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.
Tooting result confirms Labour's advance under Corbyn
Since Jeremy Corbyn became Labour Leader the electoral tests that have taken place have established a clear pattern of rising support for Labour in England. The 5 May local elections and three parliamentary by-elections have all recorded significant Labour advances, including most recently in Tooting on 16 June.
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 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.
Campaigning to defend Jeremy Corbyn needs to step up a gear
The Labour right is already openly, and covertly, plotting against Jeremy Corbyn. If, as widely expected, he wins the Labour leadership the right’s campaign will only intensify and all those who support anti-austerity, anti-war and anti-racist politics will need to defend him against attack.
A great deal of highly inaccurate material is currently appearing in the Western media about the ‘crisis’ of China’s economy – an economy growing three times as fast as the US or Europe. This follows a long tradition of similarly inaccurate ‘crash’ material on China symbolised by Gordon Chang’s 2002 book ‘The Coming Collapse of China’.
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.
Prepare to defend Labour's new Leader
The results of the Labour Party's Leadership election will be announced on 12 September, with a Jeremy Corbyn victory widely anticipated. Having been taken off guard by the left's campaign, big business, the Tories and Labour right-wing are preparing a stepped up offensive to reverse this advance. The left has to prepare to defend Corbyn.
On September 3, China will stage a Victory Parade commemorating the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and China's contribution to the World War against fascism. This is a solemn day for China and an opportunity for the world to better understand events that are not only historical in character but without which today's world cannot be comprehended.
The following speech, by Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams, was made to the 2015 National Hunger Strike march and rally in Dundalk.
The election in 1981 of Irish republicans on hunger strike, to the British parliament and Irish Dáil, proved to the world, beyond doubt, that the political prisoners had immense popular support.
Prime Minister Thatcher's criminalisation policy, supported by the Irish government, was discredited by election victories that transformed the struggle for a united Ireland.
Get the remaining votes out for Jeremy and Diane!
With Jeremy Corbyn the clear favourite to win Labour’s Leadership election in under three weeks’ time, Labour's right-wing, heavily backed by the media, is stepping up the assault on his policies and trying to discredit Labour’s election process.
Support Labour's standard bearers against austerity, racism and war. Vote for Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader.And vote for Diane Abbott as London Mayoral candidate.
All out for Corbyn!
The right’s attacks on Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Leadership campaign are intensifying as the vote approaches in just under two weeks and the momentum behind his campaign continues to build.
Victory to Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott!
The mainstream press and the Labour right are in a frenzy, desperate to prevent Jeremy Corbyn winning the Labour leadership after an opinion poll has put him in the lead. The opposing candidates have been completely unable to mount a coherent or strong alternative to his clear anti-austerity message.
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