Sack Scotland’s Blairite Labour boss now

This video from Scotland says about itself:

CND Protest Glasgow “The March” (Bairns Not Bombs, Scrap Trident Demo)

4 April 2015

Video of the march to scrap Trident by Scottish CND in Glasgow.

The organisers reckon this was the largest EVER anti Trident demo that Glasgow had ever held.

Trident Undone: Edited by Tony Simpson (Spokesman Books, £6). IF YOU want to cut through the spin around Trident, take the red pill and jump down the rabbit hole with this book to discover the brutal truths surrounding the neoliberal obsession with nuclear deterrence. The 14 articles in this collection may be thoroughly unpleasant but they are necessary reading: here.

By Conrad Landin in Britain:

Unions clamour for Murphy‘s resignation after dire defeat

Monday 11th May 2015

CALLS for the head of Jim Murphy mounted yesterday after the man he defeated for the Scottish Labour leadership resigned from his team.

Mr Murphy lost his East Renfrewshire seat in last week’s general election but has vowed to stay on and lead his party in to next year’s Scottish Parliament elections.

But over the weekend unions insisted it was time for a new leader to take the helm.

Unite Scottish regional secretary Pat Rafferty said it was “time for change.”

He said: “Labour in Scotland has been bleeding support and credibility for years.

“On one issue after another — the embrace of Blairism, the opposition to a second ‘devomax’ question in last year’s referendum, the decision to campaign with the Tories in the ill-judged Better Together campaign, and in the election of a new leader last year — Unite has warned against the course being followed by the party and has, alas, been proved right.”

Train drivers’ union Aslef organiser Kevin Lindsay said: “Jim Murphy has just presided over the worst election defeat in the history of the Scottish Labour Party. He has to go now.”

Neil Findlay, the left-winger who stood against Mr Murphy in the leadership elections five months ago, resigned from the Scottish Labour shadow cabinet on Saturday calling for “radical solutions.”

He has ruled out standing for the leadership if Mr Murphy resigns.

An influential source on the left of the party said Mr Murphy’s postion was “untenable” but said the leader would not resign unless “people who were seen as his allies turn against him.”

“How can a leader preside over such a disastrous defeat, lose his own seat and then stay on?” they added. Members of Labour’s Scottish executive committee have threatened to table a motion of no confidence if Mr Murphy has not resigned by Saturday.

It is understood MSPs will also voice disquiet at a meeting on Tuesday.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Murphy, it’s time to fall on your sword

Monday 11th May 2015

THREE dramatic acts of hara-kiri shook up British politics over the weekend. There should have been four.

First, Ukip leader Nigel Farage stood down as party leader after failing to win Thanet South. But rather than disembowel himself with a sharp sword, he tickled his belly with a soft feather. Having sacked himself, he will now take time to consider whether to apply for the vacant position in September.

This charade typifies his party’s cavalier approach to policies and political representation. In the election campaign just gone, Ukip candidates presented themselves as all things to all people in order to mask their fundamentally neoliberal agenda.

But while they failed to win more than one seat at Westminster, Ukip members will relish the prospect of an ‘in-or-out’ referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

Although Farage and his followers reflect minor sections of British big and small business in their opposition to the EU and its largely mythical “social Europe,” most City of London and other monopoly corporations will be campaigning to remain inside.

They want Prime Minister David Cameron to negotiate various dispensations from EU regulation, preferring little or no regulation of business activities at all. However, they also know that EU treaties and institutions are designed fundamentally to protect capitalist power from democracy.

Which means, tragically, that unless the labour movement and the left deepen their understanding of the pro-big business and anti-democratic EU, Ukip and the Tory right wing will be the main forces campaigning for Britain’s withdrawal in the 2017 referendum campaign.

As the French experience shows, once the left abandons a class-based and popular opposition to the EU, the vacant ground is taken over by very a grateful far right and its xenophobic politics.

The second resignation came courtesy of Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, brightening the gloom for everyone who believes in honesty and social justice. Having hijacked his party for neoliberal policies and then posed as the real opposition to the Tories before jumping into the sack with them in 2010, he and his “Orange Book” neoliberals have driven their party to the edge of the abyss.

Surely the Tories will reward Clegg with a generous divorce settlement, perhaps a lucrative post in his beloved EU or Nato?

Third onto his sword was Ed Miliband. Even as his entrails still quivered in the sunlight, New Labour relics Mandelson, Reid, Clarke and then Blair himself were preparing the ground with media help for a more pro-big business, pro-rich successor.

Whatever the reasons for Labour‘s defeat, it did not happen because millions of voters were worried by the prospect of a mansion tax, lower gas and electricity bills or the loss of “non-dom” tax status.

Now that the Labour leadership contest in already underway, it should focus on the need for policies and activism which take the fight to the Tories.

Whoever replaces Miliband and the late unlamented Ed Balls will be flayed by Britain’s right-wing media for departing even one inch from ruling class orthodoxy. So they might as well challenge the myths behind austerity, privatisation, the EU and nuclear weapons instead of capitulating to them with quibbling reservations.

And the hara-kiri that should have been? Please step forward that champion of austerity, privatisation, the EU and nuclear weapons, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy. Step forward. Please.

LABOUR’S “obsession with fiscal responsibility” lost the party crucial support in the run-up to the general election, the leader of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said yesterday: here.

LOATHSOME Ukip leader Nigel Farage will continue to lead the far-right party after it rejected his resignation yesterday. Mr Farage had promised to quit his post if he failed to win South Thanet. But in a bizarre twist the party’s national executive committee (NEC) unanimously rejected Mr Farage’s letter of resignation: here.

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