Friday, May 28, 2004

More campaign resources

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"Hollow phrases and empty pledges"

A combination of hollow phrases and empty pledges. Well-meaning platitudes cannot substitute for hard policies - and Londoners know it.

That is the verdict on RESPECT's election programme not from an opponent but from one of their own members.

News: Party founder turns against Galloway

Guardian columnist and political activist George Monbiot, who helped in the creation of the RESPECT Unity Coalition, has turned against the party and is now backing the Greens.

RESPECT's decision to stand against Green Party candidates angered many environmentalists and peace activists and led Monbiot to quit Galloway's party earlier in the year.

Monbiot said:

"I cannot continue to belong to a party which stands against the Greens in the European elections, particularly as this might endanger the seats of two of the best elected representatives in Britain: Caroline Lucas and Jean Lambert."

RESPECT likes to pretend that they have the backing of enviromentalists and peace activists but read what the Green Party has to say about that:

(It is not) strictly true to say the new party "grew out of the anti-war coalition."

The Stop the War Coalition is much broader than Respect, and includes the Green Party and many non-party political groups and individuals in its membership.

Respect, on the other hand, was effectively set up by the hard-left revolutionary Socialist Workers Party and George Galloway MP. The meetings that launched it were organised and largely dominated by SWP leaders and supporters. The SWP has described itself as the "organisational backbone" of Galloway's party. And one of the SWP's leaders - now a Euro-candidate for Respect - has located what Respect is trying to achieve within the "broad front" theory of the Trotskyist tradition.

So let's not give undue credit to George Galloway's claim that he represents the anti-war choice or the social justice vote. He represents a party founded on Trotskyism.

The Greens have sussed RESPECT.

Don't be conned by Galloway. Vote for a democratic party.

Don't ignore them - defeat them!

The strategy of the major parties for the upcoming elections so far has been to ignore RESPECT. This is a major mistake and RESPECT Watch believes that democratic parties need to expose the politics of the extremists in order to defeat them.

That is the lesson of the British National Party's rise in the North West of England. The main parties, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative, all thought that by ignoring the fascists they would go away.

They didn't and with no serious campaign against them they were allowed to exploit peoples fears and spread their poison.

The same will happen with RESPECT if they are not challenged.

A low turn-out combined with a proportional voting system gives RESPECT and candidates like George Galloway a real chance of success.

If we believe their propaganda RESPECT are receiving a hundred membership inquiries a day and getting encouraging levels of support.

The main parties have nothing to gain from ignoring RESPECT and much to lose. If RESPECT are allowed to con voters into believing they are some 'new voice' on the left they will dupe some Labour and Liberal Democrats into voting for an organisation which is a coalition of Leninist revolutionaries and religious fundamentalists united only in their opposition to democracy.

They are led by Saddam Hussein's favourite western politician George Galloway, the man the murderuous dictator chose to contact for legal help ahead of his trial for crimes against humanity.

Galloway and his deceitful allies are friends of dictators. They need to be exposed and defeated but the current complacent attitude from mainstream politicians risks giving them a foothold in British politics.

Take action: Read this website regularly, print out our resources for campaigners, use our information. Inform voters about who RESPECT are.

Campaign Resources for activists

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Monday, May 17, 2004

Friends will be friends...

Don't be conned by Galloway

George Galloway has produced a leaflet (PDF) which claims he is a fighter for the rights of Muslims.

What Galloway doesn't say is that he has supported and excused the deaths of thousands of Muslims:

1. He justified his pal Saddam Hussein's slaughter of Shia Muslims by saying they were a "fifth column", who were guilty of not wanting a war with their Muslim neighbours in Iran.

2. He justified Saddam's invasion of Muslim Kuwait
by saying that Kuwait belongs to a "Greater Iraq". Thousands of Muslims died after Saddam started a war by invading Kuwait.

3. He opposed Britain's role in saving the Muslims of Kosovar from the Serbian death squads. He would have let Slobodan Milosevic's thugs wipe out the ethnic Albanian Muslims.

Galloway is an apologist for suicide bombers and terrorists such as Hamas who have been condemned by mainstream Muslims everywhere.

Muslims - beware of false friends. They only want your vote. Don't vote for dictators.