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



Iraqi defiance shocks and awes

The heroic resistance of the Iraqi people to the UK-US invasion of their country exposes the hollowness of the claim made by Washington and London that they would simply queue up to greet the "liberators" of their country with flowers and music.

The arrogant, colonial mentality of the Bush and Blair governments led them to paint a picture in their own minds of an Iraqi people so oppressed and cowered by Saddam Hussein's regime that they would rise up to overthrow the regime on a given signal.

Yet whatever they think of Saddam, Iraq remains their country. What they have is what they have built with their own hands, struggling against various occupations over the centuries, including a British one. Their ancient culture predates Coca-Cola and McDonalds by thousands of years.

This means nothing to the Pentagon. "Liberation" US style is based on a barbaric "awe and shock" bombing strategy. This is derived from the British firebombing of civilians in Dresden in World War II and the US atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So much for Western "civilisation".

In truth, this is a war not to free the Iraqi people from a tyrant, nor to destroy weapons of mass destruction. Nor even to eliminate international terrorism (Al-Qaeda has no doubt recruited hundreds since the invasion began).

This invasion is about "modernising" Iraq according to the values of the Bush and Blair governments. What are these "values"? They are those of the global, free market in goods, services and finance. They are about building the global, capitalist economy by smoothing the path for the oil and other transnational corporations to conduct their business.

In Iraq, this means denationalising the oil industry and selling it off to the corporations. It means replacing the Iraqi currency and bringing in the IMF to "restructure" the economy and abolish the subsidies that have kept food prices affordable.

To oppose this invasion is to reject corporate-led globalisation, whether imposed by force or more peaceful means. It also means rejecting the New Labour government and everything it stands for because, make no mistake, this war on Iraq is a Blairite project through and through.

Our enemy is New Labour and that is why the Movement for a Socialist Future calls for the building of a movement to bring this government down. The development of this strategy is vital if the tremendous anti-war movement is to make progress.

March 22 saw the biggest demonstration held in Britain against a war held while military action is taking place. This is no longer a protest but a social movement directed at New Labour and the absence of effective political representation in Britain. As one poster, read: "Regime change begins at No.10".

On April 12, the Voices for the Future conference will discuss the development of alternatives to New Labour and the building of a democratic society that gives real meaning to the right to vote. The best way to oppose the invasion is to take part and help shape your own future.

Movement for a Socialist Future
25 March 2003