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The Strike - BBC2 27th
A full review of the recent Ch4 and BBC2 Miners Strike programmes is soon to follow, both for the Website and the Weekly Worker. However one item which went out with the BBC2 programme cannot go unchallenged. This is the Harrys legend that I took some sort of pacifist deviation in the mass sit down at the top of the pit lane. Activists including Harry will know well my attitude to physical resistance during the strike so I need not labour that one. Harry to be right has always took the piss out of me and the sit down tactic, accusing me of peace man hippyism, it has usually been tongue in cheek. Unfortunately the way BBC2 shot the resulting police charge and riot, straight after the statement, it made it look like I had somehow caused the assault on the miners and their families. This is not a nice suggestion even by implication or inference. I had never suggested the police wouldn't attack you because you were sitting down ! I cut my teeth in the Tyneside Committee of 100 and numerous such sit down at nuclear bases and the bumps on my head by the time I was sixteen had led me to believe they would hit you with as much glee if you were sitting down as if you were standing up, so I had no illusions on that score and neither had anyone else. No, what usually happened whenever we went to the pit gates in any numbers was the police would find some excuse to charge us and then a fight would happen while the scabs on the bus quietly slipped out of the gate almost without sight or sound of the pickets and the battles further up the pit lane. The idea of the sit down just as the bus was setting off was to force it to stop, cops couldn't pick you up and move you while they were carrying riot shields so it was also planned to force them to loose some of their armour. The idea was to hold the scab bus as long as possible while they got some humpty for a change instead of the cops. Course a combination to two things happened, riot cops were still tooled up in the wings, and for some pickets bricking the cops was a hard habit to loose, so when a few bricks went over as the cops moved in to shift us that was the que for the snatch squads to charge into the crowd many of whom were still sitting down. So whatever else happened that day I neither had an attack of pacifism or naivety. One would have hoped in an otherwise excellent programme such a strong criticism, could have been balanced by an explanation from me as to what the idea was from my point of view.
ITS WAR !
YES IT IS BUT TWO THINGS ARE CERTAIN
ONE, IT DIDN'T START ON TUESDAY 11TH & TWO, IT WILL NOT BE ENDED BY STILL MORE WAR.
The scenes as they emerged on Tuesday were literally unbelievable, they looked like scenes from a fiction, from a blood and gore Hollywood spectacular. It took time for the realisation that within these burning collapsing buildings and around the surrounding streets, ordinary people were being crushed and burned and suffocated in their hundreds. The attacks had been planned to coincide at 9 a.m. a time when the maximum number of people would be at the centres and the streets would be grid locked with morning traffic. The building as centres of administration of the State machine, as symbols of American Imperialism were strategic but the American people themselves en-mass were equally the intended target. We are revolted by the loss of the life, unequivocally and unconditionally revolted and appalled. However this incident cannot be staged managed by Blair and Bush into some kind of Imperialist bandwagon which can now roll on through the world enforcing their equally horrific agenda on the back of the carnage, and sowing still more Seeds of destruction which like Tuesdays attack will the potential of reaping whirlwinds of still more death and devastation in return. Blairs absurd attempt to gather "the British people" into the conflict and try and send throughout the country a feeling of fear and involvement by flight bans and travel blocks, tear jerking phone in.'s, sombre faced minute by minute news reports etc. are preparation for a widespread and probable indiscriminate revenge attack involving British forces. Blairs attempt to make this a war between "democrats versus terrorists" ignores the fact that these attacks were not indiscriminate, they could not just as well have been made against New Zealand or Oslo, they were tightly targeted on the USA (and may yet also be targeted on Britain.) Why ? Can anyone say they don't know why, America and possibly in future Britain ?
Despite the horror of the attack it must be said that this was retaliation, bloodthirsty and disproportionate, but retaliation and revenge for decades of American (and British) bombing of cities around the world, and in particular the Muslim world. Libya, Sudan, and of course almost daily Iraq, have seen US and British bombers with untouchable unstoppable fire power devastate cities and massacre innocent Civilians just like the ones in New York. More than 2 million Iraqi people, mainly women and children have died in recent years as a result of bombs , disease and starvation caused by The US imposed sanctions. The wanton abuse of power by Israel in the middle-east the ongoing carnage reaped against poor Palestinians, theft of their land, denial of basic rights to live never mind civil rights, murder almost daily of even baby's and little kids has not stirred a hair of reaction among the US population who have been at best indifferent. The Palestinians are non people. Double standards everywhere abound, Israel is given an exemption to carry on the most vulgar forms of imperialism and genocide, whilst the United Nations is rendered Impotent by the Veto of the US and Britain every time the subject is raised. Racialism , apartheid and slavery can be discussed globally but when Israel is agendered the US walks out.
Perhaps the powers that be in the US state have become so gorged on their own apparent unmatchable power, so unquestionably superior now that the so called Soviet Union has collapsed that they are the march of God through the world. Perhaps in their arrogance they thought these situations would carry on without massive reaction. For so long they have scared themselves with nightmares of one of third world countries or resistance groups gaining some weapons of mass destruction, that they scoured the world looking for atom bombs and germ war capacities, forgetting the first rule of guerilla strategy, to use the enemies weapons. It has long been a fact that it would never be some cruse missile which hit America but a man carrying a small suitcase with a high explosive device. If one could crash even a small plane into a nuclear power station it is unnecessary to develop a nuclear strike capacity of your own, America is full of them.
So who did the deed ? Almost certainly it is related to the Middle East for the reasons outlined above and many more unstated. It is unlikely to be bin Laden, who despite his vast resources does not maintain an air born division skilled at flying super jets. Such expertise suggests some state force, but also it seems likely a force of between 50 and 100 involved in this team have been resident, training and planning meticulously in the USA for above a year. Such residency clearly points to an American connection which is unlikely to be either Muslim or Arab and could be one of the dissident American groups like the one who carried out the last attack.
The spectre of Afghanistan and bin Laden raises still more gluts of hypocrisy, these "extremist fundamentalists" were trained , armed, equipped and funded by the American CIA and special forces. They were hailed as "freedom fighters" as they attacked the modest social and sexual progress being made by the left leaning Afghan military government. They were photrayed as the David fighting the Goliath as they decapitated and tortured Soviet soldiers . These were at that time Blairs "democrats" these were on "our side" at that time. Odd, isn't it. Now all over the world little chickens are flapping their wings and looking to come home to roost. The potential to ratchet this whole nightmare up another few notches and take the world nearer the edge is very close. If Bush goes on some "take no prisoners" crusade and launches a blood bath against the whole Arab and Muslim world, with Blair and Israel baying at his side we can expect decades of similar attacks and counter attacks pervading more and more levels of society and diving countries and people globally on religious and ethnic grounds in a way never seen before.
The alternative, short of a socialist world and that is the only real tangible alternative is for the US to reassess its role in the Middle -east and seek an honourable and just settlement. That would require a major shift in US foreign policy which is probably out with the capacity of George W. That being the case the storm clouds are likely to get much darker in the coming days and years. Once that happens the actual
issues and causes of the problem will get lost in the politics of the last bullet bomb or atrocity, we must be clear not to get drawn into this, these wars are not in the interest of the working class. The working class world wide are brother and sisters, we have a world to share in equality and mutual respect and justice.
Dave Douglass 13/09/01
A Report on the last Mark Barnsley Noise
Demo at Wakefield Prison in March 2001.
A Report on the last Mark Barnsley Noise Demo at Wakefield Prison in March 2001. As we announced in the last campaign bulletin. We held another Noise Demo outside Wakefield Prison on March 24th, to once again demand that Mark Barnsley be transferred to a more appropriate prison. About 30 people gathered this time outside the gates of Wakefield Prison, where miscarriage of justice prisoner, Mark Barnsley, is currently being held. We marched straight onto prison property to stand right in front of the main entrance, which they didn't like at all, but as we've discovered it's impossible for them to try and "negotiate" with you because you just can't hear anyone speaking! We made an enormous racket, sometimes even getting quite rhythmic! People brought all types of drums, whistles, air-horns and cooking pots that got beaten into some interesting shapes. Some people took photographs of screws on their shift change (which annoyed them no end) and resulted in them coming out and taking photos of us. At one point the prison governor also came out, looking visibly unhappy.
Some campaign supporters went inside to have a pre-booked visit with Mark. The visit was yet another "closed" visit, behind glass. Mysteriously the sniffer dogs always manage to smell something whenever Mark has visitors; even a 75 year old ex-headmaster visiting Mark recently, had the sniffer dogs sit at his feet! One of Mark's visitors on March 24th told us that this time: " To say it was blatant would be an understatement really- the screw didn't even bother to make the dog sit down; he just held it by my leg until the other screw threw a ball at it. You could see the dog trying to move on and the screw just refused to budge".
This has become the pattern for almost all Mark's visits and just another example of the blatant harassment that is going on. However, on March 24th, Mark was still in great spirits, despite being on a 24 hour hunger fast and said that he could hear everything. In fact they could all hear the fireworks going off whilst the visit was happening! He thanks everyone for turning up and really appreciates all your support. Thanks also to all the people who took part in the mass phone/fax-in to Wakefield Prison's Governor, David Shaw, on March 28th.
As most of you know, Mark is a lower security risk (Category B) prisoner, yet Wakefield is one of the top, maximum security Category A prisons in England. Moving Mark to Wakefield (his 20th prison move to date) was a clear act of punishment by the Prison Service, designed to isolate him from supporters and people sympathetic to his struggle for justice, both within the prison system and outside. Since arriving there Mark has been constantly harassed - put in the punishment Block for no reason, in unheated cells in sub-zero conditions, attempts have been made to put him on a Wing with sex offenders, his mail is routinely tampered with, almost all his visits have been 'closed' ones. The strict rules at HMP Wakefield, also mean that supporters are unable to send Mark basic items which would assist him in working on his case, such as pads of paper, envelopes and stamps. While Mark remains at Wakefield the injustice of his wrongful imprisonment is further compounded and contact with his family and friends is disrupted. Mark's children were unable to even send him a present for his recent 40th birthday. On March 24th, 300 leaflets were handed out stating "the worse they treat him, the harder we will fight!" and "we will continue to make a noise until Mark is moved". Despite these latest attempts to obstruct Mark's struggle for justice, he remains as committed as ever. We hope that we can continue to count on your support. Until Mark is moved, the 'Noise Demos' and 'Mass Phone/Fax-ins' will continue.
You can give your support by coming to the next NATIONAL NOISE DEMO on Sunday 22nd April. We'll be meeting at 12.30pm at Wakefield Westgate Train Station, which is very close to the prison. Please ring 07944 522001 or e-mail email@example.com nearer the time in case they move Mark before then. Again bring noisy things, drums, whistles, cooking pots, air-horns, banners, flags, and all your mates. The more the better.
Take part in the next MASS FAX & PHONE-IN: WEDNESDAY 25TH APRIL 2001. TO GOVERNOR DAVID SHAW AT HMP WAKEFIELD. FAX: 01924 299 315 & TELEPHONE: 01924 378282. Demand that Mark Barnsley be moved from Wakefield Prison.
For more info on Mark's case see: www.freemarkbarnsley.com, or send £2 to Justice for Mark Barnsley, PO Box 381, Huddersfield, HD13XX, England for an excellent booklet all about his case. To receive regular updates about the campaign and Mark's situation send us an e-mail.
The furore over NACODs levy on successful compensation cases, a political orchestration ?
Jackie Lawrence MP is kicking up a stink because hes discovered that NACODs in Wales is deducting a levy from successful claims against the NCB/BCC. Figures of 5% - 10% have been quoted. He says all the costs are paid by the Government. If this is true, why was the NUM nation-wide refused a Claims Handling Agreement by the Government which would have paid the Union back its costs in processing and administering the scheme, (although as reported elsewhere they granted such a scheme to the UDM and now Mr Lawrence claims they did so for NACODs too ). So if one can't levy a deduction for the extra administration and campaigning, advice surgeries etc. how would the NUM meet the costs ? The NUM deducts 3% from each claim successfully handled, plus £2 per week Limited Membership fees while ever the claim is running, the total often adds up to 5 / 6 % and could on occasion reach 10%. The problem is , there is no ceiling on the amount of subs deducted regardless of the gross amount received, obviously a long running claim with a small settlement at the end of it is going to be a high % the man has to pay. What is the real reason why Jackie is singling out NACODS in Wales ? Because Bleddyn Hancock one of its leaders is running against his New Labour Party and for Plaid, which is destined to give New Labour a bloody nose at the General Election. All kinds of dirty tricks are being used to disgrace Plaid the Welsh Nationalists as anyone who watched Question Time would have witnessed on Thursday. Accusations of racialism were being thrown at a candidate who criticised rich southern English folk who move into Wales during their retirement to buy up cheap houses and benefit from the lower standard of living. Driving up the house prices so ordinary Welsh folk couldn't afford to live in their own areas. The same of course could be said in inner city developments, riverside developments, rural and fishing communities all over the island, except its not race is class. Seems to me the latest furore is just another piece of New Labour mud slinging at anyone who stands to their left ( almost everyone.)
Blair's Government Targets New Attack Upon Claimants
In a scandalous new attack upon folk at the bottom of the pile Blair's government whizz kids have come up with new scams of stealing £55 million - from people on Incapacity Benefit.
It seems incredible, it is certainly unjustifiable in any way, but as of April anyone who is on Incapacity Benefit, and discovers they will not be able to restart work owing to their disability and applies for Incapacity Retirement from their own Company Pension Scheme, entitlement to I.B. will stop. Likewise if you are struggling to work suffering from some incapacitating condition and all agree you can no longer manage and will be afforded Incapacity Retirement under your Company Pension Scheme, the Benefit Agency will henceforth debar you from claiming Incapacity Benefit.
So far the move is being kept rather secret or low key, Claimants Groups and Unions, so far seem not to have got a big public protest movement together on this issue.
We hope as Blair and his cronies, pound the pavements seeking to keep their cushy jobs in the palace of Westminster, and ask us all to vote for them, we confront them with this injustice loud and clear.
Letter to Doncaster Gazette
Well pardon me, as a member and representative of many thousands of members of the MPS let me ask them to think again. Why should the miners pick up the tab for the dereliction left in our devastated communities following the destruction of our industry ? Our so called friends are asking the Government if we the victims can fund reconstruction using money from our pension fund ! With friends like these.......
We have a better idea. Give the pension fund profits to miners pensions, that is why the fund was established, why we paid into it and why its profits exist. To call for any less is an outrage.
National Union Of Mineworkers
The Socialist Labour Party
Illustrative of the way in which working class organisation can rapidly change form and move into unexpected areas creating a new agenda had been the way in which the idea of forming a Socialist Labour Party caused an excited ripple to spread through leftist sections of the class. Totally and finally disgusted with Tory Blairs open acceptance and advocacy of Thatcherite policies, the destruction of the last shreds of any procedures and their replacement by a virtual Leader dictatorship, the scrapping of all socialistic policies finally cemented by the ritual public slaughter of Clause Four pt four many have cried enough ! Centred around the charismatic and influential leadership of Arthur Scargill the debate had been opened up around plans for the new party, a principled working class organisation directly challenging New Labour. As soon as the call hit the streets it lit a spark throughout the working class communities. In northern cities, in pubs, shops, and clubs debate around the local football fixtures, love affairs and lottery results was peppered with discussion on Scargills new party. Not for many a year had anyone seen so many ordinary usually non political people debate class organisation, and whether Labour new or Socialist or either offered any way forward for the working class. Phone-in programmes in Newcastle, Hull, Sheffield, and Leeds were flooded with callers trying to make their respective points, it being noted that they were two to one in favour of a new working class organisation and against New labour.
Arthurs trajectory was based upon the Stalinist traditions of the monolithic leader, the one road, bureaucratic structures and rules. There would be no pluralism and diversity in Arthur's party, but the far left was yet to realise this as they excitedly flocked to the new party. If it was to mature the SLP had to stop being "Arthurs Party" and become a genuine "Workers Party" which they (the working class members ) directly controlled.
This interesting communiqué from Arthur Scargill appeared in the Weekly Worker - Thursday 16 November 2000
Addressed to Alan Brooke, Huddersfield SLP and dated November 2 2000,
Mr Scargill wrote:
Alan Brooke replied to Mr Scargills with a letter dated November
6 200, addressed "To Arthur Scargill". After thanking Mr
Scargill for his letter, he went on to say:
The hapless delegates to the organisations first conference, foolishly thinking they could actually vote for direction and change were rudely awakened by the discovery that one delegate had 3,000 votes solidly behind Arthur on every issue, The Lancashire Miners Association ,whose leadership were members of the SLP had apparently affiliated the whole organisation and comfortably ensured that Arthur and Co. would have their own way on everything from Constitution, to Policies on Race and sex. A very clear lesson of the dangers of political parties even at the early stage of their lives, think what such a formation would be like in office let alone power !
Since the original drafting of the above paragraphs for my book All Power To The Imagination, already by Feb. 98 the SLP is entirely bureaucratic and deformed at least as a participatory party of the working class is concerned , as Arthur's Fan Club, or a Retirement Home for ex- Stalinists, ex-Trotskyists, and Union officials and some activists, it continues, insofar as working class people pissed off with the obscenity of New labour are concerned the superficial message is still nice, nostalgic and even inspiring, it will earn a clap, a standing ovation , and maybe votes in any future election, but even this vision is fast fading as the far left re-finds its feet and attempts to start the project off again on a more democratic basis . Essentially the SLP as a real vehicle for change, has misfired , that moment has gone , for this team anyway. Many will still clutter to its glow, but that glow tends sadly to be Arthur's and not the real day light, moths will tell you if they could what a mistake that is !
While in Scotland the whole has fused into The Scottish Socialist Party. (in November elections 2000 The SSP won 7.13% of the votes in Glasgow and a similar amount in the Scottish parliament coming forth place ahead of the Liberal Democrats. The SLP in the same election standing for the Scottish Parliament, on its own and in spite of the rest received just 298 votes (1.47 %) While Arthur still insists all these others are fakes and his SLP is the real thing, people are beginning to see through the cosmetic paper and glue. The Wizard with the flashing lights and booming voice is really the little man behind the curtain working the handles. Socialist Alliance candidates are easily outstripping SLP candidates in election contests. The Alliance has spent many painful months planning a united platform for the election and selecting candidates trying to keep the show on a united keel while the SWP and Socialist Party and CPGB kick each other in the bollocks under the table. Arthur , ever the showman and strategist homed straight in on the Mandelson debacle and announced himself the SLPs candidate in that seat. It is quite a coup , and ensures the Socialist Alliance must, at the risk of a charge of being splitters, fall in behind him. The same will not be so of the mythical SLP candidates in other seats, these figures, real and imaginary are basically wrecking devices to derail the Socialist Alliance efforts, already under strain from internal SWP/ SP border wars. It is a sorry mess, but one should note many in the class will see here a chance to register a vote against Blair but for real Socialism, we cannot even as Revolutionary Socialists and Anarchists knock that aspiration and endeavour, only the vehicles they hope to do it through.
( Of course we have strong views on other groups on the left too, for the full discussion on the Labour Party and the Vanguard left as well as the Anarchist sects you can purchase a copy of All Power To The Imagination from which much of this article was based) advertised elsewhere in this paper)
Tory Blair, sweet on the Scabs, hard on the Union miners.
We will all recall Tory Blairs address to the TUC Conference following his landslide election victory. No Favours to the Unions, or their members, stand on you own feet. Funny then that when given the choice between the scab anti Union UDM and the NUM , he doesn't say NO Favours to either of them he actually channels £millions to the scab outfit while slamming the door in the face of the NUM. Firstly the test centres to which all the miners and ex-miners must go to have their lungs tested for the Chronic Bronchitis claims. In Nottingham and Leicester he locates them in UDM owned and operated buildings, while refusing to allow the NUM to use its buildings either in the scab coalfields or in the NUM heartland's. Doncaster one of the biggest former Yorkshire coalfields and one which still has operating collieries has NO test centre. The big NUM HQ at Barnsley was rejected as a test centre for the coalfield as a whole or Barnsley on its own. Next they grant a claims handling agreement to the UDM which allows the scab outfit to claim back £millions from claims and copperbottem an extensive raiding sortie into all other British Coalfields looking for claimants and taking out national press and local radio adverts. The same facilities are denied completely to the NUM, despite having requested them first. This has made the UDM a rich organisation when it was dying a death while robbing the NUM of valuable funding at a time when it could have made a fortune and secured its long-term future for ever. Most scandalous of all, after intense pressure over the fait of our men sacked, jailed and victimised during the strike and blacklisted ever since, former Labour leaders had promised "the first thing" they would do on gaining office was to set the score straight, reinstate the sacked men, compensate them, and at the very least restore their lost pension rights. Bliars concession to the deafening cries for justice was to set up a Committee Of Enquiry. Not we hasten to add to look at the whole injustice of the situation and the price our comrades and communities paid, some of them with their lives, but to see if any "fresh evidence" had emerged "in individual cases". Bad though all that is, they have now actually canvassed the opinions of ...guess who ? The UDM ! To ask them if they think our men should be reinstated or have their cases looked at again ! The UDM who caused directly and indirectly hundreds of our men to be sacked, beaten and jailed. The organisation which caused the men to be victimised in the first place. Just how low can Blair go , that's how low. We hope as he starts his election tours up and down the country the above facts are rammed hard down his smug throat. !!
Rain, floods, global warming and platitudes
As floods continue to cause havoc over large areas of Britain, politicians,
the media and even royalty have been pouring out more rubbish about the
weather than we have had rain.
This report featured on the back page of the Weekly Worker, Thursday
November 9th, issue No. 359
Can I again on behalf of the NUM raise my concerns on the fate of the above grounds. The latest concern is raised by the leaflet of Toni Wilkinson prospective Hatfield Town Councilor, in which she asks what people wish to see on the welfare grounds. This could, I hope, be a slip of the pen. However if not, I would again remind you that the terms of the agreement to transfer the grounds from the Hatfield Miners Welfare Scheme were quite specific. The NUM trustees insisted and the NCB / CISWO trustees agreed that the grounds would be handed over to Council control on the strict understanding that they would remain recreational green field sites for posterity. That is there would never be any building on the site, (other than small scale children's play devices which would not alter the status of a green field site, obviously). It concerns me that people think there is a blank cheque to do whatever they want with this space, when that is not the case. The Current managers of CISWO have no legal right to alter the terms laid down by the Hatfield Welfare and NUM Trustees who were the owners of the land, as their control postdates the terms of the agreement. I would appreciate your assurance on the status of the land .
David Douglass. NUM Branch Secretary Hatfield Main Branch.
Thousands of Hard working miners, Tens of thousands of old retired men and widows of miners killed by the Coal Board have been robbed by New Labour of £4 Billion which was intended for Miners pensions.
The government which has never paid one penny piece into the scheme has grabbed the cash surplus which should have been used to increase the pathetically poor pensions, some as little as £1 per week.
The surplus accumulated from Miners invested funds should have been used to bring in retirement and a full pension at 50 for all miners, working and redundant. It should have been used to make up existing pensions to modern rates, instead New Labour the Pension Fund Scroungers and Fiddlers have taken it .
They attempt to justify the crime by saying, they underwrite the fund ! The richest Pension fund in the world, get f....d off ! The fund has such a range of investments it cannot be in deficit and in any case a portion of the fund in held in reserve each surplus to pay for such a contingency be it ever so remote. The government "underwrites" nothing it is simply a lie.
Some liberal pillocks have requested that the government use the surplus to regenerate the blighted coalfield areas. Well bollocks to that, this is not their money, its the miners money and is intended for pensions not bailing out governments or propping up crumbling pit villages, which by the way ought to be done from the massive taxes already taken from the backs of the miners for generations in taxes and NI contributions. Its a bit like being broken into and having your savings stolen and some fool suggesting perhaps the thief might use some of the stolen money to buy you some new windows !Its not their money !!
The latest MPS circular informs us , that despite protests and suggestions from the MPS Trustees, the government "doesn't think it would be useful" to give us back the money governments have already taken or not to take any more out of this latest surplus. Can anyone think of anything "useful" to do with this government ? Pensioners should not be fobbed off, write to your MP, Tory Blair and Mr Brown and the MPS demanding they stop taking our money and that they refund the money taken so far.
This Government had already continued a nasty legacy of robbing the miners, taking disablement pensions from men crippled with lung diseases and mining injuries, and giving them a poxy £10 a week instead . Robbing the Reduced Earnings Allowance and Hot Meal Provision from men because they had reached 65.
The robbery of the miners suffering chest diseases is a disgraceful story in its own right and is covered elsewhere, it is utterly despicable.
NEW LABOUR, YOU'VE BEEN CAUGHT FIDDLING THE PENSION FUND !
WE DEMAND YOU REPAY THE £4 BILLION YOU'VE NICKED YOU ROBBING B.......íS !
A REPLY TO CAROLINE FLINT MP'S REPORT OF NOV 2002 ON THE FIRE FIGHTERS DISPUTE.
It is a fine achievement that the FBU has made a stand against organised overtime. Planned overtime is simply over work, it means one person doing someone else's job. This practice is antisocial and dangerous in any profession, in the fire service it would be the height of irresponsibility and the FBU are correct to reject it out of hand.
Most deaths occur at night time, you want to cut the number of fire-fighters available on night shift ? You want to get rid of specialist fire control room operators and move over to a general dogs body service covering all emergencies and services. You want fewer people working longer hours. All of this you call 'modernisation' ? Doublespeak is the correct term.
The constituency you serve is a Trade Union, Socialist one, it might be nice if your views on the FBU reflected this rather than Mr Blairs anti union campaign. It is clear to many of us, Blair no more wants a just settlement to the fire dispute than he does to the Iraq question. He wants conflict and he wants war, both for the sake of his ego and the ruling class interests he represents. I for one totally disassociate myself from his brand of Tory , imperialist strategies both locally and on a world scale.
Obscene Fundamentalist Reaction In London Slaughter
We are shocked and saddened by the outrage which has hit London. Ordinary folk going about their business are blown to kingdom come in revenge for the war which Blair and Bush is waging across the world. We are not responsible for the war, ordinary people in Britain and across Europe and the United States have bitterly opposed it, why should we be the targets ? The truth is mad elements of the political 'Islamic' movement consider everyone who isn't of the same mad derision as them, infidels and worthy of death. We oppose and condemn them as well as Bush and Blair with their own version of fundamentalist political 'Christianity' and gang of wild eyed born again right wing bigots who actually mock the teachings of the poor carpenter and communist Jesus by their greedy and selfish schemes. We will take no lecturers on innocent people being killed from Bush and Blair, the men who bombed Baghdad day and night and caused the death of thousands of innocent men women and children during the starvation of that country and in the saturation bombings which preceded the invasion. We are innocent, the people of Iraq are innocent, Blair Bush and Saddam are not.
Our sympathies go out to all those who lost loved ones in the blasts
and we call on all fellow workers to recognise we have a common cause
across the globe for justice for all working people and not to allow this
murder to divide us from one another.