Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/175/7932

From The Socialist newspaper, 29 September 2000

Blair's empty promises

TONY BLAIR and his government used their party conference speeches to frighten voters about a possible return of the Tories. But while working-class people shiver at the nightmare of Hague and his motley crew returning to government, many will also ask what exactly can Labour offer that's different to the Tories?

People are angry with Labour precisely because it carried out with gusto Tory spending plans. They have increased taxes, like the Tories before them, and also like the Tories have privatised and worsened public services.

Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist said: "Labour have done the seemingly impossible - given a discredited and hated Tory Party an opinion poll lead. They risk losing the next general election because instead of reversing the policies of the Tories, they've adopted them and run the system just like them. They're like shop stewards who become foremen."

Now Labour promises to 'get it right', especially for pensioners, but what exactly are they going to do to get it right? Gordon Brown's promises for pensioners are vague 'pie-in-the sky'. Even one of Labour's biggest supporters, the Daily Mirror demanded of Brown: "let's see the colour of your money".

Recent weeks show that action can extract concessions from this government. But don't be conned by Blair's spin. Labour's tactic is to buy time and hope the anger against them will subside.

But that anger won't subside, especially not when Blair's government does nothing against the companies and big businessmen which accumulate obscene wealth. 'Fat Fish' Bill Alexander, chief executive of Thames Water, is about to personally gain 1 million because the company is being taken over by German utility giant RWE.

Mick Griffiths, a Yorkshire health worker said: "Blair's speech was the biggest exercise in double-speak I've ever heard. He claims to have helped the poor but he's increased the numbers in poverty while increasing the number of millionaires.

"Working-class people have experienced the biggest ever transfer of wealth from the poorest to the mega-rich in three years. It's increased my determination to build a working-class socialist alternative to both New Labour and the Tories."

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


In The Socialist 29 September 2000:

Blair's empty promises

Biwaters workers fight closure

Prague Protests Czech police go in heavy

The movement which stopped Britain

When Housing goes to market

Indian kidnapping stokes sectarian divisions

New Labour and the Trade Unions

What's the alternative to New Labour?

Free the Funds


 

Home   |   The Socialist 29 September 2000   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Labour:

triangleSwansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

triangleThe end of the Tories?

triangleSalford Unison condemns pay cuts

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangleDon't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish

Tories:

triangleNHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts

triangleTories wreck our NHS

triangleThe Tories must be driven out

triangleTories Out demo - Photos

Working-class:

triangleHow Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

triangleSocialist Party Congress 2017 reports

Pensioners:

triangleBT attack on pension benefits

triangle'Freedom riders' lobby against violent policing

Tony Blair:

triangleFrom Militant to the Socialist Party

Dave Nellist:

triangleWho's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

12/10/17

Cleaners

Justice for Tube cleaners demo

11/10/17

Salford

Salford Unison condemns pay cuts

11/10/17

Royal Mail

CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

11/10/17

Carlisle

Carlisle NHS campaigners hand in petition to MP

11/10/17

Green

Don't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish

11/10/17

Fire

No more fire deaths - ensure safety now!

11/10/17

Cardiff

Cardiff Socialist Students confront 'Parasite' Jacob Rees-Mogg

11/10/17

John McDonnell

Manchester rally discussed unionisation and nationalisation

11/10/17

Orgreave

Join the Orgreave Halloween rally

11/10/17

Union

Workplace news in brief

11/10/17

Democratic rights

Who's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

6/10/17

Northern Ireland

Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

5/10/17

Runcorn

Too much to cross the Mersey

4/10/17

Royal Mail

Set for national strike action

4/10/17

London

Supporting the general strike in Catalonia

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


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

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle16 Oct Teesside Socialist Party: After the party conferences

triangle17 Oct London: TUC lobby & rally; and London march

triangle18 Oct Warrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangle18 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: 100 years ago - the Bolshevik-led revolution

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 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