Wide screen devices may view this page better by clicking here

25 August 2021

Facebook   Twitter

Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Liverpool: Stop the arms fair!

Photo: Paul Mattsson

Photo: Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Roger Bannister, Liverpool Socialist Party

Disgracefully, Liverpool is set to host the AOC Europe 2021 arms fair in October, at the council owned Echo Arena. On display, and up for sale will be warplane components, components for missile systems, drones and other military hardware.

Representatives of governments from many countries, plus their top military brass, will rub shoulders with the merchants of death determined to make massive profits out of military conflict and human suffering.

Back in June this year, hundreds of protesters marched through Liverpool city centre against the arms fair. In 2019 an arms event at the Arena was cancelled by the council following a public backlash.

Despite promises of a fresh start for Labour in Liverpool, following the political demise of former Mayor Joe Anderson, the newly elected Mayor Joanne Anderson (no relation), and the bulk of the right-wing Labour councillors, are refusing to take effective action to stop this event.

The Arena is council owned, run by an arms-length (no pun intended) company called ACC. But all the councillors have resigned from its Board of Directors, leaving it entirely in 'non-political' hands. This allows the councillors to pretend that they are powerless to act against the arms fair.

Faced with Labour's cowardice, it was left to the Green Party to move an amendment to ban the event. Only four Labour councillors defied the party whip to support this ban!

Cowardice in the council chamber is now being mixed with hypocrisy, as Labour councillors who voted for the arms fair are campaigning with a petition against it!

The Socialist Party rejects this nonsense from the Labour Party, and demands that the arms fair be cancelled immediately!

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 25 August 2021:


What we think

Afghanistan disaster - Unite to fight for funding for refugees and local communities


Afghanistan

Afghanistan in crisis:

Afghanistan: The Taliban takeover - what are the lessons for the workers' movement internationally


News

NHS Pay

UK hospitals in danger of collapse

University of Leeds students bribed to stay away while staff are under attack

Exam results: grade gap widens


Lessons from Poplar 100 years on

Lessons from Poplar 100 years on


Workplace news

NEU: Oppose the pay freeze with action not just words

Care workers struggle for a pay rise and trade union recognition

Reject the Ministry of Justice pay offer

East Midlands rail strikes continue

Homelessness workers fight for better pay and conditions across sector

Woolwich ferry strikers - the action necessary to win

Liverpool university strike saves jobs


International

Nigeria: Comrade Omomeewa, student leader and socialist campaigner, killed by armed assailants

SNP-Green deal will not deliver for workers and youth

Reflections on the Lebanese tragedy one year on


Campaigns

Biggest in-person socialist event this year!

Ealing by-election: Labour council has not opposed Tory cuts

Why I rejoined the Socialist Party

Councils declared climate emergency - now act like it!

Wales: Gearing up for 9 October youth marches

Liverpool: Stop the arms fair!

Marching for Kashmir's liberation

Donate to stop Tories clawing back crumbs


Readers' opinion

Film Review: Martin Eden

TV review: Revolutionary Love


 

Home   |   The Socialist 25 August 2021   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Arms:

triangleArms fair: Hundreds of protesters defy police 'dispersal zone'

triangleBooks that inspired me: The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists

triangleLeicester protest against arms supplies to Israel

triangleAnniversary of nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

triangleCall to arms by Southampton council unions

Liverpool:

triangleFighting the cuts at the ballot box in Liverpool

triangleLiverpool Socialist Party: Israel-Palestine - a socialist programme

triangleLiverpool university strike saves jobs

triangleTens of thousands march against Israeli state terror

Labour:

triangleUnite union policy conference

triangleHousing crisis: Tories and Labour are not on our side

triangleThe 'winter of discontent' - When workers could take no more

Councillors:

triangleTV review - Grenfell: The Untold Story

triangleLessons from Poplar 100 years on

Article dated 25 August 2021

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

MEMBER RESOURCES

Pay in Fighting Fund

Pay in paper and book sales

Leaflets

Bulk book orders

New member submission

WHAT'S ON

triangle25 Oct Leeds Socialist Party: Socialism and the fight for black liberation

triangle27 Oct Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: What is fascism?

triangle28 Oct West London Socialist Party: The legacy of the collapse of Stalinism

More...


The Socialist, weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party

Subscribespacer|spacerebook / Kindlespacer|spacerPDF versionspacer|spacerText / Printspacer|spacer1152 onlinespacer|spacerBack issuesspacer|spacer Audio files


In a world facing crisis on every front, discussion on how socialist ideas can change the world is more necessary than ever. Buy a ticket now for the Socialism 2021 weekend, 19 to 21 November.

What We Stand For
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Platform setting: =

Desktop version