A group of students organised in the UCL Social Forum, UCL Stop the War
Society and the UCLSSWS, together with other activists, occupied the
University College London on the eve of the national march against the
occupation of Iraq.
The state of the world economy, the USA, China, the disastrous war in
Iraq, all have a direct effect on the situation in Britain. Some may
find a contradiction in the fact that although Blair is very unpopular
he will almost certainly win the elections. The fact is that there is
no alternative. The workers of Britain have not forgotten what the
Tories did when they were in power. But the undercurrents are already
discernable and these will sooner or later come to the surface.
The media have just finished celebrating the 60th anniversary of the
end of the Second World War. We would like to remind our readers of an
important event that took place around the same time, the Neath
by-election on 15th May 1945. For the first time in Britain, a
Trotskyist party, the Revolutionary Communist Party, contested a
Parliamentary election. The seat was solid Labour, but the vote for the
RCP was significant. Even more significant was the way the party was
able to link up with the most advanced workers and youth.
Mick Brooks looks at the historical background to the British car
industry and in particular that of Rover. It is a history of decline,
of underinvestment, and finally of collapse. Now all the attempts to
save Rover by looking for private buyers have failed. It is a
reflection of the decline of the British capitalist class as a whole.
The closure of Rover involves the loss of 26,000 jobs, in the plant and
the industries that supply it. The present owners were called in to
“save” jobs. All they have done is siphoned off millions for
themselves. The only answer is nationalisation under workers’ control.
We recently published a review of a film shown on the BBC entitled
Faith which wove together the lives of its fictional characters with
the real events of the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike. The result was a moving
drama and an unusually honest account of this great struggle,
sympathetic to the miners and their communities. The film’s director,
David Thacker spoke to us about the making of the film and his own