In this week's issue:
The Socialist 4 July 2012, issue Kick 'em out!
Jail the banksters! Nationalise the banks under popular democratic control
Their system, their crisis: kick 'em out! nationalise the banks, photo Socialist Party
In 2008 the Socialist warned that: "the calls for regulation are like asking the bank robbers' gangs to keep a check on the bank robbers. What is urgently needed is popular control of the major banks and finance houses, not 'oversight' by unelected quangos and elected capitalist politicians, whose allegiance is to big business." Now the bank robbery has been exposed yet again.
SAVE OUR NHS
March to save the NHS, 17 May 2011 , photo Paul Mattsson
Boot out the private 'vultures': The outrageous decision by the Tories to allow South London Healthcare NHS Trust, with a £69 million 'deficit' to go bust, contrasts markedly with the treatment of the banks, a Unison health worker activist writes.
It's our NHS - let's fight for it!
Welsh Labour's health service 'redesign' means cuts!
South London NHS: Socialist councillors said: 'Axe PFI, not our NHS'
PCS votes to stand candidates in national elections
PCS members on strike 10 May 2012 outside Parliament, photo Paul Mattsson
Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) members have created history by being the first trade union not previously affiliated to the Labour Party to vote to stand candidates in national elections writes John McInally, PCS national vice-president, personal capacity.
Sexuality, austerity and socialism
Leeds Pride 2011, photo Leeds Socialist Party
In 78 countries, homosexual acts are still illegal. In five of these the maximum penalty is death. In Ukraine a law is currently being considered that would make it illegal to talk about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) issues in the media. As internationalists, socialists oppose oppression around the globe.
Kazakhstan: Resisting state oppression, fighting for survival
Esenbek Ukteshbayev, (centre) president of the independent trade union Zhanartu, during his recent visit to London, photo by Dave Carr
Feature: Kazakhstan is the scene of mass struggle and state repression. The country's dictator, president Nursultan Nazarbayev, is terrified of explosions from social movements and the working class.
London buses: "This is why we're in the union"
Hackney bus workers stopped the busses on the 22 June 2012 London-wide bus strike , photo Paul Mattsson
London bus workers have shown how determined they are to win their dispute. But as we go to press bus operating companies are still refusing to pay London bus workers a £500 bonus for working during the...
Wales Shop Stewards Network conference calls for 24 hour general strike
RMT conference: Vote for one-day general strike
Essex FBU strike back at bullyboy management
Unite needs fighting socialist policies
Supporting Sheffield recycling workers
Workplace news in brief
Obituary: Roger MacKay, a tireless fighter for socialist ideas
It is my sad duty to report the death of Socialist Party member Roger MacKay on 28 June 2011, aged 71. He passed peacefully after a short battle with lung cancer...
Save our server!
Selling The Socialist in Waltham Forest, photo Alison Hill
The Socialist Party is launching an appeal to raise £12,000 to buy a new server for the computer network at our national centre, writes Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer.
Immolation horror - we demand jobs
Waltham Forest Youth Fight for Jobs protest outside Leytonstone police station 29 June 2012 to demand the lifting of the dispersal order zone in the area, photo Sarah Wrack
It was revealed recently that the private companies running the Con-Dems' slave labour workfare schemes want even more unemployed people to have their benefits stopped as punishment for 'not looking hard enough for a job'...
Leicester: Police undermined opposition to racist march
Racist and hooligan EDL invades Dewsbury
Various Pets Alive and Dead
Book review: This book, by the author of "Two Caravans", tells two parallel stories about a 1970s hippy commune and the adventures of two of its children in the 21st century. Derek Macmillan reviews Various Pets Alive and Dead by Marina Lewycka.