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



Our challenge for 2004

Demonstrating the social and political alternatives to New Labour and the market capitalist economy that the Blair regime presides over, is the key challenge we face in 2004. Without this perspective, the increasing millions who oppose both New Labour, its love-in with the global corporations and its partnership with the brutal Bush regime are restricted in what they can hope to achieve.

There are no concessions on the Bush and Blair agendas. They are pushing on with their programmes in every sphere, domestically and internationally, despite growing opposition within and without. The occupation of Iraq, racist policies towards asylum seekers, the erosion of higher education through top-up fees and the continued break-up of public services is New Labour’s perspective for 2004.

Increasingly, Blair's presidential-like figure rests on the army and the secret intelligence services on the one hand and right-wing middle-class forces for support as this capitalist government becomes increasingly isolated from the electorate.

At the same time, the parliamentary system is reduced to a farce. It is virtually ignored by the Blair-Brown axis and their team of unelected advisors and special units. The limited parliamentary, democratic process which developed in earlier periods of capitalism is seen as a hindrance in the era of globalised capital and finance. Now the priority is the free movement of jobs and money across borders.

Meanwhile, Britain is more unequal than ever, with child poverty affecting 20% of all children in London, for example. Tens of thousands are homeless while others are forced to pay exorbitant rents or mortgages they cannot afford in the absence of social housing.

The banality of much of mass culture is reinforced by a rampant consumerism, leading to a massive indebtedness. British consumers have the dubious honour of running up one-third of all the debt in Europe. Many are borrowing against the rising market value of their properties to spend, putting their homes at risk.

This is encouraged because capitalism cannot sell the goods it produces unless people are driven into greater and greater debt. The same is true for governments. The American government has become the greatest debtor in the entire world. Meanwhile, this uncontrolled plundering of resources is taking a terrible toll on the environment. This cannot go on indefinitely and a financial and environmental reckoning is looming.

For all these and many more reasons - including the constant threat of terror attacks in a crude and unacceptable response to the crimes of imperialism - we have to reinforce the simple message: the status quo is unsustainable, out of control and a menace to future life on the planet.

There are those like the leaders of the trade unions, or protest movements like Stop the War, or the proposed “Respect” organisation, who want to channel’s people’s anger into more one-off marches and/or electoral protest. This is simply another version of the politics of the status quo.

In essence, it is saying that applying pressure through the parliamentary process will produce some concessions and reforms. There is absolutely no evidence for this whatsoever and comes at a time when parliament itself is increasingly irrelevant in British power structures. Instead of seizing the opportunity to raise political horizons, this activity is limited to seeking some votes as a gesture of defiance. We can be confident that the capitalist state is not exactly quaking in its boots at this prospect.

New Labour’s media friends like the Daily Mirror and The Guardian are warning that the only alternative to the Blair government are the Tories under Michael Howard. In doing so they uphold the illusion that New Labour's policies are in any way less capitalist market-oriented than those of the Tories. This is yet another attempt to breathe life into a political system that is increasingly discredited and props up Blair along the way.

More than 40% abstained at the 2001 general election and all the signs are that this figure will increase the next time. Millions marched in 2003 against the illegal and premeditated attack on Iraq. These are expressions of a desire for alternatives to the existing political, social and economic arrangements.

This voice needs leadership if it is to succeed in its ambitions and aspirations. Our challenge in 2004 is to build this leadership on the basis of the need to overthrow the status quo and the creation of a new, democratic, not-for-profit society. Nothing less will do.

Movement for a  Socialist Future
5 January 2004