This video from Britain says about itself:
16 October 2017
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This video, from the same debate, asks the question Has Neoliberalism Paved The Way For Right-Wing Nationalism?
This video says about itself:
6 October 2017
TYT [The Young Turks in the USA] Politics Reporter Nomiki Konst spoke with filmmaker Ken Loach about how neoliberalism rose in the United Kingdom, and how the recent rise of Jeremy Corbyn has been a direct response to that.
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Harry Leslie Smith – I don’t want my past to become Britain’s future
5 July 2016
When Harry Leslie Smith left to serve in World War II “no health care was the norm”. When he returned after extended service, the Labour Party had created a health service ‘free at the point of use’ – the NHS.
Harry warns us, “I don’t want my past to become Britain’s future”. His history is our history.
On its 68th birthday and on a day when our junior doctors voted against a contract being imposed upon them which they say is not safe for patients and not sustainable – we must resolve to protect the National Health Service.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Do not despair, have hope and determination
Tuesday 26th September 2017
In part one of a two part Q&A, HARRY LESLIE SMITH talks to the Star about the deeply troubling times we find ourselves in
THE title of your book has a rather ominous warning for today’s Labour Party members. Why did you decide to write this now?
One of the main motivating factors that I had for writing Don’t Let My Past Be Your Future over the last year, is time. I am 94 and my dance on this earth is coming to a close. I am one of the last few people that can remember Britain in the 1920s and early 1930s when life for working-class citizens was beyond atrocious, it was shameful.
It essential for me that I spend whatever moments I have left on this earth warning people that the horrors my generation endured are only a heartbeat away for our youngest generation because of austerity, neoliberalism and a growing indifference to the suffering of those less fortunate than us.
What are the main lessons you would like today’s Labour members to gain from your life?
The main lessons I think Labour members can get from my life is not to despair, to have hope, determination and to target one’s anger at those entitled few who believe that the good life should only be for the 1 per cent.
Labour members should never forget that there can be no compromise when it comes to a public NHS, and affordable education or affordable housing. We can make this nation a green and promised land once again, if we return to the grit and determination of my generation who wouldn’t settle for second best when it comes to workers’ rights or their right to a Britain for and by the people.
Moreover, I hope Labour members will learn that my life only had purpose in it because I was able to love and be loved. Without love we cannot build a proper society, without compassion, empathy and a sense of joy, life isn’t worth living.
Do you think that younger generations will be able to avoid the mistakes of those that have gone before?
This is such a watershed moment in our country’s destiny as well as the world’s that I am afraid the younger generation won’t be afforded the luxury of making mistakes like mine was. Unfortunately, the younger generations who will come to power will be like a bomb disposal unit where one false move, one wrong wire cut, means annihilation.
Those that come to power or come to influence power over the next five years has to get it right on the first crack or else I fear there will be civil unrest or world war. Britain has to get it right, Russia has to get it right, Europe, America and Asia all have to get their acts together or else we going to propelled into something far worse than first or second world war.
It’s often said that as people get older they become more conservative. Do you think that’s true and, if so, how can people avoid becoming closed-minded as they get older?
There is some truth to that and I think people becoming more conservative as they get older comes from fear and uncertainty. I think the greatest problem with old age is you start to feel your mortality and that can cause panic in some people which makes them become more conservative in their thinking. Also if you become disconnect from society from age that leaves you infirm, you can feel resentment that life has somehow cheated you, which can also make you become more conservative.
However, my experience is that those who are the most conservative in old age were more than likely pretty miserable bastards in their youth. From the simple fact that I was born into a desperately poor family, who were destroyed by economic forces beyond their control, guaranteed me that as long as I live I will fight for the underdog.
I think what would prevent older people from being closed-minded is not to cut yourself off from the world as you age. I have always been curious about people and the world which helped me through the death of my wife and middle son. Moreover, I think the most important thing you must ask yourself at any age is what I will leave behind when I am no more.
State healthcare has gone through a lot of changes in your lifetime. What are your thoughts on the current state of the NHS?
The NHS is in crisis today because of chronic underfunding, the demoralisation of staff through wage caps as well as the gradual erosion of access to healthcare through the creep of privatisation within our public healthcare system.
I am under no illusions that if the Tories remain in power for another two years, the NHS won’t be fit for purpose.
We cannot forget that to a Tory MP the NHS is just a concept because their life as well as their family and peer group is well protected by wealth and power. They know they will never need to rely upon the NHS because they have the luxury to be able to afford private health insurance. It always baffles me how the voter can trust a Tory politician to do the right thing for the country because their lifestyle precludes them from understanding the horror that the daily grind has inflicted on the average citizen.
The NHS can only recover and become the great institution it once was when Labour returns to government under a banner of social democracy where the burden of society is also the responsibility of wealthy corporations, not just ordinary workers.
Harry Leslie Smith is a survivor of the Great Depression, an RAF veteran, activist for the welfare state, author of Harry’s Last Stand, Love Among the Ruins, 1923 and The Empress of Australia. His latest book Don’t Let My Past Be Your Future, published by Little Brown, is available now for £14.99 in hardback.
This video from London, England says about itself:
Haringey Development Vehicle, a huge gamble with public assets
3 March 2017
Haringey [Blairite right wing] Labour councillors Claire Kober and Alan Strickland are trying to push through a plan to sell off two billion pounds’ worth of assets in an extraordinary deal with the controversial international property developer LendLease.
This follows some lavish lobbying and a trip, costing £30,000 and paid for by the public, to the affluent French resort of Cannes for an estate agents’ and private developers’ jolly.
Opposition comes from a wide array of community groups as well as both local Labour MPs, and Unite the Union, who point to LendLease’s involvement in the illegal blacklisting of construction workers, as well as their record of overcharging and corruption – they had to pay a $56 million dollar fine in the States and their New York office Principal faced 20 years in prison.
Due to protests, petitions and lobbies, as well as forensic research of the piles of paperwork obscuring the deal, campaigners have managed to delay the outcome and forced the Scrutiny Committee to take a closer look and refer it back to the Council.
Campaigners recall the lessons from the Heygate Estate sell-off in Southwark (also involving LendLease) where promises of new homes for tenants have been broken, scattering families and communities far and wide.
They vow not to let that happen in Haringey and while welcoming improvements and properly consulted developments, they will fight against the aggressive gentrification that ‘Haringey Development Vehicle’ represents.
By Steve Sweeney in Britain:
Public gallery sneers at Haringey ‘traitors’
Saturday 22nd July 2017
Council still pushing social cleansing agenda
CAMPAIGNERS sang the Red Flag as senior Haringey councillors reaffirmed their decision to approve a £2 billion “social cleansing” project that residents fear will push them out of their homes.
A special meeting of the north London council’s cabinet was held on Thursday night to reconsider plans that would see billions of pounds’ worth of housing stock handed over to privateers Lendlease.
The housing project — called the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) — will be the largest transfer of council land, homes and commercial property ever undertaken in Britain.
Under the HDV, public assets will transfer to a joint venture in which the council will have only a 50 per cent stake.
Existing homes are to be demolished with 6,500 new homes built in their place. However campaigners warn that existing tenants will not have an automatic right to return because there is no commitment over social housing numbers.
Campaigners’ fears also stem from Lendlease’s notorious regeneration of the Heygate estate in Elephant and Castle which saw nearly 1,200 social homes bulldozed and replaced with just 82.
Thousands have joined demonstrations against the HDV which is also opposed by Labour MPs David Lammy and Catherine West.
The council’s own scrutiny committee have also previously called for the plans to be halted.
Councillor Alan Strickland refused to give figures at Thursday’s meeting for new social housing units until the estate master-plan has been finalised.
And he blamed the [2010-2015 Conservative-Liberal Democrat] coalition government for scrapping the “social rent project,” claiming it was now a thing of the past.
His comments were met with anger from the public gallery with a chorus of the international labour movement song the Red Flag, emphasising the line “where cowards flinch and traitors sneer…”
The Red Flag is the anthem of the British Labour Party. This video has music, words and some background notes.
Confusion remains over reports saying that the council are set to gift Tottenham Hotspur Football Club around £30.5 million for a new stadium development in the borough.
Both parties are denying the suggestions. But tenants, residents and football fans remain up in arms as they claim that an auditors’ presentation to the council indicated the club — one of the richest in the world — had requested the bumper payout.
Secretary of Haringey Defend Council Housing said: “This is social cleansing hiding in plain sight.”
Campaigners have vowed to fight on and suggest that the plans can still be stopped as they seek a judicial review.
This video says about itself:
14 July 2017
“It’s been a very interesting two years. We’ve had two leadership elections in the Labour Party, which mobilized very large numbers of people. It’s not about me. It’s about a cause, it’s about people. And then we’ve just come out of a general election campaign in which we started in a very difficult political position and ended up gaining three million more votes than 2015, and the highest Labour vote in England for many, many decades.
There was a big swing to Labour, but not quite enough, unfortunately, to give us a Parliamentary majority. And so, we’re now in a situation where there is a huge confidence amongst those that are campaigning for ending the wage cap in the public sector for investment in public services. And a huge degree of uncertainty by the right and by the Conservatives.
For full transcript see associated The Intercept article.
IT’S a switch. For two years the media told us that everybody hated Jeremy Corbyn. Now, after winning two leadership elections and improving Labour’s position in the general election, some of his critics have decided he is too popular: here.
This video from England says about itself:
30 June 2017
By Peter Lazenby in Britain:
Friday 7th July 2017
More supporters are set to join Europe’s biggest celebration of the labour and trade union movement following the Labour Party’s success in whittling down the Tory government’s slim majority in the snap election last month.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will be one of six speakers at the event. He will be joined by film director Ken Loach, shadow education secretary Angela Rayner, Unite general secretary Len McLuskey, Prison Officers’ Association general secretary Steve Gillan and Unison northern regional secretary Clare Williams.
The event will be tinged with sadness due to the death of Durham Miners’ Association (DMA) general secretary Dave Hopper. He died one week after last year’s Gala.
In this year’s Gala programme, the new DMA secretary Alan Cummings paid tribute to the “longest serving general secretary in the DMA’s 148-year history.
“For 31 years he led our union and will be sadly missed in Durham and the wider movement,” he wrote.
“It is particularly sad that he did not live to see the monumental triumph of his friend and comrade Jeremy Corbyn in the recent general election.”
The gala starts at 8.30am with a march through Durham showcasing up to 100 trade union banners, many accompanied by bands, followed by the “Big Meeting” on the Gala field.