Decriminalisation doesn’t mean deregulation of abortion. There are many medical guidelines which doctors have to follow to carry out safe and legal abortions, but when gate-keeping access to abortion comes from Victorian legislation, it’s time to update it.
The Starmer group heading the Labour Party represents a thorough political degeneration of the Labour leadership. There is barely a trace of even the mildest social democracy in its political outlook.
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill seeks to restrict citizens’ ability to lawfully protest, and seeks to allow police increased powers to restrict the reasons for protest and the way they handle the events themselves. The police use heavy-handed tactics against women attending the vigil on Clapham Common, following the murder of Sarah Everard, is an indication of the restrictions on protest that the government wants to introduce.
Austerity measures are integral to the current economic policies of the US and UK. They amount to an all-round attack on wages and the social wage while there is a temporary boost to demand. That is why it is extremely foolish and misleading to compare them to the policies of Corbyn, McDonnell or Keynes.
Johnson’s decision to take Britain into a new cold war against China is against the interests of both the Chinese and British people. Billions of pounds is going to be wasted on weapons of mass destruction to support the US’s military build-up against China.
The material context in which legalisation of assisted suicide is contemplated is one of a retreating welfare state, reduced health and social care provision, increasing inequality and poverty and even a stalling of life expectancy and increased inequalities in life expectancy.
To normalise the idea of ending life as a response to pain, disability or terminal illness would be extremely dangerous and should not be supported.