Notes from the front of 4-2-2017
The Tories are on a course to force the Article 50 Bill through parliament at break-neck speed. The framework the government has set out is to take the country out of the Single Market, without any limits on the negotiated outcome.
The following article by John Ross, that sets out the fundamental parameters of the US economy, was previously published by Socialist Economic Bulletin.
There has been much discussion on the likely effect of Trump on the US economy. But some of this discussion fails to distinguish clearly between short term and long term effects of Trump. This can lead to wrong interpretations of events and trends as they unfold. The aim of this article is therefore to set out the fundamental parameters of the US economic situation as it confronts Trump.
By Andrew Williams
Jeremy Corbyn is heading up the campaign in Parliament for the proposed state visit of US President Trump to be postponed. Yesterday (1 February) Corbyn raised the issue at Prime Minister's Questions, having previously written to Theresa May urging her to withdraw the invitation.
Notes from the front of 28-01-2017
On Sunday (tomorrow) we will know who will be the candidate for President of the Socialist Party (SP) after one month of debate. Following the first round of this selection two contenders remain: the leader of the SP’s left opposition Benoit Hamon who came first with 36 per cent ahead of the last prime minister Manuel Valls (30 per cent). This result was taken as a slap in the face by Valls, but what would you expect after five years of austerity, whipping up racism and imposing the state of emergency - three things he was a strong promoter of.
Unite the Union is holding an election for its General Secretary in 2017.
As the Tory government heads towards a hard Brexit and tightens austerity, Unite needs a strong leadership that fights to defend people’s jobs and living standards.
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The piece below is reproduced from Léargas, the blog from Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams.
Roger Casement was the last of the leaders of the Easter 1916 rebels to be executed. Unfortunately he was very far from the last Irish Republican to die in the struggle against British imperialism.The struggle against colonialism is central to the struggle for socialism. Ending British rule in Ireland remains a decisive question for socialists in Britain.
Notes from the front 04-08-16
Corbyn's policies to raise living standards can secure victory for Labour
The attempt of the right wing to oust Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader has had a negative effect upon Labour’s standing in opinion polls. YouGov polling on 25/26 April had Labour on 33 per cent, Tories on 30 per cent, UKIP on 20 per cent and LibDems on 6 per cent. The YouGov poll for 25/26 July had the Tories on 40 per cent, Labour on 28 per cent, UKIP on 13 per cent, and Lib Dems on 8 per cent.
Notes from the front 01-08-16
All out for Corbyn! - Oppose the threat to split Labour
Labour's leadership election is the central fight in British politics this summer. Capitalism is determined to block the possibility of a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government. It recognises that in Corbyn it faces a determined opponent, who is resolute in his defence of the welfare state, opposition to US military adventures and the promotion of racism.
By Stephen Bell
The defeat of the attempted coup in Turkey is an important victory. The overthrow of the elected President Morsi in Egypt demonstrates the sort of fatalities and repression that follow such actions. This time, a mass mobilisation of the Turkish people opposed the tanks. This mobilisation was supported by the major opposition parties, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP). In Egypt, the comparable parties supported the coup, and guaranteed the success of the counter-revolution. For Turkey, the united front of all those defending democracy was sufficient to stop the coup.
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.
Right wing goes to war against Labour's membership- Support Jeremy For Labour
The right has stepped up its offensive to remove Jeremy Corbyn since losing the Labour National Executive Committee vote that agreed that as the incumbent he needs no parliamentary nominations to be a candidate in the forthcoming leadership election.
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