The greatest mass movement of our age has brought us together.
have marched in unprecedented numbers against war, against racism, and
in defence of democracy and civil liberties. Our views are shared by
millions, often a majority of the people in this country. Yet no
establishment politician, and very few elected representatives of any
kind, will lend their voice to this movement.
The two most
important statistics in contemporary politics highlight the growing
chasm between ordinary working people and the political
establishment—on the one hand we have participated in the greatest
political demonstrations in modern history, and on the other hand the
last general election saw the lowest turnout since universal suffrage
This chasm is at its widest on the question of
war and peace. Tony Blair's New Labour has taken us to war five times
in the last six years, each time with calamitous consequences. The
bloodshed, the waste of precious economic resources, the lying and
hypocrisy that have accompanied the attack on Iraq have
brought many to the conclusion that they must rethink their traditional political allegiance.
the yearning for a political alternative is even wider than the
anti-war movement. Pensioners, students, trade unionists, Muslims and
other faith groups, socialists, ethnic minorities and many others have
been deeply disappointed by the authoritarian social policies and
profit-centred, neo-liberal economic strategy of the government.
is a crisis of representation, a democratic deficit, at the heart of
politics in Britain. We aim to offer a solution to this crisis.
We stand for:
- An end to the war and occupation in Iraq. We will not join any further imperialist wars.
- An end to all privatisation and the bringing back into democratic public ownership of the railways and other public services.
education system that is not dependent on the ability to pay, that is
comprehensive and gives an equal chance in life to every child no
matter how wealthy or poor their parents, from nursery to university.
- A publicly owned and funded, democratically controlled NHS, free to all users.
- Pensions that are linked to average earnings.
- Raising the minimum wage to the European Union Decency threshold of £7.40 an hour.
- Tax the rich to fund welfare and to close the growing gap between the poor and the wealthy few.
- The repeal of the Tory anti-union laws.
to all forms of discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity,
religious beliefs (or lack of them), sexual orientation, disabilities,
national origin or citizenship.
- The right to
self-determination of every individual in relation to their religious
(or non-religious) beliefs, as well as sexual choices.
- The defence of the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. Opposition to the European Union's 'Fortress Europe' policies.
will strongly oppose the anti-European xenophobic right wing in any
Euro referendum. But we oppose the 'stability pact' that the European
Union seeks to impose on all those who join the euro. This pact would
outlaw government deficit spending and reinforce the drive to privatise
and deregulate the economy
and we will therefore vote 'No' in any referendum on this issue.
- Support for the people of Palestine and opposition to the apartheid system that oppresses them.
end to the destruction of the environment by states and corporations
for whom profit is more important than sustaining the natural world on
which all life depends.
We want a world in which the
democratic demands of the people are carried out; a world based on need
not profit; a world where solidarity rather than self-interest is the
spirit of the age.
Let this be the rebirth of hope for those who have become disillusioned.