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British Imperialism (As amended)

Preamble (not for voting on)

For 10 years the British ruling class has attempted to maintain its political domination and control over these islands by pursuing a policy of ‘devolution-all-round’, particularly for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

This British imperial policy dovetails into a wider US imperial strategy, followed by both US Democrat and Republican administrations. This strategy seeks to get UK government support to maintain and advance US imperial global supremacy. This means full British involvement in NATO’s military activities.

The current UK government has been awarded US imperialism’s political ‘franchise’, as junior partner, in the North East Atlantic. This has been done to ensure that the global corporations can maximise their profits in this area through privatisation, deregulation, low corporate taxation, and attacks on workers’ wages, conditions and organisation.

Continuing military failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, and recent parliamentary and assembly election results, in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, represent a partial setback for US/UK imperial strategy.

A post-Bush US administration may have to consider moving from a policy of gung-ho imperialism to a policy of liberal imperialism, involving greater use of the UN, and the further reconstruction of NATO to form a two-tier organisation, which involves ‘lesser powers’ in a ‘Partnership for Peace’. This is the new global situation faced by the current Brown-led, New Labour government at Westminster and the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Furthermore, the policy of ‘devolution-all-round’ has had two of its control mechanisms undermined in the recent elections in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland now has a DUP/Sinn Fein coalition, Scotland an SNP/Green minority coalition, and Wales a Labour/Plaid Cymru coalition. This is opposed to the British ruling class’s preferred option of a ‘cooperative’ Ulster Unionist/SDLP administration in Northern Ireland and supine New Labour-led administrations in Scotland and Wales.

As yet their other three control mechanisms remain unchallenged:-

The US government is following events with interest, to see whether it can accept the new devolved administrations. The British ruling-class is currently involved in a ‘rethink’ over how to maintain its effective political control over these islands. Elements of a new strategy are beginning to emerge. These include:-


Motion – for voting

The SSP agrees to contact socialists in England, Ireland and Wales to discuss a republican socialist strategy, to counter US and British plans to maintain imperial control over these islands. If the initial discussions prove fruitful then the SSP should, if possible, organise a conference in 2008 to bring together socialists from across the UK.

The SSP suggests the following discussion points (to which others could add):-

One possible aim of this Conference could be to put up an ‘internationalism-from-below’ slate of candidates, from all four nations (including the Six Counties of Ireland, currently under UK rule) to stand in the next Westminster General Election.

If the SSP organises a conference in 2008 to discuss a republican socialist strategy then the International Committee should decide on a full list of organisations and individuals who are to be invited to participate.