This video from England says about itself:
End Austerity Now – National Demonstration Saturday 20th June
Organised by The People’s Assembly
Assembled at 12pm, at the Bank of England (Queen Victoria St) City of London
Marched to Parliament Square
By Conrad Landin in Britain:
PCS union leader Serwotka barred from poll
Thursday 27th August 2015
MARK SERWOTKA has become the most senior trade unionist to be banned from voting in the Labour leadership election, in a move branded “a total joke.”
The leader of public-sector union PCS has been a vociferous supporter of frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn, encouraging members of his union to vote for the left-wing MP.
Hitting back, Mr Serwotka said: “It is extraordinary to be told you cannot vote because you don’t share Labour’s values when no-one (from the party) has spoken to me.
“Those are the messages I wanted to positively vote for. I have thought for some time we need a new approach to politics in Britain rather than the same old same old, and that is what Jeremy Corbyn is offering.”
It has been suggested Mr Serwotka was banned for his involvement in the Socialist Alliance in the early 2000s and having voiced support for Respect. But he said he had not been a member of a party for 20 years.
Let us compare Mr Serwotka to two senior members of the Blairite right wing in the Labour Party.
Lord Peter Mandelson, like Mr Serwotka … No, UNlike Mr Serwotka, he did not just say friendly things about parties other than Labour … he was a member of the youth branch of the British communist party. That was before he in his Blairite days became involved in one corruption scandal (and environmental illegal logging scandal) after another.
John Reid, Baron Reid of Cardowan (born 8 May 1947) is a British Labour Party politician. He was a Member of Parliament from 1987 to 2010, and served in the Cabinet under Prime Minister Tony Blair in a number of positions. He was Health Secretary from 2003 to 2005, Defence Secretary from 2005 to 2006, and Home Secretary from 2006 to 2007.
John Reid, before becoming a baron; before becoming Tony Blair‘s Secretary of
War … sorry, I should use the euphemism ‘Defence’, and Secretary of other things; and before his role in the infamous mercenary corporation G4S; and before his role in the MPs expenses scandal; used to be a Communist Party member.
So, these are only two ex-communist members among the Blairites.
I did not have the time for research into quite some other Blairites who used to be members of other political parties other than Labour.
What will the Blairite Labour party bureaucracy do about Baron Mandelson, Baron Reid, etc? etc? Will they treat these like Mark Serwotka and thousands of grassroots Jeremy Corbyn supporters? Don’t count on it. Very probably, as long as these barons and other right-wingers are true believers in the Blairite gospel of war here, war there, war everywhere, of Trident nuclear weapons, and of Thatcherite austerity making the rich richer and the poor poorer, there will be no questions about their non-Labour party pasts, and full freedom to vote for Liz Kendall or the two other Blairite leadership candidates.
The union leader, who is currently on the waiting list for a heart transplant, won cheers when he delivered a sharp rebuke to warmongering former prime minister Tony Blair at a rally for Mr Corbyn’s campaign.
“If I get called into hospital tonight, I will go into hospital hoping Jeremy wins, and I will come out of hospital with a new heart, still hoping Jeremy wins,” Mr Serwotka bellowed.
Mr Blair had cracked a joke suggesting transplants for Labour members who said “their heart” was with Mr Corbyn.
From daily News Line in Britain:
Serwotka said he hoped people would not be deflected by any attempt to destabilise the Labour leadership election process, and if anything, should be more determined to vote. Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) assistant general secretary Steve Hedley, speaking in a personal capacity, told News Line: ‘It’s a disgrace. When this leadership election was announced Harriet Harman said she wanted ex-Tories and others to vote.
‘Mark Serwotka has not been a member of any party for years, yet he’s been denied a vote. It’s unbelievable. The New Labourites are running scared, they don’t want any socialists in the party.’
FBU Executive Council member for London, Ian Leahair told News Line: ‘In July of this year I applied to be a full (unaffiliated) member of the Labour party, however at the beginning of the next month I was surprised to receive an email from the Labour party rejecting my application on the basis that I did not support the aims and views of the Labour party, or that I am a member of another organisation opposed to Labour.’
Acting leader Harriet Harman has insisted there will be no doubt about the ‘integrity’ of the Labour leadership contest following Labour reports that less than 1% of new supporters, around 3,100 people, have been blocked as infiltrators. However, under new party rules introduced last year, more than 160,000 people signed up to vote in the final days before the registration deadline.
The party initially said this brought the total size of the leadership electorate to 610,000. But that has now been revised down to 553,954 – a fall of almost 60,000 people, a lot more than the 3,100 that are said to have been purged.
The great Labour democrats launch a purge so that they can support the Tories: here.
MOST Labour activists think their party should focus on attracting non-voters rather than appealing to Tories, a new survey suggested yesterday. The poll of over 2,000 people on grassroots site LabourList also revealed that the vast majority have already voted for the party’s new leader: here.