Socialist Green Unity Coalition

Vote socialist or Labour!

By Colin Foster

Stay at home and curse at the TV? Go to the polling station and write something left-wing on your ballot paper, in the hope that you get a message across at least to the individual who counts your vote? Vote for the Lib-Dems, on the grounds that at least they criticised the Iraq war, however queasily and weakly, and gains for them will punish Blair?

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Nottingham challenge

At the count after the 2001 general election, Nottingham East Labour MP and government whip John Heppell gave over much of his victory speech to denouncing his socialist challenger Pete Radcliff. Not, unfortunately, that Pete Radcliff had come near to defeating Heppell and winning the seat — but Heppell was evidently aware that the socialist campaign had bitten into the core of previously committed Labour supporters, and did not know how to answer its arguments.

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Help socialist ideas get a hearing against Blair, Kennedy, and Howard!

Send a contribution to Pete Radcliff's Socialist Unity candidacy in Nottingham East, part of the England-wide Socialist Green Unity Coalition in this General Election. Cheques to "Nottingham SGUC" via P O Box 823, London SE15 4NA, or use the AWL online donation facility here and we will forward the money to Nottingham.

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A socialist challenge in Nottingham East

In 2001 Pete Radcliff stood for the now defunct Socialist Alliance in Nottingham East. He polled over one thousand in the constituency (one of the best SA results in the country).

This time round Pete will be standing in the name of the Socialist Green Unity Coalition.

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SADP conference report

By Alan Thomas

The conference of the Socialist Alliance Democracy Platform (SADP) on 12 March was bigger than I had expected: 40–50 present over the day.

There were the usual SADP faces, people from the Alliance for Green Socialism, and a national mobilisation of ex-WRPers/Morenoites. Also Hillel Ticktin from Critique, John Bridge and a couple more from the CPGB, and the Red Party.

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Election 2005: The choices

Only 27% of adults think that their vote gives them a say in how the country is run, but 67% insist that they want to have a say.

About eight in 10 say that they are “interested in politics” one way or another, and on average questionnaires about interest in politics show no decline since the 1970s, but only 52% say that they are certain to vote in the coming General Election.

Young people are more likely to have been politically active — twice as likely to have taken part in a demonstration, picket, or march as older people — but much less likely to vote.

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Unions & Politics: News & Views

Dear Off The Rails

With an election approaching rapidly, we in the RMT should take a long hard look at our political fund and decide how best to use it.

Since the 2003 Glasgow AGM, we have been able to give money to organisations other than the Labour Party. Technically the Branch can ask the Executive to approve their backing of any person, organisation or party. (Though this does not mean that it will always be approved.)

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Joint policy statement by SGUC

Socialist Green Unity Coalition: IN THE looming general election a joint campaign against Blair is being mounted by five left parties and some independent socialists.

These will put forward an alternative to the right-wing policies of privatisation, war and environmental destruction offered by both the major parties and the Liberal Democrats too.

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Tax the rich to pay for pensions!

The Socialist Green Unity Coalition - an alliance formed in 2005 which includes the Alliance for Workers' Liberty together with the Alliance for Green Socialism, Socialist Alliance, Socialist Party, and Socialist Unity Network - has agreed to launch a campaign on pensions in response to the Turner Commission report. Click "read more" for campaign material.

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Labour's election manifesto: Profit, Profit, Profit

In the Guardian on 15 January, Alan Milburn, Tony Blair’s chosen general election coordinator, set out New Labour’s prospectus for the general election likely in May.

Through the fog of buzzwords and spin-jargon in Milburn’s article, the message emerged: more privatisation, more marketisation.

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A new socialist coalition for 2005

Representatives from Workers’ Liberty, the Socialist Party, the Alliance for Green Socialism, and the Socialist Alliance Democratic Platform met on 28 November in London and discussed working together to establish a working-class socialist presence in the probable 2005 general election.

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Joint election challenge

In the looming General Election a joint campaign against Blair will be mounted by four left parties.

These will offer an alternative to the right-wing policies of privatisation, war and environmental destruction offered by both the major parties and the Lib Dems too.

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