Respect after the election

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Published on June 2, 2008

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Globally 1 billion people living on less than $1 a day. Spend 80% or more of their income on food face malnutrition and ill-health. Each year 3.5 million children die of malnutrition. A third of children in developing countries under five have their minds and bodies impaired by hunger.

1 billion people living on less than $1 a day.

Spend 80% or more of their income on food face malnutrition and ill-health.

Each year 3.5 million children die of malnutrition.

A third of children in developing countries under five have their minds and bodies impaired by hunger.

Neo-liberalism The World Bank's support for rapid import liberalisation and the dismantling of state support Exposing African farmers to subsidised competition and the demise of smallholder markets.

The World Bank's support for rapid import liberalisation and the dismantling of state support

Exposing African farmers to subsidised competition and the demise of smallholder markets.

Europe Italy disastrous period of coalition with a centre right Prodi administration = Berlusconi France centre left government open the door to Sarkozy to power. In Germany Angela Merkel.

Italy disastrous period of coalition with a centre right Prodi administration = Berlusconi

France centre left government open the door to Sarkozy to power.

In Germany Angela Merkel.

Ideology? Europe social democratic parties have moved to the centre ground Ideological difference between them and the centre-right parties has disappeared.

Europe social democratic parties have moved to the centre ground

Ideological difference between them and the centre-right parties has disappeared.

Local elections Labour’s local elections results the worst in 40 years 24% of the vote and coming third behind the Liberal Democrats Boris Johnson - 1,168,738 up 542,423 Ken Livingstone 1,028,966 up 340,358 A class vote

Labour’s local elections results the worst in 40 years

24% of the vote and coming third behind the Liberal Democrats

Boris Johnson - 1,168,738 up 542,423

Ken Livingstone 1,028,966 up 340,358

A class vote

Reasons 10% income tax rate Economic crisis the credit crunch, Rising fuel and food prices Low wages Large numbers of Labour voters alienated by right-wing policies of New Labour.

10% income tax rate

Economic crisis the credit crunch,

Rising fuel and food prices

Low wages

Large numbers of Labour voters alienated by right-wing policies of New Labour.

Modern politics Rivalry has become one of presentation and personalities. Opposition to privatisation and fear about the future of the health service and education. The wars and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan Fears about crime and the issue of immigration used by the press and politicians to move politics rightward

Rivalry has become one of presentation and personalities.

Opposition to privatisation and fear about the future of the health service and education.

The wars and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan

Fears about crime and the issue of immigration used by the press and politicians to move politics rightward

Voting intentions When the threat arises of a Tory win most of its supporters will vote once again for New Labour Possibilities for building a left-wing alternative to New Labour. Will not be quick or easy.

When the threat arises of a Tory win most of its supporters will vote once again for New Labour

Possibilities for building a left-wing alternative to New Labour.

Will not be quick or easy.

Respect’s results Birmingham Sparkbrook - Nahim Ullah Khan won 3,032 (42.64%) Respect polled 25% in Springfield, 17% in Nechells and just under 5% in Moseley and Kings Heath. Possibilities of obtaining very good votes in elections. In Manchester’s Cheetham Hill ward 14.4% City and East constituency 26,760 votes (14.59%), an increase of 7,085(36%) Left List very good 37% and 25% in Preston and Sheffield respectively to 12% and 10% in Manchester.

Birmingham Sparkbrook - Nahim Ullah Khan won 3,032 (42.64%)

Respect polled 25% in Springfield, 17% in Nechells and just under 5% in Moseley and Kings Heath.

Possibilities of obtaining very good votes in elections.

In Manchester’s Cheetham Hill ward 14.4%

City and East constituency 26,760 votes (14.59%), an increase of 7,085(36%)

Left List very good 37% and 25% in Preston and Sheffield respectively to 12% and 10% in Manchester.

Limits Respect has a broad range of policies Most people still see it as the anti-war party. This needs to be addressed. What exactly is Respect and what does it stand for? Other than Newham and Tower Hamlets, Southwark, and some pockets in North London and elsewhere, Respect does not exist as an active force

Respect has a broad range of policies

Most people still see it as the anti-war party.

This needs to be addressed. What exactly is Respect and what does it stand for?

Other than Newham and Tower Hamlets, Southwark, and some pockets in North London and elsewhere, Respect does not exist as an active force

The end of new Labour? No. Maybe will be defeated electorally. Will not draw the conclusion that the neo-liberal path has been wrong Will not turn back towards some kind of old Labour model.

No.

Maybe will be defeated electorally.

Will not draw the conclusion that the neo-liberal path has been wrong

Will not turn back towards some kind of old Labour model.

Our response Build broad parties of the left, based on broad socialist policies across Europe. Basis clearly exists. 3.6% won by the left parties on the London list

Build broad parties of the left, based on broad socialist policies across Europe.

Basis clearly exists.

3.6% won by the left parties on the London list

Tasks Consolidate in Birmingham and East London Extend outwards into other areas Establishing national spread. Party-building work Recruit and consolidate new members and build branches

Consolidate in Birmingham and East London

Extend outwards into other areas

Establishing national spread.

Party-building work

Recruit and consolidate new members and build branches

Then Conference in the early autumn Work with all others on the left who want to build a left alternative Young people of the environmental movement, those opposing racism and Islamophobia and local community activists.

Conference in the early autumn

Work with all others on the left who want to build a left alternative

Young people of the environmental movement, those opposing racism and Islamophobia and local community activists.

Oh and... Approach trade unionists and other sections of the left For a regroupment broader than Respect Participate in initiatives like the “Convention of the left”. Show ourselves committed to the project of working with others to build a bigger, united left-wing party.

Approach trade unionists and other sections of the left

For a regroupment broader than Respect

Participate in initiatives like the “Convention of the left”.

Show ourselves committed to the project of working with others to build a bigger, united left-wing party.

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