Solidarity 038, 9 October 2003

Blair speaks for the rich: We need a workers' voice (2003)


John McDonnell MP

There were two Labour Party conferences. One was the official conference, organised as a publicity event for the leadership of the Labour Party. It had quite an unprecedented degree of ruthless organisation to engender the maximum televised exhibition of support for the leader of the Party. And there was a more important second and separate conference: where trade unions formed a coalition with the Labour left. For the first time in fifteen years we had an effective vehicle for left action inside the Labour Party. Every left fringe meeting was packed with delegates.

Will the real Tories please stand up?

By Frank Higgins

If you wanted to see the "Blairite Revolution" in British politics over the last ten years graphically illustrated, the place to go this week was the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, where the Tories held their annual conference.

Public and scientists agree: No GM!

By Tony Jeffreys

The government decides soon whether or not to allow commercial growing of Genetically Modified crops in Britain. If it heeded public or scientific opinion it would say no to GM.

Not surprisingly, after the BSE catastrophe, salmonella scares and the like, the public doesn't want their food messed with any more. The government consulted widely throughout the summer. 20,000 people went to 675 meetings; the 'GM nation?' website received 2.9 million hits; 36,557 people filled in and returned the feedback forms. The result?

EU plans new constitution. We say: For a democratic united states of Europe!

"Let us for a moment grant that German militarism succeeds in carrying out the half-union of Europe... what then would be the central slogan of the European proletariat? Would it be the dissolution of the forced European coalition and the return of all people under the roof of isolated national states?...

Ditch Blair, but don't back Brown

By Rhodri Evans

It was Gordon Brown who made the New Labour government's first act independence of the Bank of England from any democratic control.

The Labour manifesto had not mentioned it; the Labour Party had never discussed it; but Brown moved straight away to do what the bankers wanted.
It was Gordon Brown who kept the limits on public spending he had inherited from the Tories in force for years, even when the Tories themselves were saying openly that they would have loosened them.

For rank and file Labour Representation Committees!

Solidarity and Workers' Liberty believe that what's needed now is rank and file Labour Representation Committees of trade unionists and socialists in every city across the country. We have been campaigning for seven years now for the unions to form a Labour Representation Committee.

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