Unpublished on the NHS


This one failed to get published in The Indpendent but we shall persevere.

In speculating that leaving the EU would be the biggest threat to the health service your cross -party alliance (

Brexit is ‘biggest threat’ to the future of the NHS, say 100 MPs, MEPs and peers from five parties Indpend net 5 February)

are ignoring the real and present danger the NHS faces from a privatisation driven as much by the EU as Tory, Lib Dem and New Labour enthusiasms for big business.

The pace of market-driven healthcare ‘reform’ has speeded up since capitalism’s 2008 crash as neo-liberal governments – with both conservative and social democratic labels – have imposed the costs of saving the banks on working people.

Public health services with their massive property holdings, substantial staff numbers and massive cost streams are a tempting target for cuts and privatisation.

Even the pro-EU European Trade…

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The importance of letters to the editor

Posted by Nick Wright

February 1, 2018


Words of advice to any lefty who, rather than railing against the mainstream media, is prepared to make the arguments.

Challenge reactionary or wrongheaded arguments whenever you read them. Currently the liberal media are engaged in a sustained campaign to lock Labour into a lifetime submission to the EU’s single market and customs union. The bottom line here is that the Labour right wing and the Remain tendency in the media would rather compromise Labour’s chances with its core working class vote than give support to Corbyn’s leadership on this question.

The Guardian only publish longer letters from the great and good. They prefer to publish letters which deal with issues raised by their own contributors. After a period when they seemed open to challenges to their liberal, New Labourish editorial standpoints the Guardian now seems to have stopped publishing my letters.

On most days I just can’t bring myself to read anything other than Steve bell, Adita Chakrabortty and Larry Elliot….but I must steel myself for the struggle.

The Guardian seems happiest with witty, sharply worded and funny letters. So keep them short. I also detect a certain impatience among Guardian staff with the more intransigent of the New Labour ideologues and less reflexive of Israel’s partisans on the payroll. So feel free to take potshots at their more brazen idiocies.

I also detect a new accommodation to the realities in the Labour Party. Shamelessly erasing their earlier support for policies like Gordon Brown’s infamous PFI schemes Guardian journalists follow the example of those Labour politicians and trade union leaders who did everything to bury the warnings the left, and especially the communists in the unions, gave about the consequences of the surrender to the Maastricht and Lisbon treaties and the austerity which flowed from the cuts in public spendinhg which ensued.

Now they are silent about their earlier errors. No one nowadays seems prepared to back up their earlier defence of PFI or the outsourcing of public services to dodgy firms like Carillon and Capita.

Happily the Independent have started publishing stuff from me. Two in two days in fact.

The first challenged Rabbil Sikdar’s shamefaced defence of Blairism. The second took issue with Chuka Umunna’s farcical bid to ingratiate himself with the left. Here they are:

Dear editor

The mistakes that (New) Labour made, as detailed by Rabbil Sikdar (Independent 29 January), cannot be separated from its ‘successes’. It was the embrace of the public expenditure limits that flowed from the Maastricht, and later, the Lisbon treaties that led to Labour making the Tory PFI scheme its signature policy.

Brown’s policies enabled increases in social spending principally by taxing City revenues but this cannot be separated from the consequences of the finance sector deregulation which permitted these enormous flows and led to the 2008 bank crisis.

The consequences of New Labour rescuing bank shareholder value has been a decade of austerity.

This austerity is irredeemably attached in the minds of millions of voters to the policies which flowed from membership of the EU.

Nick Wright   Communist Party

Dear editor

We always learn more from our defeats than we do from victory and after the decades in which the fiscal orthodoxy and top-down managerialism which guided New Labour ended Chuka Umunna (Labour needs to stop pretending it’s a party of Marxists versus neoliberals) has now found the insight to celebrate the broad nature of the Labour family.

We don’t have to dig back much further than the immediate post-war years to see evidence that comrade Umunna is in tune with Labour’s better instincts. Labour’s 1943 conference came within a hair’s breadth of agreeing a motion which would have restored the rights of communists to speak, vote and stand for Labour Party office which were lost in the carnival of reaction following the betrayal of the 1926 General Strike.

Where he is wrong is in the suggestion that ‘dependency’ on the state denies individual agency. The main lesson from the reforming Attlee government is that even limited command of state power and ownership of the means of production, exchange and distribution shifted a measure of power and agency to the people. Labour didn’t complete the socialist project but now, under new leadership, we can envisage a state which enables us rather than the wealthy.

Nick Wright   Communist Party

Paul Mason on why Marxists should be welcome in the Labour Party

Stop The Labour Purge

Left-wing journalist Paul Mason has made the following statement, which should be widely circulated:

“There is nothing wrong in being a Marxist, our Party has always benefited from wide ideological debate. There is nothing wrong about anyone in the Party promoting their views through journals and papers. The only question that should be asked is do they work for the much needed Labour victory.”

See expelled Broxtowe CLP chair Pete Radcliff’s appeal

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How angry 50s women deprived of a pension can boot their MP out of a job

David Hencke

amber rudd Home secretary Amber Rudd- most high profile Tory who could be unseated by angry people who have lost their pension for up to six years Pic credit: BBC


Many angry  50s women  frustrated they can’t get a pension for up to six years – have the power at the ballot box to knock out the MPs who voted for the change. Since the next general election will be closely fought and many seats have narrow majorities they are literally – no pun intended -in poll position to effect change.

There isn’t a constituency in the United Kingdom that has less than 3000 of  these pensioners according to a breakdown helpfully provided by the House of Commons library.

And it is the current Theresa May government and her DUP allies  who are vigorously pursuing  higher and higher  retirement ages for future generations of pensioners that are the…

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National Day of Action for Ukraine: No to Fascism! Solidarity with the Communists!

Binary choice? It has to be Communism


The Young Communist League has called a national day of action on 10 February 2018 in solidarity with our comrades in the Communist Party and Komsomol of Ukraine against state oppression and the rehabilitation of fascism.

The YCL has called for a demonstration outside the Ukrainian Embassy in London (60 Holland Park, W11 3SJ) from 1pm onwards on Saturday 10 February 2018.

Demonstrations are also being planned for Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester on the same day. Please contact office@ycl.org.uk if you are able to attend or want to organise a demonstration in your town or city.


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Berlin honours those who fought fascism


by David Bacon

In Germany’s parliament building, the Reichstag, a room holds plaques with the names of deputies murdered by the Nazis, marked by a black band under their name.

Hans and Traudel Horn promised it would be a tour of Berlin’s socialist history, and so it was.  Twice I spent a long day with them on the U-Bahn and S-Bahn, trying to hear what they explained over the roar of the subway as we hurtled from monument to monument, cemetery to cemetery.

Berlin is a city of revolution and anti-fascist struggle.  It is also a city of graves.  Trees on one beautiful leafy hill cover the remains of 183 Berliners who fought and died on the street barricades in 1848.  When they were interred in the Cemetery for the Fallen of the March Revolution, 80,000 Berliners looked on.  Thirty-three others are…

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The Good Friday Agreement and Britain’s ‘Deep State’


Britain’s long goodbye and its speedy return

These are the introductory paragraphs of a very interesting and thought provoking piece by Paul Stewart and Tommy McKearney.


Britain’s disengagement from Northern Ireland is not quite what it seems.  In conjunction with its deep state, in the age of neoliberal imperialism where control is seemingly less dependent on territorial subordination, it has developed institutions that will allow it to ‘remain’ even in the midst of departure. These institutions mobilize soft and hard power repressive practices developed over the period of the insurgency (1969-98).  They comprise(d) the army, MI5, police, loyalist paramilitaries and agents influents within all political parties and the Republican movement.  We term this nexus of repression the continuity state repressive apparatuses.


If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your…

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