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Broken British electoral system gives Tories no genuine mandate to govern
The capitalist press stated on the eve of the General Election that 7.5 million people had until midnight on 20th April to register to vote or else they would be ineligible. As it turned out, only 0.5 million did register before the deadline. This means that 7 million people were unable to vote. These include the homeless, those with no fixed abode and those without access to the means of registering.
These are the sort of people that have the least to gain from a continuation of the rotten corrupt capitalist system and are, of course, the sort who would be tempted by a party supporting those with no stake in the British set-up, i.e. those who might vote for the Socialist Labour Party.
As it is, the proportion of the eligible voting population who turned up was only 66.1%.
Since the Tories achieved 36.9% of the residue 66.1% they only had support of 24% of those eligible to vote. This gives them NO MANDATE to govern. Theirs and the capitalist media claims of democratic mandates don’t hold water.
Another aspect that should be borne in mind is the millions of pounds of continuous political bombardment that the capitalist political parties threw at the British population during the years from the last election in 2010. We, in the SLP have miniscule resources compared to these parties funded by ‘big business’ and the bankers. To achieve our creditable votes in the seats where we stood makes our results all the more remarkable and we continue to out perform other parties of the left where we are up against them. Our Party put in huge efforts and we are grateful for all involved in assisting in the campaign. We are not the only party calling for a complete overhaul of the British political system and proportional representation would be a good first step. The BBC political lackey Andrew Marr claimed after the election that we are a nation of good losers. We should all be furious with the continual political stitch-up in Britain!
May 2015 - Vote Socialist Labour Party on policy
The latest Plaid Cymru Election Communication shows a picture of the only Green Party M.P.urging people to vote Plaid Cymru in the Arfon Constituency, North Wales. The Green Party has an anti-nuclear power policy so on policy would be against the building of Wylfa B on Anglesey/Ynys Mon. Plaid Cymru are not opposing the prospective building of Wylfa B on Ynys Mon. The only Party standing in Arfon against Wylfa B is the Socialist Labour Party. I would urge people to vote on policy. It’s not hard to see the importance of this issue when 29 years ago we saw land here contaminated with radiation from faraway Chernobyl in the Ukraine. In the contaminated zone around Chernobyl wild fires are burning now, they were 20kms from the station and it is hoped they can be stopped before they reach the 5km point, where there are nuclear waste burial pits. There is the release of radiation locked into the vegetation as the fires burn and it could threaten us here again. For those of us who live in this area an anti-nuclear power policy is important to know as we live close to Wylfa A, and we will to Wylfa B. A vote against it is important. In the Western Mail it was acknowledged that plutonium from Wylfa A had gone into British nuclear weapons from the 1980s. Wylfa B means at least two reactors and nuclear waste contained on site for 150 years. This issue is a litmus test for others, and here only the SLP seems able to say how we can have mass employment and still oppose Wylfa B. How just looking for private investment will encourage the acceptance of Wylfa B, even at the risk of losing the whole area. How having policies on public ownership ,integrated energy and transport, stopping tax avoidance and refusing Trident to benefit the N.H.S.[to name a few] can make you strong enough to refuse Wylfa B and the nuclear industry. Now more than ever it is important to vote on policy.
Kathrine Jones, Candidate for the Socialist Labour Party, Arfon Constituency, North Wales.
April 2015 - Socialist Labour is the only way forward as the lies of the British capitalist parties are revealed on a daily basis.
The ‘trickle down’ effect from the wealthy elite in Britain getting their coffers filled by successive regimes has proved to be a complete illusion. This lie perpetrated most vigorously since the days of Thatcher has been well and truly shattered as the 99% plus of us are landed with austerity bills whilst those at the very top of the financial circus have more than doubled their wealth since 2009, according to the capitalist press.
With the British General Election going into its final days, the promises have been flowing from the capitalist parties. Unfortunately for them, organisations such as the Institute for fiscal studies have pointed out that their sums often don’t add up. The British general public are also hugely sceptical of any promises coming from these parties. Cameron’s Tories, for instance, promised no undue interference in the NHS at the last election and in fact heaped loads of further privatisation and debt onto it to follow Labour’s example under Blair and Brown. Similarly, the LibDems promised not to go into any coalition nor to increase student tuition fees and, of course, did the precise opposite.
Robespierre, during the French Revolution, stated that Britain needed an opposition to the Government because it was so corrupt. The same is true today but Labour, as a genuine opposition, has not fulfilled its role since all the capitalist parties are pretty well singing from the same hymn sheet. The rabidly sickening right-wingers of UKIP do at least have one useful policy of seeking withdrawal from the EU but pretty well all of the other parties are intent on bowing the knee to this undemocratic bosses club of Europe.
We say VOTE SOCIALIST LABOUR PARTY to free us from the shackles of capitalism and make our lives enjoyable along with the chance for us all to live in peace and prosperity.
April 2015 - Only the Socialist Labour Party gives the full package of policies to provide health, happiness, prosperity and a better future for all.
Having heard the policies of the British political parties to the ‘left’ of Labour (not difficult!) in the recent TV debates, it is true that there are ‘bits and pieces’ of their leaders’ views with which we could generally concur. The Greens, for instance are calling for nationalisation of the rail system and the introduction of a wealth tax.
Unfortunately, the acceptance by these currently smaller Parties of our membership of the European Union means that an enforced ‘right-wing’ agenda from this bosses’ club will always trump any efforts at establishing fairness, equality, happiness, clean environment and self- government in Britain.
The single issue policies on which these minor Parties were founded can do little to alleviate the suffering of vast swathes of the British people. Only a full spectrum of Socialist policies can replace the vile capitalism under which the majority of us are suffering. That is why there is no viable alternative to a vote for the SLP wherever this is possible. A study of our manifesto gives a valuable insight into the reasons for this statement.
March 2015 - Right - wing Establishment drivel.
The perverse thinking of right-wing Establishment political pundits was there for all to see on a recent popular TV show. A writer for the ‘Spectator’ magazine and Guido Fawkes blog stated with a straight face that young people are not responsible enough to own their homes if they cannot raise the deposit money.
There is so much wrong with this statement that it is difficult to know where to begin! Firstly, bearing in mind the astronomical price of houses in much of London and the South-East as a result of deliberate ‘bubble’ inflation of successive capitalist regimes, how can most people, let alone the young , hope to get sufficient deposits together? Secondly, with the pitiful state of workers’ pay because of the lack of decent jobs, it is a struggle to survive financially, let alone save for deposits. The Government might claim (probably incorrectly) that there are more jobs available but these are often those in fast food outlets and stacking supermarket shelves, i.e., at minimal pay rates. Thirdly, is it not the case that very often, help is given in relation to raising deposits, by other family members. It is, indeed, very irresponsible not to be born to rich parents who can help you out in providing substantial funds for property purchase!
Since the prospects for the great majority of the young in regard to climbing on the property ladder are very bleak, then most are forced into rented accommodation. Here again, the capitalist system is designed to exploit them as they pay astronomical rents to unscrupulous landlords.
The logical answer to all these problems is for public ownership of housing stock so that all people can be provided with decent, easily affordable housing accommodation. This might mean very substantial building programmes of state controlled housing and the kicking out of unscrupulous existing landlords.
The Socialist Labour Party calls for widespread public ownership of the State’s assets, including, of course, public transport, house building companies, energy companies, water companies, drug production companies etc. etc.
February 2015 - Dodgy Capitalist politicians and their wealthy supporters and puppet – masters.
With the recent revelations confirming our beliefs that British laws are designed to operate in the interests of a tiny privileged elite of bankers, financiers and the super- rich, we can only sit back and smile as the corrupt politicians in Parliament throw heaps of mud at each other.
It is clear that whilst the vast majority of us have been toiling to keep our heads above water in meeting ceaseless financial pressures, including personal taxes, there is a financial elite who have been dodging their fair share of meeting the nation’s tax burdens. They have also failed to contribute their fair share towards social, health, defence etc. spending.
The fact is that the whole British tax system has been designed by successive regimes to allow the super- rich to evade tax. It has been estimated that within 20 minutes of new tax laws being passed, specialist accountants and lawyers can find their way around them. These firms of accountants behind the evasions also advise the various capitalist regimes upon their tax regulation. The top capitalist politicians, including some on the current Labour front bench also have research ‘funding’ also, reportedly, provided by some of the leading accountancy firms.
The New Labour Blair and Brown regimes passed over 3000 new laws, mostly aimed at the British working classes. At the same time, there was massive deregulation of the banks and financiers. The capitalist media, including T.V. and the press, however, concentrated their ’fire’ upon supposed benefit scroungers (often involving trifling amounts) whilst ignoring the massive wealth grabbing theft by the super- rich tax dodgers with their overseas tax havens.
The revolving doors between the tax ‘poachers’ and ‘gamekeepers’ indicate that only with a clean sweep of all the capitalists out of Parliament can we begin to build any fairness into our welfare, benefits and taxation systems. The first step is to elect as many Socialist Labour Party M.P’s into Parliament in May as possible.
We, in the SLP are proud to fly the red flag of socialism. Unlike ‘slightly pink’ Ken Livingstone and Miliband’s New Blue Labour, we don’t condone wishy washy capitalist policies (or insipid coloured pink buses, for that matter!)
January 2015 - Political ‘left’ on the march in Europe.
The electoral victory of the Greek Syriza Party of the ‘left’ has given a new impetus to the efforts of all working class people throughout Europe as they attempt to unshackle the capitalist burdens placed upon them by corrupt politicians in the pay of the bankers.
It was telling that the first political act of the Syriza leader, Tsipras, once in power, was to lay a floral tribute to Greek partizans who had fallen in the fight against the Nazi invaders of World War 2. The Greek people have been suffering badly at the hands of German dictated economic austerity measures over the past few years. These policies, designed to redistribute wealth to the obscenely rich bankers and financiers at the expense of the ’99 per cent’, need reversing fast so that the ill-gotten gains are handed back. We have to hope that the new Greek government heads down this path swiftly.
The Greek workers did not, however, only suffer at the hands of Nazis and neo-Nazis. It has recently emerged that Churchill in 1944 handed weapons to Greek Nazis in order for them to shoot partizans in the streets of Athens. What a shocking act of betrayal but typical of Churchill’s hatred of the working class. Similarly, the post war Labour government led by Attlee sent troops to put down Greek Communists and those fighting under the EOKA banner.
What the Greek election has shown is that ‘left’ political parties and policies are totally relevant in today’s Europe. Unfortunately, Syriza are not calling overtly for the Country to pull out of the corrupt bankers’ controlled EU. Here, we must draw a clear distinction with the policy of the Socialist Labour Party which is for swift, total withdrawal from this ‘bosses club’.
January 2015 - A letter to Eric Pickles in response to his letters to UK Mosques
Dear Mr Pickles,
I see that you have written letters to members of our society to try and encourage them to stamp out extremism. I was left slightly saddened and confused when I got home and my letterbox greeted me with a vacant silence. Why did I not receive one? Granted I am not a Muslim, nor is my voice one that's heard by millions of ears. But am I not a member of this society? Do I not share influence with those around me, Muslim or not? Or are Muslims those that sit outside of our society? Do we all not jointly and collectively share in the responsibility of ensuring no member of our society feels so disconnected, who feels no warmth in the arms of british society that they would instead find comfort and warmth in the arms of extremists? If you wish to see who really shoulders the majority of the responsibility, then you'd need only look into a mirror. The letters you sent out should have been sent to all those in Westminster. I believe that it is Westminster that has the largest amount of influence when it comes to someone being radicalised or not. Actions speak louder than words Mr Pickles and a picture is worth a thousand words. Do you not believe that the pictures of civilians being killed in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and many more places at the hands of forces supported, funded and aided by Westminster have less of an impact than one extremist speech. Do you not feel that were these pictures not being painted by the hand of Westminster then speeches calling for an attack against the UK would carry all the weight of a feather. There is such a thing as a society and we are all a part of it. Religious, non religious. Blond hair, brown. Blue eyes, dark eyes. Light skin, dark skin. This is our society, there are no individual sections of it. Our society then looks to Westminster to lead it, is that not the point? And lead you do, however you seem to lead yourselves in one direction and point us to another. Leading by example is always the best way. Rather than insisting others do more to end extremism perhaps you should do more to end extremism in the decisions you make. Decisions that affect people all over the world. You may respond to this letter if you wish or you may not, I wouldn't get offended if you didn't. My reason for writing this was not solely to get a response but to at least get you to think. It's with great optimism that I hope it has, however it's with a heavy heart I fear it has not.
All The Best, Damien Biggs East of England Regional Secretary Socialist Labour Party.
January 2015 - SLP Wales General Election Candidates Announced
The SLP are proud to announce our candidates standing in Wales for the upcoming General Election.
Aberavon - Andrew Jordan, Anglesey/Ynys Môn - Liz Screen, Arfon - Kathrine Jones, Clwyd West - Bob English, Cynon Valley - Chris Beggs, Neath - Shangara Singh, Pontypridd - Damien Biggs.
The candidates for England and Scotland will soon be confirmed.
January 2015 - Tory ‘scab’ Minister gives fallacious argument for escalated intimidation of workers
The Tories are proposing that 40% of workers in the Public sector should be needed to vote in favour of strike action before it becomes legitimate. This is despite the vast majority of MP’s (including Tories) getting nowhere near these figures from the electorate when claiming to represent them in Parliament. In attempting to draw a distinction, the Tory Minister Patrick McLoughlin said that in a strike ballot there are only two options. The fallacy about this spurious attempted justification is that workers in strike ballots are being intimidated. In voting for a strike, they risk a loss of earnings which can have devastating financial consequences. In order to call the bluff of people like this former ‘scab’ during the great Miners’ strike of 1984-5 it should be part of the deal that strikers are guaranteed full pay by the Government during the duration of the strike. In that case, it would seem virtually certain that ‘yes’ votes for striking would be in the 80 or 90+ percentage rates. The democratic deficit between these and actual ‘yes’ vote percentages can be attributed to the financial intimidation of workers by British capitalist regimes (Tory and Labour).
December 2014 - They cannot be serious!
It was with some interest that we noted the recent appointment of the Blairite New Labour henchman Jim Murphy as the appointee to lead their Party in Scotland up to the next General Election.
The logic behind such an appointment seems strange since Labour has been losing electoral ground to the Scottish Nationalists who have been politically posturing as to the ‘left’ of the Labour Party.
During the recent Sottish referendum debates, Murphy was apparently at ‘daggers drawn’ with a great swathe of the Scottish working class who voted in great numbers in favour of independence. The working class of places like Glasgow and Dundee completely rejected their old allegiances to the Labour Party. Murphy was at the heart of this alienation of the once ‘expected’ support from the workers.
His record as a pillar of New Labour is politically atrocious, including support for Blair’s Iraq War and the tuition fee attacks upon Britain’s student population.
As onlookers of this politically obtuse move by the Miliband Labour ‘debacle’, our comment must be ‘never interrupt your enemy when he’s making a serious mistake’.
Murphy is to us socialists similar to many who were brought up in working class environments but who have betrayed their class roots. Like others such as Andrew Neil, they have thrown in their lot with the ‘Establishment’ and continue to put the boot into Britain’s working class.
The natural home for the Scottish working class is the Socialist Labour Party. They should not be forced into ‘unnatural’ support for capitalist elite Parties like ‘New Blue’ Labour and the Scottish Nats.
December 2014 - British regime’s insult to our armed forces, workers’ brigades, civilian wartime assistants, factory, transport, maritime and land employees etc.
The United Nations have within the past few days voted upon a motion regarding fascism. It read:- ‘Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance’.
The motion was approved with 115 Countries in favour, 55 abstaining and just 3 voting against. It appears that the abstentions were mostly Countries under the political and economic influence of the USA and included practically the whole of the European Union. The fact that the disgraceful British regime was amongst the abstentions is a complete slap in the face for all those who fought and worked against the fascist Axis powers in World War 2. It is also putting up two fingers to those brave souls who fought Franco’s fascist forces in the 1930’s. The great irony to this is that all these British pro-fascists, currently in power, have been strutting around in November wearing red poppies supposedly commemorating the British forces’ wartime dead.
The Labour Party and other Capitalist opposition M.P.’s have not raised the slightest murmur about this vote. Similarly, the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, the Capitalist British press and the rest of the media have put a blanket of silence over this insulting vote from our regime.
Further to this, it is worth recording the 3 regimes that voted against the motion. They were the United States of America, Canada and The Ukraine. Canada’s brave soldiers, sailors and airmen who gave us their Commonwealth help and lives in the Second World War must be turning in their graves.
We have little surprise concerning the fascist Kiev regime in Ukraine but, again the US vote is a slap in the face for America’s wartime dead and injured.
The fact of the matter is that many wartime fascists proved to be useful to some Western regimes after the end of the Second World War. They helped in the Cold War fight against the USSR, China, North Korea, Cuba etc. They clearly still carry political weight. It is greatly disturbing that the fascist voices are so loud in our own Capitalist political parties. It can be surmised that a more UKIP influenced British Parliament would also have encouraged a ‘No’ vote from our Public School infected political thugs.
November 2014 - Lying messages from Labour leadership are stuck in the groove.
Once again, we are hearing the same, well-worn messages from the Labour Party and particularly its leadership around the Country, that they will bring in a more equal society should they come to power. It is a fine sounding message for the British working class. Unfortunately, the message is and always has been a complete fiction as far as Labour governments are concerned.
The record of redistribution going back to the earliest of Labour administrations in the 1920’s has been of one in favour of the wealthy and to the cost of the poorest in society. The climax to this came under Blair and Brown’s regimes when the pockets of the bankers, financiers and wealthy were being stuffed. ‘Quantitative easing’ involved billions of our money being poured into the coffers of the banking elite. Blair’s Private Finance Initiative has meant huge interest payments are flowing from the NHS to the capitalist cronies. Similarly, the Labour regimes have stuffed the pockets of the capitalist arms manufacturers and oil magnates with gold.
Expressions from the Labour leadership, promising redistribution, have always meant to the richest in society. There can be no prospect of a fairer society from these habitual liars. They have made no effort to clamp down on tax evasion and avoidance from the richest in society and they are in the pockets of the bankers and financiers. The only secure promises they give are to continue the austerity clampdown being imposed upon the British working class. There have been no worthwhile prosecutions of bankers or financiers for their huge frauds under Labour regimes, in fact City regulations have been eased. This state of affairs has continued under the current Tory LibDem shambles. With Libor rates and foreign exchange rates being fiddled in the amounts of trillions of dollars, there are still no prosecutions of the beneficiaries and perpetrators. Instead, there are mere ‘token’ fines on banks and other finance institutions compared to their huge billions and trillions of corrupt gains.
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