In the nine months since the publication of our perspectives' document, The New Situation in Britain,
events internationally and here in Britain have continued to accelerate. The
consequences of the imperialist adventure in Iraq have had an even greater
impact in Britain than in the US. Here the furore over the death of weapons
inspector Dr. David Kelly and the Hutton inquiry represent the most important
crisis faced by Blair to date. It is clear that the new situation in Britain is part
and parcel of a new, profoundly unstable and tumultuous period in world history.
In Part one of his article Phil Mitchinson looked at the world situation
and how this affects Britain. In this second part he looks at the devastation of British
manufacturing over a period of decades as shown by the investment and output figures
he provides. He goes on to chart the degeneration of the British
ruling class, from its far-sighted predecessors to the current degenerates
who can't see past their bank balances. This reflects itself in the present mess
the Tory party finds itself in.
Strikes, demonstrations, political crises, Britain looks a lot different now
than it did when Blair and co came to power. For us the task of the hour is to give
active support to workers struggling to defend jobs and services and carry that
fight over into the Labour Party, into a fight for socialist policies.
On Tuesday November 18th, President George Bush arrived at Buckingham Palace
for a three-day state visit, complete with red carpets, banquets and cannon
salutes. Outside the palace gates, a huge security operation was under way. Some
5,000 British police officers were on hand to protect the president, along with
the 700 or so secret-service agents Mr Bush brought with him. More than 200,000
people participated in the biggest weekday demo in the history of Britain to
protest at his visit and to cheer the symbolic toppling of his statue.