Letters

Don't bend to pressure

Issue section: 
Issue: 
Author: 

In November SR Sabby Sagall puts forward the left case for remain. This essentially consists of an argument that the EU supports “women’s and workers’ rights” and “upholds environmental protections and provides major support for the arts.” This argument might come as a surprise to the people of Greece who have seen in practice exactly what EU “support” does to the rights of women and workers, environmental protection and so on.

The details matter in nurses’ deal

Issue section: 
Author: 

I thought Mark Thomas and Andy Ridley’s piece on the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) deal (November SR) was a good one overall. But at one point it seems to misunderstand a key aspect of the deal — one which helped get it accepted — and which highlights a key aspect of both the employers’ and union officials’ strategies on pay and conditions.

Health unions’ history

Issue section: 
Author: 

The report on the RCN (November SR) breaks new ground. But we have to understand its history better.

Most health unions, including the RCN, have both professional and trade union functions. Historically, the professional side came first: particularly the demand for a statutory register of practitioners (now regulated through, for example, the Health and Care Professions Council). For most, the professional side predominates.

Confidence is key

Issue section: 
Author: 

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?”

Get your queens right

Issue section: 
Author: 

John Newsinger is right to make links between Donald Trump and Lewis Carroll’s Alice books (October SR), but he has mixed up his queens. Both quotes he gives are from the befuddled White Queen. The Queen of Hearts representing petulant, blind fury comes out with the very Trump-like, “Off with their heads.”

Ken Olende
London

The left case for remain

Issue section: 
Author: 

Ian Taylor in September’s SR and Shaun Doherty in the October issue remind us that Brexit has unleashed a major crisis for the British ruling class and the Tories, caused by the anti-establishment vote to leave the EU.

But it has also created a major problem for the left and the forces of European anti-racism.

The EU is an unelected bureaucracy largely committed to neoliberal policies such as privatisation. In 2015 it hammered Greece with the imposition of austerity. It colluded with European governments that allowed hundreds of migrants to drown in the Mediterranean.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Letters