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British political elite continue to put the boot into our working class
The Tory regime claiming to represent the Country on a mandate of about 24% of votes cast at the recent General Election has put forward proposals affecting the British working class. Bearing in mind the 7 million of the electorate disabled from voting (by homelessness etc.) their mandate is much weaker.
They have proposed that a living wage be implemented which rises to £9 per hour by 2020. This figure is, of course, pathetically inadequate, especially in areas such as London where property prices and rents are going through the roof as a result of capitalist regime induced ‘bubbles’. The Socialist Labour Party, for instance, have been calling for much higher levels of wages for years and for £12 per hour immediately. The cynicism of these, largely public school, prats when comparing workers’ wage rates to their vast (largely unwaged) earnings is one factor in explaining the growing huge inequalities apparent in British society.
Furthermore, how are minimum rates of pay going to benefit in any way those of us who are on commission only agreements with no basic wages? There will be lots of examples where minimum rates will not apply (as with large numbers of exploited ‘illegal’ and other economic migrants to which our capitalist politicians have continually turned blind eyes).
A further blow was landed by our current regime when they announced that education grants for worse off students would be replaced by loans. As if the working class doesn’t have enough debt! It has been said over the last few days on nationwide TV that elements of capitalist economies are being swallowed up by vast ‘black holes’ of debt and those of us amongst the ‘99%’ who have had our fill of economic exploitation will be cheering any massive implosion when it happens on a worldwide scale. Blair’s mantra from the ‘privileged elite’ was ‘education, education, education’ but not apparently as far as the working class will be concerned. Some sections of the ruling elite have, however, been apparently ‘overeducated’ as far as their intellectual capacities are concerned, as noted by Dennis Skinner M.P. the other day in the House of Commons.
British Working Class gets short changed again as we remember the heroic defeat of Nazism
At the end of World War 1, the returning British troops were promised by Lloyd George and his government that they would return home to a land fit for heroes.
The promises were completely hollow (as with the Lib dems promises on tuition fees) and there followed a period into the 1930’s when mass unemployment and starvation forced the likes of the Jarrow march and the song lyrics ‘buddy can you spare me a dime’.
Similarly, following the fantastic efforts from the British working class and our allies (including the inspired Red Army) against Germany and its Axis allies in World War 2, the British Establishment promised returning troops and home workers that they would have a Country that they would be proud to inhabit.
Again, the promises were illusory. Some sops were thrown at a population that was still suffering from rationing so that social housing availability was stepped up and decent health provision became widespread.
But whereas huge US funding was poured into reconstructing Germany (new factories, equipment etc.), Britain was left to plod on with outdated and often Victorian factory industrial facilities. Germany had huge swathes of its debt written off. A new ‘power’ axis (supported by the USA) was formed in Europe with Germany and France at its head.
On Britain entering this European bosses’ club, we were required to follow the rules which involved large scale de-industrialisation for us, but not for Germany. It is little wonder that today’s Germany remains relatively strong in an industrial sense. It would seem that the right wing instincts that supported Nazism still rule the roost in large areas of the European Union. Germany, for instance seems to delight in bullying Greece (whose patriots fought the Nazis and were largely undermined with elite capitalist British assistance). German right wing politicians have continually refused to write off huge Greek debt (which debt has been set up largely to bail out German and French banks) with the citizens of that Country seeing little if any of the funds.
How can we sum up today’s status of the British working class? Well, it is clear that all political decisions over recent decades have been to favour the elite one per cent of British society. Availability of affordable social housing has greatly diminished (especially after Thatcher’s massive sell off of stock). The once free NHS has seen charging introduced so that dental charges, for instance, can become exorbitant. Labour and Tory regimes have stepped up privatisation of the NHS with people like Burnham being the motors of these policies (e.g. with the Private Finance Initiatives).
With the enforced de-industrialisation, we have lost most of our Coal, Shipbuilding, Steel and Car manufacturing industries. Fast food and tourism are poor substitutes for these important employers. Large chunks of our railway transport system were closed down at the time of the Beeching ‘axe’. We have seen how risky our reliance on the unnecessary and corrupt finance sector of the economy can be after the crash of 2008.
Furthermore, the attacks upon British trade unionism from the British elite, supported by a rabid right wing dominated media, as in the Great Miners’ strike of 1984-5, has worsened pay and conditions for our workers. A regime encouraged influx of economic migrants from the EU has also helped to drive down wages and conditions for British workers. Meanwhile, the massive tax dodgers and unpatriotic ‘non-doms’ at the top of society have been raking in their largely unearned benefits from regimes who have little in common with the British working classes who helped build the Country and defend it from the horrors of facism. It is the task of the SLP to help reverse all these detrimental changes.
Opportunities open up for the Socialist Labour Party
It seems certain that there will be a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU within the next two years. As has been stated recently on BBC, the ‘Establishment’ parties including Labour, Tories, Nationalists etc. will be lining up to support a ‘Yes’ vote for staying in. It was incorrectly stated, however, that only one party – UKIP, would be campaigning for a ‘No’ vote. The BBC’s political pundits are, of course, ignoring the anti-EU membership party of the ‘left’, the Socialist Labour Party. Since the majority of British voters seem to be against continued membership, then this obviously gives us a tremendous opportunity to make huge political impact as the ‘No’ party of the left.
The Labour Party were, of course, once the ‘No’ party of the left back in 1975 when we were asked to join a ‘Common market’ with no political, legal or military tie-ups mentioned. With nine tenths of electoral expenditure favouring a ‘Yes’ vote at that time, for the ‘left’ in Britain to gain one third of the vote was exceptional. The Labour Party of today does not claim to represent the ‘left’ at all and all its leadership candidates are generally acknowledged to be on the centre right or even more extreme in the spectrum of right wing British politics. Very few (if any) in that party claim to be socialists and they all seem in favour of a ‘yes’ vote for Britain to stay in the EU.
The capitalist Labour Party is in disarray. We must help them further over the cliff (as have the electors in Scotland and elsewhere) with a solid anti-EU referendum campaign.
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’.
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