Better off with Labour, for the many not the few – Labour’s positive agenda

30th May 2017 Socialist Action 0

Notes from the front of 30-5-17

Better off with Labour, for the many not the few – Labour’s positive agenda

The Labour Party has significantly advanced in opinion polls since the General Election was called because it is setting out a series of policies to protect people’s living standards.

On 18 April, when Theresa May called this snap election, the Tories had a 21-point lead over Labour according to YouGov and Labour was on 23 per cent. After six weeks of campaigning Labour has significantly closed that lead.


24th May 2017 Socialist Action 0

A new journal of the radical left, Transform, has been launched and its first issue published.

The journal’s founding statement can be found here.

Tory manifesto is the most right-wing since 1945

22nd May 2017 Socialist Action 0

By Ian Richardson

One of the clearest examples of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ so far in the British election campaign has been the media’s flagging of the Tory manifesto as stealing moderate Labour’s clothes by ‘abandoning Thatcherism’ and instead pitching ‘for the centre ground’, allegedly abandoned by Corbyn’s Labour. In reality May’s Tory manifesto is the most right wing Tory manifesto since the Second World War, going way beyond Thatcher in its proposals to deepen the attack on the welfare state, extending austerity’s scope to both the very young – ending free school lunches – and to the elderly with the ending of winter fuel payments except to the very poor and a ‘solution’ to the social care crisis of making those needing it pay for it themselves from the value of their homes.

Women’s March Against Trumpism – 20 May

18th May 2017 Socialist Action 0

Assemble 12pm Saturday 20 May
Victoria Square in the centre of Birmingham

The anti-choice, US-inspired ‘March for Life’ is organising a ‘Life-fest’ event in the centre of Birmingham on Saturday 20 May.
‘March for Life’ might have a shiny family-friendly appearance but don’t be fooled. It is made up of extreme anti-women, anti-choice, evangelical groups which are homophobic and have links to the far right. ‘March for Life’ is styled on the US anti-abortion movement and is using the same extreme slogan ‘life from conception –no exception’. It is actively supported by US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Speakers are being flown in from the US to the march in Birmingham.

Why the ‘Belt & Road’ region will be the main locomotive of the world economy

16th May 2017 Socialist Action 0
The following article by John Ross, explaining why the Belt & Road region is now the main locomotive in the world economy, was previously published by Socialist Economic Bulletin.

The importance of the Belt and Road (B&R) summit for China and participating countries is well known. What is not so widely grasped is that the B&R region is now by far the most powerful locomotive not only of the regional but of the global economy. To be precise:

· Measured at current exchange rates the IMF projects that in the next five years’ growth in the B&R region measured in absolute dollar terms will be almost twice that in North America and four times that in Europe.

Labour’s manifesto

14th May 2017 Socialist Action 0

By Ian Richardson

The radical policies outlined in Labour’s manifesto have galvanised wide layers of the Labour Party membership in the fight to defeat the Tories. Beyond committed Labour activists, the broad mass of voters do not care whether the manifesto is labelled too radical by its critics and are only interested in whether policies are likely to benefit them. The manifesto is replete with proposals that will do that.