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2 October 2017

spotTories Out demo - Photos

On 1st October anti-austerity campaigners and trade unionists marched through Manchester

2 October 2017

spotExemplary resistance by the people of Catalonia

Catalonia on 1st October saw scenes of a territory under military occupation. Thousands of police and civil guards - sent by the PP government - used savage repression

2 October 2017

spotHugh Hefner's exploitation of women

In the film Men in Black the eponymous characters press a button and erase your memory. Reading the obituaries about the death of Playboy founder and multi-millionaire Hugh Hefner certainly felt like such a button had been pressed

4 October 2017

spotChe Guevara 50 years on - revolutionary socialist and fighter

Many people identify with the legacy left by Che as a symbol of struggle, defiance, internationalism and a socialist world.

4 October 2017

spotEyewitness: Irish socialist MP participates in events

Mick Barry, a member of the Socialist Party's Irish sister party and of the Irish parliament, has been in Catalonia as an international observer to the struggle and the repression

4 October 2017

spotSurveying Labour councillors - will they fight cuts?

Jeremy Corbyn's Labour conference speech was greeted with predictable hostility by big business representatives like the CBI

4 October 2017

spotLeeds Socialist Students marks 'International Safe Abortion Day'

Leeds Socialist Students and affiliated groups came together to mark International Safe Abortion Day on 28 September

4 October 2017

spotChatsworth ward campaign replies to Tory MP's intervention

Mansfield was one of the few places the Tories gained from Labour in the general election. The new MP, Ben Bradley, had an article in the local paper recently about Chatsworth ward. The campaign sent in a reply

4 October 2017

spotProtest outside Ukip conference against German far-right speaker

Socialist Party members from Torbay and south Devon stood alongside Labour and Momentum members to protest outside the Ukip annual conference in Torbay, south Devon

4 October 2017

spotRMT strikes against removal of train guards spreads

Further rail strikes took place against driver-only operation across the country on 3 October. RMT members once again walked out on Southern, Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North plus on Greater Anglia for the first time

4 October 2017

spotThe Tories must be driven out

"Why would anybody, let alone a normal person, want to become a member of the Conservative Party?"

4 October 2017

spotBending the knee v Trump

Having alienated most of the US population (and the world) with his vile, bigoted and threatening comments, US billionaire president Donald Trump has now railed against North American football players

4 October 2017

spotUniversity of Leeds workers walk out

Staff at the University of Leeds are taking industrial action in a dispute the University and College Union (UCU) has declared to be of national importance

4 October 2017

spotWhy I joined: I wanted to change things

It was Donald Trump who, indirectly, prompted me to join the Socialist Party

4 October 2017

spotSolidarity with Catalonia - the people have the right to decide

Shocking scenes of brutal police repression in Catalonia reverberated around the world on 1 October

4 October 2017

spotUnison attacks Barts deal after failing to ballot their members for strike action

Unison unelected officials, not even employed by Barts Health Trust or Serco, have put out a leaflet that attacks Unite the Union and the Socialist Party following the deal that concluded the recent Barts dispute

4 October 2017

spotCapitalism and human progress

How appropriate that Theresa May's speech insisting our interests were best served by free market capitalism - "the greatest agent of collective human progress ever created" - came in the same week as budget airline Ryanair cancelled over 700,000 passenger flights

4 October 2017

spotMonarch abdicates responsibility to workers

On its 50th anniversary, UK-based Monarch airline has nosedived into administration leaving hundreds of thousands of passengers stuck abroad and many more losing future flights without compensation

4 October 2017

spotTories wreck our NHS

The NHS crisis is escalating as the Tories continue their mission to 'slash, trash and privatise' our health service

4 October 2017

spot11,000 raised in three weeks for fighting fund

Socialist Party members made a herculean effort to reach the target for the summer July to September quarter, raising over 11,000 in the final three weeks of the campaign

4 October 2017

spotSet for national strike action

The CWU announced a huge vote for action

5 October 2017

spotToo much to cross the Mersey

TUSC members and supporters in the borough of Halton in Cheshire are campaigning against the payment of tolls on the soon to be opened Mersey Gateway crossings

5 October 2017

spotSupporting the general strike in Catalonia

A protest was held on Whitehall

6 October 2017

spotBoeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

A trade dispute is threatening thousands of Bombardier jobs in Northern Ireland.

11 October 2017

spotIMF helps cause inequality it slams

The International Monetary Fund's warnings about inequality have had no effect on its efforts to worsen inequality

11 October 2017

spotNHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts

There's more evidence that the National Health Service (NHS) is in meltdown. This time it comes from the Care Quality Commission inspectorate

11 October 2017

spotSalford Unison condemns pay cuts

Within one week, Labour controlled Salford city council announced an increase in wages for some of the lowest paid care workers and also made a decision to cut the pay and some jobs of those working in Regulatory Services

11 October 2017

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including Lords' expenses and young workers' debt.

11 October 2017

spotShocking insight into Isis

TV drama: The State: The brutal finale of the Channel 4 drama about Isis, 'The State', came as no surprise

11 October 2017

spotWho's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

For almost 100 years a secret ban was operated to deny jobs to thousands of workers involved in trade union activity

11 October 2017

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including BAE job cuts, PCS action and cinema strikes.

11 October 2017

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including NHS conferences, Procter and Gamble problems and Ryanair.

11 October 2017

spotJoin the Orgreave Halloween rally

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign has called for our supporters to gather in their hundreds this Halloween night (31 October) in Sheffield.

11 October 2017

spotManchester rally discussed unionisation and nationalisation

Crowds poured into Manchester Cathedral on 2 October to see the shadow chancellor John McDonnell at a free event.

11 October 2017

spotCardiff Socialist Students confront 'Parasite' Jacob Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg, aristocratic, misogynistic, homophobic, billionaire landlord and current pin-up boy of the Tory right, was invited to speak at a venue in Cardiff on 29 September.

11 October 2017

spotMajor attacks 'Universal Credit', half a million more face poverty

Even John Major, the Tory former prime minister, thinks his party's 'Universal Credit' welfare system is wrong

11 October 2017

spotHousing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

A standing ovation greeted Jeremy Corbin's pledges on housing at Labour's conference: to stop 'social cleansing' regeneration schemes and give residents a vote on regeneration proposals; to build more council homes and to control rents.

11 October 2017

spotNo more fire deaths - ensure safety now!

In the early hours of Sunday 1 October a fire broke out on the ground floor of a three storey block of flats in Ringland Close, Hanley. A mother and two daughters were rescued from their flat above and rushed to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation

11 October 2017

spotDon't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish

On the morning of 10 October the Tory government announced it was launching a website to show the widespread racial inequality in Britain. To many this will seem like a sick Black History Month joke.

11 October 2017

spotCarlisle NHS campaigners hand in petition to MP

Since the early part of the year, members of Carlisle Socialist Party and the Cumbria branch of Unite Community union have been active in the campaign to 'Save our NHS', organising support firstly for the national demonstration in London on 4 March, and subsequently for the two rallies in Carlisle on 8 April and 4 June.

11 October 2017

spotPoverty, repression and fightback on the docks

Biography: Harry Constable in his own words: This book is about Harry Constable, a leading activist in the struggle of the dock workers from before the war until the end of the 1950s

11 October 2017

spotTheresa May, Frida Kahlo and turning women into wares

Reader's Comment: Theresa May's Frida Kahlo bracelet at Tory conference caused a lot of reactions for a lot of people, but it left me feeling cold, and a little anxious

11 October 2017

spotCatalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

While thousands amassed outside, Puigdemont was asking the Catalan parliament to agree to 'suspend' a declaration of independence

11 October 2017

spotThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

When the government announced a new website to show the widespread racial inequality in Britain, many will have viewed it as a sick Black History Month joke

11 October 2017

spotCWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

Royal Mail has desperately tried to stop the strike planned for 19 October.

11 October 2017

spotNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

The prime minister has gone from "strong and stable" to spluttering and stuttering in the space of a few short months.

12 October 2017

spotJustice for Tube cleaners demo

Joseph Mambuliya, London underground cleaner, Socialist Party member and chair of the RMT London Underground cleaners grade committee, explains why the cleaners are demonstrating today, writes The demands are:.

13 October 2017

spotThe end of the Tories?

The Tories were humiliated at their conference, hold power only precariously, are split over Europe and on May's leadership. Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn furthers his position and policies in Labour. Peter Taaffe looks at the significance of their contrasting fortunes.

18 October 2017

spotRussia, October 1917: When workers took power

The centenary of the Russian revolution has led to an outpouring of bile - not mainly aimed at the February revolution, but at October

18 October 2017

spotUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

A Unite national meeting for delegates representing workers in local government unanimously voted for a motion proposed by Socialist Party member Danny Hoggan from Greenwich calling on the union to ballot all members in local government on taking industrial action to achieve a 5% pay claim

18 October 2017

spotSocialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

Socialist Students from across south Wales gathered in Swansea to protest the visit of former American presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

18 October 2017

spotSchools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

'Southampton Fair Funding for All Schools' brought teachers, students, TAs, heads and parents onto the streets on 14 October to protest against the growing crisis in Southampton schools. The action took place ahead of the national lobby of MPs at Westminster on 24 October, which the campaign has built for.

18 October 2017

spotYoung people being strangled by debts

Take the wealth off the super-rich - no to the Tories' scapegoating of pensioners!: Over a third of young people are in debt - on average by 2,989 - says the Money Advice Trust

18 October 2017

spotTories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

Public sector workers have scored another victory against the Tories: the NHS pay cap will be scrapped

18 October 2017

spotObesity epidemic: end food market anarchy

At any given time nearly a billion people on the planet are hungry, and a third are malnourished. And yet a new report says the growing obesity crisis is set to cost $1.2 trillion a year worldwide from 2025.

18 October 2017

spotWhat we saw

Depressing yearly student loan statement - paid off 106 this year, but after interest total amount owed only gone down by 25.

18 October 2017

spotNationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

Arms manufacturer BAE Systems has announced that up to 2,000 jobs will be cut in locations across the UK. These job cuts will have a devastating effect on the lives of workers losing their livelihood but will also have a wider impact on the local economy.

18 October 2017

spotNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

Porters and domestics - members of the GMB union - at the North Middlesex hospital, facing the threat of redundancies and pay cuts, organised a spirited protest with a barbecue outside the hospital on 12 October.

18 October 2017

spotOctober 1917 reviews: 'More bright than any heaven'

The October revolution showed countless millions that workers have the power to stop exploitation and oppression. It's no surprise these events inspired marvellous documentary and artistic works. The Socialist revisits some of the classic accounts of 1917 - and comments on some more recent efforts to smear it...

18 October 2017

spotNo cuts - hands off King George A&E!

People queued up outside Ilford town hall to sign the Socialist Party's petition to save King George A&E in east London on 14 October as campaigners marched to voice opposition to its closure.

18 October 2017

spotCan you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

We are calling on all members and supporters of the Socialist Party to donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal. We have set an ambitious target to raise 30,000 at the Saturday night rally on 11 November because that is what we need to ensure that we can go into 2018 with our finances strengthened.

18 October 2017

spotUprising to save the NHS!

An NHS 'uprising' took place in Grantham, Lincolnshire, on Saturday 14 October! A determined 800-strong demonstration wound its way through the town. People are fighting against the night time closure of Grantham A&E and the systematic downgrading of services in their local hospital.

18 October 2017

spotHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

Haverfordwest is a small market town in south west Wales and in the marginal Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency of Tory MP and former secretary of state for Wales Stephen Crabb. On 14 October, the town centre was packed with around 300 people attending an anti-austerity rally

18 October 2017

spotSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

Two months have passed since Sheffield's Labour council won a High Court injunction against peaceful protesters fighting the felling of thousands of street trees in the city.

18 October 2017

spotCampaign against political repression in Hong Kong

Protesters gathered outside China's embassies and consulates, as well as the Hong Kong government's economic and trade offices, in 22 cities across 20 countries on 12-13 October. The protests were part of a newly launched international campaign, 'Global Solidarity - Stop Repression in Hong Kong'.

18 October 2017

spotPowerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

Theatre: We're Still Here: Under the threat of closure, the steel workers - but not the pensioners - were forced to vote for one of two options, either of which meant a cut in pensions. 'We're Still Here' dramatises the effect of this threat on the workers.

18 October 2017

spot'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

Skipton is a quiet market town better known as the 'Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales' than it is for revolution. But on 6 October, socialist artists and activists, as well as the general public, from Manchester, Lancashire and Yorkshire gathered to view a dazzling selection of work by artists loosely grouped around the 'Bad Art' project.

18 October 2017

spotBalloting members on the pay cap

The civil servants' union PCS is stepping up its pay campaign by holding a consultative ballot

18 October 2017

spotRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

72,877 CWU members had voted to strike over pensions, pay and other issues

18 October 2017

spotTories torn - bin them now

This brutal, broken Tory government is limping. May's premiership hangs by a thread

18 October 2017

spotStriking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

Across 16 separate picket lines with over 100 strikers and supporters attending a rally, University and College Union members gave their response to management's provocative attempts to amend Leeds University's charter to remove protections from dismissal.

18 October 2017

spotConference on state spies: who's watching who?

It is clear undercover surveillance of trade unionists and left activists has taken place - contrary to the myth that it couldn't happen in Britain.

19 October 2017

spotHundreds of torture victims wrongly detained

Close detention centres now!

19 October 2017

spotArriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

Bus drivers across 11 depots took a day of strike action, with two more planned

24 October 2017

spotEditorial of the Socialist, issue 968

The dramatic events that have shaken Catalonia and the Spanish state have national and international implications, writes Socialists must back Catalan struggle for self-determination.

24 October 2017

spotSocialists must back Catalan struggle for self-determination

The dramatic events that have shaken Catalonia and the Spanish state have national and international implications.

25 October 2017

spotWhat we saw: May on Facebook

May gave an interview about Brexit and the EU and on Facebook it was just angry reacts the whole time, writes Find out more and book tickets at socialism2017.net.

25 October 2017

spotFearful Tories mull borrowing to build

For a mass programme of council house building! The Tories are considering borrowing to build homes- their umpteenth muddlement in a post-election retreat on all fronts

25 October 2017

spotKids wait 18 months for mental healthcare

Kick out cutters and profiteers: Children suffering from mental health problems have to wait up to 18 months to access care

25 October 2017

spotProfit-driven pesticide use now threatens life

Since 1989, three-quarters of the flying insect population might have disappeared

25 October 2017

spotProfiteering NHS counter-fraud firm in alleged case of... fraud

Fight for a publicly owned NHS: PwC, a privatisation and consultancy firm paid to run NHS counter-fraud services, has escaped prosecution for alleged fraud

25 October 2017

spotUniversal Credit chaos: Tories punish the poor

The government seems hell-bent on rolling out Universal Credit, but even many of their own MPs don't agree - another fracture in this divided minority government

25 October 2017

spotThem & us

Anti-Brexit hedge fund manager lauded while quarter of EU population at risk of poverty. Meditating MP charges us for his baths while voting to fine council tenants for spare rooms.

25 October 2017

spotSupporters of a socialist Catalan republic speaking in London

The events that have shaken Catalonia and the Spanish state have national and international implications

25 October 2017

spotAslef members must reject poor Southern Rail offer

Despite Aslef's policy being against DOO, Southern management have talked the leadership into accepting trains running without them

25 October 2017

spotBad Art's Leicester event

With this year marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution, reflections upon the relationship between art and emancipation are once again at the forefront of our minds

25 October 2017

spotNSSN meeting brings together workers in struggle

TUC should be encouraging and coordinating disputes. But if they won't, the NSSN will.

25 October 2017

spot1967 Abortion Act reflected social changes

Fight for the right to choose when and whether to have children: Fifty years ago the 1967 Abortion Act was signed into law - where are women's rights today?

25 October 2017

spotKurdish referendum declared illegal

For a united socialist struggle for self-determination: In just a few weeks the situation for Kurdish people in Iraqi Kurdistan has gone from euphoria to anger and fear

25 October 2017

spotManchester lecturers walk out

Lecturers at the University of Manchester held a successful rally, supported by students, on the first day of their strike action on 23 October

25 October 2017

spotHear from socialists involved in struggles the world over at the Socialism 2017 Saturday rally

There have been few times in history when socialist ideas have held such immediate relevance and international potential - Socialism 2017 will see key figures from these struggles gathered under one roof

25 October 2017

spotAngry east London residents organise against threat to leisure centre

An angry meeting in Hoxton, east London, organised against the threatened closure of the area's leisure centre

25 October 2017

spotTrade unionists march to defend 650 local jobs

The government's proposes to strip 650 civil service jobs out of the heart of Teesside

25 October 2017

spotWell-deserved ridicule of Stalinism is impressive, funny but flawed

Film - The Death of Stalin: Fans of The Thick of It's lampooning of New Labour will notice parallels. The Stalinists, like the Blairites, are egotistical buffoons, completely isolated from the working class

25 October 2017

spotFilm - Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast

He maintained his radical statements even when considered 'unpopular'. But even some good class fighters can lose their socialist compass

25 October 2017

spotNew musical on life of Castro

The new musical 'Fidel' about the life of Cuban leader Castro will premiere in Covent Garden on 16 November

25 October 2017

spotThe Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors

25 October 2017

spotStorm Brian cannot withstand working-class anger

Cardiff Socialist Party held three stalls in the city, defying Storm Brian which brought intense winds of more than 50mph

26 October 2017

spotNew play celebrates Grunwick strike

'We Are the Lions, Mr Manager' celebrates the first major strike by Asian women in this country

31 October 2017

spotCatalonia: Rajoy's furious response to proclamation of Republic

The proclamation of the Catalan Republic provoked an immediate, furious response from Spain's right-wing PP government as well as the ex-social democratic Psoe

31 October 2017

spotWestminster sexual harassment scandal: symptom of a rotten system

Eight years after Westminster was engulfed by the expenses scandal a new outrage is threatening to swamp parliament

31 October 2017

spotArriva bus workers' dispute continues

The bus drivers' strike at Arriva remained completely solid on the third day of action

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