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

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Don't be blackmailed into voting

Some people have told us that our policy of withholding your votes on May 5 is wrong because this might lead to the return of the Tories. The obvious implication - which is not always made clear - is that we will have to grit our teeth and vote New Labour because in practice this is the only way Michael Howard's party can be kept out. Ministers like Peter Hain have taken the same line.

This argument, which has more than a hint of blackmail about it, might have had some validity in the dim and distant past but no longer. Once you could maintain that Labour represented working people while the Tories spoke for the ruling class and the privileged middle classes. There was a class-based justification for backing Labour at the polls while pressuring them to implement socialist policies when in office.

Today, the tables, if anything, are turned. On Monday, April 25, the Financial Times carried a letter from 63 of the Blair government's supporters and donors from the banking, leisure, media, engineering and manufacturing sectors. They applauded the party for presiding over "unprecedented" economic stability and growth and fostering a more "entrepreneurial society". Furthermore, they warned against changing course through allowing the Tories to return! The same day, Gordon Brown, the chancellor, and Margaret Beckett, the trade secretary, thought nothing about invoking the policies of former Tory prime minister Margaret Thatcher to justify their attacks on the current Tory party.

These are but two small examples to show how things have changed. New Labour speaks and acts not simply for British business but more importantly for global capitalism. That is why the Tories are floundering in the election campaign. They can hardly find a policy to stand on that doesn't have its origins within the Blair government. When MG Rover collapsed, destroying the lives of thousands of workers, the Tories joined New Labour in regarding the closure as the outcome of market forces. What basis is there to fear the Tories when we have New Labour is in office?

No wonder Rupert Murdoch's media empire, including The Sun, have come out for New Labour again. For this right-wing paper, the crucial issue is Iraq. Murdoch recognises the significance of the Bush-Blair alliance for free market capitalism and is enthusiastic about the illegal war that was launched on the back of lies and disinformation. After all, it's how The Sun behaves every day.

When you add in the totally undemocratic nature of the British political system, there is a strengthened case for "going on strike" on May 5, as the campaigning anti-war journalist John Pilger puts it in a recent article. New Labour has presided over the biggest single fall in voter turn-out, the more than 12% drop between 1997 and 2001. Over 40% went on strike last time. We urge voters to spread the strike on May 5 as a prelude to taking action to create alternative, genuine democracy by helping launch A World to Win as a campaigning movement on June 4.