The 2003 Labour Party Conference meets at a critical moment. After six years of Labour government nothing has been solved for the majority of working people who look to Labour to tackle the problems they face. Phil Mitchinson analyses the situation. This article was also published in the latest issue of the British Socialist Appeal.
George Galloway, the Labour MP for Glasgow Kelvin, was yesterday expelled from the Labour Party by the three-member National Constitutional Committee, which is in reality a kangaroo court designed to simply rubber stamp whatever Blair wants. George Galloway took a clear stand against the war in Iraq. This is the reason why he was expelled. They had tried to remove him on the basis of falsified documents “found in Iraq”. As they were not able to remove him with these, they decided another road.
A recent interview in the British newspaper, The Times, with a Swiss
rail manager underlines the disastrous effects of privatisation on the
British rail system. He points out that “You have to have a central
command and control”. Blair should listen.
This month marks the 80th anniversary of the death of John Maclean.
Maclean was an outstanding figure. He was Britain's most famous Marxist
propagandist and revolutionary organiser. At great personal cost, he
hailed the Bolshevik Revolution and fought hard to promote the world
socialist revolution. The following article gives a glimpse of his
life, commitment and contribution to the workers' movement.
John Maclean was undoubtedly a class fighter and Marxist, but he made one important mistake, and that was to succumb to the idea that a socialist revolution would be possible in Scotland, separate from the rest of Britain. Ted Grant briefly comments on why this was.
Strikes, demonstrations, political crises, Britain looks a lot different now
than it did when Blair and co came to power. For us the task of the hour is to give
active support to workers struggling to defend jobs and services and carry that
fight over into the Labour Party, into a fight for socialist policies.