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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New Labour’s march to a police state

It has come to something when the new Tory leader Michael Howard, a man with a deeply reactionary record as Home Secretary, is able to mount a successful attack on the New Labour government over its deepening authoritarianism. Howard was referring to proposals whereby the state will seize the children of asylum seekers denied the right to remain by the frightening Home Secretary, David Blunkett.

But the vicious and continuing attack on asylum seekers - this is the third bill in three years aimed at them - is but one part of the Blair regime’s threatening new legislative programme. For example, the Civil Contingencies Bill gives the police and other authorities sweeping powers to act against civilians in the event of a “national emergency”, whatever that may mean.

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, rightly condemned the Bill, which she insisted, granted “the government a blank cheque to designate as an emergency anything they deem to be such”. It is quite possible this measure could be used to suppress or curb any demonstration or protest. “It could, for example, be used against Countryside Alliance supporters marching on London or students protesting against top-up fees,” she warned.  Anti-terror laws are, of course, already being used against protestors.

Then there are the first steps towards a national ID card. Foreigners living in Britain will be the first to have to produce them when asked by the police. ID cards are, of course, nothing to do with combating crime or terrorism and everything to do with keeping tabs on the population as a whole. Blunkett wants to be our Big Brother.

The other side of the authoritarian coin is the imposition of the laws of the market economy on public services. That is the meaning of the decision to allow the universities to charge top-up fees to students. Coming on top of the tuition fees already in place, this decision will put the final nail in the coffin of equal access to higher education. Now the market, in the shape of students - or shall we call them “customers” or “consumers” - will decide who goes to university.

Far from yielding to massive protest provoked by the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the New Labour government is pressing on with its plans to destroy what remains of the welfare state and civil liberties. We are far down the road to a police state in Britain. This is the ugly face of modern, globalised capitalism, seen at its most daunting in the United States and soon coming to a neighbourhood near you, courtesy of Blair, Brown, Blunkett and the rest of the New Labour gang.

Movement for a Socialist Future
27 November 2003