By Jane West
On Thursday 23 June the electorate in Britain voted narrowly – by fewer than 1.3m votes, that is less than 2 per cent of the population – for a lie. They voted for the lie that if Britain came out of the EU it could maintain all the benefits of EU membership – free trade in Europe, the leading role of London, all the protections that came with EU legislation for human rights, the environment, for working conditions etc – without the downsides. These downsides were presented as ‘uncontrolled immigration’, loss of ‘sovereignty’ and a subsidy to the EU that could otherwise be spent on the NHS.
Tooting result confirms Labour's advance under Corbyn
Since Jeremy Corbyn became Labour Leader the electoral tests that have taken place have established a clear pattern of rising support for Labour in England. The 5 May local elections and three parliamentary by-elections have all recorded significant Labour advances, including most recently in Tooting on 16 June.
The article below, by Michael Burke, explaining why migration raises living standards, was initially published by Socialist Economic Bulletin.
By Michael Burke
The EU referendum campaign began as farcical attempt to set aside divisions in the Tory Party but it has turned into a debacle for Cameron. Overall anti-immigration rhetoric and racism have dominated.
An official report by the Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland has found evidence of extensive collusion between British state security forces and the gang which murdered six men in a bar in Loughisland in 1994 while they were watching a soccer match on TV.
The following article by Fiona Edwards and Aaron Kiely, reporting on the recent left advance in the National Union of Students, was originally published by Student Broad Left.
Last week’s NUS National Conference was historic. Malia Boauttia was elected NUS President – the first Black woman and the first Muslim to win this position in NUS’ 94 year history. It was also the first time since 1969 that an incumbent President lost their re-election.
Stop the bloodshed in Yemen
Assemble Marble Arch London
Saturday 25 April 2pm
The pictures below were taken in Saana yesterday (20 April).
Around 500 people were killed that morning.
Deadlock in polls as most voters want austerity to end
The launch of the party manifestos has highlighted the deadlock between the major parties. The majority of the population wants to end austerity and both major parties are committed to maintaining it, in different degrees. As a result there is currently no sign of a breakthrough in the polls on either side.
By Najete Michell
The results of the French départemental elections on 29 March were a devastating defeat for French President, Hollande’s Socialist Party (SP) government and a clear rejection of austerity policies.
Hands Off Yemen
Protest outside Saudi Embassy
Saturday 11 April 1pm
Saudi Arabian EmbassyCharles Street, London W1J 5DZNearest tube: Green Park
Organised by: Stop the War Coalition
British leaders’ debates highlight need for new politics
Even many of the most blinkered political commentators have registered that the seven-way leaders debate embodies the fracturing of the traditional British political system dominated by the two major parties. The fact that it also clearly ushered in a new era of women’s political leadership is clearly progressive.
Lenin was the foremost exponent of Marxism of his generation whose leadership was decisive in the success of the Russian Revolution. This was made possible by the development of a theoretical outlook which informed the anti-imperialist wing of the socialist movement which subsequently became the worldwide communist movement.
Yemen: US client kicks off another Middle East war
Yemen has become the latest victim of imperialist inspired chaos in the Middle East, as Saudi air strikes rain down and Islamic State linked militants are infiltrated into the country, in a US-backed attempt to restore ousted President Al-Hadi.
Watch the video here of the launch of Sinn Féin's People's Pact at Belfast Castle on 30 March.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD points out that Sinn Féin's progressive politics is the only alternative to austerity.
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