House of Cards

The Con-Dem coalition staggers from one crisis to another. Tory MPs are not just in revolt against Clegg, but also against Cameron over the proposals to reform the House of Commons.

If agreed they would reduce the Lords from above 800 to 450 members. 80% would be elected for 15 years (by proportional representation) – if anyone could be bothered to vote for them and the remainder would be appointed by politicians – still enshrining the tradition of privilege and patronage. Why should such an anachronistic institution as the Lords exist anyway? The real battle is about who should have power in our country and what should be the future of parliament if it has one. What do we, the British people, understand by democracy when the main parliamentary parties are mired in sleaze, and all too willing to represent the interests of capital?

In the short term the survival of the Con-Dem coalition and the existence of the Lib-Dems are at stake. The longer term is our responsibility.

 

The Workers’ Party Twitter Feed

Hazards Campaign shows the union movement speak for humanity in Britain. The government created a chaotic and irrational response to the continuing transmission of the virus, not starting control measures early enough & stopping them before they should.
http://www.hazardscampaign.org.uk/blog/the-hazards-campaign-calls-for-the-government-to-adopt-immediately-a-zero-covid19-policy

PSC will ask DWP members whether they are prepared to take industrial action over the government’s insistence that jobcentres extend their hours until 8pm on weekdays and fully open to the public, despite the very real danger of a second Covid-19 spike. 
https://www.pcs.org.uk/news/pcs-to-launch-consultative-ballot-for-industrial-action-over-jobcentre-hours-extension

Trade unions provide unity & a collective approach.
West Midlands TUC called for a summit of local Trade Unionists and politicians following announcements of 8000 job losses. Unions have led on Covid safety & now again they take the lead in jobs crisis.
https://unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2020/july/unite-backing-summit-to-win-support-for-west-midlands-as-8000-jobs-go-in-under-a-week/

Job losses at Alexander Dennis the bus manufacturer; 650 across Britain. Unite calls on government to bring forward £3 billion plan for 4,000 new green buses on UK’s roads. Make it in Britain! Public procurement from Britain!
Make Brexit work for Workers!
https://unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2020/july/bus-maker-alexander-dennis-job-losses-devastating-blow/

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