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



New Labour and the Big Lie

The legislative programme announced by New Labour this week is another piece of scaffolding in the police state edifice that the Blair regime has been building since it came to office. There are eight "safety and security" Bills in the programme and a further eight in draft form. Taken together, measures like ID cards, a British-style FBI and trial without juries for terror suspects, will give the state unprecedented powers of surveillance, control, arrest and incarceration.

In its crude approach, New Labour lumps together terrorism, crime and "anti-social behaviour" as if they were the same issues to justify the new powers. This totalitarian thinking is reminiscent of the lying propaganda used by Stalinist regimes and dictatorships the world over.

New Labour, like magicians, conjure up a fantasy world to justify the lurch to authoritarian rule. Britain is painted as a country overrun by terrorists, criminals and people getting drunk late at night and disturbing their neighbours. The Blair government has no evidence for this. Instead, it uses focus groups which draw on people's perceptions to help them paint this lurid picture. Many of the perceptions in this house of images are, in turn, the result of the government's own unrelenting propaganda.

This approach is consistent with the Big Lie nature of the Blair regime. It lied its way to war against Iraq and has lied ever since about its intentions following the illegal occupation. Now it is lying about various "threats" - to browbeat the electorate and obscure the real issues confronting people in their day-to-day lives.

The impending collapse of the housing market, the inability of ordinary people to find affordable accommodation, the commercialisation of the health service, the collapse of many areas of state education, the appalling and expensive transport system and intolerable pressure at work - these are the issues that New Labour wants to avoid.

Market-led solutions so favoured by New Labour are clearly not working and increasing numbers of people are turning away from its kind of corporate-driven politics. The Blairites desperately need to get voters back into the fold by the time of the 2005 general election and are using a mixture of scaremongering and populism to do so.

Peter Hain, the leader of the Commons, was himself once framed by the state when he was an anti-apartheid campaigner. Now he is part of the same sinister circle, playing the card that George W. Bush played to defeat John Kerry - that his government and his alone could protect the country from terror. Hain told BBC Radio 4: "I believe the risk would be lower under Labour because we are bringing in the measures - including massively increasing the staff and resources of the security services - to deal with terrorist threats."

Yet there is no evidence of a massive terror network poised to strike at Britain. Just like the "case" over Iraq's phantom weapons of mass destruction, the anti-terror propaganda is undoubtedly laced with a huge dose of fiction. And what is real can be attributed to a reaction to the imperialist policies pursued by the United States and Britain, especially in relation to Israel and Iraq.

So a vote for New Labour at the next election is a vote for a police state which will drive through the requirements of global capital in terms of conditions at work and market-driven public services. The Movement for Socialist Future will renew its campaign not to waste your vote on New Labour. Instead, we should build a mass challenge to the power and nature of the capitalist state with the aim of creating new truly democratic bodies that will encourage co-ownership and self-management in place of the ruthless rule of the market.

Movement for a Socialist Future
24 November 2004