By Nicky Dempsey
Labour’s recent National Policy Forum was a missed opportunity on economic policy, one with potentially grave consequences. There was no attempt to address the economic crisis that Labour will inherit in 2015. As a result, the Labour leadership has also made it harder to win an overall majority next May, even when the Tories are flat-lining close to 30 per cent in the polls shows they cannot possibly win.
This Thursday (10 July) the government is facing the largest public sector strike since 2010.
Pay freezes and below-inflation pay rises have reduced public sector workers' pay by 20% since the coalition came to power in 2010, public sector pensions have been attacked and public services have been slashed across the country. So members of the NUT, Unite, GMB, Unison, FBU and PCS will be striking and taking part in demonstrations and rallies. (Details can be found here and here)
The June 21st national demonstration called by the People's Assembly Against Austerity (PAAA) was a major success. Bringing together 50,000 activists, campaigners and trade unionists in a broad coalition, under the theme of No More Austerity, represents a show of strength for a campaign only established a year ago.
People's Assembly Against Austerity
No More Austerity National Demonstration
Just a few days left to mobilise for this Saturday's national demonstration.
National Demonstration and Free Festival
BBC HQ, Portland Place, LondonTube: Oxford Circus
Vladimir Derer – Labour left loses inspiring leader
Vladimir Derer, who fought to democratise the British Labour Party, died on 10 June, having been a consistent campaigner at the party’s heart for more than forty years.
Last week’s local and European elections, alongside opinion polls, suggest Labour should win next year’s General Election, but only if the decline in its support since late 2012 is halted at this point.
By Jo Mullins
The Tory party is on course to achieve its lowest-ever polling in Euro elections and will receive a drubbing in the local elections held at the same time.
By Andrew Williams
The Mayoral election in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on 22 May is of national significance because of the concerted campaign to unseat Britain's first and only Muslim directly elected Mayor. Lutfur Rahman is also the first and only Black directly elected Mayor. In the context of the current intensive media and political campaigns against Muslims and migrants, this is the most high profile fight defending diversity in British politics.
UKIP and its politics are dominating the forthcoming European and local elections. In part this reflects the coverage of the mainstream media who have assiduously promoted its racist agenda. But it also reflects the unwillingness of the main parties to challenge UKIP politically. In politics whoever sets the agenda wins.
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Previous publications (PDF):
Revolution and Counter-revolution in the Middle East, pamphlet
Unite to fight the Tory attacks, leaflet
Investment not cuts, leaflet
Drop cuts not bombs, leaflet