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Our London based Parliament is completely unrepresentative of the feelings and thoughts of the vast majority of the population

Watching the debates in the House of Commons concerning the illegal blitzing of Syria has highlighted once again how unrepresentative are the vast majority of M.P.’s.

There have only ever been a tiny number of members of Parliament who have not been swept along by jingoism, lies, deception and the interests of weapons manufacturers when interventions in the Middle East have been called for by the British government executive. Corbyn, for instance has normally been one of the few voices of dissent, as in the case of the illegal Iraq War intervention. It appears that although he is now leader of the Labour Party, he is still a voice in the wilderness in the current Parliament.

It is almost impossible to find any difference between the utterances of many Tory and Labour M.P.’s in connection with the Syrian conflict and Labour members can be seen to stand up and praise the actions of the Tory Prime Minister. Where were all the calls denouncing use of poison gases when it was the Western powers’ ally Saddam Hussein using them against his then Iraqi and other opponents in the Middle East? The hypocrisy and humbug of so many M.P.’s is galling to us.

As recently pointed out in the media, the Prime Minister seems to have a conflict of interest since her husband has close connections via share ownerships to British and American arms manufacturers whose shares have risen as a result of the Syrian intervention

Again, it has been mentioned in the media that Israel and Saudi Arabia have been pushing for more ‘western’ intervention in Syria to counter any Iranian influence. The shadowy ‘White Helmet’ group who reported the recent gas attacks are, apparently, tied up closely to terrorist groups operating in Syria and it is in their interests, with defeat looming, to summon in the support of the western powers who finance them. Since the precedent has been set for intervention, it is now easy for them to summon in western interventions at any time.

In too many cases, the interventions of western powers have been instigated by spurious and ‘false flag’ incidents. These have included the ‘Gulf of Tonkin’ incident at the start of the Vietnam war. The false accounts of Serb atrocities leading to interventions in order to break up the old Yugoslavian workers’ state and the notorious ‘weapons of mass destruction leading to Blair and Bush’s Iraq War. In another example, U.S. General Colin Powell also gave his misleading lecture to the United Nations.

It would, therefore, be highly desirable, if the true facts were established before Parliament made any decision on intervention in a sovereign state, thereby enabling the British executive to act through the auspices of the UN. Unfortunately, too many of our M.P’s have vested interests in helping the arms manufacturers maximise their profits. There is also an imbalance and illogicality of too many M.P.’s who take the side of Israel against the interests of the Palestinians. The recent murders of Palestinians and other mass casualties in the Gaza ‘prison camp’ setting have received very little attention in Parliament or the British media.

The testing of public opinion in Britain in connection with possible UK intervention in Syria has found that it is generally of the order of two to one against any intervention. This has not been reflected at all in Parliament in the subsequent debate following the Western powers bombardment, unauthorised by the U.N.

The fact that those very few cool heads calling for evidence have been marginalised in the House of Commons means that nothing has been learned in this ’House of Bedlam’ from past illegal conflicts and the continued vandalism inflicted on opponents of Israel, Saudi Arabia and their few friends in the Middle East. The decimation of Libya, Iraq and Yemen spring to mind. It is clearly evident that the real enemies of the British people are those dragging us into the conflicts. We have even had the example of a Labour M.P. calling for action against anyone opposed to the intervention. How anyone should want to be part of a Political Party harbouring such a viewpoint stiffens our resolve to build an alternative harbour for the support (and votes wherever possible) of the majority of Britain’s working class.

Exceptional People: or How Some Pigs are More Equal Than Others

In September 2017 Amnesty International published a survey of abusive tweets sent to female MPs during the course of the 2017 General Election

Of the more than 28,000 tweets found, nearly half, ten times more than any other Member, were sent to just one MP; Labour’s Diane Abbott. Many messages sent to Abbott featured the casual use of words and slurs about her race, gender or appearance. In Abbott’s case, mostly they were devoid of any political comment or content

Even with Abbott removed from the reckoning, the study found that Black and Asian women received 35% more abusive tweets than their White counterparts and almost half the angry tweets were sent to women MPs from the SNP

In contrast to the impression moulded by media, in the case of online abuse victimisation was strongly associated with being non white or politically left leaning

If you are looking for outrage about any of this, examples of Abbott’s ‘bullied’ fellow MPs from the right of the party speaking out in her support or headline calls in the press for ‘action’ you will need high powered lenses. Far from feeling obliged to ‘support’ her, mostly Abbott’s political enemies in the media criticised her decision to withdraw from the campaign for ‘health’ reasons

While Luciana Berger, who spoke in Parliament on Tuesday of the ‘poisonous’ anti Semitism directed at her, was hailed for her ‘courage’, Abbott, like Corbyn, came under attack once again for her failure to ‘do more’ about the racism directed at others

Abbott does not believe laws are needed to give MPs special protection. When she has commented it's clear she defines the racism aimed at her more narrowly than the pro Israel right does anti-Semitism. In the latter case the excesses of people who are angry about Palestine are not viewed differently to racial nationalists pre occupied with the 'role' of 'Jews' in the world

Like Berger, Angela Eagle didn’t make it on to the Amnesty ‘most abused’ list. Yet, homophobic tweets sent to her during the 2016 Labour leadership contest led to another moral panic targeting the 'left' and a purge of Wallasey Labour Party

In contrast with Abbott, on whose behalf no one appears to get expelled or prosecuted, Berger and Eagle are treated as exceptional victims. Rather than an unacceptable slur, 'Nazi' is regarded as legitimate political comment here when aimed at poor people, lefties or the leaders of target countries. The precious standard reserved for prominent people of the political 'mainstream' has nothing to do with personalities; quite simply the attitude of pro establishment politicians, and that of the media that ‘listens’ to them, mirrors how both view the world politically

While right leaning MPs see ‘proof’ of ‘left anti Semitism’ in the standards applied by the left to Israel, or of ‘hatred’ in its critique of UK or US wars, most have trotted into the lobbies multiple times to vote for killing Arabs and Africans for which they do not expect to answer

If you believe in the subservience of other states to the powerful ‘global’ interests of the West, conferring on ‘us’ a right to murder their leaders or citizens or impose by force ulterior political ‘arrangements’, you are applying the ideology of exceptionalism; in the inverse moral universe of the exceptionalist 'justice' is reserved only for the powerful whose integrity is questioned

For those on the left, the very essence of the struggle for global justice is challenging at home and abroad the exceptionalism of western elites; explaining why the have nots live as they do, the conferring of 'entitlement' is the original source of all hierarchical ideas including racism and anti-Semitism. This has never changed. If resisting exceptionalism is not your core value, you are not a person of the left. You are a person of the pro war right who views the actions of the ‘great’ in the same way as their ‘feelings’; ‘exceptional’

Kim Bryan

19th April 2018

Homes for Heroes! What Went Wrong?

For centuries workers have fought landlords for the right to a home at a rent they can afford. Historically two issues lay at the root of rent strikes and other collective action by tenants. The first is government schemes to raise rents to 'market' levels whether by legislation or selling stock to private providers. The second is the means testing by which tenants subsidise the rents of those who are poorer

Both causes are drawn from a simple principle: the belief that the provision of homes for citizens is the responsibility of the whole community

Now, even the housing associations or 'social' landlords created to replace local authorities are facing competition from private companies

HERE to read Yorkshire's IAN WILSON on Grainger Homes and the next phase of the social housing sell off

Salisbury: What is Really Going On?

In 2001, one week after the September 11 plane attacks on the US, five people in the United States died after coming into contact with letters containing anthrax spores. The White House blamed al Qaida. After an investigation spanning seven years, during which it resisted political pressure to 'find' a Middle Eastern link, the FBI identified a primary suspect. He was a top US biodefense researcher. Following his suicide, the FBI closed its file concluding he had mental health issues and had acted alone

In no sense does an attempted political assassination, if that is what happened in Salisbury on 4th March, explain the narrative of Russian ‘evil’ dominating the corporate news media

The UK is not opposed to political assassinations. It has a ‘list’ of people, including its own citizens, earmarked for ‘targeted killing’ by drone. It has connived in the murder of political leaders including Heads of State. It has supplied chemical agents used in assassinations. It refuses to condemn assassinations by allies

The UK does not accept the principle of sovereignty. Since World War II it has ‘intervened’ violently in the affairs of other countries more than one hundred times. All these wars, waged from distance against poorer or weaker 'enemies', have been attacks on the principle of sovereignty. From Malaya, Kenya and Aden in the fifties to Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya today, military campaigns by superpowers like Britain are defined by suffering concentrated almost entirely among the indigenous people. Here, constant bloody wars against distant countries are accepted casually, if noticed at all, by a population ‘primed’ to believe in the exceptionalism of the British state

The UK does not accept the principle of state accountability for political crimes. No UK Prime Minster has ever been held accountable to the international community for crimes committed in wars invariably unconnected to the defence of British territory or sovereignty. While Britain has armed, directed and suppported numerous coups, terror campaigns and uprisings, the only leader doing time here for aiding an armed insurrection is an African, former Liberian President, Charles Taylor. If we were Pakistan, more than a thousand of whose citizens have been assassinated by the US outside the theatre of war, our outrage would be utterly pointless

The media narrative that we are ‘under attack’ is not about the victims in Salisbury for whom justice, as in the anthrax case, can result only from an honest judicial process. We are once again being ‘primed’ to view the role of Britain in conflicts around the world as a ‘benign’ and disinterested response to the wickedness of others

Almost daily, fabricated, exaggerated or misrepresented stories about Russia are afforded inexplicable airtime, played as ‘evidence’ of the unnatural or crazed nature of its ‘regime’ or society. The misuse of global institutions to punish or sanction Russia recalls the 'legal' torture inflicted on Iraq during the twelve years prior to invasion. In the targeting of a stronger, rival power, we are hearing echoes of the build up to recent wars of 'regime change' in Libya and Syria

That they can fume, without irony, over a few Russian hackers and one small TV outlet ‘interfering’ in the political affairs of other countries, suggests it is here, not Russia, where the integrity of political reporting should be called into question

As ‘reward’ for its role in ‘exposing’ Russia as the 'source' of the Salisbury nerve agent, Porton Down, Britain’s own secret chemical and biological weapons research centre will receive an extra £48 million in funding. This too was reported by our media without irony. Unlike the VX which poisoned Kim Jong Nam, the scientists at Porton Down have ‘confirmed’ that the weapon involved here is definitely not one of ‘ours’

It is not responsibility for a crime in Salisbury that is being denied. It is the directing role in conflict around the world of Britain and its NATO allies

National Executive Committee

18th March 2018

HERE to read additional comments by members

Press Release: No Customs Union! No Single Market!

Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer ask how we protect jobs in Britain without being members of a customs union and a single market. The answer is simple

Introduce import controls in the same way that the 1945 - 1951 Labour Government did, and ironically the same way as the United States is now doing. Import controls help build a manufacturing base which was 80% of Britain’s GDP. It worked then and it would work now to protect British jobs

The implementation of import controls is a Socialist answer to anyone who is arguing for a Capitalist customs union or single European market

Arthur Scargill

2nd March 2018

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


Older news stories from the SLP HERE.