The Blairite Ken

Submitted by Anon on 9 January, 2004 - 5:15

The Greater London Authority and Ken Livingstone are supporting the London ESF. A demonstration of the progressive politics of the London Mayor perhaps? Not quite. John Bloxam examines his record.

In June this year Livingstone intervened into a pay dispute on the London Underground to say that members of the RMT union should cross picket lines. He was urging people to scab. This is a disgrace, but one that comes on top of many other disgraces.

Muslims, Christians, Marxists, free speech: the Muhammad cartoons dispute. An attempt at a dialogue. [2006]

Submitted by AWL on 7 July, 2003 - 6:35 Author:

By Sean Matgamna
In the Muhammad cartoons dispute, the issue was free speech.

Q. What for socialists is the issue in the uproar over the cartoons depicting Muhammad?

A. Whether or not the devotees of a religion should be allowed to enforce the precepts, rules, and customs of a set of religious believers on people who do not voluntarily accept that religion and its rules. (Or - and this is important, too, for many of Islamic background - on people who, accepting much of the religion, disagree with some of its rules and customs).

Yves Montand and the left

Submitted by martin on 1 January, 2002 - 10:00 Author: Sean Matgamna

The 70-year life of Yves Montand was inextricably entwined with the history of the left wing of the working-class movement in Europe.

He was born in Italy in 1921, the child of Communist parents. He went with them to France in his infancy when they fled triumphant Italian fascism.

After working on the docks in Marseilles, the young Montand became a singer and then a movie actor. In the mid-150s he played in movies such as The Wages of Fear, a tense account of men driving unstable gelignite in primitive trucks over rough roads.

Stop cuts! Tax the rich!

Submitted by Janine on 20 December, 1997 - 9:45

Unbudged by the rebellion of 61 Labour MPs against the government's cuts in one-parent benefits, New Labour ministers are now refusing to deny reports that they will make "substantial savings" in benefits for the disabled. And their plans for NHS spending indicate a 1.5% real cut in Health Service resources next year.

Fight for union rights

Submitted by Janine on 11 December, 1997 - 9:31

The welcome show of spirit by Labour MPs against the government's mean proposal to cut one-parent benefits has put down a marker. Let's see the union leaders do at least as much - on the one-parent benefits issue, and also on the most basic, bottom-line question for all trade unionists, the right for unions to organise, to negotiate, and to take effective action.