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

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No turning back

The expulsion of George Galloway by New Labour shows clearly that neither Blair nor his Party will be turned back from their course of war-mongering and silencing any opposition to their policies.

New Labour is a thuggish outfit which seeks to terrorise and, as in this case expel, any opposition within its own ranks.

Galloway, MP for Glasgow Kelvin, rightly described the process whereby he was purged as "a politically motivated kangaroo court, whose verdict was written in advance".

Amongst the charges against Galloway, who joined the Labour Party 36 years ago at the age of 13, were accusations that he incited Arabs to fight British troops and British troops to defy orders.

In a strong defence on BBC’s Newsnight programme, Galloway insisted that he stood by everything that he had said and that Iraqis like other peoples have the right to resist a foreign occupation.

The truth is that Galloway’s courageous and longstanding defence of the rights of all Arabs to self-determination, whether in Palestine, Libya or Iraq, has put him at odds with the Labour Party leadership for many years.

His outstanding speech in Parliament in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq instantly made him the No.1 target for New Labour’s thought police.

Galloway’s expulsion virtually completes the purging of the last of the "Old Labour" elements and the completion of making New Labour into a party which serves solely the interests of global capitalist corporations.

Coincidentally, former Tory prime minister John Major has pointed to the "malaise undermining Parliamentary democracy" in a new pamphlet. "All Party machines are moribund, near bankrupt, unrepresentative and ill-equipped to enthuse the electorate as a whole…..he writes. "No one should dismiss the turnout at the last election as a ‘blip’…. the malaise is deep and is getting worse."

If members of the ruling class like Major, who is a representative and supporter of big finance capitalism, are concluding that parliamentary democracy is defunct, then drastic possibilities are undoubtedly being discussed in these circles. That means historic conflicts over how Britain is ruled are on the agenda.

The time is long overdue to decide on and fight for an alternative to undemocratic parliamentary rule. For that reason New Labour’s action in expelling one of its few remaining principled MPs should not be a cause for lamentation. On the contrary, it makes it clearer than ever that there is no way back to the past. It should stimulate the discussion about how to create an alternative that goes beyond the hypocritical charade of today's parliamentary democracy.

Movement for a Socialist Future
25 October 2003