Notes from the front 25-07-16
Mobilise support for Corbyn - he must be on Labour's ballot paper
Tomorrow (Tuesday 26 July) the Labour right is challenging in the High Court the decision of Labour's National Executive Committee (NEC) to put Jeremy Corbyn on the ballot paper in the current leadership contest. Having lost the vote at the 12 July NEC the right now wants a High Court judge to block Labour's membership from being allowed to express its democratic view on who should be leader.
On 12 July, the Arbitration Court at The Hague handed down judgment on the case brought under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) by the Philippines against China. In a pre-arranged declaration, the Court ruled comprehensively against China’s claims in the South China Sea.
The referendum on EU membership was a dangerous tactic in a bloody Tory party faction fight. Cameron launched it to defeat the Brexiteers in his party once and for all, but instead they won.
By Ian Richardson
The People's Assembly Against Austerity is organising a major national demonstration on June 20 under the headline title End Austerity Now. For the left both inside and outside the Labour Party, and all those who wish to resist the massive attacks to come from the newly elected Conservative Government in the years ahead, building this demonstration must be our immediate priority.
The outcome of the 2015 general election was a tactical triumph for David Cameron but it was achieved by destroying his own political allies the LibDems. For Labour this was a huge missed opportunity. There is now a Tory Prime Minister with a majority in Parliament with the lowest share of the popular vote ever, who presided over the longest decline in living standards, yet Labour lost seats. The rise of the SNP, the other big winner from the election, being due to the greater distance it places between itself and Tory policies.
Kick out the Tories! - Ed Miliband should be next PM!
With opinion polls continuing to suggest a neck-and-neck race and no party likely to get an overall majority, the Tory campaign to cling on to office is feverish. New 'constitutional' conventions are being invented daily, such as the spurious contention that the largest party – in seats or votes - must be allowed to form a government. And it has been declared that on the one hand Scots can vote for whoever they like, but if it is the SNP they should be excluded from government influence.
This year's NUS Conference (21 - 23 April) for the first time in decades saw the left win the majority of the NUS leadership positions, a majority of the NUS Executive and strengthened support for the policy of free education. The following article, by Aaron Kiely (NUS NEC) and Fiona Edwards (Student Broad Left Secretary), reporting on the Conference was originally published by Student Broad Left.
By Tom Castle
Forty years ago on April 30 the South Vietnamese capital city of Saigon was finally liberated from US occupation and from control by its South Vietnamese puppet administration. In the Western media it became known as the ‘fall of Saigon’. To the overwhelming majority of Vietnamese and their international supporters it is ‘Ngày giải phóng miền Nam’, the Moment of the Liberation of the South. Saigon is now Ho Chi Minh City.
Coalition partners: SNP versus DUP and UKIP
The continued stalemate in the opinion polls means the focus in the British election has shifted to the potential alliances the two main parties could form after 7 May.
Public Meeting Thursday 30 April 6pm
Europe's bloody hands – anti-migrant policies amount to mass murder in the Mediterranean
The drowning of more than 800 people in the Mediterranean Sea on 19 April is the deadliest migrant disaster since the Italian sea rescue operation 'Mare Nostrum' ended in October 2014. The decision by the EU to scale back Italy's naval rescue operations was immoral and indefensible in a civilised society. It amounted to attempting to deal with a migration ‘problem’ by allowing hundreds of people to drown – in other words by killing them.
Stop the bloodshed in Yemen
Assemble Marble Arch London
Saturday 25 April 2pm
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