Solidarity 508, 29 May 2019

Sack the 3 Ms

Author

Martin Thomas

It wasn’t just Alistair Campbell types, Blairites, who defected from Labour to the Lib Dems or the Greens in the 23 May Euro-elections. Many left-wing Labour supporters defected too, or didn’t vote, disgusted by Labour’s equivocation on Brexit.

Gardiner and the Hindu pogromists

Author

Todd Hamer

The Parliamentary Labour Party is full of unscrupulous and unprincipled politicians willing to exploit communal divisions and promote reactionary “community leaders” for electoral gain. However, the efforts of shadow trade minister Barry Gardiner go well beyond a few public appearances with the local vicar or imam.

Tories' anti-Muslim bigotry

Author

Ollie Moore

An ITV report has revealed the Tory party is investigating over a hundred cases of alleged anti-Muslim bigotry and racism within its ranks, including people claiming to be party members alleging Islam is “being allowed to take over our country”, and that Muslims are “aliens” whose “plan is to turn this country into an Islamic state.” Other commenters said, “we don’t have a politician strong enough in the UK to lead us away from this infestation”, and that Muslims “cause mayhem wherever they decide to invade.”

Another victory in Ireland

Author

Micheál MacEoin

Citizens in the Republic of Ireland have voted by an overwhelming 82.1% to liberalise the country’s divorce laws, in a referendum held on the same day as local and European elections. The vote continues Ireland’s path of social liberalisation, which was strikingly demonstrated by 2018’s decision to scrap the ban on abortion and 2015’s legalisation of same-sex marriage.

SNP trans contradictions

Author

Heather Herbert

On 17 May, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the SNP member of parliament Mhairi Black gave a fantastic speech calling for the reform of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA).

Strikes, unions and climate change

Author

Abel Harvie-Clark

The Green New Deal calls for an economic revolution to put people and planet before profit. In contrast many unions are still supporting environmentally destructive industries. Now is the time for worker-youth solidarity to demand climate and social justice.

4 June against Trump

Hundreds of thousands are likely to turn out for the protest on 4 June (from 11 a.m., Trafalgar Square) against US president Donald Trump’s state visit. The crowd is likely to be even bigger than when Trump last visited, in July 2018.

It will take up the same causes: peace, migrant rights, women’s rights, and more. Workers’ Liberty and Solidarity will be there, working with Labour for a Socialist Europe (L4SE), Young L4SE, and Another Europe is Possible to push the anti-Brexit, lower-borders, migrant-rights, European unity message.

UN votes for Chagos return

Author

Gerry Bates

On 23 May, the United Nations General Assembly voted 116 to 6 for the UK to end its occupation of the Chagos Islands.

Three years before ceding independence to Mauritius in 1968, the UK separated off the islands from the rest of Mauritius to keep control of them, deported the entire population, and leased the largest island, Diego Garcia, to the USA for a huge military base. The Chagossians have been fighting ever since then for the right to go back.

Galloway and Bannon

Author

Rosalind Robson

George Galloway was recently ″papped″ by journalist Natalia Antelava, appearing to hug alt-right pundit Steve Bannon.

Maelstrom of mendacious messaging?

Author

Jim Denham

Sometimes the Morning Star comes up with an editorial comment so bizarre, so devoid of evidence, that you wonder whether editor Ben Chacko (or whoever it is writes this stuff) re-reads their own words, or thinks about them, before dashing them off to print. The print edition on Friday 24 May, the day after the Euro-election, carried an extraordinary example.

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