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Comparisons of British ruling elite's attacks upon the progressive elements in the population.
The Miner's pension scheme has had some 'extra' coverage lately in the 'alternative' media. The main stream media is providing its usual silent treatment over the issue which is causing the rise in interest in the subject. This issue is the billions of pounds extracted from the fund by successive British regimes.
Following the grotesque political decision of the Thatcher Tory regime to close down most of the British coal industry, large areas of the Country were left desolate, devoid of hope, jobs, futures and investment. The funds creamed off (out of pensions) from these areas by the actions of the right-wing politicians, both Tory and Labour, could have substantially alleviated much of the hardship born by the former mining communities. These areas have generally been left with high levels of unemployment, high rates of drug taking and general decline of infrastructure. It is as if they have been singled out since the 1984-5 Miners' strike for special victimisation.
This situation, of course, has historical parallels. One that springs readily to mind is the treatment of the South West after the rising against King James the second in 1685. A rebel army was formed to oppose the actions of an intolerant, autocratic monarch. This army, although largely made up of ordinary craftsmen and agricultural workers, had learned the lessons from the English revolution which had deposed King Charles 1. It had former officers of the New Model Army, radicals, including 'Levellers' and other 'progressive' political and religious elements (e.g. Daniel Defoe). The Leveller colours of sea green were flown in this army.
Following the battle of Sedgemoor in Somerset, James 11 sent the infamous Judge Jefferies to wreak vengeance upon the population. His perversion of justice in the 'Bloody Assizes' left mangled bodies strewn over the South West and largescale transportations of rebels to the West Indies. It would have taken decades for the area to recover economically.
The comparison with the treatment of the mining communities is strikingly similar. Following the paramilitary and illegal attacks upon miners at places like Orgreave, restrictions on freedom of movement, expression and mutual self- help, many of these communities have been left economically devastated. It is as if the recent British regimes have wanted to hound British miners and their communities to the grave! There is also a close parallel in the political outlooks of the various participants. The reactionary Tory and Labour regimes were confronted overwhelmingly by principled miners with generally progressive and more often than not socialist ideas on how to better their lives and communities.
As an historical postscript, the devastation of the South West meant that it was relatively easy for William of Orange to land at Torbay in 1688 and depose James11. Some progressive political reforms came with this so-called 'Glorious revolution'.
Let us hope that the mistreatment of the mining communities will lead indirectly to a future of true Socialism in Britain as a whole.
Cynicism of Labour Party Social Democrats points the way for true Socialists to avoid political pitfalls
It is a sight for us to behold with some amusement as we witness the current widespread cynicism coming out from the mouths of the Labour Party Social Democratic politicians being relayed on the main stream Capitalist media.
Fundamentally, they have no intention of reinstating Clause 1V of the Labour Party constitution which was ditched by the Blair regime. This is one of the fundamental differences which led to the re-formation of the SLP under Arthur Scargill.
They claim that they will listen to the wishes of their members, unlike under the regimes of the likes of Blair and Brown. Social Democratic Labour leaders will, however, still have the final say, which means that any socialism will be extracted from the final version of any policies or laws. They claim that Labour Party conferences will, once again, have influence over policy making, despite the decades of being ignored. They claim that rail nationalisation will again be on the menu. This is just a token gesture! Wholesale and widespread public ownership of industries is required with compensation payable to the working class who have suffered under privatisations.
One of the most cynical devises of the Labour Party Social Democrats has been their use of the Capitalist courts in an attempt to influence political developments within their Party. Thousands of potential voters have been excluded from decision making as a result. The SLP must learn the lessons from such debacles. There should be no involvement of Capitalist Courts in the running of true Socialist organisations.
The final great cynicism in all this is that not a word or whimper was heard of any of this sudden discovery of potential socialist reform under the right- wing pro - Bankers and Capitalist regimes that began in earnest with Blair becoming leader of the Party. Where were all these people while we were suffering all the attacks upon our communities and living standards? Where were these people while Bankers, mega Capitalists et al were stashing all their ill- gotten wealth and bonuses in offshore tax havens? We should all beware politicians who have had sudden 'road to Damascus' conversions in their political beliefs. They are normally looking after their own career interests.
British working class uses its vote in agreement with the SLP
The British working class has given the Establishment a good kicking by rejecting all the pressure put upon them to accept the status quo of repressive EU membership. As various commentators, including Dr. Lisa McKenzie of the London School of Economics, have indicated, there is a very high correlation between the 'No' votes and the working class. The appeals to their 'so-called' natural supporters from the Labour Party were for the most part ignored.
As Dr. McKenzie has stated, Labour Party spokespersons won't even use the word 'class'. This is ignoring the blatant fact that at least 60% of British people in a recent class survey regard themselves as working class. Since Tony Blair years ago said that the working class were disappearing, this amounts to yet another instance of him being detached from reality. The great majority of Labour M.P.'s just don't represent the people that voted for them. As Dr. McKenzie has also stated, most Parliamentarians we have at the moment are 'useless'. This is despite the fact that they are some of the most educated Members of Parliament that we have ever had. Unfortunately, the Labour M.P.'s are more interested in pushing their own personal and career interests than standing up for their working class constituents. The Socialist Labour Party has a great opportunity to benefit from this gulf in representation.
SLP at Tolpuddle 2016
Chilcot and the Lie that Won’t Die!
In January 1991 a US led coalition began carpet bombing Iraq. The latter's invasion of neighbouring Kuwait was, they said, the perfect cause, since all nations agree the aggressor must be repelled.
Dropping more tonnage in less than a month than was dropped by all powers combined in World War II, they massacred a large part of Iraq’s conscript army and destroyed much of the infrastructure of the country. Coalition casualties were fewer than would have been expected in comparable military exercises outside of war.
Iraq’s surrender did not end the ‘war’. This ‘aggressive’ regional ‘superpower’ had to be contained.
Having used them against the Iraqis the ‘allies’ decided that weapons of mass destruction would be the new ‘cause’. After all, this too is a ‘principle’ on which we all ‘agree’.
While the coalition powers increased their arms sales to Iraq’s neighbours, in violation of their own UN resolutions, Iraq’s defences were dismantled and sanctions were imposed which were so wide ranging Iraq could no longer adequately feed or care for its people.
During this twelve year period the combined effects of continual illegal bombing raids using intelligence supplied by ‘weapons inspectors’ and the 'United Nations' sanctions killed more than a million people with others dying slowly from the effects of the depleted uranium released into the atmosphere by allied bombs, tanks and shells.
The media in the allied countries reported a story of Iraqi ‘intransigence’. In the war on ‘Saddam’, Iraq was rarely if ever referred to by its name or treated as a nation.
In 2003 the invasion finally came. The warnings of some establishment figures that ‘regime change’ would unleash sectarian violence across the region came true and the WMDs were not found. The terrible lie - that the ‘war’ was about weapons of mass destruction - would be sustained now by the only narrative left … the narrative of the ‘mistake’.
With the publication on the 6th July of the Chilcot Report, the lie began the final stage of its journey to becoming official ‘truth’.
The war makers knew what objectives were being served by the terrorism inflicted on another poor country. Supported by historical precedent, the 'evidence' is substantial and easy to interpret; the opening of new ‘markets’, the re-inforcing of outside political control.
Since they were not the reason for the war, it didn’t matter what anyone believed or was told about WMD. And as the war makers had sought the disintegration of Iraq, why would it matter to them what happened after.
We can assume that people who know they’ve made a ‘mistake’ try not to repeat it. After Libya and in light of the ongoing pursuit of regime change in Syria, we can assume that, like the WMD, the narrative of the ‘mistake’ doesn’t actually need to be ‘believed’.
Kim Bryan, 8th July 2016
They lied to us all in 1975. Let us show the EU adherent politicians what we think of them now!
Back in 1975 we were told by the British and European political elite that we were voting on membership of a trading organisation. They didn't tell us that what they really had in mind was a political union or a 'United States of Europe'. They didn't tell us that we would lose the power to make our own laws or that they would form a European Army. They didn't explain the consequences of free movement of labour and capital. They swamped us with false literature whereby they spent nine times more on 'In' propaganda than those of us on the 'left' had available.
We now have the opportunity to redress 41 years of living under a lie by telling the liars where to get off! We must all take this opportunity to regain our freedoms and leave this 'gravy train' for the rich which subjects the rest of us to continued austerity.
Vote for SOCIALISM-VOTE OUT!
Arthur Scargill 'Vote to Leave', Birmingham, June 2016
Battle of Orgreave: Arthur Scargill calls for public inquiry
The SLP flag flown at Burford Levellers Day
It is now clear that the best way to avoid TTIP being inflicted upon us is to leave the EU.
President Obama has well and truly given the ‘Out’ campaign a terrific boost. He has just arrived in Britain and stated that should Britain leave the EU, then we shall be at the back of the queue as regards trade agreements with the United States. Since the major threat to Britain from the United States is the imposition of TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Industry Partnership, then it is superb news that we can dodge this huge potential blight upon our lives by leaving the EU as quickly as possible.
TTIP threatens that any resistance to the imposition of mass privatisations, including the NHS, will mean that any British Government can be taken to court by American corporations. It is well known that these corporations, along with the whole American system is highly litigious and there is no doubt that the ‘wolves of Wall Street’ are already licking their lips in anticipation of taking over British state owned institutions for a mere pittance. The European Union is currently in secret negotiations with the Americans on how to impose this coercive measure. The workers in the EU are not even allowed to know anything about these negotiations!
This shows the completely undemocratic nature of the EU. Obama has given us a great opt-out chance from this Doomsday scenario!
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