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The political awakening of thousands of school students in Britain and across the globe is very inspiring indeed. These young people need to be encouraged, not patronised.
They've had enough of the ruling elites offering them nothing but the gig economy, zero-hour contracts, low wages, sexism and racism. Not to mention inequality and division. They will gravitate to a democratic socialist society based on human solidarity and unity.
Let the ruling class tremble at the spectre of these young brigades on the march. The winds of change are blowing and the genie is out of the bottle. The future is theirs. Let them embrace it with our full support.
Bill Buchanan, Nottingham
No planet B
(By text) I've just arrived in Westminster (15 February), which is gridlocked by thousands, maybe tens of thousands, stretching far as I can see - of striking school students, walking out against climate change. They're chanting "save our planet", marching on Downing Street.
Enormous support from passing workers... Huge anger and enthusiasm coming off in waves of deafening cheers... Homemade placards: "There is no planet B", "End fossil fuel subsidies" and many imploring the establishment to "wake up".
The Socialist Party is here in support of the school students' demands, to argue for an end to the system responsible for stealing their and our futures - the profit system, capitalism - and the necessity of workers' action as the only force capable of creating the alternative, socialism.
James Ivens, East London
The Independent Group of Labour (and now Tory) MPs is backed up by a company called Gemini A Ltd, which was registered at Companies House on 16 January this year.
I used to work with a company that helped companies set up with Companies House. It takes approximately a fortnight and that will be its incorporated date, then usually two to three working days to add a director to that company. Gavin Shuker MP is the listed director.
So, considering those timescales, it would've been around Christmas when the forms were originally filed, so considering that the Labour defectors are stating Corbyn's openness to a deal over Brexit, and the latest slurs of antisemitism in the Labour Party, both of these happened after the forms would've been filed.
Kind of shows they had this intention to break away all along!
Matt Hirst, Huddersfield
- Instead of registering as a political party, the Independent Group, as a private company, doesn't have to declare its financial backers - editors.
It says a lot about the politics of Labour's backstabbers in the Independent Group having whole-heartedly embraced the three Tory MP defectors.
One of the three is Anna Soubry, who when quizzed by reporters about having any regrets over implementing austerity said: "I believe we did the right thing in the coalition government in particular," and that the coalition did "a marvellous job". "I think the things we did to the economy were absolutely necessary at the time, I don't have a problem with that," she added.
By their friends shall ye know them!
Simon Carter, East London
Multi-millionaire Tony Blair once had a vice-like grip on the Labour Party. Internal democracy was destroyed. Labour's socialist objective was erased from the constitution, an orgy of privatisation followed, and a vicious imperialist war against Iraq led to thousands of civilians losing their lives.
To have the support of seven traitors is not all that magnificent in comparison. To read the Sun and the Daily Mail you would think this was the death of the Labour Party. On the contrary, to coin a phrase, 'better out than in'.
And any socialist would curl up and die of shame to be supported by the right-wing press and fawned over by the BBC.
The honourable course would be to stand for re-election and see if the voters really want these defectors. But they are not the people for honourable courses.
Chuka Umunna's volte-face on the issue of antisemitism is a case in point. He said three years ago there was no evidence of antisemitism in Labour but now chimes in happily with the gutter press chorus of anti-socialism.
Derek McMillan, East Sussex
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