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SECURITY WITHOUT NUCLEAR DETERRENCE
By Commander Robert Green, Royal Navy (Ret'd)
Foreword by Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham KCB MA
The nuclear-armed states and their allies cite deterrence as the primary justification for maintaining nuclear weapons. Its fallacies must therefore be exposed and alternatives offered if they are to be eliminated. As a former operator of British nuclear weapons, Commander Green chronicles the history, practical difficulties and dangerous contradictions of nuclear deterrence. He offers, instead, more credible, effective and responsible alternative strategies to deter aggression and achieve real security.
This is a most important contribution to the debate on a subject which is crucial to the survival of the human race, and it needs to be read with a degree of humility and with an open mind qualities not always apparent amongst our decision makers and their advisers. So vital an issue deserves nothing less.
Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham KCB MA
From his new Foreword
Europe for the many
The Spokesman 140
Edited by Tony Simpson
From the Editorial:
A new European Parliament will be elected in May 2019, followed by a new commission. If the UK withdraws in March, per the present Article 50 timetable, there will be no elections in the UK and no Members of the new Parliament from the UK. This severe democratic loss is highlighted in the short text of the Permanent EU Citizenship initiative. The rising tide of far right populism in parts of Europe has its counterpart in the UK, as Liz Fekete indicates in this issue. It is already colouring the forthcoming elections to the European Parliament, with the avowed American racist, Steve Bannon, aiming for a far right 'supergroup' in the new assembly...
Kettling the Unions
A Guide to the 2016 Trade Union Act
By Alan Tuckman, Foreword by Mark Serwotka
This very welcome book is intended to provide an analysis of the roots of the Trade Union Act 2016. Those roots lie in Thatchers legislation of the 1980s and further back to the undermining of collective bargaining in UK industrial relations that developed in the 1970s, in the context of neoliberalisms rise to dominance.
The Trade Union Act was a transparent attempt to contain trade unions in the position they held before the turn of the 20th century. It has introduced draconian restrictions on the right to strike, and new restrictions covering balloting and picketing. It has also changed the rules on union political funds from the current opt-out system to an opt-in system, an anti-democratic attempt to reduce the ability of trade unions to fund not only political parties, but also a wide range of other non-party political activities.
As well as aiming to be a guide to the 2016 Trade Union Act and its effect on the trade union movement, this book sets it in the context of decades of attacks on the rights of workers to organise by Conservative governments.
PCS General Secretary
From Liberal to Labour with Women's Suffrage
The story of Catherine Marshall
By Jo Vellacott
Catherine Marshall was a vital figure in the women's suffrage movement in Britain before the First World War. Using her remarkable political skills on behalf of the major non-militant organization, the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, she built close connections with major suffragist politicians, leading some - in all three parties - to consider adopting a measure of women's enfranchisement as a party plank.
By 1913 Marshall was uniquely placed as a lobbyist, with inside information and sympathetic listeners in every party. Through her the dynamically reorganized NUWSS brought the women's suffrage issue to the fore of public awareness. It pushed the Labour Party to adopt a strong stand on women's suffrage and raised working-class consciousness, re-awakening a long-dormant demand for full adult enfranchisement. Had the general election due in 1915 taken place, NUWSS financial and organizational support for the Labour Party might well have been substantial enough to influence the final results.
Labour Party Secretary, Socialist International Chairman
by Morgan Phillips
Born in 1902 to a Welsh coalmining family, Morgan Phillips worked his way up within the Labour Party in Britain to become General Secretary. Nine months after his appointment, the Party won the 1945 General Election and formed its first ever majority government.
Six years of government were followed by a tumultuous decade in opposition. As Richard Crossman saw it, 'the Labour Party would have disintegrated during the years of dissension that followed Aneurin Bevan's resignation without the presence of Morgan Phillops in Transport House'.
Morgan Phillips' autobiography, published for the first time, describes the highs and the lows of the post-war Labour Party and his dealings not just with Nye Bevan but also with Clement Atlee, Herbert Morrison, Ernest Bevin and other leading figures of the movement. It also records his unique role in rebuilding the Socialist International, an organisation of which he became the first Chairman in 1951.
This posthumous publication will ensure that Morgan Phillips' contribution to the Labour Party and to democratic socialism will always be remembered.
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