John Curtis

Confidence is key

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Pro-remain SWP members have no problem in identifying the official and mainstream leave campaigns as being led by utterly reactionary, racist, neoliberals who stand for and would like to see some sort of Thatcherite Nirvana.

But when it comes to the official and mainstream remain campaigns they often adopt the approach of “Yeah, but...”. “Yeah, they are led by warmongers, neoliberals and the EU is a bosses club responsible for the drowning of refugees and the hammering of Greece. But what about the environmental and workers’ protections and the freedom of movement?”

Oppose arms monopoly

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I disagree with Emma Davis’s call for tighter gun controls in the US (May SR).

Firstly, anyone who is intent on killing does not need a gun — homemade bombs, Molotov cocktails, machetes and cars driven at high speed are generally effective.

The constitutional right to bear arms should be defended because it ensures that the state does not have a monopoly on being armed. The same state that Emma quite rightly says would not be touched by any restrictions.

Mental illness and other oppressions

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Laura Miles’s article “How we fight for transgender liberation” (September SR) showed that while great strides have been made in terms of LGBT+ — rights transphobia is still very much a problem. The same could be said of racism and other forms of oppression.

There is, however, one issue that is regularly overlooked: that of discrimination against those who suffer from mental health problems.

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