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If you think all the big political parties are the same - you're right! The bosses have got three parties - isn't it about time we had one of our own?

 

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Bradford & Bingley Bailout

The announcement of the nationalisation of Bradford and Bingley begs the question, if it's ok to bail out the bankers why couldn't the Government intervene to rescue other companies - for example Longbridge or Peugeot who've thrown thousands out of work?

The reality is that this is not genuine nationalisation but a form of 'socialism for the rich'.  Bad debts and the consequences of unbridled financial greed are being transferred to the state, and the taxpayer, that's you and me, will be passed the bill.

Northern Rock and the Bradford and Bingley have not been nationalised to protect the small investors - and clearly not the thousands of jobs that are now being shed - but to shore up the capitalist system and in particular the rich shareholders of the wider banking system.

Nor have the government come forward with proposals to nationalise the pensions industry to protect pensioners - with the fall in the stock market over the last twelve months pensioners retiring today are potentially 25% worse off than a year ago.

50 billion or more can be found to bail out the banks - but when I called for nationalisation of car production at Longbridge or Ryton, or for state intervention to save other manufacturing or industrial jobs that was "living in the past".

When pensioners and others on fixed low incomes face rocketing fuel costs and falling disposable incomes, they're expected to make do - yet top banking executives in many of the failed and flawed financial companies in America and here have had millions, even tens of millions, in compensation and salaries.

What is most striking however is that amongst the three big parties there is only one voice - defence of the system and pass the bill to the rest of us.

There is no national authoritive voice calling for genuine socialist nationalisation that would allow the economy to be rationally and democratically planned for the benefit of all.

Working people urgently need an independent political party of their own that's not afraid to use the traditional language of socialism against working peoples' traditional enemy - the free market system.

Cllr Dave Nellist

Chair, CNWP

 

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