Labour took its first step to economic credibility by Jeremy Corbyn's appointment of John McDonnell as Shadow Chancellor. It was vital to appoint someone who would break from the confused economic policies pursued by previous Labour administrations and in opposition. John McDonnell's was the correct appointment and he proved it immediately and at Labour conference. His establishing the position that Labour would not run a budget deficit over the course of the business cycle on current expenditure, but would borrow for investment, was precisely the correct position. It was in line with the theoretical analyses of both Marx and Keynes. It provided the framework for the other correct polices that began to be laid out at the Labour Party conference - for example on the National Investment Bank, opposition to removing the budget deficit by cuts to welfare.
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The Labour Party membership was delighted by Jeremy Corbyn's first leader's speech to Party conference. But Labour Party members will be outraged to have it confirmed that the right wing is already planning how to attempt an anti-democratic coup to remove Jeremy Corbyn as leader, over-riding the vote of the Party membership.
Organised by the TUC and People's Assembly Against Austerity
The following article by Sabby Dhalu, on the refugee crisis and forthcoming day of action, was originally published by the Morning Star. Having created the crisis, Western governments, with their ample resources, are failing to provide the necessary humanitarian assistance. Racism frames Europe’s response, with Britain's government one of the most vile. The 12 September protest should be supported by the widest progressive mobilisation.
Attacking refugees, immigrants and Muslims dominated the government’s agenda this summer, with the global refugee crisis hitting the headlines.
By Paul Cranston
Teachers will be taking further action against this government because their pay and conditions are under sustained attack, the scale of that deterioration being illustrated in the graphs below (originally published here).
The following is a report on Ecuador’s Citizens’ Revolution by Denis Fernando. It previously appeared at Occupy London.
I have just returned from Ecuador where I went to see for myself the gains of the country’s Citizens’ Revolution and the lessons it has for activists seeking to build a better world.
By Najete Michell
Although the March elections in France were only at a local level, they took on a national character. They were the first elections since the Socialist Party (PS) formed the government in 2012 and were therefore the first opportunity to test the level of discontent at its record so far.
By Paul Roberts
The crisis in Ukraine is escalating. Unable to quell a growing protest movement against the February coup, the Kiev regime has mobilised army units to attack the people occupying government buildings in the cities across Ukraine’s east. Meanwhile, to deter the Russian Federation intervening to protect the pro-Russian population, imperialism is rapidly increasing its military deployments across the region.
By Christina Prentice
The UN’s assessment report on the state of climate change back in September 2013 turned out to be a real tactical problem for the fossil fuel vested interests and their political mouthpieces. It found that scientists were 95 per cent sure that humans were causing global warming and that temperatures could rise by up to 4.8C by the end of the century.
By Stephen MacAvoy
The right wing opposition to Venezuela’s elected Chávista government has unleashed a wave of violence to try and oust it.
This has left 32 dead and 461 injured – and despite mainstream media suggestions to the contrary it is the opposition violence that is the principal cause of the deaths.
Tony Benn, who died on 14 March 2014, led a radical recomposition of British politics, which despite the defeat of the left he led in the labour movement in the 1970s and 80s changed left politics in Britain forever.
This Saturday (March 22) at 4.30pm in London there will be a unique opportunity to hear from our very special guest the Venezuelan Government’s Minister for Communications Delcy Rodriguez. This will take place after the important TUC supported Stand Up to Racism (http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/) event, 10 minutes down the road. You can pre-register here
She will give a briefing & update on the current situation in Venezuela, where recent weeks have seen – as part of a campaign launched by Venezuela’s extreme right-wing opposition leaders forLa Salida (The Ousting of the country’s elected Government) – a wave of violent street disturbances in various parts of Venezuela, & continued Government calls for peace & dialogue.
By Nicky Dempsey
George Osborne’s latest Budget makes it clear that austerity policies will continue for years to come, for at least another five years. He also announced a cap on welfare expenditure, a toxic effort to blame the poor and unemployed for the crisis of the financial sector and capital in general.
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