Don’t bomb Syria, Labour party conference says

This video from Britain says about itself:

Jeremy Corbyn on Syria, Trident and his Jamaican youth

30 September 2015

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tells Jon Snow why he isn’t convinced the RAF should carry out bombing raids in Syria, that he doesnt know how many MPs oppose renewing the UK’s Trident nuclear weapon and that he spent his youth in Jamaica.

By Luke James in Britain:

Labour MPs told: Don’t bomb Syria

Thursday 1st October 2015

No air strikes without UN backing, says conference

LABOUR members issued clear instructions to their representatives in Parliament yesterday not to sanction air strikes on Syria without UN authorisation.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell called for a free vote if PM David Cameron stages a second vote on bombing Syria.

But conference backed a Unite motion demanding that MPs oppose intervention without stringent safeguards.

Proposing the motion, Unite delegate Ivan Monckton said: “It’s time to get behind diplomacy and end the Syrian civil war.

“Labour must once more stand up for peace and against another Cameron war. Now is the time for peacemongers not warmongers.”

The resolution will not be binding on MPs.

Meanwhile Mr Corbyn created a stir after stating that he would never push the nuclear button if he becomes prime minister.

Unleashing nuclear weapons would be “immoral,” Labour’s leader said as the shafted debate over Trident renewal continued to be a blot on an otherwise upbeat conference.

Asked whether he would launch a nuclear strike if he was in No 10, Mr Corbyn answered: “Would anybody press the nuclear button?”

“They’re the ultimate weapon of mass destruction that can only kill millions of civilians if ever used,” he added.

“I am totally and morally opposed to nuclear weapons. I do not see them as a defence.”

Seeking to prevent a war of words, Mr Corbyn pointed out the vote over Trident renewal was not for another year and pledged to “live with” the party’s decision.

But he branded nuclear weapons a cold war relic that “didn’t do the US much good” on September 11 2001.

UK Labour conference ends with attacks on Corbyn over nuclear weapons and Syria: here.

Don’t bomb Syria, British Afghanistan veteran says

This video from Britain says abiut itself:

BBC Inside Out – Dealing With Afghanistan

7 February 2011

BBC Reporter and Reservist officer, Lieutenant Clive Lewis recalls his struggle to come to terms with life on civvy street after a 3 month tour of Helmand Province‘s frontline in 2009.

By Luke James in Britain:

MPs would lose lust for war if they saw it

Thursday 24th September 2015

Lewis hits out at ‘knee-jerk’ bid to bomb Syria

POLITICIANS would think twice about bombing Syria if they had ever experienced war, according to a Labour MP who served in Afghanistan.

Clive Lewis, who has represented Norwich South since May, took part in a three-month combat tour in 2009 with the Territorial Army reserves.

In an interview with House Magazine published yesterday, he explained how the experience informed his opposition to a British military intervention in Syria.

He said: “As someone who, to be quite frank, has had my fill on my short tour of Afghanistan of death and mayhem, I sometimes think if we had a few more MPs in there seeing the direct consequences of their lust for war, maybe they’d think twice about it.”

The former soldier spoke out after Tory PM David Cameron insisted this month on “hard military force” to defeat Islamic State (Isis) in Syria.

Though MPs blocked bombing in 2013, Mr Cameron is building support for a second vote to sanction British participation in US-led raids.

Up to half of Labour’s shadow cabinet supports bombing if the government can prove it is legal.

But Mr Lewis branded it a “knee-jerk reaction,” saying the consequences and effectiveness of bombing “hasn’t been thought through.”

“Let’s go for the diplomatic options first and exhaust them rather than this knee-jerk reaction that we see in this house time after time, which is: ‘We’ve got a problem in the Middle East — bomb it.’

“I’m tired of it.”

Syria could be the subject of a contentious debate at Labour conference, which begins on Sunday. Left Labour activists have tabled an emergency motion which says the party should only back bombing if it is authorised by the UN.

Mr Lewis also defended leader Jeremy Corbyn for not singing God Save the Queen at last week’s Battle of Britain memorial service.

He said: “I would have said I served in the army, I don’t think my love for my country and my patriotism can be defined by a song — from a very jingoistic period of our history — singing about what I believe to be a non-existent deity, saving an unelected head of state.

“To try and define your patriotism based on that is preposterous.”

WE OWE Labour MP Clive Lewis a debt of gratitude for his frank warning about the drift to war on Syria. Lewis speaks with authority, as someone who saw first-hand the “death and mayhem” of Afghanistan: here.

While there is a defensive character to Russia’s military intervention in Syria, it is nonetheless thoroughly reactionary. It is directed not at defending the people of Syria, or, for that matter, protecting working people in Russia itself. Rather, it is aimed at upholding the interests of the Russian ruling elite, which Putin’s regime represents: here.

Attila the Stockbroker poem on Jeremy Corbyn

This video from London, England says about itself:

Jeremy Corbyn victory celebrations

12 September 2015

Thousands of Jeremy Corbyn supporters celebrate in Hyde Park the moment he is announced Labour leader, drinking champagne, hugging and chanting Jez We Did.

By poet Attila the Stockbroker from England:

Devil of a time with Jeremy

Saturday 19th September 2015

On the road with Attila the Stockbrocker

LAST Saturday was, quite simply, one of the happiest days of my life. I was driving out of Harlow after an absolutely fantastic book-launch gig in the town where I had been based for much of the ’80s and done all my early gigs when I heard the leadership election result.

I found a lay-by, stopped the car and listened with joy to Jeremy’s acceptance speech, immediately deciding to rejoin the Labour Party — which I’ve now done.

And, later that day, Brighton won to go four points clear at the top of the Championship.

Pretty much perfect, I’d say.

I know there are going to be some long, hard battles ahead and they’ve already started as right-wing journalists descend on Jeremy like a slavering pack.

“Freedom of the press,” my arse — it’s the freedom of three media billionaires to employ a bunch of abjectly contemptible and brown-nosing sycophants to vomit their propaganda more like.

Which is why the Morning Star is so important. It is our voice in this unequal battle and that means that people need to be able to buy it.

It pains me to say that in the first week of my tour I have searched for copies in at least ten different shops in Harlow and Lincoln and not found one copy anywhere.

As I travel round the country I shall continue my research and report back in this column. PLEASE get the distribution better!

Five gigs on the autobiography tour this week: Mitcheldean, Wolverhampton, Walthamstow, Worcester and Stroud. All details at

And here’s my response to the brainless tabloid frenzy. Let’s take the piss out of them.

Corbyn Supporters from Hell!

Just look at us – we’re the scourge of the land
We’re Jeremy Corbyn’s favourite band
We all eat babies and we’re Commies too
And we’ve all got Aids and we’ll give it to you
With scaly tails and horns and hooves
We undermine everything that moves
You can read about us in the right-wing press
The Sun, the Mail and the Express
So don’t mess with us ’cos we’re Lefties and we smell –
We’re the Corbyn Supporters from Hell!

If your telly goes wrong or your car won’t start
You can bet your life we played our part
If your team doesn’t win or you miss the bus
Then ten to one it’s all down to us
If a dog runs off with your copy of the Sun
And brings it back with the crossword done
If your best mate becomes a Red
Or you find a squatter in your bed
We did it — and everything else as well
’Cos we’re Corbyn Supporters from Hell!

We make your pub sell proper beer
We banned the broadcast of Top Gear
We’re all pacifists, bi and gay
And members of the IRA
We love all asylum seekers
And make you pay for their posh sneakers
We won’t sing songs for the Queen
We think X Factor is obscene
So don’t mess with us, ’cos we’re Lefties and we smell
— We’re the Corbyn Supporters from Hell!

A Nobel Prize winner and a best-selling author are among the economists Jeremy Corbyn has selected to advise him. Joseph Stiglitz and Capital in the 21st Century author Thomas Piketty will develop ideas for the Labour leader and shadow chancellor John McDonnell: here.