Will Steve McNichol LP GS move swiftly?

 

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‘Swiftly?……er…I don’t know! Is she a Socialist or a Blairite?’

 

Hate Incident Angers Merseyside Pensioners

The Merseyside Pensioners Association (MPA) have called for the resignation of a Liverpool City Councillor Clare McIntyre following a comment she posted on social media against one of their members.

The post has been investigated by Merseyside police as a hate incident. The victim of the incident was MPA member Phil Maxwell who is also the ‘Disability Lead’ for Wavertree constituency Labour Party.

Labour Party General Secretary Ian McNichol will also be informed of this situation and we trust he will take appropriate action to ensure this behaviour by a Labour Party councillor will neither be tolerated or repeated.
Chair of the MPA Julie Lyon-Taylor said “In full knowledge of Phil’s condition as a disabled person living with cancer, Cllr McIntyre cruelly taunted Phil with an invitation to campaign “on the doorsteps”. Understandably Phil has been acutely distressed by this abuse. It is clear that Cllr McIntyre has broken the Liverpool City Council code of conduct, which states that councillors must “treat others with respect” and must not “discriminate against people on the grounds of disability” or “bully” or “intimidate”.”
Cllr McIntyre’s comment came after Phil posted a photograph of Jeremy Corbyn with a quote about how a Labour government would increase the minimum wage.

After being contacted by the Merseyside police hate crime coordinator Cllr McIntyre emailed a short ‘apology’ to Phil that was grossly insensitive and has resulted in putting Phil under further emotional and psychological stress. The message was posted for 12 days even though a following message, posted on the same day said “Clare your comment is offensive and discriminatory towards a disabled member of the party.”
Marie Harrison, MPA secretary said “Our public servants must be held up to scrutiny in exactly the same way we would hold other employees and citizens up to scrutiny for their conduct, especially when it involves questions of discrimination and abuse on the basis of race, gender, sexuality or disability.”

Following advice from his GP Phil has left the site where Cllr McIntyre posted her comment. Merseyside police have referred Phil to their victim support service and is now receiving counselling from the Anthony Walker Foundation.

The MPA has made a formal complaint to the Council and is seeking an urgent meeting with the Chief Monitoring Officer of Liverpool City Council and the Labour Chief Whip Cllr Alan Dean.

 

Michael Howard, Roy Hattersley and the President of the Flat Earth Society

 

 

Hattersley

Tony Blair’s my god

 

 

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Nobody’s poor – Everyone’s loaded

 

With breathtaking bravura or sheer delusion BBC flagship programme Sunday Politics and the ‘quality’ Observer surpassed themselves when they afforded a platform to Michael Howard and Roy Hattersley who emerged, cobwebs clinging, from their crypts.

The Equality Trust says the UK has a very high level of income inequality compared to other developed countries. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has reported an extra 400,000 children and 300,000 more pensioners falling into poverty since 2013, the day after the Social Mobility Commission resigned in protest at the government ignoring its every recommendation. This follows the Institute for Fiscal Studies warning that 37% of children will fall below the government’s own poverty line by 2021.
Howard, who used to lead the Tories, uttered this pearl of wisdom: ‘Income inequality is the lowest for 30 years.’

Roy Hattersley, remember him? The bloke who, with his mate Neil Kinnock, led Labour to its worst defeat since 1931 and unleashed the tentacles of Blairism which crushed, in Blair’s own words, ‘every radical impulse’ out of the Party.

Writing in the Observer he had this to say: Labour is facing the biggest crisis in its history as the leftwing pressure group Momentum tries to purge it of moderate MPs and councillors in a systematic takeover of the party. Momentum now poses a far more serious threat to Labour than Militant did three decades ago. He says that unless ‘Real Labour’ challenges what he calls ‘subversion’ by far-left forces, democratic socialism could die a slow death.

Well, Hattersley knows all about the death of socialism. Under him and Kinnock it wasn’t a slow death, it was brutal and sudden, exemplified by ripping Clause 4 out of the heart of Labour, with the assistance of John Prescott. These three, of course, now reside in the Lords collecting their tasty expenses and gold-plated pensions – rewards lavished on them by a grateful capitalist State for services rendered.

Hattersley’s idea of democracy is when an appointed clique imposes a short list of candidates on the membership. When this bureaucratic manoeuvre is challenged he cries ‘bullying and intimidation.’

‘Thirty years ago,’ he declaims, ‘moderates won the battle against Militant by taking the campaign to the country and demonstrating that genuine democratic socialism was worth fighting for. He means he and his fellow right-wingers resorted to distortion and outright lies against the left and used Murdoch, Maxwell, and the rest of the capitalist media to besmirch good socialist comrades.

In language plucked straight from the Murdoch editorials of the 80s, he claims ‘Momentum now poses a far more serious threat to Labour than Militant did three decades ago.

No doubt the Sunday Politics show will maintain its genius for modern revelations. Look out for its next guest:

The President of the Flat Earth Society.

No dunce’s hat is big enough for ‘Labour’ negotiators

With John Tully

‘I negotiated the deal only the fat cats want’

Unite, the GMB and the PCS organised the rally attended by hundreds of workers in Williamson Square Liverpool to show their determination to continue to fight for decent wages for bus drivers, for safety on our trains, and to retain our job centres

RMT Regional Secretary John Tully berated Labour-backed Merseytravel for placing profit before safety. John’s speech brilliantly exposed the farce of a Tory government privatising Rail which is then nationalised by a foreign government who use the profits they make to subsidise the rail fares of their own people, and whose loss of income resulting from industrial action is bank-rolled by the local tax-payers.

There isn’t a dunce’s hat big enough for the genius who negotiated that deal.  As Merseytravel’s board has been controlled by people wearing the ‘Labour’ brand for years the identity of the negotiator should be revealed to an interested public.

John gave more examples of guards intervening in situations where first-aid was essential and protecting passengers from a knife-point incident. He told the rally that the determination of his members to continue the fight was undiminished. He finished by demanding to know why ‘Labour’ Mayors Rotheram and Anderson are on the bosses’ side and not the workers. A question which is resonating more widely as the dispute continues.

Unite and PCS speakers were equally determined to secure their just claims. Martin Cavanagh of the PCS EC pledged to intensify their campaign to defend services under threat and to support those taking strike action to defend the public.

John Tully reported he had heard no constructive proposals from Merseytravel and their fight for safety will continue unabated.

It’s time for Jeremy Corbyn to intervene and remind these Labour Mayors that it is Labour’s policy to oppose driver only trains and that their first responsibility is to support workers in struggle in defence of this important principle.

 

Bin the Birmingham Blairites!

 

United we can defeat the Tory/Blairites

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition salutes the hard fought victory of Birmingham’s bin workers.

Birmingham council have backed down on the eve of a High Court hearing to determine whether their 106 threatened redundancies were lawful.

Under pressure from Unite the Union’s bin workers the council have agreed to withdraw the redundancies and give the affected workers new job titles and duties while maintaining their current grade, pay and conditions.

It proves that if you fight you can win. If you don’t, defeat is guaranteed.

This dispute has exposed the sorry role of Blairite Labour councillors who, from day one of the banker-induced financial crisis, have slavishly carried out every cut demanded by the Tories.

With a handful of exceptions 6000 Labour Councillors have refused to fight Tory cuts, and instead have imposed draconic cuts on the very people who rely on Labour to protect them.

The question has to be posed: should right wing councillors who have hijacked the name ‘Labour’ and do the bidding of the Tories and who spent over £6million of public money to try and break the strike, be given a free ride in future elections?

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition says NO.

The battle to drive Blairite councillors from the Labour Party must continue. In the 2018 May elections many bin workers will be up for challenging Labour councillors whose strike-breaking tactics have dragged the term ‘Labour’ in the mud.

These councillors act as though Jeremy Corbyn ws never elected leader on an anti-austerity platform. Challenging them would be not be opposing Jeremy Corbyn. It is they who oppose everything Corbyn stands for.

It’s time they were held to account.

Merril Lynch – your sponging bank who sees big bucks in Trump and fears Jeremy Corbyn

While I denigrate the innocents I’ll increase your mega profits

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James Gorman. Worried about where his next million is coming from

The US investment bank Morgan Stanley has warned that Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister would be worse for British business than Brexit.

The bank said that nationalisation of industries, higher taxes on corporations and more spending on low-income household and the public sector could – horror of horrors – decrease the value of UK companies.

Morgan Stanley, the state-hating, socialist fearing, so-called creator of all wealth, went cap in hand for a $107.3 billion bail-out from the Fed during the 2008 crisis. This was more than any other bank.

In December 2015, it was reported that they intended to cut around 25 percent of its fixed income jobs.

The bank said this about Trump: ‘His anti-terrorism stance will also have positive implications for Defense stocks.’

As the bank’s stock surged on the back of Trump’s victory, chief executive James Gorman made a $2.9m profit in one day by exercising share options. This year Gorman will receive $22.5 million in total ‘compensation’.

Never mind Trump’s racist rants, his misogyny, his legitimising of fascist murderers, his pandering to the basest instincts of his electoral base, if his policies turn a quick buck, that sits OK with Morgan Stanley.

 

 

The cough drop kid strikes again

When I signal, pass me a cough drop and I’ll crack a gag

Hammond apes the antics of Bob Hope in an old movie called The Lemon Drop Kid in which Hope would put a lemon drop in ear which would attract race horses at the track who would nibble his ear.

He would kid his gullible audience that the horse was whispering him a tip, at which he would gather up their money on this ‘sure thing’ and then disappear with the loot.

Hammond and May seem to have adopted the same con trick with their cough lozenges.

They distract the audience while slippery Phil pulls his con. The difference between him and Hope is that he fools nobody.

Even former Conservative health secretary Stephen Dorrell, who is now the chair of the membership body for health service care providers (talk about putting Billy Bunter in charge of the tuck shop!) observed ‘It is extremely important that the two words “social care” didn’t pass the chancellor’s lips on budget day.’ It is clear that the Tories quaver at Hammond’s gaffes and utterances.

In any case the tax dodgers who bankroll the Tory Party can rest easy as long as Phil and Teresa stay in charge.

Universal Credit is still in place. Decent affordable housing won’t be available. The tops of HMRC advise the fat cats how to dodge their tax responsibilities. Public sector pay is still capped. What’s not to be content with?

They’d better make the best of it. A Corbyn-led government is waiting in the wings. With an almighty shove  organised Labour can and should organise to turf them into the dustbin of history.

 

The myopic thoughts of Philip Hammond

 

Philip Hammond’s demeanor as he intones on jobs, the NHS and unemployment reveal a man who lives not only in a bubble, but a bubble of such impenetrable density that it protects him from the reality of life outside that of the mega rich.

His pearls include ‘The economy is healing’, ‘There is no unemployment’, ‘There are no low paid jobs’

Not to mention the catastrophe of Universal Credit affecting the lives of thousands, he is unaware of the plight of the 1.5 million people unemployed, and at least a million people on zero-hours contracts.

He regurgitates the Tory claim about more people being employed than ever before. An estimated 3 million of these are in the gig economy without a future or basic security to plan a decent life.

Hammond says the budget would be ‘balanced’. That word used to imply fairness. In Hammond’s world it means balancing income in favour of the mega rich.

The chilling thing about him is that he really believes the claptrap he utters.

Like Colonel Dax in WWI film Paths of Glory who asks the corrupt French general who tries to justify the execution of three innocent foot soldiers sacrificed to protect a crazed commander from the failure of a suicide mission: ‘Excuse me sir, but do you really believe a single word of what you have just said.’

The French general didn’t, but Hammond does. That’s why any appeal to reason is wasted. What is required is a mass campaign to force a general election and rid the country of this government of the oligarchs.