LETTER : Needed: a new New Labour

Share
Related Topics
From Mr Ken Coates, MP and others

Sir: The destruction of Clause IV is an attempt to change the fundamental character of the British Labour Party and accept the situation in which ownership of private capital confers overwhelming economic, social and therefore political power.

New Labour is aiming to distance itself from the trade unions, which originally established the Labour Party, and adopt a neutral stance in struggles about working conditions, impoverishment and social degradation.

It is failing to come to grips with the fact that exploitation is more rapacious than ever, and inequalities are growing in every part of our society.

Crucial as a Labour electoral victory is at the present time, we should recognise that a change of administration without a dramatic change of political direction will lead to huge disappointment among the population. We need a new, far-reaching initiative at local, national and European level to tackle mass unemployment. We should seek to promote real equality in the public services, particularly in education and the NHS, and take steps to end the tragedy of overcrowding and homelessness.

We must recreate a genuinely universal system of public welfare, capable of defending everyone from youth to old age against involuntary poverty and deprivation.

Power must be transferred outwards from the centre, and national resources must be liberated to meet the environmental, productive and domestic requirements of our people. We must pursue policies which aim to end discrimination, achieve peace, and address the vast problem of world hunger.

To work for these goals we need to remobilise the Labour and Trade Union movements, the better to create means of representing the poor, the weak, and the socially excluded, together with all those whose needs have been disregarded by Conservative governments. We need also to advance the case for democratic common ownership, and explain its relevance to these problems.

Yours sincerely,

KEN COATES, MEP; ALEX FALCONER, MEP; MICHAEL HINDLEY, MEP; HUGH KERR, MEP; ALF LOMAS, MEP; DAVID MORRIS, MEP; STAN NEWENS, MEP; CHRISTINE ODDY, MEP; ALEX SMITH, MEP; KEN STEWART, MEP; NORMAN WEST, MEP; HARRY BARNES, MP; TONY BENN, MP;JEREMY CORBYN, MP; BILL MICHIE, MP; ALAN SIMPSON, MP; AUDREY WISE, MP; MICHAEL BARRATT BROWN; TREVOR GRIFFITHS; JOHN ARDEN; ALAN PLATER; VLADIMIR DERER; CHRISTOPHER HILL; JIM MORTIMER

and 70 others

Common Ownership Campaign

Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

React Now

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Qualified Primary Teaching Assistant

£64 - £73 per day + Competitive rates based on experience : Randstad Education...

Primary KS2 NQTs required in Lambeth

£117 - £157 per day + Competitive London rates: Randstad Education Group: * Pr...

Primary NQTs required in Lambeth

£117 - £157 per day + Competitive London rates: Randstad Education Group: * Pr...

Primary NQTs required in Lambeth

£117 - £157 per day + Competitive London rates: Randstad Education Group: * Pr...

Day In a Page

Read Next
Piper Ryan Randall leads a pro-Scottish independence rally in the suburbs of Edinburgh  

i Editor's Letter: Britain survives, but change is afoot

Oliver Duff Oliver Duff
Some believe that David Cameron is to blame for allowing Alex Salmond a referendum  

Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?

Mark Steel
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam