Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/199/8148

From The Socialist newspaper, 30 March 2001

Labour fiddles while countryside burns

NEW LABOUR set their hearts on a 3 May general election over a year ago, but their chosen timetable is increasingly hard to stick to under the pressure of events.

Hannah Sell

Last week for the first time a majority in opinion polls (52%) thought it would be wrong for the government to proceed with a 3 May election. New Labour are no longer certain they can stick with their timetable. They must decide whether to call a 3 May election by 5 April.

Government scientists predict the virus will peak in May. The danger for Blair is that Labour will be seen as spending their time electioneering while the countryside plunges further into crisis.

New Labour's inner-circle are seriously considering putting the election off to June, possibly to 7 June. The crisis won't be over by then, but their spin-doctors hope that a month of supposedly combating foot and mouth, will help them turn to the election without being seen to put their own election plans first.

This is not risk-free - there's no reason to suppose that any of the problems of a May election will be solved by June.

Whenever the election, the Socialist Party will be fielding 14 candidates in England and Wales. We're taking part in the Socialist Alliance election campaign, which is fielding around 80 candidates.

In all our seats our election campaigns are already gathering widespread support. We're confident of winning the votes of many working-class people, despite the potential for many to abstain because of their disillusionment with capitalist politicians.

Nick Cohen wrote last week in The Observer on why fewer people bother to vote: "[The] idea that we're living in a bourgeois paradise won't work. Turnout is collapsing in the slums not the gentrified docklands. Large sections of the poor and the working class have concluded that no party will do much for them, and broadly, they're right."

Cohen fears a future where: "Politics will be about pleasing the corporations who fund parties and placating the comfortable half of the electorate which bothers to vote. The rest can be left to rot."

He correctly concludes that no mainstream parties offer anything for working-class people.

By standing Socialist Party candidates we're starting to offer an alternative that will assist working-class people in building their own party, which stands up for the millions instead of the millionaires.

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


In The Socialist 30 March 2001:

Foot And Mouth Crisis: Labour's Criminal Failings

29 March Tube Strike

Frenzied speculators enter the deflationary spiral

Labour fiddles while countryside burns

Teachers must stand firm

The deadly power of agri-business

vCJD - the real health threat

Asylum Seekers: Fact and Fiction

Building the Socialist Party


 

Home   |   The Socialist 30 March 2001   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Labour:

triangleWarning lights flashing for Corbynism

triangleHaringey: Socialists' stance fully vindicated

triangleMay ends in June! Boot out the Tories!

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

triangleNewham gas workers' strike threat

Election:

triangleHalton Brook election: support for our policies on doorstep

triangleLiverpool Socialist Party: The significance of the local election results

triangleIndia General election shows crying need for independent socialist alternative

triangleRight wing tries to block campaigning

Working-class:

triangleCuts and chaos. Enough. General election now!

triangleMemorial to working-class fighters who fought fascism

triangleClimate change protest in London on 12.4.19, photo Mary Finch

Socialist:

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

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

23/5/19

Schools

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

22/5/19

Probation

Workers celebrate renationalisation

22/5/19

Birmingham

Home carers victory

22/5/19

Morrisons

Morrisons workers reject pay offer

22/5/19

Unite

Unite young members' conference

22/5/19

Accommodation

Domestic abuse accommodation: Tories shift - but safety is more than a bed

22/5/19

Haringey

Haringey: Socialists' stance fully vindicated

22/5/19

Devon

Anger and frustration at the establishment

22/5/19

Worcester

Worcester Tories stonewall action on climate change

22/5/19

National Education Union

Day of action against cuts to special needs education

22/5/19

Strike

Workplace news in brief

22/5/19

Woolwich

Woolwich ferry workers begin ten days of strike action

22/5/19

RMT

Fantastic RMT London Underground victory

22/5/19

Tyne and Wear

Lifting the mood

22/5/19

Worcester

Socialist sales boost

triangleMore Reports and campaigns 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