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



Blood on New Labour's hands

The hand-wringing by the New Labour government following the murder in Iraq of British engineer Ken Bigley should fool no one. For, as Bigley’s brother Paul said, the Blair regime has blood on its hands.

We are just not talking just about Ken Bigley’s either. Thousands of civilians  - no official figures exist - have been killed by US and British troops in Iraq since the illegal invasion in 2003. The “rules of engagement” of the occupiers are to shoot first and ask questions later. There is overwhelming evidence of the random killing of civilians, especially by US pilots.

The war that was launched on the back of one of the biggest lies in history – namely the existence of “weapons of mass destruction” – has torn Iraq apart and produced an insurgency aimed at freeing the country from foreign troops.

Where there was no evidence of terror groups inside Iraq before the invasion, Bigley’s murder is another gruesome reminder of how others have filled the vacuum created by an occupation which, not surprisingly, is seen by many in the Muslim world as an attack on Islam.

The war which was supposed to demonstrate the power of the US to impose its political will and a market economy on Iraq for the benefit of global corporations, has instead exposed the brutal, conniving nature of the American and British governments. They clearly knew there were no weapons in Iraq and had decided to invade before WMD even became an issue.

By continuing to justify the invasion Bush and Blair simply reinforce the new doctrine of pre-emptive strikes and invasions against any country or regime that does not fall into line, especially those, like Iraq, who are incapable of serious military resistance.

Countless millions around the world have rejected the Bush-Blair lie machine. There are exceptions, of course. These include the supine leaders of the British trade union movement. In exchange for a few hollow promises, they manoeuvred at the recent Labour Party conference to defeat a motion calling for an end to British involvement in Iraq. The same leaders – whose organisations were nominally part of the Stop the War Coalition – then had the hypocrisy to join the campaign for Bigley’s release.

Our choice is simple: we must work for the defeat of New Labour, for regime change in Britain. That is the message we should take into the election campaign that is looming. Don’t waste your vote on New Labour. Instead, we must redouble our efforts to build an

Movement for a Socialist Future
October 9, 2004