5 comments on “Happy New Year

  1. Peter Hine on said:

    And a Happy and safe New Year to all those who live in fear and all those struggling with addiction.
    Remember the words of Pato Banton; NEVER GIVE IN.

  2. cailean on said:

    Wise words #1. Being a Highlander we are prone to excesses when it comes to liquid intake, and it can be a real snare.

    Still, a Bliadhna Mhath Ur to all, or Happy New Year in the second language.
    Something tells me 2014 will be saturated to sickening point with WW1 “celebration”, the Scottish Referendum keeping us from actually working to build a new Socialist Jerusalem here, petty Nationalism, immigrant and benefits receivers being demonized even more, and of course ultra Left sectarianism -which is ever with us.

    Tonight 1 Jan I believe is the 84th anniversary of the begining of the Daily Worker/ Morning Star. As a daily reader I would never claim it is perfect, but it really is a full and interesting read – and a vital weapon in the arsenal of the Left and trade union movement.
    A good resolution we could all make is to read & support it more this 2014! http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk

    And another important anniversary is that its 55 years anniversary today of the Cuban Socialist Revolution! .
    We can join Cuba Solidarity Campaign http://www.cuba-solidarity.org.uk
    or write in support of the Miami or Cuban 5 http://www.voicesforthefive.com/upload/
    or if you enjoy a responsible tipple make sure its an Havana Club and not Bacardi.

    And another suggestion to take into the movement is for as many of us as possible to use and support Marx Memorial Library http://www.marx-memorial-library.org – just saw their New Years greetings card.

    Anyway, here’s to an organised & militant 2014 where ordinary ppl in workplaces and communities learn to fight back and win – and us “professional” lefties grow less and less important!

  3. Newly released Cabinet papers tell us officially what we always knew… The Thatcher government lied – the NUM were right all along. There was a secret plan to close 75 pits (I believe Arthur Scargill said 70 at the time and was castigated as a scaremongerer by the majority of the media)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25549596

    And also from the Paul Mason’s Ch4 news blog:

    “Arthur Scargill, the miners’ leader, was criticised afterwards for beginning a conflict he could never win. So the revelation that he was on the point of winning – or at least achieving a messy compromise – in July 1984 is an important addition to the record”.

    http://blogs.channel4.com/paul-mason-blog/thatcher-miners-official-papers-confirm-strikers-worst-suspicions/265

  4. robert p. williams on said:

    Happy New Year! Down with the Capitalist Labour Party.

    (Text taken from Hansard) (13/3/13)
    John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington) (Lab): Let me say to my hon. Friends on the Opposition Front Bench that I am extremely shocked by what has been said—that they are not willing to support my amendments. This is the first time in the history of the labour movement—the first time ever in the history of the Labour party—that this party has supported in Parliament the removal of trade union rights from trade unionists. That is a significant step and marks a historic change in attitude. I urge those on the Front Bench to use these moments in this debate to think about what they are doing.
    It has never been done before in the history of our party.

  5. robert p. williams,

    Back to the future.

    The Labour Party

    This Party is the third capitalist party. It lays claim to the title of Socialist Party, but has nothing to do with socialism. Whatever associations it has with the working class are due to its development as a parliamentary wing of the trade unions, now turned to account as the means of subordinating the trade unions to its dictatorship on behalf of capitalism. It rejects working class politics and exploits the workers’ organisations for “national politics.”

    Our Changed Attitude to the Labour Party

    Prior to the formation of the Labour Government in 1924, the Communist Party, although the leaders of the Labour Party were as treacherous then as now, advised the working class to push the Labour Party into power whilst sharply criticising and exposing the leaders of the Labour Party. To-day this policy is no longer possible for the following reasons. The situation of 1929 is entirely different from that of the years prior to the General Strike and the Labour Government of 1924. In the years immediately after the war the Labour Party, in spite of its anti-working-class leaders, was forced by the pressure of the workers’ into action against the Tories and Liberals, e.g., threatened general strike against war on Russia, demand for a capital levy, repudiation of Versailles Treaty, big working-class action on wages and hours of labour, etc. The Labour Party also had not yet become a closely knit party with a single discipline. It was a federation of trade unions and parties offering facilities for criticism from within and a means of struggle for our Party to battle against the middle-class leadership and to strengthen the working-class forces within it.

    The Labour Government exposed the Labour Party leadership completely. It proved the Communist Party criticisms to be correct. The “Minority” Labour Government was nothing more than a coalition with the Tories and Liberals. The Labour leaders “led” the General Strike only to betray it in the face of the challenge of the State. The General Strike raised the question of class power which class shall rule in Britain. The Labour Party leadership of the General Council of the Trades Union Congress were against the struggle for power. They stood for capitalist power against working-class power. They co-operated with the Tories in the defeat of the General Strike, but from within. They denounced the General Strike and propagated against it. They developed the offensive against the Communist Party and the revolutionary workers who stand for the working-class struggle for power. They tied the trade unions to the Tories and Liberals under the banner of Mondism and transformed the Labour Party from a federal organisation to a single party with a capitalist programme under the banner of “Empire and Mondism.” It is now no longer possible for the Communist Party or the trade unions to bring pressure to bear on the Labour Party from within. It is a completely disciplined capitalist party.

    The more things change…