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A chance to hit capitalism

by Daphne Liddle

TWO FRENCH Navy admirals last week declared their support for the Leave campaign in the run-up to Britain’s referendum because Britain leaving the European Union (EU) would put an immediate halt to plans forming in Brussels to create a “dangerous” EU army made from the 28-member bloc.

In a letter to the Telegraph condemning the union, Vice Admiral Michel Debray and Rear Admiral Claude Gaucherand said that Britain’s neighbours would continue to cooperate with the UK on “close and friendly terms” in the event of a Brexit because of Britain’s military and economic power.

They say that EU army plans are being “kept secret” from British voters until after the Brexit referendum.

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A chance to hit capitalism

Welsh Action Day at AWE Burghfield

ACTIVISTS from Blackwood, Caerphilly, Newport, Swansea, West Wales and Powys joined the Big Blockade of Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) on Wednesday 15th June, to say no to the renewal of Trident, the UK nuclear weapons system.

Wednesday was the Welsh groups’ day in the collective protest of English, Scottish, Welsh, French, Belgian, German and Finnish anti-nuclear activists, whose blockade has closed the construction gate at the weapons factory since 6th June, day and night, blocking the access road with “lock-ons” (arms locked together with tubing) and preventing traffic from entering or leaving.

“I think it’s important that the Government is left in no doubt that their plans for new nuclear weapons are not welcomed by the majority of the public,” said Jan Jones of Swansea CND. “I’m going to do my bit to stop nuclear weapon production for as long as possible.”

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Welsh Action Day at AWE Burghfield

Editorial

Say No to EU on Thursday

NOW IS the time to make a massive break with the Treaty of Rome. Next week’s referendum could decide whether Britain remains or leaves the European Union (EU). Even though the opinion polls put the “Brexit” camp in the lead, a massive vote to leave on the day is needed to negate any parliamentary attempt to negate the decision.

During the campaign the deep divisions within the ruling class have come out into the open, splitting the Tories, whilst both sides appealed to the working class for support on the day. But the level of debate during the run-up to the vote has barely risen from the gutter, with the “Remain” camp resorting to “Project Fear” scare stories of mass unemployment, high taxes and even world war if Britain leaves; whilst the “Brexiteers” bang on about immigration and the supposed threat to national security posed by continued EU membership. This is not surprising because the leaderships of both camps directly serve the interests of the rival wings of the ruling class.

The principled working class opposition to the EU has barely been heard above the hubbub of the bourgeois media that seeks to limit the discussion to the confines set by the bourgeoisie themselves.

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Say No to EU on Thursday