Socialist Worker

LETTERS: National Action arrests are not enough to beat fascists

Issue No. 2571

Tributes to Jo Cox, the Labour MP whose murder National Action celebrated

Tributes to Jo Cox, the Labour MP whose murder National Action celebrated (Pic: Neil Terry)

The far right poses a serious threat, from the KKK and Nazis in Charlottesville to the racists at the core of the Football Lads Alliance (FLA).

We should greet the arrest of four members of the fascist National Action as good news.

It is unsurprising that those arrested were serving members of the British Army.

The arrests bring the army into the limelight, and rightly so.

I don’t believe that being in the army necessarily makes people reactionary.

But soldiers have been used at the forefront of repression throughout history.

It makes sense that fascist ideals will be validated in the army’s ranks. This is because of the British Army’s role in wars in the Middle East and Islamophobia in wider society.

The calls by some politicians for an inquiry into far right radicalisation feels like a limited response.

Tommy Robinson is free to publish a book on Islam. And the FLA plans to march again in October.

The Tories have been swift in patting themselves on the back over these arrests, but activists know the far right threat is far from over.

Fascists should be denied a platform at every opportunity. We know that it will be anti-racists who drive fascism off the streets, as we have had to do throughout history.

The lesson of Nazi Germany is that the end goal of fascism is always to destroy democracy.

The growth of violent racist attacks, the murder of Jo Cox and the popularity of the FLA represent a worrying threat from the far right.

If the government wants to fight racism it should turn its attention to the cops. This summer four young black men died after contact with the police.

We have to keep up the fight against the fascists and the racism from the politicians and the press that give them space to grow.

Nadia Sayed, East London

Tory bigot Rees-Mogg is no joke

It’s been tempting in the past to laugh at posh Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. His bizarre behaviour includes calling his child Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christol.

But his recent comments on abortion and LGBT+ marriage show clearly that he’s no laughing matter.

His thoughts are out of touch with the views of most people. But they represent the real views of the Tory party.

Rees-Mogg was once a keynote speaker for a far right group that wants “assisted repatriation” of black people and minorities.

His voting record is appalling—he has voted in favour of all benefit cuts.

Some of the latest cuts mean women won’t receive child benefit after a second child, unless they can prove that it was the result of rape.

Rees-Mogg’s latest comments show he clearly feels that women shouldn’t have control of their reproductive choices.

When criticised he hides behind the idea that he is being attacked due to his Catholic faith.

As socialists we have always said that neither church nor state should have any jurisdiction over women’s bodies.

What Rees-Mogg embodies is the very real barbaric face of the Tory party.

Rather than just mock him we must redouble our efforts to remove all the Tory bigots from positions of authority.

Marianne Owens, Cardiff

Make the bankers finally pay

It’s ten years on from the credit crunch—and bankers are still having an absolute ball.

The Robin Hood tax campaign estimated that since the crash banks had handed out over £91 billion in bonuses.

But for most people in Britain it’s quite a different picture.

The Tories claim the crash was due to Labour spending too much on schools and hospitals. After all those years of austerity things have only got worse.

The result has been a million people using food banks, a crumbling health service and children crammed into overcrowded classrooms.

A decade later working class people are still expected to clean up after the bankers. Time to finally make them pay for their own crisis.

Bethan Turner, Manchester

The US backed dictatorship in South Korea

Socialist Worker is absolutely correct to say that the divided Korea that emerged from the devastating war of the early 1950s has had “dictatorships on both sides”.

South Korea was blighted by US-backed right wing military regimes until the 1980s.

More than 600 people died in the great uprising for democracy in 1980.

Earlier this year working class and democratic forces overthrew corrupt US-backed South Korean president Park Geun-hye.

No wonder most South Koreans want the US to butt out of their country’s affairs.

Mark Brown, Glasgow

The International Socialists, forerunner to the Socialist Workers Party, gave critical support for the North Vietnamese liberation forces headed by Ho Chi Minh.

This was to support a national liberation movement against imperialism.

North Korea’s first leader Kim Il-Sung also waged an anti-colonial struggle. Like Vietnam, Korea was divided in two by the USA and Russia in 1945.

So why is Korea any different? While I don’t support the so-called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is there not a contradiction here?

Zara Lee, Norfolk

Why mental health matters

It is heartening to see how people are fighting back against the oppressive Tories.

I feel that there is plenty of coverage of the challenges faced by people with disabilities, But little is said about mental health.

The Scottish government’s Mental Health Strategy of 2017 is certainly a step in the right direction.

In the mental health system we have no rights whatsoever.

I think it is time for socialists to address the problem of mental health in a fair and progressive manner.

Andrew Gow, Glasgow

Stop Brexit to end austerity

We need to stop Brexit in its tracks before it’s too late.

Austerity is being used by the Tories to rip off as much money as possible from the poor and only socialism can stop this happening.

All migrants are welcome here.

Adam Clark, On Facebook

McOccupy for strikers’ jobs

All organised workers and left wingers should be prepared to occupy McDonalds outlets if they threaten reprisals against striking workers.

Richard Donnelly, On Facebook

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