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After G8 and the London bombings - the way forward

London terror attacks condemned

After Live 8:
from pressure to action

The G8 summit and political power

Make the G8 leaders history

A sham election

10 good reasons to boycott May 5

Don't be blackmailed into voting

Reject ‘dependency’ politics

No votes for New Labour!

Parliament seals its own fate

A secret policeman's government

Vote for "none of the above"

How to remember the victims of the tsunami

A state of crisis

New Labour and the big lie

Yasser Arafat - a revolutionary life

After the US election

Blood on New Labour's hands

Butler and weapons of mass deception

With 'leaders' like these, who needs enemies?

How to meet the threat from the right

Barbarians at the gate

Torture, values and lies

The silence of the lambs

War crimes in Iraq

The slaughter in Madrid

The unfinished business of the miners’ strike 1984-85

L’état – c’est New Labour

The death of liberal democracy foretold

Hutton washes the state whiter than white

Top-up fees and the market economy

Our challenge for 2004

New Labour's march to a police state

Bush & Blair - partners in crime

London Region revolts against FBU leaders

Postal workers in the front line

No turning back

Where we go from here

Stop the War Coalition leaders and political fabrication

Regime change begins at home

Blood on New Labour's hands

There's more involved than just Blair

New Labour, lies and spies

Firefighters should reject deal and disown leaders

BECTU vote on New Labour link a step forward

Time runs out for FBU leaders

New Labour's one-party state

The blind alley of crude anti-Americanism

Occupation of Iraq - time to move beyond protest

War is a test for principles

Iraqi defiance shocks and awes

FBU leaders who backed capitulation should resign now

Down with New Labour's war - for regime change in Britain

FBU at war with New Labour

New Labour, not just Blair, is the target

50 years since the death of Stalin - an assessment

FBU finds itself in Precott's trap

War is Peace - Blair's fictitious 'push for peace'

15/2: Global marches put power on the agenda

Crisis of globalisation behind attack on Iraq

Tell it how it is

An injury to one is an injury to all

War plans expose fraudulent 'democracy'

A 'regime change' in Britain is the answer to war on Iraq

FBU needs a new strategy

Challenging New Labour

A moment of truth in the fight against New Labour

Gilchrist says it how it is

Time to defy the anti-union laws in support of the FBU

FBU must ask for solidarity strikes

FBU leaders must ask for support now

New Labour provokes confrontation

Italian police attack No-Global movement

New Labour declares war on FBU

Don't let the FBU fight alone

UN writes a blank cheque for war

Blood on Putin's hands

Unions must support firefighters with action not words

Support the firefighters - defeat New Labour

Bush-Blair war agenda revealed

Seeing through New Labour's weapons of mass deception

The US media and the new garrison state

The BEGINNING of Politics

How technology could
free humanity

'Terminator' engineering: A threat to humanity

The future is socialist

Asylum legislation fuels racist attacks

Road map to the future

E-mail to hear about site changes, placing 'update' in body of message



Blood on New Labour’s hands

The suicide of scientist Dr David Kelly, who talked to the BBC about how Downing Street had embellished the "evidence" about Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction, is a tragic indication of the rottenness at the heart of the New Labour government.

Make no mistake, this is a regime that will hound its opponents and those it considers disloyal until they capitulate - or do something drastic. Kelly’s "crime" was to talk to the BBC. As a former weapons inspector and renowned microbiologist, he knew the truth about Iraq’s WMD - or their absence.

So Kelly’s name was fed to the media by the Ministry of Defence and he was forced into a humiliating appearance before a parliamentary committee stuffed full of Blairite toadies. They turned the hearing into a kind of show trial usually reserved for police states. A public servant was dragged out into the open and told to "confess". That’s how far political life has degenerated under six years of New Labour rule.

The fact is that this is an authoritarian government that will use the forces of the state against its opponents. It is run by arrogant, intolerant men such as the presidential-like figure of Blair and his brutish lieutenant Alistair Campbell. They depend on the hidden support of the intelligence services MI5 and MI6 to maintain their rule on the one hand and the power and money of the corporations on the other.

This is not a pretty picture for Guardian writers who don’t want to consider the implications of the death of liberal England under New Labour. Those who do not want to acknowledge what New Labour is - like the "liberal" Guardian - instead prefer to attack the BBC for its role in the affair.

So they write on July 21: "BBC bosses blocked a compromise which might have prevented the suicide of David Kelly, the weapons expert confirmed by the corporation yesterday as its source for the story of the ‘sexed-up’ dossier." Once again the Guardian lets New Labour off the hook, just as they did in the run-up and during the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. They refused to oppose the war and rationalised their position with a pathetic book called "The war we couldn’t stop". Perhaps it should be retitled "The war we wouldn’t oppose".

Kelly died ultimately because he knew that the Blair regime had misused information he and others supplied about Iraq’s alleged WDM. Apparently he used to have a joke with friends about the 45-minute claim put out by Downing Street, referring to the short time Iraq allegedly required to launch a chemical attack.

Once the BBC put out the story about the 45-minutes, New Labour was furious because here was an arm of the state itself indicating that the government had lied about the WDM. Campbell then launched an attack on the BBC in a bid to disguise the main issue - that New Labour knew that Iraq constituted no serious threat. That’s why Robin Cook resigned from the Cabinet. He had had seen the "evidence" and it didn’t amount to a row of beans.

The reality is that the Bush White House and Blair’s Downing Street decided early in 2002 to invade Iraq, no matter what Baghdad’s response was to further weapons inspections. They forced Hans Blix and his team to leave earlier this year precisely because they were unable to turn up any hard evidence. So-called intelligence supplied by Britain and America proved worthless for the inspectors.

This is because the real motives behind the invasion were "regime change" - the overthrow of the Saddam Hussein government and the remaking of the Iraqi state in the image of western, corporate capitalism. Iraq’s oil wealth is to be privatised, subsidies abolished and the market economy introduced at the point of US guns. The invasion is a modern form of the Crusades, with "civilisation" made up of McDonalds, Shell and Microsoft products.

The invasion of Iraq and the lies that surround it have done more to expose New Labour than anything else. At its heart is a ruthless, undemocratic regime which despises contrary views and wants total control. In the one-party state that is Britain, New Labour has undermined the NHS, education, transport and many other aspects of life in Britain in pursuit of the dogma of the market economy.

New Labour has blood on its hands with the death of Kelly, thousands of Iraqi civilians and even the British troops it sent to war on false pretences. This is not simply confined to Blair but to Brown and the rest of the Cabinet that have gone along with this. They have destroyed any vestiges of the old party and added a few extra nails into the coffin of parliamentary democracy at the same time.

To put forward a plan to "recapture", "reclaim", "reinvent" or "refound" the party as some trade union leaders and left MPs do is nonsense. If they were serious, they would struggle to bring down the government. Instead, it is left to Glenda Jackson from the centre of the party to demand Blair’s resignation while from the rest there is a deafening silence.

The Kelly affair may yet prove New Labour’s Watergate and lead to the unravelling of the government. Now is the time to bring together those growing numbers who want to go beyond New Labour and everything it stands for. This means starting to discuss and plan now how we democratise political life with new representative bodies and bring into collective ownership the resources of the corporations. We should support the Network for Economic and Political Democracy and others who have started this process.

Movement for a Socialist Future
21 July 2003