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  Budget Pack 1990
Posted by: Steve - 06-20-2020, 05:01 AM - Forum: Announcements & Rules - No Replies

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1...sp=sharing

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  PC4 - Economy
Posted by: Steve - 06-19-2020, 07:40 PM - Forum: Marked - Replies (12)

Closes 23:59 on the 23 June

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  BBC News (Nov 1990 - )
Posted by: Steve - 06-19-2020, 10:02 AM - Forum: BBC News - Replies (8)

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  Economic updates
Posted by: Steve - 06-19-2020, 09:45 AM - Forum: BBC News - Replies (2)

Q3 1990 (July - September)

GDP growth (over the last quarter): -1.0%
GDP growth (over the last year): 0.2%

Unemployment: 2.05m (7.1%)

Inflation (annual): 10.4%

House Price growth (quarterly): 0.9%

Public sector borrowing (quarterly): £552m

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  PC 3 - New Leadership
Posted by: Nathan - 06-19-2020, 12:14 AM - Forum: Marked - Replies (13)

"With all the major parties having a change in leadership, what's next for Britain?"

Ends 23:59 on the 23rd June.

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  Her Majesty's Government: Drummond-MacBeath Ministry
Posted by: Blakesley - 06-18-2020, 12:43 PM - Forum: Speaker's Office - Replies (3)

Her Majesty's Government: Drummond-MacBeath Ministry

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  Oath of Allegiance
Posted by: Blakesley - 06-18-2020, 12:42 PM - Forum: Speaker's Office - Replies (22)

Before taking part in parliamentary duties, Members of Parliament have to swear an Oath of Allegiance:


Quote:I, (NAME), swear by Almighty God that I shall be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.

Members who object to swearing a religious oath are permitted to make a solemn affirmation instead:


Quote:I, (NAME), do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I shall be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law.

Please swear or affirm your allegiance below, remembering to choose the right version and put the right name in. If you want to use another language, you must first complete it in English. A variety of holy books are available to swear on.

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  General Press Cycle
Posted by: Max - 06-17-2020, 01:06 PM - Forum: Press Cycles - Replies (17)

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  GRM: CLP Speech
Posted by: Griff Rhys Morrison - 06-16-2020, 10:37 PM - Forum: 1990 Labour Leadership Elections - No Replies

Griff Rhys Morrison spoke to a meeting of the CLP in Birkenhead.

Thank you all for coming to listen to me today. I'm happy to talk to you all and answer questions at the end.

I want to start by reiterating that the difference between the campaign for Labour leader and the campaign for the next Conservative leader is stark. Whereas the Tories have been very happy to backstab and backroom deal, knife each other and slate each other in the press, we haven't done that.

That speaks to our uniting values, as socialists. The Labour Party stands firmly rooted in a strong foundation of socialist values; social justice, equality, democracy, liberty and cooperation. Throughout this campaign you will have read about and heard people talking about these values and claim them. That is absolutely right, they should be claimed because they belong to us all. Nobody in this country has a monopoly on virtues. These values and principles are the foundation of our modern, credible and united Labour Party.

Principles, of course, are useful. They frame thinking. You can point to something and say "I believe in that." or "That goes against my principles." However, to move from theory to reality, you must build credibility. Credibility is the currency of good governance. It is only when you are seen as credible that you will be given the opportunities to take your principles and put them into practice.

Where Labour, as a party, has gone wrong over the last decade or so is to obsess over debating our principles and being puritanical in highlighting what we agree and disagree with. We spent so much time shouting down those who may disagree, or even those who agree but have another method, that we forgot that the whole objective was to see our principles become policy.

In this campaign, I have moved to take us beyond that. I want to see this party transform our principles into a working agenda for Britain's government over the next ten years. I want to see a party that is so rooted in our principles they become habitual. The focus of our discussions now has to be getting the policies right. The public did not reject our principles in 1979, 1983 or 1987. They rejected the Labour Party because we hadn't listened to the public mood on things like aspiration, on things like jobs, on welfare, on tax.

The economy in this county is deeply unfair. Encouraged by the dismantling of our employment rights, corporatists are taking unchallenged decisions and making life harder for working people. It will take a Government that looks forwards, not backwards to solve those issues. We cannot afford to spend the next few years saying we would just undo whatever the Tories have done. We must be forward thinking in presenting an alternative.

What is the alternative to the Tory in-fighting over Europe? It is to make the positive, socialist case for international cooperation and our place at the heart of Europe.  What is the alternative to slashing employment rights? It is to embolden workers by building democratic structures in industry; cooperative models to democratise our workplaces.  What is the alternative to selling off social housing stock? It is to invest in construction industries, getting local economies moving again and giving people work.  What is the alternative to closure of industry? It is to reskill our workers to give them more opportunities to find paying work.

For every significant problem facing our country today, Labour's answer cannot be a solution pulled from yesterday but rather an alternative for tomorrow. We must answer unemployment with skills programmes, factory closures with incentives for manufacturing, poverty with a minimum wage. While the Tories are the party of ideology and blind worship of market greed, Labour must set out our stall as the party of solutions.

On the economy, Britain finds itself lost in a corporatist wonderland. Full of airs and graces about creating wealth and people becoming richer, the stark reality for millions of Britons is that there isn't enough work, the work there is may not remain, and even that which does doesn't pay enough. Entire communities are being left behind by an economic strategy so devoid of heart that the people advocating for it seem almost blissfully unaware. I say almost because I imagine they know it now the poll tax protests have come to their doorstep. There's no more excuses for them not to know.

My policy position on the economy is to build what we need for the future. Our framework must be that all work must pay. A decent minimum wage should be the crowning glory of a future Labour Government. After that, I would want businesses to be encouraged to restructure to be more open, more democratic and fairer. Using a cooperative business model as our example, we must introduce further employment rights for workers in their workplaces. Manufacturing should be incentivised and reskilling programmes introduced to help those workers who need to, transition from one industry to another.

Policy-making needs to be joined-up, however. It is not enough simply to have an industrial strategy. Beyond that, our policy proposals need to also include a strong dedication to education and skills to create the workforce of the future. We must look at housing; yes to ensure stock of social housing but also to get construction moving again. We must shore-up Trident, controversial perhaps, to secure manufacturing jobs for now so that our long-term strategy can be to transition that industry into energy. Policies are not one-trick ponies, a country is complex and will need complex thinking behind it, which is what the Tories lack.

Principles by habit, policies to address problems and a boost to our credibility. That is my game. Our policies don't need to be those of yesterday to make them socialist. They are socialist policies because they're rooted in our common principles and we should now be unapologetic in our cast-iron conviction to see them into practice. Here's to a Labour Government. Thank you.

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  McCrimmon and Dawson Event in Edinburgh
Posted by: James McCrimmon - 06-16-2020, 09:56 PM - Forum: 1990 Labour Leadership Elections - No Replies

Tommy Dawson and James McCrimmon hold a joint event in Edinburgh. Dawson approaches the podium to speak first.

Tommy Dawson Wrote:Hello Edinburgh! Today, we take a short breath as we near the end of this long but inspiring campaign. It is inspiring because in spite of massive unemployment, in spite of an obscene poll tax, in spite of the destruction of our public services and communities, in spite of profound inequality, people all across Britain from the South to the North and the Midlands from Wales to here in Scotland have refused to accept the Thatcherite goal of beating us down until we accept less.

Instead they have rallied behind our Second Chartist Movement, one with the sight of a better world in our minds and the vision set forth in Clause IV of our Constitution in our hearts. In this campaign we have outlined a strategy that will tap into the righteous anger of the many in order to end the dark age of Thatcherism and Tory rule that has haunted our country and condemned millions to incalculable misery so that those who own the wealth could pilfer more. In this campaign we have also outlined the hopeful mission that we will fulfill once in Government. We will restore our industry under public ownership and organize it to meet human needs, not as tools for the pillage of the wealthy. We will rebuild our trade union movement so that working people have a robust basis of power to fight for just wages and benefits and a better society for all. We will forge bonds of international solidarity with the oppressed everywhere, seeking freedom from misery and despair for all whether in Edinburgh, Johannesburg, Santiago, and anywhere else where fellow human beings struggle under torture, legal inequality, and poverty while the ruling class leads lives of luxury. We remember the struggles and aspirations of the labour movement of old and we will fight for this just society to vindicate the heroes of Cable Street, of Merthyr, of Tolpuddle, and the silent struggles of the men and women that worked as hard as they could to eek out an existence and make a ensure their children inherit something better, people who are not recorded in history books but are as great and noble as the “great men” who are.  And of course, we fight for a better future for our children and grandchildren so that future generations may never know of the scourge of poverty, war, and inequality. So please take that breath and then get prepared for a fight at conference. Make sure that your CLP is organized in favour of James McCrimmon and myself. The stakes are high but our resolve is higher. Thank you!

James McCrimmon steps to the podium.

James McCrimmon Wrote:Thank you all for being here today, Edinburgh! Even if I'm from a certain other city in Scotland that will go unmentioned while I'm here. It's kind of surreal to be here, actually. When I announced my campaign and the beginning of the Second Chartist Movement, I did not expect to gain this much traction. But, as they so often do, the workers of this country have risen up together and made their voices clear.

I have been a member of this party for my whole life because my father was, like many of you, a trade unionist. He believed and I believe in the importance of Clause IV of our constitution, which, as I've already paraphrased, is that "The Labour Party is an unabashedly socialist party who believes that when properly organized to fight for their interests, the working class are the agents of progress in the United Kingdom." The working class are the agents of progress, and nowhere has that been more clear than here today. This campaign has been encouraged, supported, and inspired by the many great people we've met over the last few weeks.

But this is not the end of this movement. Casting your ballot is not the end. Electing a new leader, getting a Shadow Cabinet, winning an election, none of those are the end. The end will come when we fully implement the Second People's Charter. The end will come when we will all be treated equally and fairly and everyone has access to the rights promised in the Second Charter - a fair economy, social support, and employment. I have been asked a few times, “why those rights?”

Well, let me tell you. After finishing my training period as an advocate, I didn't go join a fancy stable. Instead, I offered my services to the Law Society of Scotland and served as an advocate in their legal aid division until I was elected to Parliament. I was cognizant, you see, of the immense privilege that I had received by going to uni and successfully getting a degree. So I helped people who didn't have those privileges. I'm not saying I know 100% what people need for a good life, but a fair economy, social support, and employment is a great start. We have seen inequalities get worse over the last 11 years of Tory governance - it's time we make government work for the people it's supposed to work for.

This idea has to extend to all areas of government. It's time to take a closer look at our relationship with the EEC and NATO and see how those two organizations are making us a more or less equal society. Because let me be frank, I'm not exactly over the moon about being tied to a nation that when attempting to coup a leader in a Commonwealth nation performed, according to the UN, a "flagrant violation of international law."

People in Britain are hungry. They are sick and without quality care. They are unemployed and trying to make do. They are trying to earn enough money from low-paying jobs to survive. And there are people in Britain who earn enough pounds in a year where that money could go to charity, they would be fine, and people would be helped. But for some reason, the "invisible hand of the free market" doesn't like poor people. I wonder why?

We are one nation, Britain. When one of us hurts, we all hurt. When one of us is sick, we are all sick. When one succeeds, we all succeed. Our success depends on others. We all depend on others. But too many people haven't had anyone to depend on. Well, let me make myself very clear - you can count on James McCrimmon and Tommy Dawson. You can count on James McCrimmon and Tommy Dawson to improve the lives of those who need the most improvement in them. We are for ALL of this country, not just the rich, famous, and/or powerful. Britain, it's time to change our system, so who's ready?

Tommy Dawson and James McCrimmon lead the crowd in the singing of “The Red Flag.”

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