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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.
October 2014 - British ‘Thought Police’ exposed.
Recent revelations in the national press have confirmed the suspicions of many on the left that there have been attempts to suppress our knowledge of history from the vantage point of the working class.
It has come to light that some of our greatest historians of recent times, along with other members of their families were monitored by MI5. They had their phones tapped and individual files opened on them which attempted to invade every aspect of their lives.
The historians concerned included some of the modern ‘greats’ such as Christopher Hill, AJP Taylor and Eric Hobsbawm. Hill and Taylor, particularly, might be regarded as two of the few intellectual giants whose contributions to British historical analysis have been invaluable. The effect of the actions could have easily been to intimidate them into modifying their writings and in this respect could easily be regarded as suppression of freedom of speech and thought. The British Establishment were clearly unhappy with people whose views deviated from the official line on Britain’s history.
The snooping was not confined to historians, however. Because of support for anti-nuclear campaigns, others subject to ‘special surveillance and treatment’ included the novelist Iris Murdoch and the moral philosopher Mary Warnock. She has since commentated to the effect that such treatment is somewhat flattering to her.
October 2014 - British Workers have had no political representation acting on their behalves, at the highest level, for decades.
A Labour M.P. has been secretly recorded by Tory activists stating that the 1970’s were, in effect, one of the ’better’ decades for British workers. Wages and conditions were, in general, far more generous in real terms for workers than today.
If we go back to those times, we find that towards the end of the decade, the right wing Labour Prime Minister, James Callaghan, declared a form of wage war on the trade union movement which resulted in the so called ‘Winter of Discontent’. His attempts to screw down on wages and conditions for Britain’s workers caused large scale strike actions. The working class could see little benefit in supporting the Party which was attacking them and this opened the door for Thatcher and her far right entourage to take over the levers of power in Britain.
Careful preparation and planning went in to the vicious Tory attack upon the vanguard of the British Trade Union movement, the NUM, in the 1980’s. With the help of the police, paramilitary, capitalist media, secret services and Labour Party treachery, the resistance to the Tory capitalist onslaught on Britain’s Working class proved to be ultimately overwhelmed. We have not had the calibre of broad trade union leadership, subsequently, to put solid resistance firmly back on the political map. Labour Party leadership from Kinnock ,Smith, Blair, Brown and Miliband have followed enthusiastically in the Thatcher footsteps. The trade union movement has been held at arm’s length by the Labour Party hierarchy.
The British capitalist political parties have also, in subsequent periods, almost unanimously (UKIP’s posing apart) followed the Thatcherite line of being pro EU. The policy of this organisation has involved the de-industrialisation of Britain. The British Coal, Steel, Shipbuilding and other ‘heavy’ industries have been whittled away. The free movement of Labour and capital required by being part of the EU has also involved a deterioration in the wages and conditions once maintained by militant British Trade Unionism.
Nowadays, with all the major British political parties in the thrall of ‘big business’, including Labour, UKIP, SNP, Plaid, Tory and LibDem, there is currently very little hope of improvement for Britain’s working class. The one ray of hope is for the whole rotten British capitalist edifice to be brought crashing down by the Socialist Labour Party. Britain needs a thorough Socialist programme of rebuilding.
October 2014 - Conference notes – Blackpool October 2014.
The 2014 Conference of the Party was held in Blackpool last weekend. The general summing up of events would reveal a very united and determined Party in excellent spirits with a will to step up our efforts at overthrowing the rotten, corrupt, capitalist system operating in Britain.
The Conference opened with an address from Party President Andrew Jordan. He spoke of the irrelevance of New Labour’s policies with no mention of dealing with tax avoidance from them. Measures to prevent the wealthy from using tax avoidance would help significantly to balance Britain’s books as well as removing any need for austerity policies aimed at Britain’s working class. He discussed the ‘pseudo’ left who constantly form new coalitions and change their names. Some of the ‘so-called’ left in Scotland even joined or formed coalitions with the Scottish Nationalists. The fact is that there is no REAL alternative apart from the SLP. He mentioned further BBC apologies relating to our electoral activities. We are a Party with leading roles for women and young people. The latter are, of course, the future of the Party. He spoke of the media blackout for our Party and our gearing up for future elections throughout Britain.
Fraternal greetings were received from our wonderful friends and political comrades at the Cuban Embassy in London.
A minute’s silence was held to remember fallen comrades who have done so much for the Party and Socialism.
The business of Conference got underway with constitutional amendments. The main result of changes is that the Party will in future operate on more of a regional basis.
Motions discussed and debated included ones relating to residential care home standards.
A talk was given by John Boyd of the Campaign Against European Federalism to which our Party is affiliated. He looked specifically at the attempts by transnational corporations allied to banks in order to sue and bully World Governments into adopting rampant free market capitalism with privatisation and destruction of the green environment to the fore. TTIP, backed by such political parties as UKIP, is a frontal attack upon national states and democracy.
Consideration of further motions followed with discussion of our longstanding demand for proportional representation. The Party called for the restoration of rights to strike, free assembly, secondary picketing and binding collective bargaining. Discussion was made relating to the secular nature of the Party.
A motion was debated concerning the violence of corporate capitalism.
This was followed by one attacking the capitalist brainwashing of Britain’s children by the media and the education system.
A further motion called for the complete overhaul of the British legal system.
Discussion followed on the proposed HS2 rail link. Our Party is opposed since we would have other priorities such as expanding Britain’s overall rail network to bring it nearer to its pre Beeching ‘axe’ status (under a renationalised system).
Our opposition to the ‘Bedroom Tax’ and other attacks upon the poor and vulnerable was affirmed.
Further motions relating to our Party’s republicanism and Britain’s food sovereignty were considered. The malicious effects of GM foods and the companies ‘pushing’ them were discussed.
Ken Capstick, the Party treasurer gave the summing up remarks in an inspiring closing address. He mentioned the great freedom we have to express our opinions as members of the SLP. We do not have to defend the words or actions of former Labour leaders like Blair, Brown etc. He mentioned the regressive effects of the Chicago School Neoliberal agenda largely introduced during the Reagan Thatcher years. We were asked by the rampant capitalists to embrace global capitalism and it is bringing the World to its knees. Only the Socialist Labour Party can show Britain the way forward to happiness, peace and prosperity for Britain’s masses.
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