Our country – Our democracy

Britain is Wales, Scotland and England, combined and co-operating. One economy, one currency, one people.

Britain is the workers and their families who make the country what it is.

We want neither war, nor destitution, nor division, nor inequality and prejudice.

We want creative lives, science, art, free health and social care and education, housing, a better life for future generations.

We want stable employment, dignity at work and a voice that is respected.

We want a better approach to environmental protection and high tech production, industry and energy supply.

To achieve these things we need the economic and political independence to respond to the democratic wishes of the people.

It took over 134 years of sacrifice and struggle to achieve votes for all at 18 years of age.

It is the people and their unions and progressive organisations that created the democratic structures and practices required for social and economic advance.

The universal franchise was handed away when Britain became subservient to the unelected powers of the European Union dominating our trading, labour, capital, agricultural, industrial, public service and fishing policies.

The voice of the people was further muted by retaining a ‘special relationship’ with the United States which dominated our foreign policy.

Having very significantly weakened our energy, manufacturing, utility, transport and public service sectors and put large sections of them under foreign ownership, US and EU forces are now competing to privatise the NHS.

The EU and US relationships demanded the free movement of capital. The removal of exchange controls on capital in 1979 opened the door to the industrial vandalism of the neoliberal period.

In the 40 years since capital was given free rein, we have seen many of our industries destroyed in the pursuit of higher profits. We have lost most of our shipbuilding, steel and car manufacture. We have sold off key infrastructure to hedge funds and asset strippers and, in the modern era, we have allowed high-tech giants to plunder our country, paying little or no tax on their trade and moving all profits abroad.

To rebuild and transform Britain and return its key assets and resources under the democratic control of a British electorate, we need to be able to determine our own future again.

As internationalists we oppose the globalising agenda of capital and support the self determination of nations to co-exist, trade and relate in peace and solidarity. We oppose the dominance of financial institutions governing countries by debt and the transfer of created wealth.

To support the struggles for freedom and self-determination elsewhere, we now need a revival of a socialist commitment to the self determination of our country.

Unite to create a new deal for workers, to end overseas control of our country and reclaim what is ours.