Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/912/23341

From The Socialist newspaper, 10 August 2016

Letters to the editors

The Socialist inbox

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell marching with teachers and junior doctors, 2016, photo Garry Knight (Creative Commons)

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell marching with teachers and junior doctors, 2016, photo Garry Knight (Creative Commons)   (Click to enlarge)

Do you have something to say?

Send your news, views and criticism in not more than 150 words to Socialist Postbox, PO Box 24697, London E11 1YD, phone 020 8988 8771 or email editors@socialistparty.org.uk.

We reserve the right to shorten and edit letters. Don't forget to give your name, address and phone number. Confidentiality will be respected if requested.

Views of letter writers do not necessarily match those of the Socialist Party.


Blairite bullies

I have been moved to write this letter after witnessing yet another vile and rabid attack against Jeremy Corbyn supporters.

The situation concerning the expulsion of six Militant supporters from Blackburn Labour Party in 1984 has been covered in previous issues of the Socialist newspaper.

However, these have featured predominantly the bureaucratic manoeuvres used against us. I wish to focus now on just some of the abuse and lies also deployed to discredit us by right-wing and even some soft-left Labour Party members.

We were falsely accused of theft and illegal activities, which two national newspapers and Jack Straw MP were forced later to retract. I was accused of violence, which again Jack Straw was forced to retract, ironically following an incident that had me being threatened by the party chairman with an axe!

I was also threatened to be shot in both kneecaps, my flat had a brick thrown through its window, and was later burgled of all my possessions.

I was victim in my Labour Party ward of a lying whispering campaign to get people out to remove me from my local party executive positions. These lies included me being called a paedophile - I was an unemployed school teacher.

We were accused of extramarital affairs, illegal drug taking, and the local paper published inflammatory and distorted comments about us. Those Militant supporters lucky enough to be in work were spoken to by their bosses and made to feel their livelihoods were under threat. Worse than that, one young socialist attempted suicide due to all the pressure he was put under in this witch-hunt.

I could continue, but would conclude by saying this to those both inside and outside the Labour Party supporting Jeremy Corbyn: hold firmly to your socialist principles. Work in solidarity with others inside the labour movement - but be prepared for anything!

Clearly the right-wing careerists in the Labour Party can see the writing on the wall re their futures. With the prospect of reselection - a threat to their positions of power, prestige and income - and seeing radicalised new layers moving into action - these careerists will stop at nothing to tarnish and smear their opponents.

Solidarity and courage are essential!

Peter Harris, Blackburn

Election selection

Now that Eagle had dropped out, Owen Smith is the only challenger to Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership contest.

It's interesting to see that three quarters of MPs elected in by-elections since Corbyn became leader have nominated Owen Smith for Labour leader. They are Rosena Allin-Khan, Jim McMahon and Chris Elmore. The other, Gill Furniss, voted against Corbyn in the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) no-confidence vote.

While Harry Harpham - who Furniss replaced after his death - had backed Andy Burnham, all of the MPs the others replaced backed Corbyn in 2015. Of course Sadiq Khan, for example, didn't vote for Corbyn in the ensuing election.

This shows just how vital the question of the rank and file having control over the selection of MPs is.

Iain Dalton, Leeds

Evil lesser evil

Owen Jones has demonstrated once again how little understanding he has of the social and political forces currently at work by calling for Sanders supporters to rally behind Hilary Clinton. This is in spite of the fact that the rise of Trump is directly tied to decades of successive neoliberal regimes, of which Clinton is widely seen as one of the main representatives.

Calling for people to vote for Clinton is calling for people to vote for the status quo. All the status quo has to offer is war, austerity, and human suffering!

Society, particularly in the US, is polarising right now, and this provides probably the best opportunity in history to break through the two-party system. Since Sanders has capitulated to the demands of the (un)Democratic Party, this means that the best course of action is now to provide critical support for Jill Stein from the Greens.

This is the position of Socialist Alternative - the Socialist Party's co-thinkers in the US.

People are looking for answers, and if the left fails to provide them then the right will fill the vacuum.

Tom Barker, Leicester

Owen goal

I just read an article on Owen Smith, about an interview he gave. This part upset me: "I'm glad you think I'm normal. I am normal. You know, I grew up in a normal household. I have a wife and three children. My wife is a primary school teacher."

These remarks are not only insulting to those married and unmarried couples without children, but also single parents, gay couples and single people - and also those trying for children and those waiting to adopt children.

My wife is also a teacher, and we were trying for children for years. We then went down the IVF route which was emotionally and financially stressful. We failed, and now we are waiting to adopt, having passed all the tests.

How can this bloke be putting himself forward as a candidate to be leader of the Labour Party when he is so out of touch with modern society? I would expect those backward remarks from a Tory. How can he go on about an 'equal' and 'just' society when he comes out with remarks like that?

Chris Fernandez, Derby

Fighting racism

After the EU referendum, reports from around the country pointed to a worrying spike in racist incidents. BBC London news (4 July) gave the figure of an average of 67 reported racist offenses in London per day, up 20% compared to before 23 June.

Some left Remainers point to this to attack the correctness of the left Leave campaign. In doing so they unfortunately highlight their refusal to learn the necessary lessons, not only of the rise of Ukip, but also how to combat racism generally.

By succumbing to the creed of lesser evilism, and declining to take an independent class position, Corbyn, O'Grady et al failed to win over rightly sceptical workers, and left a vacuum which Ukip has been able to exploit.

But the pessimists ought not to despair. Rather they need to be spurred into action. Opportunities are presenting themselves again, and the labour movement is capable of undermining racism - provided it breaks with the Blairites and takes up the fight for jobs, homes and services for all.

Magnus Dewsbury, Southwark, south London

Sleeping lions

In 1908, Ben Tillett - in his pamphlet 'Is the Parliamentary Labour Party a failure?' - put: "The House of Commons and the country, which respected and feared the Labour Party, are now fast approaching a condition of contempt towards its parliamentary representatives. The lion has no teeth or claws, and is losing his growl too."

Mike, Southampton

Zeroing in

The latest edition of the National Express company magazine included an article congratulating a young woman from Southampton who had successfully completed her work experience and had been awarded a zero-hour contract.

It doesn't matter how hard you work, you still can't be guaranteed a proper job with regular hours.

Unions should be campaigning for Britain to follow the example of New Zealand and ban zero-hour contracts. They also need to establish control over hiring and firing, and make sure flexible working is there for those who want it, but on workers' terms, not the bosses' terms.

A National Express employee

Corbyn carping

The attacks on Jeremy Corbyn seem to be getting more and more ridiculous. Only the other day, ITV News, on the subject of deselection of certain MPs, said that JC was like "a nasty boss sacking his workers."

Now if they want to go down that road, it is an implied term in any contract of employment that the mutual trust and confidence between employer and employee should not be damaged or destroyed.

Well, the Blairites are certainly guilty of this, so by ITV's logic it becomes the duty of JC to sack the lot of them.

Jon Elvin, Hillingdon, west London

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 10 August 2016:


#KeepCorbyn

#KeepCorbyn: stand firm for socialism

Liverpool: Corbyn slams "politics of the elite"

Wallasey Labour meet in resistance to the Blairites

Mood for unity but not with right-wing Labour infiltrators

Thousands attend Corbyn rally in Cornwall

Bristol: Jeremy Corbyn wins support from young people

Hull: Jeremy Corbyn rally the biggest for 20 years

Jeremy Corbyn attracts 1,000 in York


Socialist Party news and analysis

Fresh bank crash looms

No to new grammars

Fight to defend HIV drug victory

UK wage drop as bad as Greece

Privatised medical record chaos

Them & Us


Grunwick strike

Grunwick strike 40 years on - lessons of an epic battle


Socialist Party workplace news

Fawley strike defeats 'race to bottom' exploitation of migrant workers

Low paid cleaners declare victory after 58 days on strike

Samworth Brothers step up bullying and intimidation of workers

Communication Workers Union backs Jeremy Corbyn

HMY Radford shopfitters strike against penny-pinching company

South Wales NUM supports Jeremy Corbyn

Paul Reilly for RMT EC


2011 Riots

2011 riots: An outpouring of anger at the system


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Axe the Housing Act: 'We can't pay, we'll organise and we'll stay'

Great reception in Hackney for Chicago 'Black Lives Matter' socialist

South London #BlackLivesMatter protest marches on Downing Street

Leeds Pride 2016: Pride must be political!


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Sanctioned - a victim of government callousness

Food waste - the logic of capitalism

The Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 10 August 2016   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Letters:

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleThe Socialist inbox

The Socialist:

triangleSalford Socialist Party: Building the Socialist Party

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: Building the Socialist Party

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleSocialist sales highest in years as mistrust in capitalist media hits record levels

Socialist:

triangleTheatre: 'Young Marx' shows growth in great platform for his ideas

triangleSocialist Party women's meeting brings together members to share experiences

triangleSouthampton Socialist Party: Is there a global nuclear threat?

Racism:

triangleSweden: School strike against deportations

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: 'You can't have capitalism without racism' - was Malcolm X correct?

Labour:

triangleCorbyn's Labour needs 100% anti-cuts strategy and fight for democracy

Labour Party:

triangleWe must fight all council cuts!

London:

triangleHeating scandal on east London estate

Jeremy Corbyn:

triangleSalford Socialist Party: Left parties, Greek tragedy and Jeremy Corbyn

MPs:

triangleTories on the brink - kick them out!

Southampton:

triangleSouthampton Socialist Party: How can we get Corbyn's policies into Southampton council?

UKIP:

triangleProtest outside Ukip conference against German far-right speaker

National Express:

triangleNationalise rail now!

Solidarity:

triangleMini-strike wave continues and intensifies

Socialist Party:

triangleSouthern Socialist Party conference

Jack Straw:

triangleHow Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

Blackburn:

triangleSocialist artists invite others to exhibit work

Leicester:

triangleHeart unit rescued by campaigning saves baby with pioneering surgery

West London:

triangleWest London Socialist Party: Israel-Palestine - Trump inflames tensions

South London:

triangleSouth London health bosses' cover-up

Zero-hour contracts:

triangleAmy Murphy for Usdaw president - vote for a fighting and democratic union

Southwark:

triangleLedbury tenants fight for decent homes

Socialist Alternative:

triangleUSA: Historic vote for Ginger Jentzen campaign in Minneapolis

Unemployed:

trianglePCS protest

Labour leadership:

triangleTories torn - bin them now

BBC:

triangleOctober 1917 reviews: 'More bright than any heaven'

Elections:

trianglePCS union 2018 elections - nominate the left slate for a continued fighting leadership

Homes:

triangleNo to the Woolwich monster block

Hillingdon:

triangleHillingdon Socialist Party: February 1917 - Russia's Tsar is overthrown

Reviews and comments

Reviews and comments

17/1/18

Theatre

Theatre: 'Young Marx' shows growth in great platform for his ideas

17/1/18

Isis

Opinion: British imperialism can take no credit in fight against Isis

17/1/18

Carers

Opinion: foster care is work - carers deserve workers' rights

10/1/18

Housing

Debate: should tower blocks form part of socialist housing policy?

10/1/18

Art

Art can help expose sexual harassment

10/1/18

The Socialist

The Socialist Inbox

3/1/18

Letters

The Socialist inbox

3/1/18

Work Capability Assessment

Tory prescription for mental illness: stress and bureaucracy

13/12/17

The Socialist

The Socialist's 2017 quiz

6/12/17

Fire

The Socialist Inbox

6/12/17

Surrey

Comment: Socialism and truth about Zane

6/12/17

Labour Party

Blairite horror and Labour's divisions graphically exposed

30/11/17

Theatre

Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike

22/11/17

Working class

Left comic's take on politics will have you in tears

22/11/17

Letters

The Socialist inbox

triangleMore Reviews and comments articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle17 Jan Corbyn's Labour needs 100% anti-cuts strategy and fight for democracy

triangle17 Jan NHS crisis: under pressure from all angles - end cuts and sell-offs!

triangle17 Jan We must fight all council cuts!

triangle16 Jan Home care workers to strike

triangle15 Jan Carillion crisis: Demand action to save jobs and services

triangle12 Jan Outrage against 'monster block' plan

triangle12 Jan Mini-strike wave continues and intensifies

More ...

triangle18 Jan Waltham Forest Socialist Party: How do we get Corbyn's policies into Waltham Forest council?

triangle18 Jan Southampton Socialist Party: Is there a global nuclear threat?

triangle18 Jan Swansea Socialist Party: Is there a threat of nuclear war?

triangle18 Jan Cardiff East Socialist Party: Building Socialism in Cardiff East

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2