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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?
Campaign for a New Workers' Party Press Coverage
The following letter was carried by the Guardian on 18 May 2007:
And over 2,500 CNWP sponsors
The coronation of Gordon Brown leaves a major question facing John McDonnell and his supporters.
How can millions of ex-Labour voters disillusioned by the Iraq war, the acceleration of privatisation and the growing gap between the rich and the rest now have a political voice?
Britain doesn't have a genuine debate any more on domestic or foreign policy, for millions of people it doesn't seem like we even have three separate parties in this country anymore. New Labour, the Tories and Liberal Democrats act more like three wings of the same party, vying for a middle ground that is essentially defined by being pro-big business.
So, does the dwindling band of the Labour Left carry on like prisoners within the New Labour machine - occasionally smuggling notes out through the bars?
Or do they, like many of us, come to the decision that we have to start again and build a new, independent party that can gain the trust and support of millions of people in this country.
Already we have wide support for that discussion, including 45 sponsors on trade union national executive committees.
We urge John and his supporters to draw the necessary political and organisational conclusions from this week - leave New Labour to the millionaires and join the socialists fighting for an independent political voice for the millions of working people.
Cllr Dave Nellist, Chair, Campaign for a New Workers Party (CNWP)
Dave Church, former Labour leader Walsall Council
Roger Bannister, Unison NEC (personal capacity)
Cllr Jackie Grunsell, NHS-SOS Huddersfield
Cllr Ian Page, Socialist Party, Lewisham
In the same issue of the Guardian, the following letter was also carried:
Ah well, saves us having to rejoin what used to be the Labour party.
John & Jane Airs