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SNP backs Heathrow third runway

Submitted by cathy n on 10 October, 2016 - 7:23 Author: Dale Street

An open letter to those on the left who support the Progressive Alliance.

Okay, your pals in the SNP have just announced official support for a third runway at Heathrow.

Yes, I know what you’re going to say: “It’s only been reported in the MainStream Media. ‘The Canary’ hasn’t confirmed it. And even if it is true, the third runway could be a Mossad-inspired false-flag operation.” But take my word for it: it’s true. And I think we can safely rule out any involvement by Mossad.

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Submitted by Zac Muddle on Wed, 12/10/2016 - 20:04

'Yes, I know what you’re going to say: “It’s only been reported in the MainStream Media. ‘The Canary’ hasn’t confirmed it. And even if it is true, the third runway could be a Mossad-inspired false-flag operation.” But take my word for it: it’s true. And I think we can safely rule out any involvement by Mossad.'

I'm not sure how useful basically starting this open letter with badly characaturing then ridiculing it's intended audience is, a general tone which goes all the way through. I don't even support a progressive alliance, but I found it off-putting, if I did support a progressive alliance this would be even more of a barrier to convincing me. In fact, it comes across as not trying to convince anyone, but merely to poke fun. If you haven't come across certain critical ideas, it really isn't obvious what is wrong with the idea of the progressive alliance, so supporting it doesn't make people stupid, or worthy of being written off. What happened to 'patient persuation' and all that?

Sorry to be critical of the writing rather than the content, but it's really a barrier to people engaging with the content, and is offputting - the content itself is otherwise interesting.

Submitted by dale street on Fri, 14/10/2016 - 11:18

Hi Zac,

What you write would be fair enough if the ‘Open Letter’ were a serious attempt at an ‘Open Letter’. But it isn’t. In fact, it was written primarily for a Scottish left audience, although anyone else is welcome to read it and comment on it.

It was written as an expression of our contempt for those sections of the non-Scottish left who clearly have no understanding of the SNP’s politics and yet advocate a ‘progressive alliance’ with the SNP.

As we’ve pointed out in other articles, the SNP is the most undemocratic party in Britain. In nine years in power at Holyrood it has not implemented a single redistributive measure. Scottish education and the NHS have nosedived under the SNP, resulting in a growth of class-based inequalities in those areas. Its ‘opposition’ to austerity consists of implementing it.

Between 2011 and 2014 the SNP talked about nothing but an independence referendum. Between 2014 and 2016 it talked about nothing but another referendum. At its current conference it has now promised to talk about nothing but another referendum for the next four years. That cuts across and stifles attempts to raise class politics. And that suits the SNP perfectly.

And yet people on the left advocate a ‘progressive alliance’ with a party which amounts to New Labour with a Saltire.

Even worse, when ‘The World Transformed’ commissions an article arguing against a ‘progressive alliance’, TWT and “Red Pepper” then refuse to print it. This is followed up by Charlie Clark from London Momentum speaking at the ‘Radical’ Independence Conference in support of Scottish independence and an alliance between Momentum and RIC.

But RIC is on record as wanting to “wipe out Labour” in Scotland. In Unite its members have formed a particularly vile and very non-progressive alliance with the bureaucracy to try to crush the United Left Scotland. And Charlie Clark is so ignorant about Scottish politics that he even claimed that “the independence movement was a major inspiration behind the Corbyn movement.”

As for Paul Mason, during the Holyrood election campaign he spoke at a RISE meeting in support of independence for Scotland and an SNP-Green-RISE coalition government. While Mason was coming out with such words of wisdom, Momentum in Scotland was campaigning for a Labour vote.

Sure, people can have political disagreements about a ‘progressive alliance’ (and lots of other things – that’s politics). But what we have here is a systematic pattern of the class-struggle Scottish left being sidelined and censured by advocates of a ‘progressive alliance’. And these people are meant to be on our side!

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The left and the General ElectionAWLTue, 02/06/2015 - 17:55

The post-mortem on the 2015 election ought to rage on the British left, though it is doubtful whether there will be much contrition from the main protagonists.

Rightly, assessments will examine how the ruling classes’ first team did it, the limitations of Labour’s leadership and politics, why the Liberal Democrats collapsed, UKIP’s four million votes, the SNP’s tsunami and the Green ascendency. But one unavoidable question is the responsibility the left for this class-wide defeat.

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Green Party says “consume less” not “nationalise energy”AWLTue, 05/05/2015 - 18:22

The Greens’ proposals on energy involve phasing out fossil fuel and nuclear power and promoting renewables through a number of changes to the subsidy and tax regime. There is no opposition to private ownership of energy production.

It is odd given their opposition to privatisation of the NHS and railways. If they ever won political power, then the plan is for their government to act as green consumer par excellence, creating incentives to persuade private industry to go green while preaching frugality to the masses.

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The “good old days” are gone

Submitted by AWL on 10 March, 2015 - 5:02 Author: Len Glover

It’s ironic that Andy Forse begins his article “Why I am not voting Green this May” (Solidarity 355) by saying that the world he wants to live in “would have things ... like rail...socialised”. He then goes on to advocate NOT voting for a party that DOES propose the socialisation of the railways and voting FOR a party that not only does not want to socialise the railways but actually ignored its conference policy when it voted for renationalisation!

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Why I'm not voting Green this May

Submitted by AWL on 24 February, 2015 - 5:04 Author: Andy Forse

What kind of a society would you like to live in?

The world I want to live in would have things like rail, energy and other basic industries socialised, owned by and run in the interests of society. It would have an education system freed from the interests of business and profit, and funded entirely by progressive taxation. Public services would be run by the people who work in them and the community they serve, not by executives on six or seven figure salaries, drawn from an Oxbridge elite.

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Thousands of jobs on the line as councils prepare new cuts

Submitted by Matthew on 29 February, 2012 - 1:02

As local councils begin setting their 2012-2013 budgets, working-class people face another round of attacks as councils across the country put jobs and services back on the chopping block.

Proposed job losses at larger councils figure in the hundreds. Leeds City Council plans “savings” of £55 million, including axing 400 jobs. Swindon Borough Council’s draft budget seeks to shed over 100 jobs as part of a £12 million cuts programme, including cutting trade-union facility time. £24 million and 300 jobs could go at Labour-run Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

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Boycotting Israel: neither Murdoch, nor Stalin!

Submitted by martin on 25 April, 2011 - 2:21
The Australian, 2 April

Over the weeks since the New South Wales election on 26 March, Rupert Murdoch's paper The Australian has run a big campaign against sections of Australia's Green Party over their policy of boycotting Israel.

Several front-page stories have targeted Fiona Byrne, Green mayor of the Sydney suburb of Marrickville and narrowly-unsuccessful Green candidate for the Marrickville electorate in the NSW election, and Lee Rhiannon, elected as a NSW Senator to the federal Parliament in 2010 and due to take her seat in the Senate in July 2011.

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Joel Kovel meeting - why I'm sceptical about "eco-socialism"

Submitted by PaulHampton on Mon, 28/05/2007 - 00:12

Recently I went to a lecture by Joel Kovel, a leading US eco-socialist and author of the book, The Enemy of Nature. The meeting was chaired by Derek Wall from the Green Party and had Jane Kelly from Socialist Resistance on the platform. Over 50 people were there.

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