From London daily The Morning Star:
May Day greetings
(Monday 30 April 2007)
MAY Day greetings to all working people at home and abroad and especially to the 200,000-plus PCS members who are on strike in protest at their disgraceful treatment at the hands of what passes for a Labour government.
Government ministers, with Chancellor Gordon Brown at their heart, have chosen the public sector as their target to impress big business with their intent to force working people to pay the price of an emerging economic crisis. …
It’s not as if Britain was a poor country and could not afford better living standards for working people.
Trade unionists celebrating May Day must wonder how it is that, in the fourth-richest country in the world, we have the worst wealth distribution in Europe, the worst childhood poverty in Europe and the highest military spending in Europe.
And, in two days time, working people will be urged to show their class loyalty by voting Labour in Scottish parliamentary, Welsh assembly and some English local elections.
Many will refuse to vote for those who sack them, price them out of housing, cut their living standards and send their sons and daughters to fight imperialist wars.
Others will continue to vote Labour, because of good local candidates or specific policies such as the abolition of prescription charges by the Welsh National Assembly – or simply to keep out the Tories.
But, without a drastic change in Labour government policies, how long will this last? …
The unions must not only champion more progressive policies but also put pressure on MPs to eschew a coronation [of Gordon Brown as Blair’s successor] in favour of supporting the nomination of John McDonnell to enable an alternative socialist approach to be considered.
Housing unaffordable for workers in Blair’s Britain: here.