Posts under ‘War/Defence’

Emergency motion to Labour conference on Syria and ISIS

by Newsdesk.

Readers will be aware of the likelihood that David Cameron will seek House of Commons support to extend UK participation in the bombing of Iraq to Syria in the near future. In discussion between various organisations, the following model emergency motion has been drafted. This is clearly life and death issue for the people of Syria. […]

Cameron’s declared bombing aims in Syria are ridiculously vain

by Michael Meacher.

We have all learnt that Cameron routinely makes up policy on the hoof, but he has really outdone himself by his explanation of his case for bombing Syria. First of all as he states it, his military case is the defeat of ISIS. This is risible since the contribution that he is planning for Britain […]

Dithering Dave and the refugees

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I detest the term “game-changing“, but the wide publication of the little body of Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach touched millions of hearts coarsened by decades of anti-immigrant racism and hysteria. Having obstinately set his face against taking more refugees, Dave and his pitiful government were shamed by the huge numbers taken […]

Ben Bradshaw’s links to the Henry Jackson Society make him unfit to be Deputy Leader

by Carlus Hudson.

Last month Labour Deputy Leader-hopeful Caroline Flint was outed as having received donations for her campaign from corporate lobbyists Sovereign Strategy. Vice’s article points out Sovereign’s links to Maximus, the company contracted by the government (replacing ATOS) to carry out Work Capacity Assessments. Despite Flint soundbite calling for Labour to be a ‘grassroots movement – […]

Intervention in Iraq is futile – we should not join it

by Mike Phipps.

Two years after MPs voted not to take part in the bombardment of Syria, British forces have been doing precisely that. A cross-party group of MPs and peers will investigate the air strikes, the Government’s authorisation of which shows complete contempt for parliamentary democracy. As Michael Meacher pointed out, “The excuse given by the Prime […]

So Tory ministers lying to Parliament is now OK?

by Michael Meacher.

The revelation that British air crews have been engaged in bombing operations against ISIS in Syria for the last 10 months, in strict defiance of a Parliamentary vote two years ago prohibiting this, should be a matter where ministerial heads roll. The excuse given by the Prime Minister’s office that they were embedded with US […]

Reactionary and dishonest: a reply to BICOM’s Alan Johnson on Jeremy Corbyn

by Ollie Hill.

The reaction to Jeremy Corbyn’s dramatic last-minute feat in getting on the Labour leadership ballot from some sections of the party has been predictably vicious. Familiar MPs, commentators and grandees stepped forward with a chorus of spite claiming that Corbyn’s inclusion represented a reckless concession to left-wing ‘extremists’ and showed that ‘the lunatic wing of […]

Labour Friends of Israel continues to whitewash war crimes

by James Elliott.

One year on from the tragic events in Gaza last summer, and the British Israel lobby is still trying to distract us from Israel’s crimes by highlighting perceived wrongdoing by other sides. In her piece for Left Foot Forward, Jennifer Gerber makes a number of claims which require refutation: Hamas’ responsibility for provoking ‘the conflict’; […]

Tory attacks on Ed are detestable but the practical case against Trident must be made

by Diane Abbott.

The constant personal attacks on Ed Miliband by the Tories have rightly been deplored. Last week ,Tory defence spokesman Michael Fallon chose to claim that Ed “had stabbed his own brother in the back to lead Labour and was now willing to stab the UK in the back by doing a deal on Trident with […]

Ten things a new government could do to make the world a safer place

by Newsdesk.

Here are ten things a new government could do to make the world a safer place, from Stop the War: 1. Ban the sales of arms to anti-democratic and authoritarian regimes. Britain is currently the second biggest exporter of weapons globally. Britain regular sells weapons to many of the countries on the Foreign Office’s own list of […]

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