies aimed at Britain’s working class. He discussed the ‘pseudo’ left who constantly form new coalitions and change their names. Some of the ‘so-called’ left in Scotland even joined or formed coalitions with the Scottish Nationalists. The fact is that there is no REAL alternative apart from the SLP. He mentioned further BBC apologies relating to our electoral activities. We are a Party with leading roles for women and young people. The latter are, of course, the future of the Party. He spoke of the media blackout for our Party and our gearing up for future elections throughout Britain.
Fraternal greetings were received from our wonderful friends and political comrades at the Cuban Embassy in London.
A minute’s silence was held to remember fallen comrades who have done so much for the Party and Socialism.
The business of Conference got underway with constitutional amendments. The main result of changes is that the Party will in future operate on more of a regional basis.
Motions discussed and debated included ones relating to residential care home standards.
A talk was given by John Boyd of the Campaign Against European Federalism to which our Party is affiliated. He looked specifically at the attempts by transnational corporations allied to banks in order to sue and bully World Governments into adopting rampant free market capitalism with privatisation and destruction of the green environment to the fore. TTIP, backed by such political parties as UKIP, is a frontal attack upon national states and democracy.
Consideration of further motions followed with discussion of our longstanding demand for proportional representation. The Party called for the restoration of rights to strike, free assembly, secondary picketing and binding collective bargaining. Discussion was made relating to the secular nature of the Party.
A motion was debated concerning the violence of corporate capitalism.
This was followed by one attacking the capitalist brainwashing of Britain’s children by the media and the education system.
A further motion called for the complete overhaul of the British legal system.
Discussion followed on the proposed HS2 rail link. Our Party is opposed since we would have other priorities such as expanding Britain’s overall rail network to bring it nearer to its pre Beeching ‘axe’ status (under a renationalised system).
Our opposition to the ‘Bedroom Tax’ and other attacks upon the poor and vulnerable was affirmed.
Further motions relating to our Party’s republicanism and Britain’s food sovereignty were considered. The malicious effects of GM foods and the companies ‘pushing’ them were discussed.
Ken Capstick, the Party treasurer gave the summing up remarks in an inspiring closing address. He mentioned the great freedom we have to express our opinions as members of the SLP. We do not have to defend the words or actions of former Labour leaders like Blair, Brown etc. He mentioned the regressive effects of the Chicago School Neoliberal agenda largely introduced during the Reagan Thatcher years. We were asked by the rampant capitalists to embrace global capitalism and it is bringing the World to its knees. Only the Socialist Labour Party can show Britain the way forward to happiness, peace and prosperity for Britain’s masses.
September 2014 - Warmongers Inc.
By 1944 it was obvious that the Soviet Union was winning the war and the pace of their march towards the Western coasts of Europe panicked the British and American forces into launching the ‘D’Day invasion in order to prevent Soviet forces from dominating the whole of mainland Europe.
At the end of the Second World War, Churchill and other Western imperialists were adamant that confrontation was again necessary between the ‘West’ and the USSR and so we had the ‘Iron Curtain’ speech and the establishment of NATO - an organisation set up to keep the Soviet sphere of influence in check.
Logically, therefore, with the political decision by the naive and idiotic Soviet leadership to dissolve the Soviet system in 1991, then the need for NATO also disappeared. Agreement was reached with the former Soviets that in no way would NATO encroach upon former Soviet territories. In practice, the eastward expansion of NATO has known no bounds. Again, in order to justify its existence and the huge armament industries of the West, NATO has been instrumental in causing conflict wherever its tentacles have reached.
It has been the tool of Western/Zionist aggression in actions against Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria etc.etc. Unfortunately, wherever it has intervened, it has left complete chaos in its wake. After arming the Taliban against the USSR in Afghanistan, the armed insurgents turned upon their sponsors. Again, after arming the insurgents in Syria, they also have turned.
We in the SLP do not wish to be part of this non stop aggression organisation which has caused so much trouble. Just as France once had a principled stand of not being part of NATO (reversed under various American poodle leaderships including the present), so Britain should distance itself.
We currently have the idiotic position of NATO being deeply involved in the Fascist regime in Kiev which has brutally set about its own population in the East of Ukraine. We even have reports (not mentioned in the Western capitalist media) of Kiev’s planes shooting down a Malaysian airliner. We therefore have to raise the two questions: Firstly, why is NATO interfering in former Soviet territories? Secondly, why is there a NATO organisation still in existence? Surely, World policing should be done by a United Nations force, not one under the influence of the West’s less than one per cent unprincipled elite who also control over 70% of media coverage/propaganda.
September 2014 - Arthur Scargill at Orgreave 2014 - Video.
September 2014 - Power to the people – not the bosses and their international ‘kleptocratic’ and undemocratic organisations .
The Western powers, including the US and the EU, are proposing extensions to the powers of corporations and big business individuals to take elected governments to court if the said governments do not accede to the wishes of the capitalists. The extension of these powers would enable international companies to sue governments of whichever countries have signed up to the new regulations. These new arrangements are termed ISDS or Investor-State Dispute Settlements.
The balance of power is already grossly in favour of the undemocratic, international corporations. Their assets, in many cases, far exceed the GDP’s of the countries in which they operate. This is especially true of oil companies operating in Africa. Furthermore, we have seen in Britain how large corporations switch their resources and operations around the globe in order to avoid paying taxes. The wealth distribution throughout the globe is becoming more and more extreme between the obscenely rich few and the poverty stricken many.
We, in the SLP, call for the halting of the ‘free’ movement of capital and labour in order to partly deal with these problems. Since the capitalist system is based on ideas such as the limited liability of companies, which enable them to dodge their financial liabilities, we can see the obvious need to rewrite legislation. It is commonplace in the US for fracking companies to extract very short term gas reserves, make a quick ‘killing’ and then declare themselves bankrupt , leaving the public to clean up the environmental mess left from the operations.
We can also envisage British governments being sued by these kleptocrat companies because they have not been up to speed in privatising public assets such as the NHS or not enabling the companies and unscrupulous individuals to make big enough profits. Since the Labour Party in power began many of the privatisations, then there is a cross-capitalist party alliance in Britain backing widespread privatisation for the benefit of the few.
Britain is clearly in need of socialist reorganisation in order to take back huge swathes of our assets into public ownership. We can envisage the opposition from foreign predatory capitalist governments and the obvious need for trading connections to likeminded socialist governments throughout the world when we eventually have a government in Britain that represents the best interests of our working class.
August 2014 - Hypocrisy and double standards from British media.
The Western regime provoked military conflicts that are currently underway are causing various humanitarian crises. There is an obvious need for aid to be sent to the suffering civilian populations involved. The need for such help is receiving very differing coverage from the British media, however.
The BBC is giving a great deal of coverage to groups like the Yezidis people and the Turkmen caught up in the fighting in Iraq. As the state propaganda unit of the British regime, there has been a concentration upon the need for aid to go to these peoples who we had previously heard very little of. This should be contrasted with the distinct lack of calls for large scale humanitarian aid for the Zionist purged inhabitants of Gaza or for the Eastern Ukrainian civilians being bombed and attacked by the NATO backed fascist regime in Kiev. These particular attacks remind us of the attacks from Franco’s forces, with Nazi German support, upon the Spanish republicans of Guernica etc. in the 1930’s.
The BBC has gone so far as to call into question whether the Russian aid convoy to Eastern Ukraine is in fact carrying humanitarian aid. This is despite checks upon the contents from Red Cross etc. Surely, any organisation with the least fragment of humanity should welcome civilian aid in war torn areas, whatever the source. The BBC’s record with regard to the truth, impartiality and morality do not, however, bear close scrutiny bearing in mind decades of scandals and falsifications.
August 2014 - Irresistible momentum towards the logic of socialism.
Having made so many disastrous military interventions throughout the world and especially in the Middle East, the capitalist western regimes are once more increasing their interventions in Iraq. Blair is widely recognised as having brought recent heavy British involvement, through lying propaganda, in 2003. Iraq, as are so many countries including Libya, is now in a far more destabilised situation than before western intervention. The twin reasons for the military adventurism in the Middle East have been, firstly, to protect oil interests and secondly, to trash those states potentially threatening to Israel. British political leaders, including Cameron, still cannot bring themselves to reveal these truths so that excuses include protection of ‘tribes’ that we have never heard of before. To the extent that trashing of states has been an objective of Western regimes’ policies (with the Zionist lobby prominent), then they have, of course, been successful.
There have, however, been unforeseen consequences of these destabilising policies. Take the case, for example, of the Kurdish PKK with its Marxist principles. It has been classified by many Western regimes, including the British, as a terrorist organisation. Since it has now become especially useful to the West on the Middle Eastern chessboard, it has now been welcomed by Obama as being a religiously ‘tolerant’ organisation and is being supplied with light arms. This seems to be an historical parallel with the need for Britain and America to side with their former ‘enemy’, the USSR during World War 11. History has a habit of promoting the logic of socialism when the World’s capitalist leadership would instinctively wish to head us down the path towards insanity.
29.07.14 - MASSACRE IN GAZA: NO EXCUSES.
The National Executive Committee of the Socialist Labour Party condemns without reservation the latest massacre in Gaza by the Israeli Army.
The SLP rejects the corporate narrative that says western powers are entitled to dominate, destabilize or destroy sovereign states while calling those resisting occupation or oppression ‘terrorists’.
Israeli violence against Palestine, including bombing, occupation, assassination, kidnapping and blockade are routine. Flowing from its colonial heritage and values, Israel needs to contain permanently the aspirations of the Palestinian people which it does not see as the equal of its own.
We do not therefore regard the current assault on the territory as ‘provoked’.
We hold the western powers ultimately responsible for the crimes committed historically against the Palestinian people and against the peoples of neighbouring states by their proxy, Israel.
We call upon the community of independent states to unite in support of the principle of self determination which applies without discrimination to the people of Palestine as a whole including those displaced.
National Executive Committee Socialist Labour Party 29th July 2014
July 2014 - SLP members fly the flag at Tolpuddle.
July 2014 - Sickening uniformity of orchestrated western media.
The two main stories covered by western capitalist media over the past week or two have been connected with the rascist, fascist blitzing of Palestinian civilians by the Zionists in Israel and events surrounding the ongoing support for the imposed fascist junta operating in western Ukraine.
As has been pointed out repeatedly in alternative media, the views thrust down our throats by the barrage of ‘Goebbels type’ western capitalist propaganda, reflect the views of the ‘less than one per cent’ of the financial and Establishment elite. Unfortunately, for these grotesque individuals with their perverted views, the ordinary people of Britain do not buy into the non-stop propaganda. Instead, our population should have truthful outlets of news to refer to. The mass of tabloid and broadsheet headlines should occasionally try to give balanced reporting. The broadcasting media, including the BBC, Channel 4 news etc. should, one would have thought, have a public duty to try and tell the truth.
Instead, they openly boast about their top executives being Zionist supporters, just as are the lying, self–serving, capitalist politicians at the apex of our class stultified Parliamentary system.
November 2013 - Socialist News Returns!
The SLP paper, Socialist News, has returned and is now available for purchase online via MagCloud.
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