The 2004 elections to the European Parliament, London Assembly, and local
councils were a historic defeat for Blair and the Labour leaders. Phil
Mitchinson looks at the rise of the UK Independence Party, and the lessons of
Britain's Super Thursday elections.
The Butler Report, the official inquiry into how intelligence sources were used by the Blair government to justify the war in Iraq, has produced nothing surprising. It is another whitewash, just like the Hutton report. What is amazing however is that it provides enough evidence to show that the government did indeed lie to the British people, that it went to war under false pretences.
The Blair government is facing serious difficulties. It cannot convince
the trade unions that its pro-big business policies, its continued
privatisation of public assets are in the interests of the working
class. Brown tried to make up for this by hinting that in some way he
might be “old Labour”. In reality there is no fundamental difference
between the two.
The Labour Representation Committee (LRC) held its first rally last
night at this year’s Labour Party Conference in Brighton attended by
some 250 activists. This successful event marks an important milestone
in the challenge to Blairism and the campaign to reclaim the Labour
Party. Alan Woods was among the speakers.
GM Europe makers of Vauxhall (Opel) announced this month that they are
planning to cut 12,000 workers across the continent – the equivalent to
20% of the European workforce. They are carrying through these attacks
to put them back into profit.