[Marxism] New Bitish Left Inisiatives

Paddy Apling e.c.apling at btinternet.com
Wed Apr 8 11:21:44 MDT 2009

TWO recent political initiatives could open up new perspectives for left and labour movement advance in Britain. 

The launch of the People's Charter for Change ( http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/features/new_left_openings ) brought together a wide range of democrats, progressives, trade unionists and socialists. Within a few months, it has already gained the backing of union leaders in PCS, RMT, POA and FBU, political organisations from the Labour Representation Committee to Respect and the Communist Party, social movements such as Southall Black Sisters and the Indian Workers Association (GB), plus prominent figures on the left such as Tony Benn, MPs Alan Simpson, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, film-maker Ken Loach, comedian Mark Steel and Plaid Cymru assembly member Leanne Wood. 

An important aim of the campaign is to win up to a million signatures for the charter by the next general election. Achieving this would involve levels of activity that could politicise and mobilise large numbers of people around a popular anti-monopoly, anti-militarist and green agenda. 


The second major initiative of recent months is the No2EU - Yes to Democracy ( http://no2eu.com/ )platform being put forward for the European Parliament elections on June 4. 

Although wholly distinct from the People's Charter, this initiative broadly shares the same popular democratic and anti-monopoly character. 

But No2EU places greater emphasis on the additional threat posed to democratic and workers' rights by the drive to a militarist, imperialist United State of Europe. 

It also offers a working-class and internationalist alternative to the reactionary "anti-EU" politics of UKIP and the far-right BNP. 

Indeed, anti-racist and anti-fascist campaigning will be one of the defining features of the No2EU intervention in these elections. 

Full article at http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/features/new_left_openings

These are just the kind of initiatives - to get people involved in the struggle for real democracy, which is the essential first step towards the fight for socialism.  Without this sort of broad approach marxists are just crying in the wilderness.


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