In this week's issue:
The Socialist 11 May 2011, issue Fight for the NHS
Fight for the NHS
Who's banking on the NHS, photomontage by Chris Bird and Leon Kuhn
The Tory/Lib Dem coalition has voted through the Health and Social Care Bill, now at report stage, which will lead to wholesale privatisation of the NHS...
PCS conference: prepare for united action on 30 June
Part of the PCS contingent on the massive 26 March TUC demonstration, photo Senan
John McInally, national vice-president of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), explains, in a personal capacity, some of the main issues facing delegates to this year's conference...
Crucial time for Saltend dispute
Defending trade unionism on London Underground
Poverty minimum wage
Library cuts hit staff and users: time for action against the cuts
Workplace news in brief
Students occupy against cuts at London Met
Students protest against cuts, photo by Senan
On 4 May 30 students began an occupation of London Metropolitan University in defence of courses and services there, writes Claire Laker-Mansfield, National organiser, Socialist Students.
For sale: university places
Government Con-Demned at ballot box
TUC demonstration 26 March 2011, photo Dave Beale
The general election of May 2010 seems a lifetime ago. For the 1,000 richest people in Britain, whose wealth has increased by 18%, the year that followed has been a resounding success.
TUSC shows alternative to Con-Dem and Labour cuts
Labour wins Welsh Assembly election -
SNP landslide – but it will be a government of savage cuts
Socialist Party news and analysis
Defend independent living rights
Pensioners and elderly disabled people protesting against cuts in services outside Waltham Forest council, photo Paul Mattsson
In April, Elaine McDonald, a former prima ballerina with the Scottish Ballet, took her fight to maintain her dignity and stop cuts to her care package to the Supreme Court, an Independent Living Fund user writes.
Con-Dems put squeeze on democratic rights
Bahrain repression: Muted criticism of West's ally
Suffolk Tories in retreat?
News in brief
UN report on Sri Lanka war crimes
100,000 strong demonstration calling for an end to the war in the north of Sri Lanka , photo Paul Mattsson
How can justice and democratic rights be secured?: A United Nations (UN) report published on 29 April on the final phase of Sri Lanka's civil war in 2009 reveals "credible allegations" of war crimes perpetrated by the ruling regime of president Mahinda Rajapaksa...
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Robert Tressell Banner, made for the Robert Tressell Society in Hastings, showing The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.
Book review and anniversary: The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell is a classic book, which every socialist should read...
Review: Panorama on housing: The human impact of the crisis