‘Theresa May and her terrorists out’, London march 1 July

London demonstration, 1 July

By Steve Sweeney and Conrad Landin in Britain:

July 1: Take to the streets to give May the boot

Wednesday 14th June 2017

People’s Assembly sets the date for march on Parliament as McDonnell calls on Brits to force another general election.

A MAJOR national demonstration will take place in London on July 1 to get rid of “Theresa and the terrorists,” the Star can exclusively reveal.

The People’s Assembly called the demo, saying: “Street mobilisations are more important than ever” and can “create a crisis the Tories can’t recover from.”

It comes a day after shadow chancellor John McDonnell called on Brits to “get out on the streets” to force another general election “as early as possible.”

In his first major speech since Labour’s election surge last Thursday, Mr McDonnell also revealed Labour will seek to exploit the DUP’s manifesto call for the removal of the bedroom tax to axe the hated policy.

He confirmed that Labour would “keep its winning team together” and not replace shadow cabinet loyalists with former critics of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn from the party’s right.

“When there are vacancies, yes, we will ask people to serve… in a spirit of comradeship,” he told delegates at food union BFAWU’s conference in Southport yesterday.

Jeremy’s character is one of consensus-building. He said: our campaign is positive, it cannot be negative.”

But he rebuked MPs for not being “generous” to Mr Corbyn, saying: “I’ve never seen such behaviour in the [Parliamentary Labour Party], you wouldn’t tolerate it in your [union] branches, I can tell you.”

The shadow chancellor urged trade unionists to “keep the momentum going” and attempt to topple PM Theresa May’s minority government.

“We need people doing everything they can to ensure the election comes as early as possible,” he said. “I don’t think an alliance of Tories and the DUP can ever be strong and stable.”

Protests took place across the country last weekend in response to Prime Minister Theresa May’s attempts to forge an alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and form a minority government.

Now, the People’s Assembly has called a mass demonstration, with national secretary Sam Fairbairn vowing to “do all we can to get rid of Theresa and the terrorists.”

He told the Star: “The election result was absolutely devastating for Theresa May. Her arrogance led us into this as she thought she’d gain a huge majority.

“This shows how out of touch she, her party and mainstream political commentators are. They had no idea of the levels of anger and distrust in a government who plan further austerity measures, that has done nothing to solve the NHS crisis and that wants to bring back grammar schools and selective education, taking us back to Victorian times as living standards continue to fall.”

He pointed out that the Tories had gone all-out to smear Mr Corbyn as a terrorist sympathiser, “yet at the first sign of losing power they are jumping into bed with the DUP.”

Mr Fairbairn added: “Now the street mobilisations have never been more important and we say to the millions of people who engaged in politics for the first time that they can be part of a mass movement for change, deepening the crisis for Theresa May.

“Her days are numbered.”

Mr McDonnell also backed BFAWU’s call, overwhelmingly endorsed in a conference resolution yesterday, for the TUC to call a “national demonstration” in support of Labour’s policies.

“What we need now is the TUC mobilised, every union mobilised … get out on the streets,” he said.

“Just think, if the TUC put out that call that we want a million on the streets of London in two weeks’ time.”

He said voters had been turned off by the Tories’ repetitive slogans.

Strong and stable, strong and stable — it was a Dalek campaign,” he quipped.

But he stressed that voters turned to Labour because of the appeal of Mr Corbyn and the manifesto as well as turning away from May.

“[The manifesto] struck a chord because of what people are experiencing at the moment,” he said. “It’s all right for the few but for the many it’s wage cuts and wage freezes.”

And Mr McDonnell savaged the Tories for attacking his and Mr Corbyn’s position of negotiating with republican leaders in Northern Ireland before entering their own DUP alliance.

“Don’t ever again come at us on that basis,” he warned.

On the bedroom tax, which penalises council tenants with spare rooms, he said: “One of the proposals we’ll be putting down in Parliament will be to remove the bedroom tax, we’ll see how [the DUP] vote.”

Delegates at BFAWU’s conference said a national demo in support of Labour policies could mobilise young people newly inspired by politics to get involved in trade unions.

“We want [a] £10 an hour [minimum wage] not because it’s pie in the sky, but because we deserve it,” executive member Lorna McKinnon said.

“Young people are most likely to support strike action and the least likely to join a union. We have to fight to change that.”

The People’s Assembly demonstration will meet at the BBC headquarters in Portland Place from 12pm before marching to Parliament.

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  5. Thursday 15th June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    THE National Union of Journalists has called on the government not to comply with a Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) election pledge to freeze or abolish the BBC licence fee.

    The union’s acting general secretary Seamus Dooley said the issue must not become a bargaining chip in Tory/DUP coalition negotiations.

    He said: “The future of public service broadcasting cannot be put at risk for the sake of political expediency.

    “The Prime Minister must give a clear and unambiguous commitment that she will not allow the DUP to dictate, directly or indirectly, public policy on the future of the BBC or overall policy on public service broadcasting.

    “In Northern Ireland the BBC has played a vital role in coverage of news and current affairs. The BBC has been fearless, independent and objective.

    “Media scrutiny has not always found favour with the DUP but that cannot be allowed to undermine British government policy.”



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  13. Saturday 17th June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Features

    There is nothing ‘strong and stable’ about Theresa May’s coalition of chaos with the DUP, writes Diane Abbott

    POLITICAL pundit after political pundit, and newspaper after newspaper claimed over the last two years that if Labour went into a general election with Jeremy Corbyn as leader and an unashamedly progressive manifesto that we would face electoral wipeout.

    It now looks like Theresa May was among those who believed them.

    But that’s what Labour did. In fact, we achieved the most remarkable swing in the opinion polls during the campaign. And we made a net gain of 30 seats.

    We achieved a 40.1 per cent national share of the vote, representing a 9.7 per cent increase.

    Over three million new voters came to Labour — the largest increase between two elections since 1945. Contrary to the pundits’ prediction, we gained seats in England, Scotland and Wales.

    We saw this reflected on election day in my own constituency of Hackney North and Stoke Newington, where we saw an increase in our majority to over 35,000 and an amazing turnout and level of enthusiasm from young people.

    What is so encouraging about these Labour gains is that they were motivated by a message of hope for a better Britain.

    We should be clear that they were a direct result of both our progressive manifesto and having Corbyn as Labour leader.

    In contrast to our message of hope, the Tories’ campaign was based on the politics of fear and division — including a series of vicious and personal attacks on Jeremy, myself and other members of Labour’s shadow cabinet.

    Despite the Tories’ negative campaign, again and again Corbyn’s Labour showed we have a clear programme for government that can bring Britain together and genuinely protect jobs and communities.

    As the campaign went on, Labour succeeded in convincing more and more people that by investing in our future, we can ensure strong and sustainable economic growth, improve living standards and provide our public services with the funding they need.

    Labour’s policies — a million new jobs through our industrial strategy; a real living wage of £10 per hour; decent homes for all with a million new homes to rent or buy; free education and an end to university tuition fees; moving towards universal childcare by expanding free provision for two, three and four-year-olds; properly funded social care and NHS and protected pensions — chimed with people who have had enough of the idea we can’t build a fairer society.

    The end result of this Labour surge was that May was denied a majority, despite having called the election on the basis she would gain an increased majority to provide a mandate for her rigid and reckless Brexit plans.

    Now she has had to enter a dangerous coalition of chaos with the DUP, despite their reactionary views on issues such as a woman’s right to choose and LGBT rights.

    A government formed on this basis can only be reactionary and can only be unstable, especially with its slender majority.

    To put it simply, there is nothing strong or stable about May’s premiership or the Tories being in government.

    But while the Tories desperately try to hold their unstable coalition together and work out the basis of a Queen’s Speech which will enable them to cling on to the keys to No 10, too many of Britain’s families are struggling to get by and facing a deepening cost of living crisis.

    To give just one example, we found out this week that the cost of basic essentials has risen by 2.9 per cent, while wages stagnate.

    There was so sign in the Tory general election campaign or manifesto that they have learnt any lessons from the seven years of failed economic policy that have meant the majority of people are losing out.

    More austerity will be bad for our economy, society and public services. The reality, therefore, is that the majority of Britons simply cannot afford more of the same from May.

    In total contrast to this, the increase in Labour’s support in recent weeks has been fuelled by hope for a better Britain, for the many not the few, while the Tories have nothing to offer but more of the same.
    At a time when May’s government is in total disarray, if they will not act then they need to stand aside and let a Labour government build a better Britain for everyone.

    Diane Abbott is Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington. You can find her on Twitter on @HackneyAbbott or FaceBook on http://www.facebook.com/DianeAbbott



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  22. Saturday 24th June 2017

    by James Tweedie

    BELFAST loyalist paramilitary supergrass Gary Haggarty pleaded guilty yesterday to some 200 terrorist offences, including five murders.

    Relatives of his victims looked on as the former Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) commander, who headed its notorious Mount Vernon unit in north Belfast, repeatedly answered guilty to the litany of charges put to him at the city’s crown court.

    The long-serving police informant living in protective custody also admitted five attempted murders, including against police.

    The offences span a 16-year period from 1991 to 2007 and include the sectarian murders of John Harbinson, Sean McParland, Gary Convie, Eamon Fox and Sean McDermott. No-one has been brought to justice for the 1994 double killing of Catholics Mr Convie and Mr Fox.

    Mr Haggarty also admitted aiding and abetting a bid to murder fellow UVF terror chief and police informer Mark Haddock — himself accused of Mr Harbinson’s murder.

    But Mr Haggarty is expected to receive a heavily reduced sentence in exchange for turning Queen’s evidence.

    He may even be released following the trial, having already served three years in prison.

    Outside the court, Mr Fox’s son Ciaran said police “knew what was going to happen and took no action” against their informant, adding: “Basically he was just a hitman — he killed at will.”

    Communist Party of Ireland executive committee member Joe Bowers said: “This is further evidence of the British state’s role in some of the most heinous events of our past.”

    The UVF is part of the Loyalist Communities Council umbrella organisation of paramilitary groups which endorsed the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) just before the general election.

    DUP leader Arlene Foster, now in talks with Downing Street on providing “confidence and supply” support to the minority Tory government, was quick to reject that support.

    But newly elected Belfast South MP Emma Pengelly refused to call for the removal of UVF flags in part of her constituency earlier this week, saying residents she spoken to “didn’t want a public fuss around this matter.

    “There were some people who were very supportive of the flags. People who felt very much it was part of the tradition of the local area and the wider area,” she said.

    Ms Pengelly’s father Noel Little, a leader of loyalist paramilitary group Ulster Resistance and earlier a member of the Ulster Defence Regiment, was jailed for two years in the 1980s for arms-trafficking.



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