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



Vote for "none of the above"

Two pre-election announcements on the same day this week confirm that both major political parties in Britain are opposite sides of the same coin and that the best way to vote in the coming general election is for "none of the above".

First came the Tories, with their anti-immigration, anti-asylum seeker proposals. They were only able to make these because the New Labour regime has created a favourable climate to advocate racist, reactionary policies. Under New Labour, asylum seekers have been demonised, driven into poverty and, in many cases, on to the streets when they are denied social housing. Many have been dispersed away from friends and communities to towns where housing and other resources are scarce as a result of central government cuts.

Not allowed to work until their claims are dealt with, asylum seekers have become easy targets. New Labour has not missed an opportunity to appease the scaremongering right-wing press and politically-backward voters. A barely hidden contempt for Islam and Arab peoples undoubtedly played a role in their thinking over Iraq; it certainly helped British and US troops to justify their abuse and torture of prisoners.

Don't wait for New Labour to attack the Tories. The government's response is to outflank them. Home Secretary Charles Clarke, it is reported, is to publish harsh plans to speed up removals of failed asylum seekers and restrict the number of migrant dependants arriving in Britain.

As Michael Howard revealed details of the Tories' desperate bid to avoid humiliation at the election by playing the race card, New Labour was reinforcing the existing crisis over the supply of housing. John Prescott, the deputy prime minister, has presided over a rise in homeless households to more than 100,000 and the worst record in affordable housebuilding since records began. Ordinary working people, including refugees, have suffered as a result.

The slump in affordable rented housing has contributed to a soaring of house prices to a point where few new entrants can afford the size of mortgage needed to become an owner-occupier. Organisations like the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England have rejected plans to pave over large areas of the countryside with yet more owner-occupied estates. Instead, they called for a major expansion of government-subsidised homes for rent in urban areas. The result? Prescott announced a deal with private sector mortgage lenders to encourage lower-income families to buy their own housing association homes! Such a policy can only deepen the housing crisis - although it is bound to help hard-pressed banks finding it difficult to locate borrowers.

At the last election in 2001, the Movement for a Socialist Future campaigned against a vote for New Labour. Prescott's annoucement is yet another reason not to waste your vote on Blair's regime in 2005 and campaign instead for alternatives to existing mainstream politics and institutions.

Movement for a Socialist Future
25 January 2005