Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1135/32572

From The Socialist newspaper, 26 May 2021

Lancaster Greens do deal with Tories

Lancaster Town Hall. Photo: ClemRutter/CC

Lancaster Town Hall. Photo: ClemRutter/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Brent Kennedy, Carlisle Socialist Party

Last week brought more reminders that stopping global heating is incompatible with the capitalist profit motive. Even as transport and energy move to decarbonise, the petrochemical corporations are using their oil to ramp up the production of single-use plastics, in which the big banks invest 100 times more than in recycling.

The Tories are licensing new oil and gas fields in the North Sea. After their ten-year 'voluntary phaseout' of digging peat produced no change, they've extended it again until 2024.

Meanwhile the Greens, having recently benefited from Labour's decline by getting more councillors elected, now lead Lancaster city council - dependent on Tory support. The deal was that the Tories got the chairs of the council committees and the Green Party leader got to be the figurehead.

As the leader of the Tories explained: "The Conservative group shares many similar core values and vision", including "prudent economics". In other words, being prepared to carry out Tory government cuts to local jobs, wages and services. Three of the five ex-Labour 'Ecosocialists' are backing this, with one being elected deputy leader of the council with Tory votes.

Lancaster Labour councillors have tried to score points over this deal with the Tories, but Labour ran Cumbria county council in an open coalition with the Tories for four years, and now with the Lib-Dems, implementing Tory cuts.

Why did the Greens leave the so-called 'Progressive Alliance' with Labour and the Lib-Dems in Lancaster? Because the Greens' Caroline Jackson didn't like Labour's Dr Lewis's 'leadership style'! But where are the fundamental political differences? How does this help mobilise the local working class to fight for permanent, well-paid jobs in renewable or public services?

Faced with the return of the Labour Party to Blairism nationally under Starmer, some former Corbynistas have joined the Greens. But because the Greens 'can't wait for socialism' and so choose to operate within capitalism, they are forced to follow the logic of capitalist economics and politics. For all the well-meaning local 'projects' and a superficially different 'style', it's impossible to protect the environment from climate change - let alone workers' living standards and public services - by getting into bed with the politicians who represent the interests of the banks and big business.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • We must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 26 May 2021:


What we think

Palestinians need a new socialist intifada


News

Our lives, our jobs, our future - Not safe in Tory hands

Fight for the right to protest

Great British Railways shake-up offers no end to profiteering

Organise to oppose Tory academisation plans

Lancaster Greens do deal with Tories

News in brief


NHS

Organise for 3 July NHS pay protests


Scottish Independence

Where now for the Scottish independence movement?


Workplace

Metroline London bus workers win huge victory

Goodlord sacks strikers - fight the penny-pinching, bullying bosses!

Thurrock refuse workers beat council and bin pay cut

RMT: Support Alan Pottage for assistant general secretary

NUJ leadership pushes through subs increase but left lands blows at conference

CWU elections: Vote for a fighting, campaigning, socialist EC member

'Fire and rehire' attempts spread - coordinated fightback needed

Cadent Gas plans 200 job losses


International

Mexico City subway train collapse - negligence, corruption and capitalism

US right to abortion under threat: Mass campaign to support the right to choose must be built


Campaigns

Stop Israeli state terror against Palestinians

Leicester protest against arms supplies to Israel

Palestine protesters donate to fund socialist material

Cladding anger builds - protest on 5 June


Readers' Opinion

Get up, stand up - don't give up the fight!

Film review: Nomadland

TV review: Three Families is excellent. But protest movement is missing

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 26 May 2021   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Green Party:

triangleGerman Greens: The image and reality

triangleTUSC is back

triangleGreen Party offers no alternative for young people and climate change chaos

triangleCanterbury Socialist Party attends 'I, Daniel Blake' film night

triangleUniversal basic income - what do socialists say?

Lancaster:

triangleName and shame the worst behaviour by housing associations

triangleTheatre: 'Tinned Goods' - women during miners' strike

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleLancashire Socialist Party: Corbyn wins! - What next?

Labour:

triangleCorbyn had a social care plan

triangle10 years since Occupy

triangleInterview: Bakers' union to vote on Labour disaffiliation

Council:

triangleLeeds taxi drivers and disabled passengers unite to fight station changes

triangleW Sussex 'disability tax' - protest not going away

Climate change:

triangleUnemployment, low pay, rip-off uni fees, climate change... Join the fight for Socialism

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

22/9/21

Labour

Workers' politics won't come from Labour

22/9/21

Energy

Energy market chaos makes the case for nationalisation

22/9/21

Universal Credit

Tory cuts to UC: we need a union fightback

22/9/21

Students

Unemployment, low pay, rip-off uni fees, climate change... Join the fight for Socialism

22/9/21

Climate change

Famine in Madagascar

22/9/21

Capitalism

Life expectancy falls - a condemnation of capitalism

22/9/21

Tax

Tax fraud could be over 20 billion annually

22/9/21

Pay

Socialists and the four-day week

22/9/21

Workers

Working class under attack

15/9/21

The Socialist

We need a new political party for workers and youth

15/9/21

Universal Credit

Hands off the uplift

15/9/21

Workers

What's behind the worker shortages, and what can be done about it?

15/9/21

Health

Deaths of despair: Health crisis - capitalism in the dock

15/9/21

NHS

Take the wealth off the super-rich to fund: NHS and social care, pay and benefit rises

15/9/21

NHS

Social care plans: A sticking plaster instead of surgery

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999