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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Bush and Blair - partners in crime

The state visit of George W. Bush just about says everything there is to say about this New Labour government. Blair has fallen over himself to welcome his partner in crime to London because their regimes stand for exactly the same things.

Behind all the rhetoric about the “war on terror”,  the British and American governments are on a mission to “civilise” the rest of the world through the joys of the free-market, corporate-driven global economy.

It is true that Bush and Blair lied about the reasons for the invasion. But  capitalist politicians inhabit a system which systematically deceives in order to convince the majority that minority rule by a powerful élite is a good thing.

Whatever phrases like “freedom” and “democracy” Bush and Blair may use, there is no disguising their real intent. By the time the US and British troops leave, Iraq’s economy will be thrown open to the world market - which, in effect, means the transnational corporations.

This is not about Blair or Bush as individuals. Both governments are creatures of the market economy and the corporations that rule it. While Blair welcomes Bush, Brown launches privately-financed hospitals, Blunkett is introducing ID cards and Prescott is abandoning affordable social housing.

This is what many on the “left” don’t want to face up to. New Labour is an out-and-out capitalist government, while at party level there is authoritarian rule and contempt for any dissident. Moreover, the system of parliamentary democracy which New Labour controls has lost much of its legitimacy under the impact of corporate-led globalisation.

In these circumstances, the launch of the “Unity Coalition” by George Galloway, George Monbiot and others is a totally inadequate response. They aim to gather an anti-Blair protest vote at European and local elections in June 2004. Their platform, which is a series of laudable principles, fail sto answer the key question: How can people get to live in a world free from corporate control, with its inequality, environmental destruction and drive to war?

Putting pressure on New Labour through protest votes is a waste of time, frankly. Exchanging Blair for another New Labour prime minister is equally futile, because the whole regime is reactionary.  

This is a critical moment in history, a time for bold initiatives based on a vision for the future. A new movement must go beyond New Labour, which also means creating an alternative to the political and economic system the Blair regime represents. A genuine, mass democracy based on control and ownership of economic and financial resources is the way forward and how to achieve this is what we should discuss. Some like the Network for Economic and Political Democracy are doing just that, and we should support such initiatives.

This system cannot be fixed or made to work in the interests of ordinary, working people. The days of winning reforms from capitalism have long past and we should face up to that rather than spend time reinventing a mythical past when Labour was allegedly socialist.

“Regime change”, as Bush and Blair demonstrated from a reactionary standpoint, is about removing one kind of state and replacing it with another. It’s time we took a leaf out of their book and gathered support for regime change in London and Washington, carried out not by jackbooted soldiers but by the millions who have marched against the Iraq war on both sides of the Atlantic.

Movement for a Socialist Future
18 November 2003