Venezuela – a weapon for the Tories
The Venezuelan catastrophe is being weaponised by the usual anti-Corbyn cabal who falsely describe it as another failed socialist experiment. It is not socialism that has failed. Had socialism been carried through in Venezuela at the height of the mass movement following the failed coup against Chávez in 2002, the outcome could have been different.
Chavez defeated the coup and received support from the mass of Venezuelans and implemented reforms in their interests. But his failure to nationalise the banks, the oil reserves and other key sectors meant the capitalists could sabotage Chavez’s programme. In addition, democratic control and participation of the working class in running society were absent. Hugo developed a personality cult with himself as the supreme policy maker.
Maduro is a grotesque imitation of Chavez, and, despite his pompous declarations about socialism and revolution, his policy consists of using the state and party apparatus to manage capitalism, but it’s the Venezuelans who should hold him to account, not Jeremy Hunt, the butcher of the NHS, Trump, or Brazil’s Bolsonaro who rushed to recognise the unelected Guaidó. as president and, with breath-taking hypocrisy, they condemn the Maduro government while selling arms to the most bloodthirsty dictators on the planet. This, while unleashing another outrageous smear against Corbyn.
The Labour Movement needs to mobilise to defend Corbyn, demand a general election, and emphatically reject the charge that Venezuela is a consequence of socialism.
Labour MP Dawn Butler stirred opinion when she paid a glowing tribute to ‘law-breaking by Liverpool’s Militant Tendency in 1984’.
“Conference, we are in Liverpool where over 30 years ago the council stood up to Thatcher and said-better to break the law than break the poor,” she said in a speech at Labour’s women’s conference.
This recognition of the courageous stance of the 47 surcharged councillors received condemnation from a totally predictable source and serves to underline the truth of Dawn’s comments.
From Sky News: ‘Ms Butler’s comments, loudly cheered by her audience, were immediately condemned by the Labour peer Baroness Thornton, who was awarded a peerage by Tony Blair, later served as a junior minister and is now an opposition front bencher in the Lords.’
Hear the facts: Tony Mulhearn, surcharged councillor and past President of the Liverpool District Labour Party, is speaking on the Council Struggle to defend the city from Thatcherism. Tuesday, 25 September at 7.30pm at the Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ.
‘One bully actually asked me to “come on board”. I was so traumatised I didn’t sleep for a week.’
Amid the outpouring of outrage and grief from the media-driven anti-Corbyn amalgam at Frank Field’s long-overdue departure it was refreshing to see plenty of posts describing the sainted Frankie’s true agenda.
This was in sharp contrast to Joe Riley’s Liverpool Echo piece which read like a composite editorial of the Daily Mail, Scum, et al, who, when it suites them, define democratic accountability as ‘bullying’. Incidentally, I wonder how many members of Field’s constituency are known to Joe.
The portrait of Field as the sainted defender of the poor is totally false. After the banker-induced crash he asserted that the only solution was savage cuts in public services, with the pensioners accepting their share as they, according to Frankie, prosper at the expense of the young. He doesn’t mention that British pensions are the second lowest in the EU.
When he said ‘We will have to cut our living standards’, did he mean the 1% who control 50% of the wealth in Britain, or the CEO’s in the banks and industry whose income increased 100-fold under Frank’s adored New Labour? And increased even further under his much-admired Tory party.
Unfortunately, instead of celebrating his departure, our good comrade John McDonnel describes him as a good friend. I would say to John, with friends like that you don’t need an enemy agent in Labour’s ranks who is part of the right-wing alliance determined to crush you, Jeremy, and the ideas you espouse. Instead of trying to change his mind you should call on his mates to join him.
Duplicitous to the end, he doesn’t honestly confess that he had been rumbled by a fresh membership, but uses the excuse of the phoney anti-Semitism charges against Corbyn to justify his jumping ship.
It’s a sign of the poisonous atmosphere created by the anti-Corbyn amalgam’s relentless attacks that the call for a mass rally of the working class can be linked to Nuremberg, a symbol of Hitler’s triumphalism on his murderous march to power.
Choosing one’s words very carefully is now the order of the day less they be seized on and twisted beyond recognition, a feature of the current anti-Corbyn campaigners.
A brief glance at history reveals the role of the mass rally in defending the working class and securing major advances.
At the battle of Cable Street a mass rally of the working class saw off Oswald Moseley when he attempted to march through a predominantly Jewish quarter.
The Reform Acts of the 1880s were the first faltering steps to the universal suffrage that we enjoy today. They were in response to pressure on the government by mass rallies of the middle and emerging organised working class.
When the Wilson government attempted to enact anti-Trade Union laws in 1969 the TUC, under pressure from its mass membership, organised the greatest protest mass rally for 100 years. Wilson was compelled to drop the anti-union proposals.
During the 1972 miners’ strike, a mass rally of workers closed the Saltley Gates in Birmingham, which effectively secured victory for the miners. The Tory government lost the general election which followed.
Recently, mass demos in Liverpool chased the fascists out of the city on two occasions.
History is rich in such examples.
It’s interesting to note that none of the anti-Corbyn brigade mentioned that part of my tweet which referred to taking on the far right.
I was one of 250,000 who flocked to a sun-soaked Durham for the 134th Durham Miners Gala on Saturday 14th July. This is the largest attendance at the Big Meeting (as it is known locally) for at least 50 years, and the mood was both celebratory and optimistic as the multitude applauded Jeremy Corbyn’s left-wing policies.
Jeremy Corbyn himself attended the Gala, and speaking from the platform, received loud roars of approval when he committed the next Labour government to renationalising Rail, Water, Royal Mail, etc. The mood was enthusiastic and combative. The more radical the speeches, the louder the roars. If that spirit can permeate the mass of the working class, May’s ramshackle government will be toppled and Jeremy will sweep to power at the coming general election.
Speeches referred to the grotesque cuts in social care, the fire service, the police service which placed the general public at severe risk. But the silence about the role of Labour-controlled authorities implementing these cuts without a peep of resistance was deafening. The Sicilian Mafia referred to this silence as ‘Omerta.’
On Merseyside the fire authority is not only implementing cuts on a monumental scale, but is also driving down firefighters hard-worn wages and conditions, and using tax-payers money to build a scab army with the specific intention of breaking the FBU.
Astoundingly this was not mentioned.
The only explanation can be that now is the time for unity, and attacking Blairite Labour Councillors would weaken the anti-Tory campaign.
If that is the argument, it is a fatal strategy. Nye Bevan referred to it as ‘the unity of the graveyard’.
Now is the time to be bold and call out the Blairites for the pernicious role they are playing at local level.
Trump: ‘The slashing in that movie’s got nothing on me baby.’ May: ‘That’s not the movie, that’s the date of your catastrophe, sorry, visit. Anyway, I’ve demonised and pauperised far more innocents than you.’
A rapturous reception is in preparation for the visit of the ogre from the White House. The world cup will be forgotten in the excitement generated by visit of Behemoth. Cruella May will find Trump’s presence a real balm after the backstabbing in the cabinet over the Brexit farce.
Trumps solution? ‘Teresa, dump those whingeing remoaners and not only get the hell out of there, but build a wall around the UK, and keep everyone out, except yours truly of course.’
This woman is a threat to every billionaire in the US.
Onward to socialism, no more bigotry, free health care, tax the billionaires, end their tax breaks
A stunning primary victory for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York. A Bernie Sanders supporter and supported by the Democratic Socialists of America, she bravely took on the Democratic establishment. She stands alongside socialist councillor Kshama Sawant as a beacon for the future. The bully Trump should shake in his $5000 boots