Respect after the election

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Respect after the election

  1. 1. Globally <ul><li>1 billion people living on less than $1 a day. </li></ul><ul><li>Spend 80% or more of their income on food face malnutrition and ill-health. </li></ul><ul><li>Each year 3.5 million children die of malnutrition. </li></ul><ul><li>A third of children in developing countries under five have their minds and bodies impaired by hunger. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Neo-liberalism <ul><li>The World Bank's support for rapid import liberalisation and the dismantling of state support </li></ul><ul><li>Exposing African farmers to subsidised competition and the demise of smallholder markets. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Europe <ul><li>Italy disastrous period of coalition with a centre right Prodi administration = Berlusconi </li></ul><ul><li>France centre left government open the door to Sarkozy to power. </li></ul><ul><li>In Germany Angela Merkel. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Ideology? <ul><li>Europe social democratic parties have moved to the centre ground </li></ul><ul><li>Ideological difference between them and the centre-right parties has disappeared. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Local elections <ul><li>Labour’s local elections results the worst in 40 years </li></ul><ul><li>24% of the vote and coming third behind the Liberal Democrats </li></ul><ul><li>Boris Johnson - 1,168,738 up 542,423 </li></ul><ul><li>Ken Livingstone 1,028,966 up 340,358 </li></ul><ul><li>A class vote </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reasons <ul><li>10% income tax rate </li></ul><ul><li>Economic crisis the credit crunch, </li></ul><ul><li>Rising fuel and food prices </li></ul><ul><li>Low wages </li></ul><ul><li>Large numbers of Labour voters alienated by right-wing policies of New Labour. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Modern politics <ul><li>Rivalry has become one of presentation and personalities. </li></ul><ul><li>Opposition to privatisation and fear about the future of the health service and education. </li></ul><ul><li>The wars and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan </li></ul><ul><li>Fears about crime and the issue of immigration used by the press and politicians to move politics rightward </li></ul>
  8. 8. Voting intentions <ul><li>When the threat arises of a Tory win most of its supporters will vote once again for New Labour </li></ul><ul><li>Possibilities for building a left-wing alternative to New Labour. </li></ul><ul><li>Will not be quick or easy. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Respect’s results <ul><li>Birmingham Sparkbrook - Nahim Ullah Khan won 3,032 (42.64%) </li></ul><ul><li>Respect polled 25% in Springfield, 17% in Nechells and just under 5% in Moseley and Kings Heath. </li></ul><ul><li>Possibilities of obtaining very good votes in elections. </li></ul><ul><li>In Manchester’s Cheetham Hill ward 14.4% </li></ul><ul><li>City and East constituency 26,760 votes (14.59%), an increase of 7,085(36%) </li></ul><ul><li>Left List very good 37% and 25% in Preston and Sheffield respectively to 12% and 10% in Manchester. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Limits <ul><li>Respect has a broad range of policies </li></ul><ul><li>Most people still see it as the anti-war party. </li></ul><ul><li>This needs to be addressed. What exactly is Respect and what does it stand for? </li></ul><ul><li>Other than Newham and Tower Hamlets, Southwark, and some pockets in North London and elsewhere, Respect does not exist as an active force </li></ul>
  11. 11. The end of new Labour? <ul><li>No. </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe will be defeated electorally. </li></ul><ul><li>Will not draw the conclusion that the neo-liberal path has been wrong </li></ul><ul><li>Will not turn back towards some kind of old Labour model. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Our response <ul><li>Build broad parties of the left, based on broad socialist policies across Europe. </li></ul><ul><li>Basis clearly exists. </li></ul><ul><li>3.6% won by the left parties on the London list </li></ul>
  13. 13. Tasks <ul><li>Consolidate in Birmingham and East London </li></ul><ul><li>Extend outwards into other areas </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing national spread. </li></ul><ul><li>Party-building work </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit and consolidate new members and build branches </li></ul>
  14. 14. Then <ul><li>Conference in the early autumn </li></ul><ul><li>Work with all others on the left who want to build a left alternative </li></ul><ul><li>Young people of the environmental movement, those opposing racism and Islamophobia and local community activists. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Oh and... <ul><li>Approach trade unionists and other sections of the left </li></ul><ul><li>For a regroupment broader than Respect </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in initiatives like the “Convention of the left”. </li></ul><ul><li>Show ourselves committed to the project of working with others to build a bigger, united left-wing party. </li></ul>

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