Oppose driver only trains

Oppose Drive Only Trains – TUSC calls for a maximum turnout on the RMT’s  lobby of Merseytravel at Mann Island Pier Head on Monday 17 July. Assemble at 12.30pm. Send a message to Labour councillors that their first responsibility is to support the trade union and public demand for safety before profit.

Support the RMT – Oppose cuts

TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIALIST COALITION (TUSC) NEWS RELEASE –13/7/2017

Oppose Drive Only Trains and Tory/Council Cuts

Support the RMT’s call to lobby Merseytravel at Mann Island on Monday 17 July at 1pm

The general election result reflected a popular surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity alternative. It has sent out the clearest possible message that the British people have rejected the Tory programme of cuts, austerity, privatisation and division and there is no mandate for diluting safety on our transport services by imposing driver-only trains.

Local councils responsible for the Merseyrail and Northern Rail franchises should immediately push to lift the threat to guards on their trains and stand firm in the face of any opposition they may incur from the Department of Transport.

TUSC decided not to stand candidates in the general election and to campaign for a Jeremy Corbyn-led government, but the Blairites have not gone away. They are preparing to mount another attack on JC and his supporters; they are especially strong amongst Labour councillors who continue to implement cuts.

TUSC will campaign for the Tories to be forced out of government before the next set of local elections in May 2018, and for Labour councils to stop implementing cuts even if the Tories are clinging on. But in the event that Labour councillors continue to carry out May’s austerity policies, TUSC calls for them to be deselected and replaced by councillors who are prepared to fight Tory vandalisation of local services.

LP democracy gains pace

Full marks to Jeremy for personally backing a rule change that will allow new members to participate in selection meetings. Previously only those who joined before summer of 2015 were allowed a vote.

The Whingeing Tendency are in full cry. The democratic decision of the Wavertree members to elect an EC of their choice has been greeted with horror by the Blairites. Yvette Cooper has described the eminently reasonable suggestion for Luciana Berger to ‘get on board’ as intimidation. These sensitive souls seem to forget their diatribe of hate, and sabotage against JC and calls for many of his supporters to be expelled. Caroline Flint, apparently suffering from amnesia, called for talk of reselection to be abandoned as being a distraction when Labour should be concentrating on fighting the Tories who are ‘in disarray’.  Even right wing BBC hack Andrew Neil reminded her that the Blairites had done exactly that after Cameron and Co resigned. Instead of attacking the Tories they turned their fire on the democratically elected leader. The fantastic reception for JC at Durham and the clear hostility to the Blairites indicated massive support for empowering the members to select the candidates of their choice.

The Blairites regroup

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.