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LONDON- Ulster s Workers Show the Way

September 14, 1974 To carry the analysis further, the economic basis of sexual discrimination within the family is similar to the contradiction between the urban proletariat and the poor peasant. But to understand this contradiction within the working class family, much more work must be done on the effect of the existence of the reserve army of unemployed female labour on the wages of male workers, on the pattern of employment of women in the labour force, on the LONDON special problems of organisation of female workers in industry. Then, perhaps, the women's movement will be able to awaken the working class housewife to her role in the system

LONDON- The Asian Underclass Revolts

base to the Left. It just will not do in the Indian context, much less in the specific configuration of the consciousness of the masses in Tamil Nadu, to overlook the specifics of the transition mechanism as far as the movement of the masses is concerned. It is no use wishing that the masses would move in the 'normal' manner. As a matter of fact, the move from DMK to ADMK positions is precisely what is normal in Tamil Nadu, The skill required is that of understanding this normalcy and forging a link with it so as to make it a part of the more general and overriding trend of the democratic transition. This requires a complete understanding of both the potential as well as the limitations of the entire ADMK movement, particularly its leadership. This requires an approach that unites with, but by no means merges into the ADMK swing. Only if such an understanding is implemented, it is possible to make a dent in the Kamaraj mass base and to cut short the detour that the Congress leadership has imposed upon its organisation in the state.

LONDON-Wilson s Double-Talk

Wilson's Double-Talk Farrukh Dhondy THE Conservative party, having been beaten in the February snap election, is counting the blessings of defeat Its second rank politicians are continually saying that it is quite willing to let Wilson's Labour minority government rule for a year or so without deliberate and concerted filibusters. A narrow parliamentary defeat for the Conservative party seems to have avoided a major political defeat. The Labour government of Harold Wilson hangs by a majority of six over the Conservatives, who could with the 14 Liberals and the rough assortment of Ulster Unionists and Welsh and Scots Nationalists force a re-election at any time. From their parliamentary tactics of taking part in debates but staying away from the lobbies, it seems that the Tories have to work hard to stay defeated and to avoid the embarrassment of another thrashing by allowing the Labour government to try and sort out the mess of industrial antagonisms that they bred.

BRITAIN-Nationalising Disruption

Nationalising Disruption Farrukh Dhondy IDI Amin announced last week that he was setting up a 'save Britain' fund and sending this country a food parcel to help it out of its troubles. In one of his characteristic Commonwealth court jester jibes, he appealed to the former colonies to help their old masters out of a mess. With Amin one can never tell where a joke ends and politics begins, but I suppose he was cashing in on the third world's demonstrated ability to slow Europe noisily down.

LONDON-Capitalist Capers

LONDON Capitalist Capers Farrukh Dhondy "INDEPENDENCE, the freedom of a self-governing nation, is in my estimation the highest political good, for which any disadvantage, if need be, and any sacrifice are a cheay price. It is worth living for, it is worth fighting for, and it is worth dying for." Thus spake Enoch Powell in a characteristic, rhetorical preach-in

LONDON-Wage Freeze, Profit Increase

ELECTION time breeds election talk, but in Britain today the necessity for electioneering forced on Heath and Wilson by a restless country, may breed a general election. The calculating gues- sers are beginning to fly their kites. Tory backbenchers are reported to have picked up the scent of the chase. Harold Wilson, that stocky thermometer of Heath's moods, has quickly raised the tempo of his attacks against the government to electioneering pitch. Just in case.

LONDON-Playing with the Stateless

sing and be allowed through immigration, is that nobody cares. No state power in the world has proclaimed itself prepared to see that they get their rights. Very few organisations in the world have attempted to mobilise support for them. The government of Britain has made a show of living up to its international responsibilities only because it suits the exigencies of national policy, and has left the problem of Yusuf and cases like his, unsolved. The decision to admit Ugandans had less to do with international perssures and more to do with defeating the Powellites within the Tory party and with acquiring a new source of cheap labour than is supposed. And now, without provocation, Carr the Home Secretary, makes a statement in the Commons to the effect that whatever the international rights and wrongs and pressures, Britain will admit no more of its Asian citizens who find themselves in the predicament of the Ugandan Asians.

LONDON-Knots in the Same Rope

Knots in the Same Rope Farrukh Dhondy PARADOXICALLY, the question of race in Britain can only be solved when it is not seen as a question of race. Five hundred workers in Loughborough, all Asians, have forced their union to recognise their seven-week-old strike and declare it official. They have pressured the government into appointing an arbitration team to examine their demand for freedom from racial discrimination in industrial employment, and so forced themselves onto the self-consciousness of contemporary British history.

LONDON-Partners in Perfidy

ment as political aide to King Birendra, Giri had, in a signed article, described himself as a 'repairist'

LONDON- Conference Histrionics

October 28, 1972 BYPASSING the question of bread, the British political establishment stages its routine party circuses every approaching autumn. The Labour party, trade unions and the Conservative party each year go through the exercise of having a conference at which speeches are made, resolutions are passed and the relative strength of factions is tested.

LONDON-Workers Collide with Profiteers

Workers Collide with Profiteers Farrukh Dhondy NO more free tomatoes for the population of the Channel Islands, the dockers having returned to work, the farmers will be able to ship them to market in the UK. An end to the tourist attraction of fungoid tomatoes piled by the highways with notices inviting motorists to help themselves. Not all the rotting tomatoes of those islands would have been ammunition enough for the militants of the dockyards greeting their trade union delegates after the decision to go back to work had been taken on August 16 at Transport House in London. Jack Jones, General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union to which the dockers belong, coauthor of the unacceptable proposals and settlement which sent them back to work, was greeted the same day with more bitter sauce from his rank and file than that served in the cafes of East London. With no relish in the decision, his own men, as he calls them, stormed a press conference he was holding after the deal and shut it down. "King Rat" they called him, amongst other picturesque working class epithets, and then turned on the representatives of the bourgeois press for their biased reports of the entire struggle of ordinary working men fighting for their livelihoods against the encroachment of growing capital and profits.

LONDON-Jyoti Basu Goes West

radical. Although he has been able to get some crucial support from minority groups, the most militant of black and Chicane leaders us well as many activists in the women's movement do not believe the Democratic party can really represent their interests. Mc- Govern is basically a supporter of the 'American system', a realistic capitalist who knows that some reforms have to be made to keep it going. While he has said he believes that large corporations should be taxed a little more heavily, he has stated clearly that they should not be overtaxed since they represent the very lifeblood and backbone of the American economy. He has refused to support any really radical social proposals, including demands for a guaranteed minimal income, radical anti-racist policies or shorter work day programmes. Finally, while he will probably negotiate an end to the war in Vietnam, this is primarily because the continuing heroic resistance of the Vietnamese people has made it clear that they will not be defeated even by the greatest amount of homing ever seen and because young Americans have made it clear that they will not continue to tight in Vietnam. McGovern's undoubtedly genuine moral revulsion against the war does not appear to be accompanied by any signs of willingness to dismantle the American empire in other parts of the world.


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