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by Daphne Liddle

WE ALWAYS knew that the front line of the class struggle is inside the labour movement and in particular inside the Labour Party. And we have known well that the ruling class has infiltrated its agents and hangers-on into the party with the mission of getting themselves selected and then elected to be MPs, councillors and other petty officials.

It has been a mission well-suited to middle class careerists and opportunists who look upon the political arena only as a ladder for their personal advancement and enrichment.

But the extent of their infiltration was shown up last week when their ruling class mentors suddenly realised that there is a real possibility of a Corbyn-led Labour government in this country and outside the control of the European Union (EU).

When this happens he will be in a position to reverse some of the worst attacks that the working class in Britain have sustained since 1979.

So the hidden hands behind the attempted ruling class take-over of the Labour Party are desperate and have instructed their agents to blow their cover in a desperate attempt to remove Jeremy Corbyn from the party leadership — even if that means wrecking the party completely.

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Falling pound may save Tata Steel

THE SUDDEN fall in the value of the pound sterling following the Brexit vote has caused Tata Steel to reconsider its decision in March to announce the closure of its plant at Port Talbot in South Wales.

Another factor in Tata’s decision to reconsider is a move from the Government to guarantee the company’s pension fund.

The latest figures show the deficit has grown to £700 million, up from £485 million last year, and its liabilities are almost £15 billion. Under the Government’s plan, drawn up with trustees and trade unions, the scheme would be spun off into a new “shell”.

Tata Steel is now close to a deal to save the Port Talbot plant because the fall in sterling has improved the industry’s survival prospects.

MPs and trade unions had feared the steel industry could face a new crisis after the referendum result, with bidders for Tata Steel UK ready to pull out of the process, according to reports.

But sources familiar with Tata Steel’s thinking say that the company is still working on a deal with the Government to keep its British business and that the slump in sterling’s value could help the industry.

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A victory for the working class

LAST WEEK’S referendum vote to leave the European Union (EU) was a tremendous victory for the working class. It has forced the prime minister, David Cameron, to step down and plunged the Tory party into crisis.

During the campaign deep divisions within the ruling class came out into the open, splitting the Tories, whilst both sides appealed to the working class for support on the day. Despite a barrage of propaganda from pro-EU politicians and their media, millions of working people on the day clearly said “NO” to the EU and to the Treaty of Rome.

Sadly most of the public debate revolved around immigration and not about economic democracy. Lexit, the campaign for a UK Left exit from the EU which was only launched in March, did its best, but the Labour leadership and most of the major unions followed the line laid down by big business and essentially claimed that EU membership was positively beneficial to the working class.

The public debate was therefore dominated by the rival wings of the ruling class, so it never rose beyond the parameters set by the bourgeoisie themselves. The socialist case was barely heard above the hubbub of the Remainers with their “Project Fear” scare stories of untold woes if we left the EU, and the roar of the Tory Eurosceptics and Nigel Farage’s followers banging on and on about immigration.

The Tory grandees and the UKIP crowd cynically played the race card because they believe that the working class is deeply and inherently racist, but the No vote reflects a much deeper distrust of the EU.

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A victory for the working class