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Let's transform this leadership election into a real debate about the future of socialism, our party and our country
I’m writing to announce the launch of the Radical-Labour website I have set up with the aim of transform the stale Labour Leadership election debate into a real discussion about the future of socialism, our party and our country.
So far neither the political range of candidates for the Labour leadership nor the ideas they have voiced have set the world of progressive politics alight. If we want to use the selection of a new leader to excite people about the potential of socialist politics, then it's up to us to get this debate going.
I am launching this website to host a debate on the issues the Labour leadership candidates have to address and to promote some of the ideas and policies people think any new leader should adopt.
We start with a hard hitting analysis of Labour's electoral geography in last week' selection by Andrew Fisher, the Director of the Left Economic Advisory Panel.
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Yet again residents and people working in local companies are reporting almost daily sickening tar smells from the new Conway bitumen recycling plant in Hayes. People are saying that the acrid smells are so bad that it makes them feel headachy and nauseous. This has been going on now for nearly 10 months since the plant opened.
I have been raising this issue with Hillingdon Council over the months since then and demanding action and yet the problem continues. It has now gone beyond any reasonable time limit.
I am extremely fearful for the health and safety of local residents and local employees working in the surrounding area in which the plant is located. That is why I am calling for firm action from the council to either force the company to tackle the emissions problem or, failing that, to shut the operation down until it is safe to reopen.
There’s been a lot of self-serving nonsense talked about why Labour lost the election and what it has to do to win in the future. We’ve just witnessed a well-planned media blitz of failed New Labour ex-ministers and their new-wave proteges blaming Ed Miliband with all the old Blairite mantras that Labour has failed to be a party of aspiration, to occupy the middle ground and appeal to middle England.
This drivel from Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson and others is to shirk New Labour’s responsibility for what happened last week. No party has won an election when trailing in economic-competence polls. When the Tories shamelessly accused the last Labour government of crashing the economy, they were right, but for the wrong reasons.
The crash was not down to over-spending and over-borrowing, but down to the policy of lifting virtually all lending controls off the banks and finance sector; a policy promoted by both New Labour and even more virulently by the Conservative party. No deficit at all would have existed if New Labour had tackled the widespread and alarmingly high levels of tax evasion and avoidance by corporations and the filthy rich. Of course the crash was transnational, but New Labour not only shared in the global promotion of neoliberal free market economics, it also had a special responsibility for failing to regulate the City of London.
As a result, instead of eliminating boom and bust, New Labour contributed to the greatest bust since the 1929 crash. It also failed to build the homes people needed or develop an industrial strategy that delivered secure, well-paid jobs, and allowed the share of the...
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