From inside the bunker that 10 Downing Street is increasingly becoming we are told that Tony Blair is “full of gusto”. The reality is that Blair is fading from power.
But Blair will try to hang on for as long as he can and ensure his place in history by driving through more neo-liberal “reforms”.
Blair promises there will be no retreat on the attacks on civil liberties, privatising schools and hospitals. He has charged David Blunkett’s replacement with increasing the pension age.
Yet all of these can be stopped in their tracks. Opposition is mounting on issues like health and education. On the proposed terror legislation New Labour believes it is on firmer ground but the mood is shifting away from locking up people for three months without trial.
We cannot determine how Blair will go. What we can determine is that his departure is irrevocably linked to his decision to attack Iraq.
In the coming weeks and months we must fight for our schools, hospitals and homes but one date stands out. On 10 December the International Peace Conference takes place in London, hosted by the Stop the War Coalition.
This will bring together military families and peace activists from Iraq, the US and Britain. The global anti-war movement is coming to London—join them there.
A voice for voiceless
Who will be Brutus? The trade union leaders still have the ability to force Blair out but most are happy to wait on Gordon Brown being given the keys to 10 Downing Street.
Loyalty to Labour shackles the unions’ opposition to Blair’s free market crusade. The Labour left MPs in parliament are too weak to impose themselves so the Liberal Democrats and even the Tories carried the argument against 90 day detention without trial.
This underscores the need to build Respect. Swathes of working class Britain feel they are left with no one to speak in their defence.
Respect is looking to make a breakthrough in next May’s council elections. The party has to establish itself as a fighting force in every area.
The country needs to be honeycombed by vibrant Respect groups who give voice to all those left voiceless in Blair’s Britain.
Winning a movement
George Bush was forced to jet out of Argentina after the summit for Latin American heads of states failed to even agree on a final communique. It was a victory for the growing forces of resistance across the continent.
A new radical left is gathering strength globally. We are united in fighting for a better world but as we work together there will, naturally, be discussion on how we can achieve it.
In the uprisings that have shaken Latin America the question of power has been posed. Pro?market presidents have been chased from office but elections have followed where the choice is limited to those who implement neo-liberalism.
Socialist Worker represents a tradition which champions revolution, and looks to the working class and the creation of direct democracy.
There is a growing audience for the sorts of debates we try to promote in this paper. In any new movement people want to test ideas and strategy. We make no apologies in hoping we can win them to the ideas of revolutionary Marxism.