The right wing's war on the Labour leadership
Following the victory of the Brexit side in its EU referendum Britain has entered its biggest political crisis since 1945. The Tories on both sides of the EU argument do not have a clear proposal on how to proceed. The leadership team of the official Brexit campaign, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson, has already imploded and internal fighting between pro and anti-EU Tories can be expected to intensify.
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.
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 Declan Kearney Sinn Féin’s National Chairperson, originally was published by An Phoblacht. It explains the negative intervention Britain’s Conservative government are making into the current Stormont talks, including seeking to renege on Britain’s obligation to disclose its role in the conflict as part of the agreed process of dealing with the past. Sinn Féin’s efforts to defend the Good Friday Agreement and block the imposition of austerity should be supported.
Jeremy Corbyn gets key Labour policies in place
Less than one month into Jeremy Corbyn’s new leadership of the Labour Party, a series of key policies are already being set out that can form the basis of a popular manifesto.
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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In case you missed these speeches.
A triumph for Jeremy Corbyn’s first speech as Labour leader will have underpinned his position and won over new supporters. It was a further stage in the political fightback by the incoming Labour team. Delegates left the hall buoyed by both the new style and the new substance of leadership.
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.
The first two days of Labour conference has seen significant progress for the new Corbyn leadership. John McDonnell’s speech as shadow Chancellor was greeted enthusiastically by the clear majority of delegates and followed Jeremy Corbyn’s impressive appearance on the Marr Show. In both cases even formerly open opponents of the new leadership were forced to concede that big successes had been registered.
Organised by the TUC and People's Assembly Against Austerity
An excellent start from Jeremy Corbyn
In his first week as Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn racked up some significant achievements: he succeeded in assembling a frontbench parliamentary team and began on the task of setting out Labour's changed orientation against austerity and presenting an alternative economic policy.
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