Notes from the front of 21-10-16
Corbyn was right to speak at Stand Up to Racism and Stop the War
Political history is littered with people who started out on the left, used the enthusiasm and support of all those committed to the same causes to reach office and then promptly ditched all their supposed principles. Jeremy Corbyn is not one of them.
The following piece by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams was published on his regular Léargas blog. He argues that the attack on human rights lawyers by the new Tory Prime Minister should be strongly resisted. They are indispensable in establishing in truth and protecting civil liberties. Nowhere is this more true than in Britain's former and current colonies where human rights lawyers have been murdered because they have sought to expose injustice and to defend those fighting it. As we know, the same British governments who trample over human rights overseas also severely curtail them in Britain too.
By Stephen Bell
On the 14 September, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) published its report, 'Libya: Examination of intervention and collapse and the UK’s future policy options'. Published immediately after David Cameron’s retirement from Parliament, the reception given to the report concentrated on his culpability for the political and economic collapse in Libya. But this convenient response ignored how deeply compromised the British government’s intervention actually is. That policy continues to evade parliamentary control; involves fighting on both sides of a civil war, and adds to the chaos facing the people of Libya.
The following article by John Ross, on why China’s economy is so successful, was previously published on the website China & the world economy.
My article ‘China’s socialist model outperforms capitalism’ established factually two key conclusions for global economic and social development. First, that the fastest growing economies since the putting forward in 1989 of the ‘Washington Consensus’ (excluding oil-production dominated economies or countries with populations under 5 million) were not those following this model advocated by the IMF/World Bank but instead those following or deeply influenced by the entirely different China ‘socialist development strategy’ – China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Second, that 85% of the reduction of the number of those living in poverty in the world were in socialist countries and merely 15% in capitalist ones.
Support Sinn Féin struggle against Tory cuts and defence of peace process
By Tom Leary
The outcome of the latest elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly was broadly unchanged. But there was a modest setback for Sinn Féin which saw its representation fall by one Assembly member and its share of first preference votes dipped 2.9 per cent to 24 per cent. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) topped the poll once more with unchanged seats and 29.2 per cent of the vote, down just under 1 per cent.
By Tom Williams
The results of the 5 May elections are good news for Labour. It regained the post of London Mayor, beat the Tories in the English local elections and remains the largest party in the Wales Assembly. It was unfortunately further set back in Scotland, which was predictable given its right wing policies there.
Western economies slowing, Chinese upturn
Latest data show that the Western economies, led by the US, are once more slowing. At the same time China is experiencing a modest rebound in activity. This real divergence stands in sharp contrast to the propaganda in the Western media and from many economic commentators. The reality is that the source of the world economy’s stagnation is in the west and in particular in the weakness of investment in the Western economies.
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.
Corbyn's Labour under attack - as it pushes back the Tories
Since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader and Labour adopted the approach of opposing and voting against Tory austerity policies, the Tories' political weakness has been exploited and a number of significant reversals imposed on the government.
People's Assembly Against Austerity continues to advance
The People's Assembly Against Austerity (PAAA) continues to place itself at the centre of all the key struggles against austerity and the 16 April demonstration was a big success.
The following article by Matthew Willgress, supporting Sadiq Khan for Mayor of London, was previously published by Labour Briefing. Labour’s campaign is correctly focussed on housing and public transport, two of Londoners' most pressing concerns about living standards. The Tories meanwhile are trying to whip up prejudice against Khan's race and Muslim faith, waging a smear campaign accusing him of extremism and links to terrorism. Reject Tory austerity and racism – Vote Labour!
Despite the ongoing and relentlessly negative noise – mainly not around key political or economic issues – from our biased media, Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party has so far proven a success. In particular, the Oldham by-election was a great victory, seeing off a perceived challenge from UKIP.
The Labour Party offers the best hope for ordinary working people and their families at the forthcoming 5 May elections.
The Jeremy Corbyn leadership is putting forward the most progressive agenda the party has ever advanced, standing up for the general interests of the population by opposing austerity, racism and war. This situation, as previously described, is unprecedented in British politics.
Rally behind Corbyn to kick out the Tories
With three weeks to go till elections in Britain, Labour has intensified its campaign and inflicted further damage on the Tories. Jeremy Corbyn's challenges to the Prime Minister to come clean, over income from tax-avoiding offshore funds, resulted in David Cameron's worst week in office. Tory policies are being increasingly questioned as claims that 'we are all in it together' are further exposed as completely false.
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