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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, lies and spies

The fact that the New Labour government lied about Iraq's so-called weapons of mass destruction in order to provide a pretext for invading and occupying that country should surprise no one. After all, being economical with the truth comes naturally to Blair and his ministers.

From the early days, when Downing Street lied about getting money from FI boss Bernie Ecclestone in exchange for going softly on tobacco advertising, the scene was set for a government of outright dishonesty. To Blair and his ministers, a manufactured image of what they are doing is everything while the reality is quite the opposite.

For example, foundation hospitals that will open the door to a privatised health service, are presented as a way of setting the NHS "free" from central control. "Modernisation", a favourite New Labour term, seems a harmless enough concept. In practice, it means the undermining of the fire and other public services and running them along commercial lines.

New Labour said it would provide "opportunities for the many, not the few". Yet after six years in office, the gap between the rich and the poor has grown to what it was under Thatcher and child poverty levels have not changed. This alone is proof enough that Blair's is a business government, which favours the élites at the expense of working people.

As for Iraq, anyone with an ounce of interest could see that Bush and Blair decided at the end of the summer last year that they would invade Iraq and overthrow the Saddam Hussein government. Going to the United Nations provided the US and Britain the time needed to ready their military attack. The issue of weapons of mass destruction was concocted to try and fool hostile public and political opinion, especially in Britain. The real reasons were to do with oil and the interests of global capitalism.

Blair used the intelligence agencies to produce a fictional story that was enough to ensure his survival. The scare about WMD was enough to get the Tories to back the government in parliament and neuter the effect of the massive backbench Labour rebellion. Thus Blair is now dependent on the same agencies for his future - and they are not about to let him forget it.

The intimate connections between the Blair regime and the secret, sinister spy agencies in this direct political way is significant. For New Labour, the state and the party become more identical each day. Home Secretary Blunkett pronounces on judges and sentencing policy, while Blair gets the spies on board to help justify an illegal attack on Iraq. By all accounts, MI6 was falling over itself to tell the prime minister what he wanted to hear in the run-up to the attack.

Anthony Sampson, one of the most respected analysts of how government works, noted in 'The Observer' (June 8): "Behind the fierce current questioning of Blair's use of intelligence lies a deeper worry running through Whitehall: that the Prime Minister has so centralised foreign policy that the key decisions have become much more politicised, without looking objectively at alternative advice or information.

"Intelligence is only part of the problem, but it has inevitably attracted unprecedented political exposure because the Iraq war was, very unusually, a pre-emptive war, where the Government had to depend heavily on intelligence reports to justify the invasion of a sovereign state."

As for foreign policy, that is also decided by Downing Street. Sampson explains that Blair has surpassed Thatcher in establishing his own diplomatic staff at Number 10, and promoting his own favourites. "The traditional diplomats within the Foreign Office are exasperated by the alternative centre of foreign policy run from Downing Street, which they call 'Cosa Nostra'. They see that the road to the top is no longer through the steady promotion through embassies abroad, but through catching the attention of one man, the Prime Minister."

Sampson notes: "The ... concentration of policy-making in Number 10 - linked to real centres of power in Washington - is undermining the crucial distinctions between objective information and subjective policies on which serious decisions in Britain depend: and those thin partitions and adjoining doors are being dismantled, whether in covert or overt diplomacy."

What this tells us is that Blair has built a thinly-veiled dictatorship at Downing Street. The Cabinet decides nothing while foreign secretary Straw is an irrelevance. Like Thatcher before him, Blair is a running a regime which is dependent on big business and the secret state. The vast majority of Labour MPs support this; after all, only 11 voted for an independent inquiry into the WMD lies when they heard that to question Blair's integrity might cost them their seats at the next election.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi people suffer under the heels of the occupation, without proper food, health, water or security. Only the oil fields are protected. Many are suffering from disease, the result of a decade of sanctions and the untold destruction inflicted by the American and British attack. They are denied the right to elect their own government because it would not bring the results that Washington and London want.

There are surely enough reasons in all this for anyone seriously opposing this regime to campaign to bring down this deeply reactionary Blair government. To hide behind the absence of a ready-made alternative is not acceptable. By joining battle with the government, we create the conditions for going beyond New Labour, and the business-secret state interests it rests on.

Movement for a Socialist Future
9 June 2003