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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 July 2003

Glad to be groovy at TGWU conference

BILL MORRIS' final speech at the TGWU conference, as outgoing general secretary, was notable for an outrageous attack on socialists.

Kevin Parslow, at TGWU conference

His speech was flagged in the press as demanding "value for money" from Labour and he acknowledged that the "word on the street" was in favour of a review of the relationship with the Labour Party.

He wanted to reclaim the Labour Party he said: "From the spin doctors, rich and powerful and the business community."

He didn't want to reclaim it to hand the government over to Iain Duncan Smith (as if we don't have a Tory government in all but name!) But he added: "I don't want to reclaim the Labour Party to hand it over to the Militant Tendency!"

Later he acknowledged it was "cool" and "groovy" to be on the "outside left" but: "If you spend too much time on the outside left, you are likely to be left outside."

He said: "The game was largely spent in the middle of the park."

The Militant Tendency, predecessor of the Socialist Party, had a proud record of fighting for the minimum wage, a decent education system and the NHS, against pensioner and child poverty, all of which Morris saw as concerns of the union.

To equate socialists, who have left the Labour Party in disgust at Blair and Co's pro-business policies, with the Tories is an outrageous slur.

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In The Socialist 5 July 2003:

Bosses Get £Millions: Workers Get Sacked

Kick Low Pay Out Of The NHS

Words Of Mass Distraction

Fuel price rises provoke general strike in Nigeria

LGBT rights: 'Family values' fears produce confused equality measures

Socialism 2003: Enjoyable And Inspiring

"There's A Woman Out There Asking Questions!"

Rail Union's Historic Rule Change

Glad to be groovy at TGWU conference

Building A Mass Alternative To New Labour

Israel/Palestine: What's Behind The 'Ceasefire'?

SATs conference: End These Nightmare Tests

Iraq: Who's Winning The War Of Occupation?

Northern Ireland; Has The Peace Process Permanently Stalled?


 

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