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The Campaign for a New Workers’ Party (CNWP) issued the following statement today:
“The Cash for Honours scandal is just the latest in a long line of crises to hit the Labour Party. Coming on top of the turmoil, bloodshed and massive suffering caused by the British/American led invasion of Iraq, the complete disarray within the Health Service, and the decision to sell off our schools to any religious fundamentalist who can afford it, the news that senior Labour officials have been questioned by police on suspicion of fraud will surely be the final nail in Labour’s coffin.
“This was the Labour Government which came to power from its position on the moral high ground, with promises of open government and no more sleaze, but now, in its death throes, it has proved itself little different from its predecessor,” claimed Socialist Party councillor and CNWP National Chair Dave Nellist. “If Labour was true to its founding socialist principles, there would no undemocratic institutions like the House of Lords and therefore less incentive to reward wealthy donors”, Cllr Nellist continued “ It is Labour’s use of spin which has made it so reliant on wealthy individuals to pay for the publicity it seeks in order to cover over its lack of political principles – a further blow to democracy”.
“It is not simply a matter of replacing Blair with Brown as many in the Labour Party seem to think. Brown’s policies are Blair’s policies. In any case, it would appear Tony Blair would rather lose the next Election than let his Deputy take his place. David ‘Man of the People’ Cameron follows a very similar political agenda as he tries to out-Blair Tony. The Liberal Democrats would say one thing in opposition and another when they are in government if their record in local government is anything to go by.”
“It is small wonder that public confidence in the political system is at an all time low, and apathy, often a dangerous precursor to the rise of right wing extremism, is on the rise,” Dave Nellist concluded. “ This climate demands something new, something to re-engage those who have turned their backs on the main parties. We need a left party which campaigns for socialism and democracy, and this is why we have launched a Campaign for a New Workers’ Party. 2,250 individuals have already signed up to our Declaration in just four months, many of them Trade Union activists, with nearly 50 being members of their Trade Union National Executives. The desire for socialism is there, and Labour had better watch its back.”
For further information contact:
Pete McLaren on 07881 520626
Dave Nellist on 07970 294237