Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1015/28156

From The Socialist newspaper, 24 October 2018

The Socialist Inbox

The Socialist inbox: letters to the editors, photo Suzanne Beishon

The Socialist inbox: letters to the editors, photo Suzanne Beishon   (Click to enlarge)

Do you have something to say?

Send your news, views and criticism in not more than 150 words to Socialist Postbox, PO Box 24697, London E11 1YD, phone 020 8988 8771 or email editors@socialistparty.org.uk.

We reserve the right to shorten and edit letters. Don't forget to give your name, address and phone number. Confidentiality will be respected if requested.

Views of letter writers do not necessarily match those of the Socialist Party.


Labour re-admittance

The Socialist issue 1010 carried correspondence between Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe and Labour Party general secretary Jennie Formby (see 'The struggle to transform Labour').

Here, we carry an extract from a letter written by a local Labour Party activist in support of the Socialist Party's request for re-admittance to the party.

Dear Jennie,

As a Labour Party member I am writing to you as your exchange of correspondence was published in the Socialist newspaper.

With regard to your letter of 29 August 2018, I have the following comment: my friend Elaine Evans from Bolsover has stood as a Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate, but did so with a heavy heart.

Elaine wrote to the Labour councillor asking him to agree to not implement Tory cuts, and explained that if he agreed then she would not stand.

No such assurance was received and therefore she stood against the type of people you are defending, who are in reality class traitors.

Recently, Tory minister Esther McVey told her party conference that Derek Hatton had re-joined the Labour Party and that this was a measure as to how far left the party had moved.

Given that purge was so long ago, and that I have friends in the Socialist party and regard them as jolly fine human beings, I would ask that you put it to the national executive committee and that we have a change of policy towards people who are socialists.

My branch in Chesterfield will debate this letter in November, and if your reply is received in time, that also.

Yours,

Adrian B Rimington, Chesterfield
Tories out!, photo Mary Finch

Tories out!, photo Mary Finch   (Click to enlarge)


Crime and Cuts

The pages of the Liverpool Echo seem to resemble the turmoil of Chicago during Prohibition: almost daily shootings and mayhem. Our city's mayor attacks the government for its crazed cuts policies.

But what is his solution? Urging MPs to try and get an 'urgent debate in Parliament about the policing situation in Liverpool' (Liverpool Echo 19 October 2018).

In the same pages Liam Thorpe reports the scandalous closure of St. John's Community Nursery because of cuts. The nursery has served the area of Dingle for decades.

The mayor has presided over six years of cuts and decried any suggestion of mobilising opposition to the government. His 'solution' is to bombard the government with letters and have a chat with his friend Lord Heseltine. The Tories' response? To pat his head and commend him for his compliance. We are witnessing the consequences.

Raise the issue of crime and cuts in parliament by all means, but it will be a dialogue with the deaf.

The slide into chaos and want will continue as long as this government, dedicated to enriching the already fabulously rich, remains in office.

It's time for councils to set needs budgets, and to mount a serious campaign, including industrial action, to force a general election and get Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street.

Tony Mulhearn, Liverpool

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 24 October 2018:


What we think

'People's vote' should be a general election


Workplace news

Support RMT strikes against the elimination of guards on trains

Glasgow council workers - historic strike for equal pay

3aaa collapses - 4,500 apprentices left guessing their futures

PCS legal win - build further pressure from below to defeat the Tories

Ladywood Primary school strike


News

Universal Credit could trap women in violent relationships

Blairites plan to expand their very own academy chain

Tories ensured Carillion meltdown went unchecked

MPs revel in 2m worth of free foreign trips

Them & Us


Wales

Welsh Labour leadership election: 'Corbyn candidate' must pledge end to austerity


Refugees

Join the fight for refugee rights


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Can you donate to the Socialism 2018 appeal?

Enthusiastic response to new podcast

Students and workers march for increased college funding

Joining the Socialist Party has helped me understand the world and how we can change it

Health services in meltdown - fight to save our NHS

Newcastle Utd fans' campaign against owner Mike Ashley continues


International socialist news and analysis

Germany: Bavarian elections and huge anti-racist demonstration mark an historic weekend


Opinion

1821 Cinderloo uprising: "The crowd thought it had nothing else to lose"

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 24 October 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Letters:

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

The Socialist:

triangleSocialist sales boost

triangleLifting the mood

triangleWorkers need a party of our own

triangleWest London Socialist Party: Finance and the Socialist Party

Socialist:

triangle4 June - Walk out against Trump! Climate criminal not welcome

triangleOpinion: socialists must link climate struggle to power of organised workers

triangleAnger and frustration at the establishment

Cuts:

triangleHome carers victory

triangleHaringey: Socialists' stance fully vindicated

Labour:

triangleLabour's nationalisation plan: What policies are needed to avert climate catastrophe?

Liverpool:

triangleHalton Brook election: support for our policies on doorstep

Tony Mulhearn:

triangleWirral Tories raise spectre of Militant - but Liverpool's 1983-87 council shows way to fight cuts

Reviews and comments

Reviews and comments

22/5/19

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

22/5/19

Climate change

Opinion: socialists must link climate struggle to power of organised workers

15/5/19

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

15/5/19

Diggers

May 1649 - the Last Stand of the Levellers

8/5/19

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

8/5/19

TV

'Line of Duty' - twists and turns as organised crime meets police corruption

8/5/19

Socialism

Sequel to 'A Very British Coup' - workers' struggle, not bosses' EU and media, is route to socialism

1/5/19

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

1/5/19

Capitalist

Knife crime - a product of capitalist misery

17/4/19

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

17/4/19

Universal Credit

Real life on Universal Credit: "As soon as I get billed for my electric, I'm finished"

17/4/19

Engels

Engels' classic essential for understanding socialist ideas old and 'new'

10/4/19

TV

'Traitors': Cold War cloak and daggers as capitalist powers spy on allies

10/4/19

Drivers

Low pay, long hours, isolation - a taxi driver speaks out

3/4/19

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

triangleMore Reviews and comments articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999