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March 2014 - Video: Ken's Walks & Talks- Ukraine.
March 2014 - SLP announces Welsh Candidates for the European Election.
The SLP is pleased to announce that on Saturday 1st March SLP Wales selected the four candidates that will stand on the Candidate List for the European Parliamentary Election on May 22nd.
The four candidates are, and will appear on the Candidate List, as follows -
1. Andrew Jordan, 2. Kathrine Jones, 3. David Lloyd Jones, 4. Liz Screen.
March 2014 - SLP Statement - Party Welcomes Councillor Jim McDermott.
Our warmest welcome is extended to Councillor Jim McDermott who has joined the SLP after resigning from Labour.
Jim, who has represented the Eastbury ward of Barking and Dagenham since 2006, tells us he feels the Labour Party in Barking has over many years been taken over by people ‘following a different political agenda’ not consistent with the principles he believed the party represented when he joined it fifty years ago.
As an SLP councillor we believe Jim will be free to speak out more openly in support of the interests and needs of his electors as indeed it is his wish to do.
His actions demonstrate integrity, and a concern for the benefit of others over self which is rare in politics these days.
If you share the concerns of Jim McDermott and many others, who are disgusted by the brutal capitalism that is scarring our society and our world, take the first step. Join Us!
Kim Singleton, SLP General Secretary.
March 2014 - Ukraine where neo-Nazis backed by Western Regimes provoke World War Two déjà vous.
The similarities between events during the Second World War and the current upheavals are very striking. The Nazis were keen to grab this ‘bread basket’ area of the Soviet Union. The current interest shown by the Western regimes is again connected with grabbing ever diminishing world resources as well as putting a further dagger at the throat of nuclear power Russia.
The Germans, for instance are pouring resources into the destabilisation of the Ukraine and are apparently funding the efforts of the politically right wing boxer Klitschko. The same old discredited political interfering figures of the right such as Labour’s Baronness Ashton and Nato’s Rasmussen can’t wait to get to Kiev quickly enough whilst Hague has his usual dirty sticky fingers in the meddling pie.
The reporting on this neo Fascist interference is amazing, however. As commentator Nick Wright has stated on TV, the Channel 4 coverage, especially that of Matt Frei has been totally pro the fascist attackers of the Ukraine regime. The BBC commentators, especially David Stern but also Steven Mulvey, have gone so far as to call the Ukraine based Nazi collaborators of World War Two ‘patriots’.
With wall to wall coverage of the far right Nigel Farage and his weird bunch also being bombarded at us, we have to ask in what way we are ever going to get the remotest of fair coverage from BBC, Channel 4 and all the capitalist media in Britain with their obvious pro fascist leanings.
February 2014 - Effort put in by the British working class is making the wealthy much richer and themselves poorer.
Because of the ridiculously low wage rates that operate in today’s Britain, the rich business owners, shareholders etc. are benefitting greatly whilst the workers themselves are sinking further and further into debt and squalor. The fact is that the inadequate minimum wage rate is not a ‘living’ wage.
The borrowing necessary to keep heads ‘above water’ in some cases does not even allow for adequate supplies of food for workers and their families. These people are therefore going hungry along with others relying on inadequate benefits or those whose subsistence payments have been delayed or stopped. No wonder that the upper echelons of the clergy are reflecting the views from below that the vicious policies of the regime are causing widespread misery and starvation. In this case, the response chimes with our own socialist perspective.
Why are the wage rates in Britain so pathetic? As Seumas Milne and others have indicated, the backwards trajectory of British wage rates can be traced directly to the stabbing in the back of the vanguard union of the movement, the NUM, back in the 1980’s. This backstabbing was largely at the hands of the TUC and the Labour Party. They were acting on behalf of the wealthy British capitalist class. This was at the time that the vicious Thatcher regime was waging war with the NUM. The outrageous, murderous, vindictive treatment handed out to the miners and their communities verified the belief that the Tories really were the ‘nasty’ party. When, therefore, current Tory and LibDem spokespersons say that benefit changes are ‘well meant’ and to ‘help’ the poor, we can, with our experience, take them with large pinches of salt, recognising them for the cynical lies that they are. The capitalist elite in Britain really are a malevolent bunch of thugs imbued with moral vacuums.
The slimy LibDem minister, Danny Alexander made flippant remarks recently, in front of a questioning committee, to the effect that ‘ I’m sure we are all agreed on the need for GDP growth’. On the face of it this sounds plausible enough. There are two big reasons for arguing with this generalisation, however. The first is the environmental one that if increased GDP is detrimental to the environment (as in the case of grotesque fracking operations), then the assumption fails. The second is that the production of a larger economic ‘cake’ does not automatically benefit the main producers of it, i.e. the British workers. In fact, records show that the share of the existing ‘cake’ is falling for the British working class and a larger overall economy may lead to even less being available for the most deserving. That is the way the capitalist system is designed and works i.e. for the benefit of the less than one per cent.
February 2014 - ConDem, Tory , Labour and Nationalist British capitalist regimes show utter contempt for the needs of the masses and their environment.
Here we are in 2014 and large parts of our Country find themselves cut off from power and without vital transport links. With the loss of the link via Dawlish in Devon, large areas of that County as well as the whole of Cornwall have no rail connection with the rest of the Country. Nature has continually threatened this stretch of rail for years but it seems that successive regimes have done next to nothing to ensure its survival. The illogical transport thinking has also included the shutting of Plymouth airport in 2011.
The backward transport planning by capitalist British regimes probably reached its height with the Beeching closures of huge swathes of rail communications under Tory and Labour administrations in the 1960’s. Much of Devon and Cornwall’s rail links were disposed of at this time so that North Cornwall and North Devon have no main line stations. If the Beeching axe had not gained political approval, the isolation of these areas would be of less consequence. The fact is that the people of Britain were treated with contempt by these policies.
We have seen the British winter’s disruption of power for thousands of people. The privatised power companies should have been thinking more about securing supplies rather than blatant financial exploitation in order to benefit their shareholders. The only realistic answer to overcome the power problems would be for the British working class to reclaim these exploiting companies without compensation and the large scale introduction of clean coal and other SLP favoured technologies.
The current unhappiness with the regime’s inaction in the Somerset levels is also a consequence of ineptitude and lack of consideration for the local inhabitants. The head of the Environment Agency, the political ‘placeman’ Lord Chris Smith of ‘Blairite’ notoriety was brought in to oversee the huge devastation of Britain with fracking operations. His only other concern, along with the ConDems, has been to implement European directives on the environment which have little bearing on the needs of the British population. No control of Business operations and their often devastating impact on climate change figures in this ultra pro capitalist and free trade agenda. The British Minister supposedly supervising our living environment, Patterson, in fact denies any climate change. The total incompetence of successive capitalist regimes in this Country does not bode well for our futures. Meanwhile, the tax dodger, Farage puts himself up as the main opposition spokeperson on the problems in Somerset. With his obvious pro-business UKIP political agenda, we can see the height of the hypocrisy involved. With the nationalist parties, including Salmond’s SNP also dancing to the EU’s tune, it is clear that the ‘green’ socialist agenda of the Socialist Labour Party is required more urgently than ever.
February 2014 - British Establishment only interested in suppressing historical truths.
With Cameron and his establishment cronies choosing to ignore calls for enquiries into truth behind the causes and events surrounding the 1984-5 Miners’ strike, it is worthwhile and timely to bring up some other cases in which the historical record has been warped in the interest of the British ruling class.
It is a severe blow to the Tories and their fellow capitalists in Parliament (including Blairites, Brownites, New Blue Labourites, LibDems, nationalists etc.) that Thatcher and her administration have been proven to have compulsively lied to the British public over the cause of the 1984 strike. This is, however, only one instance of the anti-working class nature of the operation of the British state.
Michael Gove, for instance, has attacked the ‘Blackadder representation’ of the relationship between British officers and men in World War 1. This representation was of working class ‘lions’ led by public school educated ‘donkeys’. Now as anyone who has the merest knowledge of the horrors of this inter-imperialist conflict knows, the tactics adopted by the upper crust officers meant that huge swathes of working class men were asked to walk to their deaths as they were mown down in their tens of thousands by machine guns.
No wonder that we have the example of anti-establishment action as portrayed in the book and film about ‘The Monacled Mutineer’. No wonder that there are reports that the officer casualty rates were so high because they were being shot by their own troops (sometimes from behind). The public school officer ‘toffs’ were thought to be idiots and thus needed to be removed to prevent further carnage.
There are the instances of British troops sent to fight against the Bolsheviks in Russia who mutinied. The Bolsheviks were, of course, the ‘peace’ party of Russia, calling for the Country to cease involvement in the conflict. It is believed for example that over 60 of the mutinous British troops were imprisoned in Bodmin Gaol with the death penalty hanging over them and only Royal intervention prevented most of them from being executed.
In parallel to this dislike of public school officers, it has also been asserted that the reason most overseas British troops voted Labour in 1945 was that they had seen at close hand the incompetence of the privileged, snobby, officer groups purporting to lead them.
‘History Today’ magazine for February 2014 has as its front page title ‘Don’t mention the Civil Wars.’ The Subtitle is ‘Why is Britain embarrassed by its revolutionary past?’ Well there is certainly no embarrassment on the part of British socialists who recognise from events such as the Putney debates and figures such as Colonel Rainsborough that here was the birth of true, meaningful, democratic political thought and ideas in these islands. These ideas in due course influenced events abroad as in the French and American revolutions.
The real suppression of these revolutionary events in Britain has come from our own ‘Establishment’. An example of this was the meddling of the Queen’s grandfather, King George V, in British politics during 1923-4 when he was trying to prevent the election of a Labour government. The Labour politician George Lansbury reminded the monarch that a former King, Charles 1 had lost his head as a result of political meddling. George V was so upset by this that he was unwilling to accept Lansbury as a minister in the subsequently elected 1924 Labour administration. The rat, Ramsey MacDonald, then Party leader, acceded to the King’s request. (Lansbury’s granddaughter, the actress Angela, is due to reappear on the London stage this year). King George was also unwilling for Labour politicians to sing ‘the Red Flag’ in his presence.
Bringing events closer to the present, we have seen the suppression of the truth over circumstances surrounding ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Ireland with the instigation of ‘whitewash’ enquiries. We have, similarly, seen the ‘whitewash’ enquiries into events surrounding the Hillsborough disaster and those leading to the declaration of war on Iraq. The deception here, (by Blair and his cronies), involved the existence of what were in reality fictitious weapons of mass destruction. The events involving the Shrewsbury 24 construction workers action and imprisonments have been, similarly, covered up.
The suppression of the teaching of this history of the ‘left’ and working class in Britain also extends into modern day school curriculums. It would be cynical for anyone to say that the British working class is ‘embarrassed’ by its revolutionary past when it is more often than not being hidden from view by the privileged. We can be sure that Gove, Cameron and the rest will be at the forefront of this suppression of the truth!
February 2014 - Total irrelevance of New Blue Labour.
The problems faced by Britain’s working class in today’s hostile capitalist environment are being almost totally ignored by all the main parties including Labour. The proposals for reform as espoused by Miliband and his establishment- loving cronies are only tinkering at the edges.
With the shortage of affordable accommodation, the real answer would be to take into common ownership Britain’s housing stocks, at a stroke wiping out the stench of exploiting ‘Rack-rent’ private landlords and associated Rachmanism. Investigation into compensation and possible jail sentences for exploitation would need to follow. We have seen from these scum the recent plans to evict any persons receiving state benefits (as meagre as these usually are). The concentration by the media on unfortunate benefit recipients is being used to hide the real scandal in Britain of large scale evasion and avoidance with use of overseas tax havens by the wealthy. Benefit misclaiming is but a tiny fraction compared to the hundreds of billions of offshore unclaimed tax due back in Britain (as from the global corporations etc.)
Similarly, with the use of unscrupulous accounting tax practices, we also have the ongoing casino gambling by the bankers which has also contributed to loss of British wealth. The Miliband proposals relating to this are, again, like taking a pea-shooter to a battleship. Where are there any long jail sentences for banking illegality being mentioned by New Blue Labour? Where are there any proposals to reclaim ill gotten financially irregular gains by the financial elite? These have included those from manipulation of all financial indices and rates such as Libor. Where are the proposals from Miliband with regard to dealing with the hundreds of trillions of derivatives and ‘off balance sheet’ items not being made public by use of dubious accounting practices?
Again, we have seen in the US, the extraction of shale gas by exploiting companies who have swiftly declared bankruptcy, thereby leaving the public the bill of cleaning up the environment. These practices echo the dumping of huge nuclear waste costs upon the public in the UK by private exploiting companies.
Where are the Labour Party condemnations of these practices? It has been made clear recently that if the minimum wage had kept abreast of inflation, then it would currently amount to about £19 per hour. Would the Labour Party propose to implement this rate? Of course not! – they are in the pockets of the financial elite and big business and should be told by the electorate where to go along with the rest of the capitalist scum.
February 2014 - Miliband follows Blair in snubbing the working class on behalf of ‘New Blue Labour’.
Following Blair’s assertion whilst Prime Minister that the British working class no longer existed (‘we’re all middle class’), the current Labour Party leader has followed in his footsteps. He has indicated that the purpose of the Labour Party is to improve the ‘lot’ of the middle class. No mention is made of there being a working class!
Now for those of us who do not recognise this lying fiction, it is worth reasserting our belief that the vast majority of British people are working class and most are extremely proud of the fact. The political analysis that we adopt is that we are working class since we do not own the means of production, distribution and exchange of our society. In Britain, they are in the hands of the financial ‘elite’. Consequently, we believe that the Labour Party leadership has abandoned the huge majority of people in Britain. It is acting on behalf of the less than one per cent in society. The parallel with this is, of course in the United States where both Republicans and Obama’s Democrats represent the tiny financial elite.
The British working class should have nothing to do with this Party who deserve to be buried electorally in any future polling. Their latest slogan adopts that of the 19th century Tory, Disraeli, who gave the huge lie of ‘one nation Tory party’.
For Tory we are now asked to substitute Labour. For true blue Tories, also read ‘true blue Labour’ as advocated by Miliband and his close advisors.
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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