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



Seeing through New Labour's weapons of mass deception

The growing isolation of the New Labour government over Iraq, privatisation and other key issues is an expression of an underlying process of deep political and social change.

Fewer and fewer people accept at face value the absence of choice in what Blair and his cronies say - that "we" (meaning our rulers) have "no choice" but to attack Iraq; "we" have "no choice" but to bring the private sector in to build and run public services; "we" have no choice but to rely on financial companies for pensions.

Resistance to this "there is no alternative" New Labour theme tune was what brought at least 250,000 people to the mammoth anti-war demonstration in London on September 28 against Blair and his co-warmonger, Bush.

Opposition even found a voice at the New Labour conference in Blackpool where the trade unions defied the government over the PFI - Pay For it Indefinitely - programme of undermining public services by allowing private corporations to make exorbitant profits at the taxpayers' expense. And a statement giving Blair a blank cheque for war was hastily withdrawn when it faced defeat.

Strikes by railway workers and the almost certain probability of a national firefighters' action are also testimony to a willingness not just to talk but to act against New Labour and the business interests the government represents.

The momentum of social resistance is set against dramatic and continuing falls in the stock markets world-wide as the wheels come off the corporate-led globalisation bandwagon and economic recessions deepens.

The issue is: what should the emerging mass movement set as its objective? Evidence is piling up that putting pressure on Blair, Brown, Prescott, Straw and Blunkett to "change their minds" on the range of issues that motivate people to act is doomed to fail and is not worth pursuing.

For example, the Blair regime has made it clear that there will be no review of PFI as demanded by the motion carried in Blackpool. In fact, a deeper involvement of the private sector is planned. On Iraq, New Labour is working with the Bush fundamentalists on a UN resolution that is designed to create a pretext for an invasion of Iraq.

As hostility grows to New Labour policies so does their arrogance and remoteness. They do not in any way see themselves as answerable to ordinary people - either in the shape of the electorate or their own party, or to the trade unions that formed and still largely fund the party or those who march against war. New Labour is not a party in the old sense, therefore, but an integral part of the capitalist machine.

The Blairites are on a mission alright - a mission to make the world safe for the global corporations and their "free market" in goods, money, services and - above all - people. That's all that matters. Nothing else moves this authoritarian group. They inhabit a world of their own self-created images and live by weapons of mass deception.

In fact, New Labour is itself a strong candidate for "regime change". Some who call themselves socialists suggest that calling for "regime change" in Britain can only result in a far worse Tory government or a regime of the far right. That argument is a recipe for inaction, for doing nothing because the alternatives are worse. Let's settle for the "lesser or two evils", is the implication.

Such political faint hearts are confining the resistance to New Labour to the parliamentary framework which has become increasingly discredited. We advocate not just a change of government, but also a combined challenge to the state structures that are manifestly undemocratic and the corporations that dominate society.

Turning the rejection of Blairism and New Labour into a struggle for power is an aspiration that takes us beyond the focus on Westminster. If we make power itself the objective, the movement can turn its attention to the mechanics of achieving that goal and what should replace the status quo.

Those who try to confine the opposition to war, to privatisation and the rest to protest and pressure politics do a great disservice to those whose interests they claim to represent. In fact, the isolation of New Labour makes a "regime change" a far more achievable prospect than getting the Blairites to change from a course they are both locked into and committed to.

Movement for a Socialist Future

October 1, 2002