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.
A major discussion is taking place in China on the issue of its economy’s ‘supply side’. Naturally there are aspects of this which relate to specifically Chinese issues. Discussion in China also differs fundamentally from that in the West in that it takes place simultaneously in both ‘Western’ and ‘Marxist’ economic terms. Nevertheless the overall framework of this discussion equally relates to the key issues of economic policy in Western countries.
Labour must approach 5 May elections with realistic expectations
The Labour Party is stepping up its campaign for May's elections in London, Scotland, Wales and English local authorities. These will be the first major set of contests since Labour was defeated at the 2015 General Election.
Assemble 12 noon 19 March Central LondonFollowed by march and rally in Trafalgar Square
Stop Trident National Demonstration
Assemble 12 noon • Saturday 27 February 2016 • Location Central London • Meeting point to be announcedMarch to Trafalgar Square Rally with contributions from a range of political & celebrity speakers
Saturday 6 February 9.30am – 4.30pmNUT HQ Hamilton House Mabledon Place London WC1H 9BD
By Michael Burke
The Beckett report into why Labour lost the election has finally been published. It offers little comfort to the Labour right, who have made wild and unsubstantiated claims that Labour would have won, or performed much more strongly had it enthusiastically embraced austerity, or by attacked ‘welfare scroungers’, or by increased racism and offering promises on curbing immigration.
Islamophobia whipped up as economy slows - Tories never change
By Jo Green
The issue of Trident is a major one itself. But Labour’s recent and continuing dispute on Trident also has key general lessons.
Trident is a gigantically expensive irrelevance
By Barry Gray
The outcome of recent reshuffle was to strengthen Jeremy Corbyn's authority within the Shadow Cabinet, including through making it clear it would not be tolerated that members of Labour’s front bench publicly attack the party leadership.
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