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Make our planet great again, in just twelve steps

Make our planet great again, in just twelve steps

A tower block inferno; uncontrolled forest fires; potentially catastrophic climate change. These and other man-made disasters are consequences of deregulation. Bring back health and safety regulation across Britain, Europe and the Earth.

  • Put Theresa May our of her misery. Put Jeremy into No. 10 with an early date for a general election
  • Mobilize for a landslide victory and a socialist government prepared to take real state power into its hands
  • Implement the full manifesto, with demonstrations, strikes and occupations as necessary to overcome any extra-parliamentary resistance
  • Prepare for a tabloid onslaught, rumblings from retired generals and the possible threat of tanks on the streets.
  • Modernise the monarchy so that hereditary institutions can no longer interfere
  • No reliance on the bourgeois state. Consolidate by convening a special TUC/Labour Party conference in London with sister assemblies in each city.
  • Raise the red flag on public buildings. Dismantle the Union. Wherever there is a picket line, join it.
  • Extend public ownership as necessary, defying the European Central Bank.
    Turn Brexit into a defence of human rights and free movement across Europe.
  • Mobilize our European allies to unite the continent under our own class. ANOTHER EUROPE IS POSSIBLE!
  • Ensure there is no border dividing Ireland and make this a model for the rest of the world.
  • Strengthen the Paris climate accord. Legislate world-wide against fracking and fossil fuels.
  • Stop selling arms to dictators. Welcome refugees while recognizing that no one wants to be uprooted in the first place. Empower the world's peoples to sort out their problems where they live.
  • Take back the Earth and look after it.

Editorial, June 30 2017

"For a self-proclaimed pacifist, Jeremy Corbyn enjoys spilling blood in Labour’s civil war. Last night the Labour leader sacked members of his front bench who supported Chuka Umunna’s amendment to keep Britain in theEU’s single market. The message from Mr Corbyn’scircle seems to be simple: there can be no jobs for traitors. The moderates in the Labour movement were foolish to expect anything else.

“The Labour leader and his allies aren’t interested in a soft Brexit. Indeed, they’re not interested in anything so bourgeois as our economic and security relationships with neighbouring capitalist states. Their objective is the overthrow of capitalism itself.”

The Umunna amendment was an ill-judged attempt to rush the fences. It was far too soon to expect sufficient numbers of newly elected Labour and Tory MPs to defy their party manifesto commitments against single market membership. A more sensible approach would be to let the new Commons discover for itself the nightmare of a cliff-edge exit from Britain’s free trade arrangements with its neighbours, and then lead it slowly to the logic of a transition period after Brexit where we remain in the European Economic Area and customs union.

What the Umunna amendment has achieved is to expose the truth that the Labour leader and his allies aren’t interested in a soft Brexit. Indeed, they’re not interested in anything so bourgeois as our economic and security relationships with neighbouring capitalist states. Their objective is the overthrow of capitalism itself.

“Having captured the castle, the hard Left has no intention of ever letting it go. Passing this rule change would be the death-knell for those still hoping for the return of a sensible, moderate Labour Party.”

To achieve that, the Corbynistas first have to consolidate their control of the commanding heights of the Labour movement. As this paper’s special investigation reveals today, they intend to do that by changing the rules for the election of the Labour leader. The biggest obstacle to the election of leaders from the far Left has been the requirement that they are nominated by 15 per cent of Labour MPs. This safeguard was only breached when some MPs — including Sadiq Khan, Frank Field and Margaret Beckett — discarded their responsibility for maintaining the sanity of their party and put Mr Corbyn on the ballot paper. Labour MPs are unlikely to make that mistake again, which is why the Corbynistas now propose introducing a get-around whereby anyone who secures the nominations of 15 per cent of the constituency parties can also make it to the final vote.  Having captured the castle, the hard Left has no intention of ever letting it go. Passing this rule change would be the death-knell for those still hoping for the return of a sensible, moderate Labour Party.        

You would think the ruthless bloodletting overnight might break the hearts of large swathes of the electorate who voted Labour at the recent election as the antidote to the hard Brexiteers in the Conservative Party. It won’t. As one smart political commentator noted earlier this week, many still naively believe that Mr Corbyn seeks his inspiration from John Lennon when in fact he has always been a follower of Vladimir Lenin."

Well, lots of nonsense here but clearly they're getting scared. This editorial appeared in George Osborne's Evening Standard on June 30.

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