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Non-stop attacks and encroachments upon our freedoms and natural rights by British fascist regimes who support terrorists abroad along with the US.
It is total hypocrisy for the British regime and its like-minded opposition members in Parliament to be encroaching further upon our civil liberties in the name of countering terrorism.
The latest legislation proposed by the reactionary Home Secretary of the very ‘nasty’ party would involve the police being able to scrutinise all of our internet surfing in order to ‘profile’ every one of us.
The reason for further erosion of our civil liberties is given as the need to combat the threat of terrorism. This is total hypocrisy, however. The British, U.S. Israeli, French etc. regimes have been responsible for starting up and funding terror groups at home and abroad. The Taliban were funded, along with Bin Laden in Afghanistan in order to destabilise the Soviet backed progressive government.
Al Quaeda and similar rogue groups, including the so-called ‘free Syrian army’ have been funded to destabilise the governments of Libya, Syria , South Yemen and others. As with the case of the Taliban, however, these groups have frequently turned against their ‘puppet-masters’ in the west.
The tightening of legislation to deprive us of our freedoms has been a one-way ratchet since the brief time of the English civil wars when lack of censorship allowed wide scale political pamphleting by Levellers, Diggers etc. Cromwell was the first to stamp down upon these freedoms.
Who are the reactionary terrorists in our society? On the basis of our knowledge of recent history from Thatcher through Blair, Brown and now Cameron, it is apparent that those in power are acting in the interests of a tiny elite determined to increase their wealth and power at all costs. True Socialists must stand firm in the face of this onslaught and no reliance should be put in so-called ‘independent’ preservers of our hard won rights like Shami Chakrabarti of ‘Liberty’ who as a former personal assistant to right wing Tory Michael Howard, is as much a part of the ‘Establishment’ as any of them.
A fascist state is one where a small, well financed and corrupt ‘elite’ seeks through lies, deception, distortion and intimidation to impose its will upon the population in order to eradicate any opposition to its ideology of ultra capitalism, slavery and militarism. The USA bears a striking resemblance to these characteristics and we British are currently being marched well down the same path!
SLP the true and main voice of the left in the forthcoming referendum opportunity to pull out of the EU
With the main capitalist media, including the BBC, doing their usual stunt of only concentrating on right wing campaigns for a ‘NO’ vote in the forthcoming referendum on membership of the EU, it is time for the SLP to lay out our credentials to lead the campaign to pull us out of this ‘bosses club’.
The capitalist Labour Party has made it clear that they will campaign for Britain to remain within the EU. This will, of course, entail unlimited economic migration into our under resourced and overstretched Country. The effects on British wage rates will continue the race to the bottom. The right wing campaigns may agree with us on this but they certainly don’t agree on our wish to remove the free movement of capital whereby employers just up sticks and move their operations overseas (where wage rates are often cheaper).
Since the modern re-forming of the SLP in and around 1996, we have been consistent in our view on withdrawal from Europe, unlike many on the left who have swung from pro EU to anti EU and back again. We have long held the position of being the main political force on the left opposed to Britain’s membership . Other opportunistic groups ( not political parties) have been formed on occasion to take up similar positions to us but none have achieved anything like our votes in European elections.
We would call upon other campaign groupings on the left of British politics to get behind our efforts to pull out of the EU in order to open up our trade with the rest of the world. In so doing, we might also secure our valid right to claim official funding as the main campaign grouping on the ‘No’ side in the forthcoming vote and thereby prevent funds going to the big business parties (like UKIP) on the right of British politics.
He’s Not the Messiah You Know!
No doubt you will have noticed the surge of publicity surrounding the Labour leadership contest, focusing on the transformation of ‘left’ MP Jeremy Corbyn into saviour of the British Labour Party. Almost universally the opportunist left has converged around Corbyn with groups and individuals affiliated to or supportive of the various left electoral alliances moving to bolster support for the latest ‘new’ Labour. In it’s contention that capitalism can be ‘moulded’ to the service of the people by progressive social policies, the Labour left historically has aided and abetted the growth of the free market leading inevitably to the corporate hegemony we see today. There’s a scene in the comedy movie ‘Clockwise’ that seems to me to describe perfectly the true nature of this enduring phenomenon. ‘It’s not the despair that kills’, says the hero, ‘it’s the hope’. However sincerely held, the ideas of social democracy lead inevitably to the betrayal of hope which is worse than hopelessness itself. Comrades, do not despair. Take the good news to the people.
Tell your friends and family. There is a real alternative. There is a party not tied to the power structures of capital which has the principles and therefore the promise to fulfil our dreams of a free and fair society.
That party is the Socialist Labour Party.
Kim Bryan, SLP General Secretary
Quickest backtracking in recent British political history?
Having seen Jeremy Corbyn being elected the leader of the Labour Party with a very strong mandate from the various sections in their much criticised electoral process, any outsider would think that his policies would prevail. With a dominant ‘right wing’ of Blairites in the 1990’s, it is difficult to remember any special political concessions or accommodations being given to other trends within the party. Yet within almost the first 24 hours after his victory, we hear Corbyn supporter Diane Abbott on the BBC stating quite clearly that there would be ‘no withdrawal from NATO’.
Since this appeared to be one of his core principles in getting elected, this, almost immediate, backtracking must warn us of what else is to come from this political sector. It is reminiscent of the swift backtracking of the Syriza leadership in Greece. They claimed that they would reject any of the oppressive austerity policies being proposed by the European and World financial gangsters. This kind of selling out on principles brings the ‘left’ as a whole into disrepute and as in Greece, opens the door to right-wing elements (e.g. Golden Dawn) who move in on similar sorts of policies but with less obvious political elasticity and more sinister motives as far as the working class are concerned.
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.
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