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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 May 2000

Oppose Hague's Asylum Lies

TORY LEADER William Hague is spreading racist lies about refugees. He warned that more supporters of the far-right National Front would take to the streets if New Labour didn't stop asylum seekers "flooding into the country".

If the National Front and the fascist British National Party get an increased vote in Thursday's elections, it will be Hague's responsibility. He's acting as election agent for the fascists.

Many people have lost their faith in Labour who are likely to get a hammering at the polls. But the Tories aren't gaining because they can't disagree with many of Blair's Tory policies - and their own political ideas are equally discredited.

So the Tories are trying to outflank Labour from the right with racist filth.

Hague calls refugees 'bogus' asylum seekers but most new asylum applicants come from ex-Yugoslavia - Kosova, Montenegro and Serbia.

These refugees are fleeing ethnic cleansing and retaliatory killings, following devastating internal strife and wars in which Western governments have played an horrendous role. Many areas of ex-Yugoslavia were devastated by NATO bombs.

Many other asylum-seekers come from areas where wars, conflicts and dictators, (often Western favoured politicians), are threatening the lives of millions.

The Home Office dealt with 11,340 asylum applications last month in a desperate attempt to deal with the backlog of cases.

But an astonishing 81% of people who applied had their applications refused, that's up from 76% last year.

New Labour also spreads lies about refugees. Home Secretary Straw is implementing his own vicious Asylum and Immigration Act. He wants to kid people that New Labour's capitalist policies would have created a utopia if not for a few thousand asylum-seekers. That is rubbish!

The pro-big business parties, Tory, New Labour and Lib Dems, are scapegoating the most vulnerable to counter the growing anger at job losses and cuts in public services.

They want us to blame a handful of asylum seekers for the damage caused by their crazy capitalist system.

It's not asylum-seekers who threaten to close Rover or Ford Dagenham - it's fat-cat businessmen and politicians who think the value of millionaires' shares is more important than workers' jobs.

It's not asylum-seekers who cut and privatise public services. It's capitalist politicians, to please their grasping friends in big business and the media. Don't let them divide and rule us! Fight the real enemy - capitalism's greed for profits.

Defend the right of asylum
Scrap the Asylum and Immigration Act and all other racist laws
Stand up to racism and fascism
Join the fightback against the job-cutters.
Build a united community campaign for proper funding of all public services

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In The Socialist 5 May 2000:

Take Over Rover

Oppose Hague's Asylum Lies

May Day Protests

Teachers refuse to cross the performance pay threshold

Tackling the propaganda

Capitalist restoration and the struggles of the Russian workers


 

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