Thursday, 25 March 2010

Communists to take over the country

An article in the Daily Mail yesterday outlined how the evil Communist party in Britain is to take over the Labour Party and is behind all the strikes in the country. Read the reds-under-the-bed story here: (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1260178/Unite-militants-BA-strike-plot-control-Labour.html)

The Communist party's response was:

"It should come as no surprise that the Communist Party fully supports BA cabin crew and their union Unite in the battle to defend pay and working conditions against a vicious management. Nor is it a shock that the anti-trade union, anti-working class Daily Mail is launching a series of hysterical attacks against workers who have voted democratically and overwhelmingly to take action. Like other socialists, the Communist Party has never made any secret of its wish to see the labour movement take back control of the Labour Party from the New Labour faction and its policies of privatisation and imperialist war."

Is all publicity good?

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Tax the rich? no tax the mums!


Rightwing thinktank reform has released some helpful kindlines for us to reduce the country's deficit. Fair enough we are in debt, so I assume we will have to raise taxes, especially on the rich to reduce this deficit. Not according to Reform!

Reform note that "given the weakness of the economy and the need to encourage growth, the tax rises should be levied in the least economically damaging way possible". Confused by what this means? I sure am.

Reform state that "unfortunately all three major parties are committed to the most economically damaging tax rises". Eh?

Surely we have to raise taxes if we want more money to pay off our debts?

Well according to Reform this concept it completely wrong. You see these tax rises, that effect the very people who created this mess, is "already forcing major companies to consider leaving the UK and dissuading talented people from moving to and investing in the UK." Reform argue that "the balance of fairness has tilted too far against a small group of wealth generators."

So they won't pay and want to leave the country? well fair enough, I'll drive them to the airport myself. If they do not feel particularly strongly about the country where they get their profits and they have no will to reduce the debt that will effect all their employees, then to be perfectly frank they should leave.

So if they want lower taxes for big bussiness, how do they intend to solve the problem? Well it is very simple, according to Reform, this crisis created by the rich can only be overcome by reducing taxes on the rich and making the rest of us pay for it.

They declared that "The UK is one of only four EU countries to apply a zero rate to food and one of only three to apply a zero or reduced rate to children’s clothes". I love how they word this, as if it is a terrible thing to keep the prices of essential goods down, especially as these are needed by struggling people.

Despite this crisis created by the rich and the public's anger at bankers, right-wing ideologues such as Reform feel that they can pump out their vile neo-liberal propaganda. They have got some nerve.

We cannot let these creature get away with such balant defence of the rich. Why is the current political agenda based around the cost we are going to have to pay? Because we have not got out there and demanded that the rich pay for their crisis.

We need to stop this ruling class offensive. We can do that in two pays, first we need to understand it. Get a copy of this and read it(http://communist-party.org.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage-ask.tpl&product_id=195&category_id=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=66)

Secondly, we need to get the message out there. We can do that with posters such as this one (http://communist-party.org.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=96&category_id=16&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=66)Set up a local People's Charter group, organise a meeting, talk to your workmates, the other parents at the school gates, your family.

For further inspiration, check out how our comrades from Greece are fighting the ruling class offensive in their country (http://inter.kke.gr/).

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Michael Foot: 1913-2010


I was sad to hear about the death of such a great, West Country socialist.

As with many socialists of his era, Michael Foot started off from liberal, non-conformist roots. Born in Plymouth in 1913, he went to Oxford University and got his first job in Liverpool. The unemployment and poverty of 1930's Liverpool certainly influenced his conversion to socialist politics.

He stood unsuccessfully for Labour in Monmouth in the 1935 general election. Foot become and journalist and continued this throughout the war, as he failed to medical to join the armed services.

Foot was elected for the first time in Plymouth Devonport at the 1945 Labour landslide election. he was associated with the Keep Left pamphlet, that advocated an independent foreign policy instead of a subservient relationship with the USA. He was very much on the Bevanite wing of the party, until he fell out with the old warhorse when Bevan rejected Nuclear disarmament. Michael Foot was a founder member of CND and abided by this moral outlook for his entire life. Fittingly Michael Foot was re-elected to Parliament at a 1960 by-election for Bevan's old Ebbw Vale constituency when he died.

Foot found Gaitskell's leadership to be inadequate and he had the Labour whip withdrawn in 1961, only to be returned two years later when Harold Wilson took over. He refused to become a prominent figure in Wilson's government, prefering to remain on the backbenches and to maintain a socialist attitude to Britain's membership of the Common Market. he unsuccessfully stood for Labour's deputy leadership in 1972, but when Labour was returned to power in 1974 he became Secretary of State for Employment. He through himself into the 'no' campaign in during the 1975 referendum on the EEC and became the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party the following year after losing out on the leadership to James Callaghan.

Michael Foot became leader of the Labour party in 1980 at the age of 67 a year after Thatcher was elected. He played a fantastic role in attempting to keep the left and right of Labour party together, but this didn't stop the treachery of the 'gang of four' who left to form the SDP. Despite Thatcher's huge unpopularity, she was re-elected in 1983. Although the Falklands did help Thatcher win, the traitors of the SDP certainly helped the country to suffer her wrath for another 7 years. Foot's eccentricity was what made him who he was. He prefered principles to the soundbites that vacuous, media-savy M.Ps produce today. This eccentricity was firmly displayed when he wore the 'donkey-jacket' on Remembrance Day in 1982. While our moronic right-wing press tore into him for this, the Queen Mother complimented him on it, you can judge for yourself, as it is now on display in the People's History Museum.

Michael Foot will always be remembered for Labour's 1983 defeat, but the 'longest suicide note in history' promised peace and socialism. It's policies for the banks and finance sector certainly don't look so silly now! While those on the right of the Labour movement have used this as a stick to beat the left and to justify the Labour party's tranformation into a party of inequality, imperialist war and big business. What the apologists for New Labour do not understand is that the idea of the abandonment of socialist policies in order to get elected did not start with New Labour, but with the 'gang of four'. If the SDP did not break away from Labour, Thatcher could have lost the 1983 election.

Instead of sticking to our guns, the New Labour team proposed that we do exactly what the SDP did. We have seen that New Labour was no triumph for electoral tactics to beat the tories, it represents a complete and utter capitulation to Thatcherism. While Michael Foot's personal leadership was seen to have lost the 1983 election, I think that he is exactly the sort of leader that Post-Blair Britain is crying out for. We are sick of the polished spin that spills from the mouths of those self-serving Tory-LibDem-New Labour creatures. In his book Debts Of Honour, Michael Foot wrote that "Men of power have not time to read; yet men who do not read are unfit for power." Today we need men and women who read, who have principles, who do not conform to the corrupt standard of poltician.

Although you might be forgiven for thinking of a certain not the nine o'clock news sketch(At 4 minutes 34 seconds on this clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy0Ax9CVvzo)the universal expressions of sorrow for Michael Foot from all political perspectives are genuine. He was a great parliamentarian, a witty speaker and an all round good bloke. For instance, he was a prominent republican, but well liked by the Royal family. He was everything Thatcherism is not, yet he was respected by Mrs T herself. He was a loved man and deserved his 90th birthday present, when, becoming the oldest footballer on the planet, he was registered with the Football League as an honorary player (number 90!) for Plymouth Argyle.

I do not think I am exaggerating when I say he was the best Prime Minister Britain never had. As he declared at a Morning Star rally in 1980, "In my opinion, Marxism is a great creed of human liberation. It is the creed which says that when all other empires fade and vanish, our business is to enlarge the empire of the human mind." I couldn't agree more.