We condemn the Labour Party for releasing the “Controls on Immigration” mug. By doing it, they have undermined campaigns that are currently taken place around the UK in the run up to the General Election. They run the risk of deflating activists who are working so hard to return the Labour Party to government. And, most importantly, they stigmatise thousands of people who have come to the UK over the generations and now call it their home.It is true that our public services are over-stretched and jobs are at a premium, but that’s the result of successive governments failing in their duty to provide for the country’s population; not the fault of migrants. So, instead of taking the easy route and playing the blame game, we need commitments from the Labour Party to fund public services, and create employment opportunities, that will meet the needs of our country’s wonderfully diverse and growing population, now and for future generations.If the leadership can’t say anything positive about the benefits of migration and can’t dispel the lies that other political parties and the media perpetuate, then they should say nothing at all. You can’t out-UKIP UKIP, and hyping up the anti-immigration rhetoric plays straight into Nigel Farage’s hands. We urge all those within the labour movement to disassociate themselves from the message this mug sends out. As Diane Abbott MP said “This shameful mug is an embarrassment. But real problem is that immigration controls are one of our 5 pledges at all “ [continue...]
Labour - lessons from the 1970s By Barbara Humphries In February 1974 the Labour Party won an election against the predictions of the opinion polls, having a slender majority of four over the Tories. However there was no overall majority. The Liberals held 14 seats, and other political parties including the Scottish and Welsh nationalists 23 seats between them. Labour was to govern as minority government, going to the polls later in the year, when it gained an overall majority of three. [continue...]
Support Dave Smith. Protest against blacklisting By Blacklist Support Group [continue...]
No justice for blacklisted agency worker Campaigners call for a change in the law [continue...]
UK budget: Osborne blowing in the wind By Michael Roberts So now we have had the final Conservative-Liberal annual budget before the UK general election in May. The Chancellor (finance minister) George Osborne waxed ecstatic in parliament that under his tutelage, the UK economy was the fastest growing in the G7 and in Europe and had created more jobs than anywhere else. [continue...]
Budget 2015: Brutal cuts hidden behind ‘unreal rhetoric’ In the last Budget of a Chancellor under whom the wealthiest have got wealthier and the poorest have got poorer, yet again it is the poorest who will suffer as a result of today’s Budget with £13bn cut from public services and £12bn further benefit cuts. [continue...]
This is a free blogging space for LRC members. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the LRC.