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, not just Blair, is the target

At the People’s Assembly called by the Stop the War Coalition on March 12, trade union leaders pledged that their members would take action against an invasion of Iraq, even if this meant breaking anti-strike laws.

Leaders representing the rail workers, train drivers and communication workers made these commitments. If they keep to their promises, they are a major step forward in the struggle against the New Labour government.

Billy Hayes, leader of the CWU postal workers’ union, also denounced the entire New Labour cabinet, not just prime minister Blair. Hayes is right to identify the whole New Labour gang with the policy of invading and occupying Iraq.

This is not a case of Blair out on a limb in an unholy alliance with Bush, the man who stole the White House in a fraudulent election. Just as Bush is backed by his administration, so too is Blair. This war against Iraq is a New Labour project through and through.

New Labour’s whole existence is based on encouraging and facilitating corporate-led globalisation. The fact that this project is in crisis, as shown by the collapse in world stock markets, only adds to the desperation over Iraq.

What the global capitalist economy urgently needs are new markets, access to cheaper oil and governments that accept the “values” of the “free world”. This is what is driving New Labour to war. All the key figures in New Labour are committed to the hilt, including Brown, Blunkett, Straw, Hoon, Milburn, Beckett and Hewitt.

What should the growing anti-war movement seek to achieve? Some of the leaders of the Stop the War Coalition want to restrict the movement to calls for peace, the resignation of Blair as prime minister and a change of government policy. This was the essence of the resolution prepared for the People’s Assembly.

This policy does not even begin to get to the heart of the crisis and conveniently leaves the issue of the New Labour government out of it altogether. Yet it is a question that the movement cannot avoid. In any case, it is inconceivable that Blair could go without threatening the whole government’s existence. That is why he is in talks with the Tories for a possible national emergency government.

New Labour is a reactionary, anti-democratic government in every respect – on asylum seekers, civil liberties, privatisation of public services, anti-union laws, transport and housing. What use is such a government to workers and professional people opposed to the war? The short answer is none whatsoever.

New Labour has no legitimacy or authority because it speaks only for corporate interests. It does not give a fig for the vast majority who oppose an attack on Iraq. We should not, therefore, limit the great movement against the war to putting pressure on Blair and the government to change course.

The potential of the millions who have marched against war is far greater. They constitute a social movement rather than a protest. They want representation where none exists. They want to control their own future rather than have it determined for them by a handful of unaccountable New Labour politicians and corporate executives.

With the involvement of millions of people, especially workers in key industries, the course of history can be changed, including overcoming the causes of war.

Many will say there is no viable alternative at this point to New Labour as a government. This is true, but this fact cannot be made into an excuse for propping up this regime. If the movement is strong and mature enough to get rid of New Labour, it has the capacity to build an alternative in its place in a short period of time.

The People’s Assembly showed this. People from all over the country, representing different communities and organisations, were present as a would-be new representative body to rival parliament. Yet there was nothing on the agenda about carrying the work of the assembly forward.

The Charter for Basic Democratic Rights submitted a resolution calling for the assembly to be constituted on a permanent basis to work for a truly representative democracy in Britain. Only then did the platform respond by saying the assembly would be reconvened at some unspecified date. Another motion calling for local assemblies was narrowly defeated on the advice of the platform.

Yet the issue is one of power. Who rules Britain? Clearly, the majority do not. The institutions like parliament are clearly unrepresentative, not to say powerless in the face of the domination of political and social life by the transnational corporations.

The alternative to New Labour is not to be found in the rearranging of parliamentary deckchairs but in taking forward ideas like the People’s Assembly. Such bodies, whatever they are called, can and have to become real, alternative power structures.

To oppose the war in any serious way involves a struggle for political, economic and social power. The bringing down of New Labour is a crucial step along this road. Regime change begins at home.

Movement for a Socialist Future
13 March 2003

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