Our Say

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



Challenging New Labour

Going to Acas will delay, but cannot postpone for long, the moment when the FBU and other trade unionists have to face up to the following:

  • New Labour will only "negotiate" on its terms. These are the destruction of fire service conditions and jobs by way of the Bain report's proposals leaked to The Times on December 5
  • Blair, Brown and Prescott have put New Labour's political and economic authority as well as the future of the government on the line in this dispute
  • the government wants to break the FBU to teach a lesson to all those who challenge privatisation of public services and growing wage inequality
  • Blair's party long ago decided to base itself on right-wing middle class voters, corporate interests and financiers. It has replaced the Tories as the major party of greed and profit
  • New Labour does not give a damn for anyone else's views and certainly not those of the trade unions who founded the original party
  • the coming Anglo-American war and occupation of Iraq shows that New Labour is a warmongering voice for global business that will profit from a war for oil
  • most ordinary working people in Britain now have no party that is prepared to represent their interests and aspirations.

Trade union leaders, the TUC and 'left' MPs fool nobody but themselves when they insist that New Labour is some mistake, or that a "few elements" are leading Labour astray. Their calls for workers to "recapture" Labour and return it to some mythical golden age is a dangerous delusion about the true, capitalist nature of this government.

By contrast, more and more rank-and-file members recognise the need to create alternative political representation to advance their hopes for the future. Firefighters want their contribution to society recognised with a living wage and to ensure that changes to working practices are not at the expense of either their jobs or the communities they serve.

None of this is on offer in Britain Plc, a country driven by commercial considerations and profit margins. This should stimulate the debate on the building of a political voice beyond New Labour and what kind of society we want to live in.

The TUC is desperate for Acas to show that it is somehow possible to do business with New Labour and avoid confrontation. But Acas cannot deliver a fair deal for the firefighters and the FBU is therefore posed with resuming the struggle. The FBU cannot defeat New Labour on its own. It should call on other union leaders to turn their fine words into supportive strike action. The challenge is one for the whole trade union movement.

Movement for a Socialist Future
7 December 2002