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



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

With their invasion of Iraq, London and Washington will launch an era of pre-emptive, unprovoked wars against nations that do not meet criteria laid down by the New Labour and Bush governments. Make no mistake, Iraq is only the first on a long list scheduled for ‘regime change’.

In the name of ‘civilisation’ the US and British regimes will unleash barbarism in the shape of ‘smart’ missiles and bombs that will slaughter innocent Iraqis. The objective is to install a pliant regime that will open up Iraq to the oil and other transnational corporations that dominate global economic and political life.

The crisis in the global economy seen in the collapse of share prices and a slump in sales and profits has left the corporations desperate for new markets and investment areas. Iraq and similar states stand in the way of this globalisation project.

That’s where Bush and Blair come in. Their job is to make the world safe for corporate interests, both at home and abroad. In Britain it takes the form of imposing business-type regimes in the fire and other public services, while in Iraq it is naked military force.

Forget all the talk about ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’. The British and US governments are themselves authoritarian and unrepresentative and are hardly an example to other nations. Bush and Blair are even prepared to wreck what remains of the authority of the United Nations and ignore international law to have their way. They decided on war months ago, with the issue of weapons of mass destruction merely a pretext. 

This attack on Iraq is a New Labour project through and through and has nothing to do with Bush dragging an unwilling Blair to war. The cabinet, with a single exception, has united behind Blair. New Labour is a capitalist regime that  has one aim – to facilitate corporate interests. That is why it is immune to protest and pressure.

There is no future for humanity along this road. All that the Bush and Blair regimes offer is endless war, terrorist retaliation, global crisis alongside a collapsing economy and a slide to dictatorial rule at home. No amount of demonstrations, protests or strikes can by themselves alter this course.

To succeed they must have a strategic objective which goes beyond putting pressure on New Labour to change course or limits the demand for Blair himself to resign, as the Stop the War Coalition does. Our target is the whole of the New Labour government itself.

The March 12 People’s Assembly in London showed a way forward. Similar Assemblies could become a focus for making the question of who rules Britain the main issue. Clearly the majority do not. Nor does parliament. Real power lies with the corporations and is administered on their behalf by New Labour. This is what we must end through a transfer of power to new, democratic, representative bodies.

The Movement for a Socialist Future calls for unconditional support to the Iraqi people in whatever military action they take against the invading US-British armies in defence of their country. The Iraqi people have to determine their own future and deal with the Saddam Hussein dictatorship themselves. Our real enemy is at home and that is why we call for the removal of the New Labour government by strikes and mass protests.

To those who say there is no viable alternative to New Labour, there is now no other choice but to go beyond what passes for politics and democracy in Britain. That is the moment of truth for opponents of this war.

If you want to take part in the project for a regime change in Britain, come to the Voices for the Future/Beyond New Labour conference on April 12. The conference will discuss the shape of an alternative to New Labour and what its objectives should be. All different points of view are welcome.

Movement for a Socialist Future
18 March 2003