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Victimised? Yorkshire Women's Aid Campaigner Set to Lose Job

In spite of a vigorous local campaign, Labour controlled Doncaster Council has withdrawn the funding of the only women's aid service in South Yorkshire.

Now, Louise Harrison, the founder of SYWA, its primary fundraiser and leading campaigner against closure has been told by the charity trustees that her contract of employment will not be renewed.

HERE to read 'Freedom News' report.

De-Classified: More Documents Confirm Plan to Destroy Mining Industry

The plan to close down Britain's mining communities was we were told in 1984 the invention of anti democratic extremists not interested in 'negotiating' with elected politicians.

In this war too, they lied about their true objectives. And when the truth is out we are too invested in the lies of today to draw conclusions from the lies of yesterday.

Collusion during the 1984-85 strike between the 'scab' Union of Democratic Mineworkers (UDM) and Margaret Thatcher is already 'outed' by a researcher at the University of Liverpool. On Saturday 30th December 2017, the Morning Star reported newly de-classified documents showing the continuing role of UDM leader, Roy Lynk, after the strike in formulating with Thatcher's successor John Major the programme for closures.

While you will recall reading the great lie, you will not it seems be reading THIS anytime soon, at least not in the 'mainstream' press.

HERE to read pdf of Morning Star report

HERE to read account of the life and work of miners leader, David Swallow, by Graham and Ken Capstick

EU: Scargill Condemns Scheming Politicians

Labour politicians and trades union leaders, are, says the former miner's leader, Arthur Scargill, engaged in the open betrayal of their members. They are conniving with right wing politicans in building a parliamentary movement to defeat Brexit. Here is the SLP leader's full statement:

'The leaders of Britain's trades unions and The Labour Party's leadership are betraying the people of Britain by their disgraceful campaign to keep Britain in the European Union.

They aim to retain (a) the free movement of people and capital (b) the single market (c) the customs union and furthermore they advocate payment of 40 billion to ‘leave’ the EU.

The British people voted to leave the EU, not to give it more money!

The statements by Corbyn, McDonnell and Starmer are creating a ‘case’ to keep Britain in the EU. As a Socialist I am disgusted'.

Arthur Scargill, Leader, SLP, 16th December 2017.

Fake Truth: Knowledge is Our Defence

The twentieth century, wrote sociologist Alex Carey, is characterised by the growth of corpocracy and its monopolistic ability to re-frame truth.

Such is the inclination of human beings to adapt to what they believe they cannot change, there is no clearly observable truth that we cannot be lead into denying.

Any lie becomes truth if repeated often enough. When it is the only lie out there it becomes official truth. When it is offical truth, dissent even debate becomes unacceptable.

The almost desperate character of current attempts to demonise, silence, deconstruct, control or ban tiny non corporate media outlets tells us how important it is that official truth (what we think we 'know') is protected from knowledge, from what we really know.

It tells us what we must do to keep our grip on reality. At every call to arms we must remind ourselves of what we see in the world but are persuaded not to recognise: the terror unleashed by the world's rulers on persons, groups or nations they cannot 'manage' is denied only because it is everywhere; no truth is bigger than this.

We present here two articles that challenge our inclination to forget: they remind us of the torment inflicted by the corporate power on two countries targeted for ‘regime change’; North Korea and Zimbabwe.

HERE to read FRFI on US 'Policy' on North Korea

HERE to read Trinidad and Tobago News 2008 piece on the West's Zimbabwe

SLP Congress 2017

Sadly for those who missed it, the party congress is over; the delegates left Blackpool emboldened in their conviction that the power of the party's principles will secure for it a bright future as the only true representative of the working class in Britain.

HERE for our account of the congress business

HERE for the text of Arthur Scargill's closing speech, a complete demolition of the pretensions of the Labour Party Manifesto

Rodney Bickerstaffe 1945-2017

All socialists will be saddened to hear of the death of former Unison leader, Rodney Bickerstaffe, a champion of worker's rights and social justice.

HERE to read tribute by Arthur Scargill

Freedom for Catalonia!

The Socialist Labour Party supports the Catalan people in their struggle for independence.

In the 1930’s they fought against Franco's fascist thugs and today once again they are fighting ultra right thugs who beat people to the ground because they seek to cast a vote in a democratic ballot.

The autocratic European Union condemns the people of Catalonia for daring to democratically vote and openly supports the thugs who lead Spain as they violently attack men and women who courageously demand the right to vote.

The Socialist Labour Party extends the same support to the Catalan people as The International Brigade gave eighty years ago in the fight for freedom and democracy.

Independence for Catalan.

Arthur Scargill, Leader, Socialist Labour Party, 3rd October 2017

European Union: May Should Go Says Scargill!

Following Theresa May’s announcement that the UK will seek to remain in the EU open market and customs union for a further four years, former Miners leader Arthur Scargill, a longstanding opponent of the EU, has called upon the Prime Minister to resign.

Calling Mrs May’s announcement a betrayal of the British people ‘on a par with Chamberlain’s sell out to Hitler in 1938’, the Socialist Labour Party Leader said the principle of free movement of labour and capital had been specifically rejected by the British people in a democratic vote.

Read the full text of Arthur's statement in 'Press Releases'

European Union: Scargill on Labour's Betrayal

The Socialist Labour Party warned that the Labour Party would betray not only its members but the democratic vote by the British people to leave the European Union.

As soon as that vote was announced on 23 June 2016 Britain should have left the E.U including the Customs Union, the Single Market and above all the ‘Free Movement of Labour and Capital’ which has seen the population of Britain rise from 59 million to 67 million.

The U.K. should not pay a penny or euro to the E.U. If the Border in Ireland is a concern the solution is simple; return the North of Ireland back to the Republic of Ireland from where it was taken.

Arthur Scargill, Leader, SLP, 27th August 2017

More despair in North and Midlands since Thatcherism

Recent surveys conducted by the University of Manchester have indicated that life expectancy is lower in the North and Midlands than the South of England. The figures have, apparently, dramatically worsened since the early 1990’s.

Early deaths have been caused by suicides, increased use of drugs, excess drinking, poor quality food and other social and environmental issues.

What the mainstream Capitalist media will not talk about is the effect of Capitalism and in particular the Thatcherite attacks upon the working class, especially at the time of the 1984-5 miners’ strike. The use of huge state power, armed forces and the shutdown of normal society during this time led to industrial devastation in the North and Midlands from which the areas have never recovered. The failure to give the working class any hope for the future led to run down areas where despair and despondency filled the void. Coal mining, steel production, automobile construction and many other industries based in the North and Midlands were decimated under Thatcherism and the Thatcherite reigns of Blair, Brown , Tory-Libdem coalitions and subsequent ideologically driven regimes. The Thatcherite agenda followed the mantra of the rules of the European Union which demanded that Britain de-industrialise and become a services based ‘theme park’ economy.

What the mainstream media will also not talk about are the remedies available. The most pressing is the abolition of Capitalism in the UK along with immediate leaving of the EU. Further measures would be the reindustrialisation and provision of real jobs and hope, alongside vast welfare spending for the devastated areas of the North and Midlands. Since the study has not, apparently, included Wales and Scotland then these are also areas that have seen the devastating attacks of Thatcherism and require similar measures. Areas in the South, such as Kent and the West Country were not immune to the attacks and should also come into consideration.

For the Moneyed Not the Many: Labour's Real Manifesto

Usually people want justice and a fairer society. At present some of those people are feeling inspired. We have an opportunity to change Britain they say, if we could only unite behind ‘New’ Labour. Unite, in fact, behind its 2017 general election manifesto.

Who wouldn’t in today’s harsh world feel a little excited at the prospect of a government that will roll back austerity, improve the quality of public services, place ‘human rights’ at the centre of its foreign policy and defend hard won social benefits and political rights?

No. Those on the radical left who are drifting towards Labour are repeating old mistakes; the result, empowering the pro capitalist ‘consensus’, is predictable and sets back the wider struggle for a just world. In our view, those following the Labour lead need to face the true nature of the ‘hope’ they have embraced.

Offering no formula for the redistribution of economic wealth or political power, Labour’s 2017 manifesto is a slick but transparent re-statement of the post 1945 ideology of the political class.

None of the mainstream parties wants to enforce the dominance of either the private or the state sector over the other which means none favours fundamental change. They differ in how social or liberal or free they might like it to be, but none is interested in replacing capitalism's successful 'social' model (social democracy) with anything else.

According to its manifesto Labour ‘understands that the creation of wealth is a collective endeavour between workers, entrepreneurs, investors and government’. Socialists understand that under capitalism governance is subordinated to the interests of the corporations and individuals who control resources. The effect of political change, while it can be worthwhile for a few, is largely cosmetic with no impact on the nature of the prevailing order. Labour’s promise to the workers is not the fruits of their labour but ‘partnership’, the benefits of what it calls ‘civil society’. The ‘power of finance’ will be ‘turned’ by honest and open governance to the ‘public good’. Under Labour ‘planning’, the citizen will ‘shape the kinds of high streets, homes and amenities’ he wants. This isn’t the principle of universality, according to our needs: this is ‘fair’ competition under the protection of Labour’s ‘responsible economic management’.

It is in the arena of international affairs where dissent from the natural order is most dangerous. And it is here where Labour’s record is most damning. In ‘support’ of ‘global and regional security’ Labour’s partners will be NATO, the UN and EU ‘allies’. Its promise of a foreign policy ‘guided by the values of peace, universal rights and international law’ recalls Blair’s 1997 ‘ethical’ foreign policy.

While invariably it shouts its commitment to overseas aid and ‘development’, Labour is nowhere near conceding even a little of the principle of equality with western powers for other sovereign states. As is the case with all its foreign policy manifestos, Labour’s ‘values’ driven approach is code for the coercion of poor countries by powerful super states and global ‘coalitions’. Committed to spending 2% of GDP on ‘defence’ and to maintaining our nuclear ‘deterrent’, Labour will beef up the armed forces for deployment in ‘a range of roles’.

Yes, we concede, it’s hard not to feel a little flutter at the prospect of a government that ‘embraces … the good that government can do’ promises ‘fairer corporate governance’ and ‘vigorous action against tax avoidance’ as well as ‘a new deal for ordinary working people’. Who wouldn’t support a foreign policy based on ’an international order in which rules govern state conduct … in a principled way’?

Welcome to 'Forward Together', the manifesto of the Conservative Party!

National Executive Committee, 24th July 2017

Comment by Arthur Scargill

The Labour Party Manifesto puts ’small businesses’ at the centre of its economic strategy: support for business to create secure work and reducing corporation tax for ‘small businesses’.

In order to create fertile ground for business to achieve its missions it will encourage private investment by removing new plant and machinery from business rate calculations and ‘expect’ all businesses to pay their taxes!

It will establish a National Investment Bank that will bring in ’private capital’ to deliver £250 billion of lending power and establish a new deal for business. Why? Because it is vital that government ensures that businesses doing the right thing are rewarded.

And members thought the Labour Party was committed to common ownership!

It does not stop there. The Labour Party wants companies to deliver shared wealth and give workers ‘buyer or first refusal’ when the company they work for is up for sale!

The Party will bring private rail companies back into public ownership but only when their franchises expire. This means twelve private companies will continue for between three and twelve years.

They will ‘regain control of energy supply networks en route to a publicly owned system’ and 'reverse' the privatisation at the 'earliest opportunity'.

Why not take all industries and services back into public ownership within one month of coming into government?

HERE to read this post as pdf

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