Tomorrow May Day demonstrations, 3 May elections in Britain


2006 May Day demonstrators in London

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.

Bad working conditions in Britain: here.

8 thoughts on “Tomorrow May Day demonstrations, 3 May elections in Britain

  1. May day greetings to you too Friend Kitty. I took it upon myself to explain to a couple of fellow workers that May Day is a worker’s holiday that originated in the US, but we are still not celebrating it here.

    Back in the ’70’s Richard Nixon took it upon himself to announce that May 1st was “Law and Order Day”. Happily, the holiday did not catch on.

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  2. Victory to the British troops against the Islamofascist hordes. All those socialists remind me of the Shitler/Stalin non-aggression pact of 1939.

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  3. Hi Salisbury Steak, obviously you are not one of these troops, but prefer to be a chickenhawk, while British teenagers do the dying in Iraq for Big Oil. You also do not seem to know that British troops are officially on their way of retiring from Iraq, with no “victory”, just as ultimately there was no “victory” (as even Bush’s new Secretary of “Defense” recognizes about now) when British troops occupied Iraq before from 1918 till the 1950s. That a Muslim seems to be automatically a “fascist” to you shows the impact of racism; which expresses itself in Iraq in mass killlings and torture by the occupiers. I advise you to seek psychiatric help to cure you from the mental disease of racism.

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  4. Hi Mr “Salisbury Steak”, aka “Ten Downing”, aka “Huntz Hall”, I have noticed that you don’t know the difference between debating and cyber bullying-trolling. You do not go into any of my points. Go learn some basic netiquette and human decency.

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  5. Nothing is more racist than not holding Muslims to the standards of behaviour as NON-Muslims. As if Muslims are too backward to be expected to act like other civilized people.

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  6. That may be true. However, the word “Islamofascist” is an abusive word, similar to “kike”, “nigger”, or “faggot”; words that are definitely unwelcome at this blog. A person who uses it implies that Muslims, one fifth of humanity, are all the same as Adolf Hitler.

    Let’s see: the (fundamentalist) Christian Timothy McVeigh bombed Oklohoma City in the USA, with hundreds of deaths as a consequence. Fundamentalist Christians bomb clinics and murder doctors in the USA, as they think women should not decide about their own bodies. The “Reverend” Ian Paisley in Ireland has the blood of many Roman Catholics on his hands. Self styled Christians Bush and Blair cause, according to John Hopkins Univrersity in the USA, over 600,000 dead in Iraq and counting. Adolf Hitler was officially a member of the Roman Catholic Church, paying contributions till he died. Should we now, according to the pseudo-logic of “Islamofascism” quiver in fear every time we pass a Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, etc. etc. church: “Oh, terrible, a terrorist den, they will kill me”? Come on! Fortunately few people would think so. Similarly for other religions.

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