MERSEYSIDE PENSIONERS’ ASSOCIATION (MPA)
Media Release – 10 August 2017
The Merseyside Pensioners Association continues to offer full support the Royal Hospital ancillary workers in dispute with the brutal employer ISS, and we support Unite the Union’s commitment to supporting and organising those workers.
We call for all cleaning and other ancillary services in the NHS to be taken back in-house as an integral part of a fully publicly owned NHS and we call on Jeremy Corbyn to include this pledge in his promise to take the NHS back into public ownership.
For further information contact Tony Mulhearn, Press and Publicity Officer on 07939098455 or Phil Maxwell on 078844928875
The Blairite brigade are regrouping and refining their anti-Corbyn strategy which is based on the notion that ‘The result was achieved in spite of Jeremy not because of him.’ This is from losers who led Labour almost into oblivion. Owen Smith’s loose lips claimed that he may have won the election. Tom Watson, the man who attacked Corbyn and praised Blairism, is preaching caution over rule changes, particularly any that empower party members to select a candidate of their choice with mandatory re-selection. Stella Creasey and Maria Eagle pointedly refused to answer whether they supported the leader. The Mirror’s Kevin Maguire quotes approvingly Emily Thornberry saying that the star of the show was not Jeremy, whom she claims to love, but it was the manifesto that did it. As if a leader does not epitomise a manifesto. I doubt that the tens of thousands who joined Labour on the basis of JC’s anti-austerity, socialist message will be fooled by all of this. But it underlines the continuing threat to the movement towards internal democracy as long as the Party machine remains in the hands of the Blairites.
TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIALIST COALITION (TUSC) NEWS RELEASE –2/09/2017
Merseyside TUSC deplores the apparent U-turn on membership of the single market and the customs union advocated by Keir Starmer. The support of the establishment press of all persuasions, along with the pro-EU wing of the Tories and Blairite Labour politicians, shows who will benefit from and be satisfied with this proposed change in Labour’s policy.
Starmer’s EU stance will anger the millions of working class people who voted Leave. It risks undermining the hard-won support garnered for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour during the general election campaign by his pro-worker manifesto.
Starmer argues that the party won’t rule out remaining in the Single Market and Customs Union permanently – as long as a deal could be struck to opt out of the EU’s free movement rules. His message is that all that needs to be achieved through Brexit is lower immigration.
Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have argued in the past that from its inception the EU has aimed to drive through neoliberal, anti-working class measures in order to maximise the profits of the capitalist elite. That remains the position.
Merseyside TUSC believes that Jeremy Corbyn should publicly repudiate Starmer’s proposals, eject him from the shadow cabinet, reject any U-turn, and reassert the position of fighting for a workers’ brexit.
Chuka strikes again. His loyalty to JC is like Brutus to Rome’s JC. He calls for ‘clear red water’ between Labour and May (presumably he uses the word ‘red’ to appear radical. Reflecting the view of 86% of the CBI he seeks to remain within the deadly embrace of the Bosses’ Club which would thwart any attempt at renationalisation and protects the practice of paying starvation wages to workers from oversees. He should test his ‘broad consensus’ with the impoverished Greek working class whose leadership traded their well-being for continuing EU imprisonment.
John (ex)Spellar Frankie (hitman) Field
Frankie (I’m out to get Corbn) Field
The Blairite shocktroops Frank Field and John Spellar (super scab Eric Hammond’s protégé) and a motley assortment of discredited zombies are storming the media to attack JC’s failure to condemn Maduro using a 3-year-old meeting with Chavez as ‘proof’ that he supports Maduro’s actions. (It’s a pity they don’t dislay such energy in fighting austerity and cuts!) They forget to mention the role of MUD, a coalition of right wing organisations, who are doing the bidding of Trump and the US state department. They are funding and organising fascist groups to add to the turmoil arising from the economic chaos. The Blairites, hysterically supported by the usual demons of the media, grotesquely proclaim that it is yet another failure of socialism. The opposite is true; the crisis arises from the FAILURE by Chavez and his successor to carry through a full-blooded socialist programme. To seek to accommodate the big corporations, as Maduro has done, and to leave the banks and other key levers of power in the hands of the capitalists is to allow them the means and the time to organise against any ‘left’ government which threatens their interests. The parallels with Chile and the military coup in 1973 are stark. JC and the Labour Movement need to draw the appropriate lessons.