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Conservatives

Humanity's Health or Capitalism's Profit?

Socialism, or communism, or whatever you want to call a society of the future, will not save us from occasional epidemics. It would however deal with them in an entirely different way.

Brexit or Remain: Workers Pay Either Way

For the “remain” section of the capitalist class the unexpected result of the 2016 referendum meant they had lost control of the political process. Now the December general election has confirmed the “leavers” will be in control for the next 5 years.

Fear and Loathing: Electoral Politics in a Capitalist Crisis

What we are looking at in this election is the victory of the concept of nation over that of class. But then it could be said of all elections.

Don't Play the Capitalist Game! Don't Vote!

As the Brexit pantomime plays on, a General Election is now thrust upon us. Like all capitalist elections it will be a sham. About a third of the electorate (mostly working class) already have no illusions that a vote will do anything for them. In the UK the sham does not mean that ballot boxes will be stuffed with fake votes. Our rulers don’t need to do that. They have worked out how to get a result acceptable to the system without it.

British Bosses' Political Crisis

The next few months will see the party political machines in full swing trying to draw us into the quagmire of democratic debate and that great privilege – a vote at the polling station. Neither of those arenas offer anything for the working class.

Zealots and ditherers

The UK government seems hell-bent on crashing out of the European Union without a deal on 31 October. What does this say about the politics of the ruling class?

The Great Referendum Sideshow – Dominic Sandbrook

Dad's Army & co v Tony Benn

A chapter from Sandbrook’s history of the 1970s - on the 1975 UK referendum determining whether the UK should remain in the European Economic Community (EEC).

How to kill an Act of Parliament – Jack Ray

dockers taking direct action in 1972

The story of the legislation that led to the jailing of the Pentonville Five, the 1971 Industrial Relations Act. Published as follows during 2012 in the Black Flag, issue 235.

Only Socialism Offers Any Hope for the Future

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Conservative Party Conference 10 October 1980

Debate between Steve Coleman (Socialist Party of Great Britain) and Kate Hughes (Conservative Party), 2 February 1982 taking place at University College, London. Full audio also available online.

Is Britain Worth Dying For?

Lady Olga Maitland (Families for Defence) arguing with CND in 1987

Transcript of the opening remarks from a debate between Steve Coleman arguing No (for the Socialist Party of Great Britain) and Lady Olga Maitland arguing Yes, (Women and Families for Defence) also a member of the Conservative party, taking place on 19 January 1984 at Islington Central Library in London. Full audio recording also available online.