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20 September 2017

Fight for an alternative to the misery of capitalism

Join the Socialist Party: The Socialist Party brings together people who want to fight back against this unequal system: a socialist society is possible

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13 September 2017

Rate of black imprisonment worse than US

Fighting racism means fighting capitalism: David Lammy's report highlights the oppression faced by black and Asian people without addressing its key causes

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21 June 2017

Inflation: Workers lose out - time for action

If more confirmation was needed about how working class people are being left behind, then look no further than the latest evidence of falling living standards from the Office for National Statistics

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10 May 2017

Corbyn pledges council powers to take over academies

May's grammar school inequality exposed: Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to give powers to councils to take over academies. This is a very good start, but he will also need to pledge full public ownership and mass investment in schools

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26 April 2017

Cuts, profit and bureaucracy lead to 50% rise in mental health deaths

Cuts are putting at least 11,000 mental health patients each year at greater risk of suicide because they are not promptly followed up after leaving in-patient care.

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12 April 2017

Cuts leave schools unable to meet basic needs

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has proposed to fund free school meals for all primary school children by adding VAT tax on private education fees.

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8 March 2017

Why I joined: "I hope that more and more people are going to join the Socialist Party and the fight to end inequality"

I think the simplest answer to why I joined the Socialist Party is that I saw inequality and wanted to help. I admit though that it was not simple to recognise this inequality, and for a long time I refused to acknowledge it even existed.

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8 February 2017

Universal basic income - what do socialists say?

The idea of welfare benefits being replaced by a 'universal basic income' (UBI) has resurfaced in recent years - a welcome discussion because it raises the fundamental right of everyone to have an income that meets their basic needs. Exact proposals vary but they are all based on the idea of everyone in society receiving an unconditional, tax-free, regular payment, regardless of whether they are working or the composition of their household.

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8 February 2017

NHS: fight for funding - not passport checks

Right-wing politicians and newspapers are trying to blame the austerity and privatisation-induced NHS crisis on so-called 'health tourists'. The Socialist spoke to Aislinn Macklin-Doherty, a doctor involved in last year's strikes.

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1 February 2017

Establishment papers over Brexit chasms

Article 50 bill heading to parliament: Six months on from the referendum and Brexit remains a nightmare for the capitalist establishment in Britain, from which they can find no escape

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25 January 2017

Don't we need competition to spur on progress?

Capitalist myth-buster! Human beings have always striven to understand more about our world, to test ourselves and to improve our lives

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18 January 2017

We can stop Trump's sexist agenda in its tracks

The election of Donald Trump is a call to action for women. His glorification of sexual assault is an insult to the courageous struggles over the last years to combat violence against women

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11 January 2017

May slams 'economic inequalities' Tory policies created

Unelected Tory prime minister Theresa May has delivered a speech to the Charity Commission in which she denounces injustices within our society.

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30 November 2016

Women bear 85% of benefit cuts

Lift the benefit cap, end austerity: By 2020 women will have shouldered 85% of the burden of changes to the tax and benefits system, claims a new report. This highlights the disproportionate effect of austerity.

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5 October 2016

Review: where you live can kill you

Non-fiction - Health Divides: Clare Bambra provides a good, easy-to-understand introduction to the major causes of health inequality in rich countries. One shocking example is Stockton-on-Tees, where life expectancy varies by 17 years between rich and poor parts of the town.

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21 September 2016

Bosses' bonus billions bonanza

Between April 2015 and March 2016, bonuses in the UK climbed 4.4% to 44.3 billion. This enormous wealth was enjoyed almost solely by financial sector bosses - the very same group that triggered the disastrous economic crash in 2008.

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14 September 2016

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Ending inequality - bringing about lasting change: My mum is an NHS nurse and she would tell me about how understaffed they were and how private companies were buying it, not to help people but to make money.

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10 August 2016

2011 riots: An outpouring of anger at the system

Five years on from the wave of riots that swept across cities in England, many of the underlying social problems are still there or have got worse. There is a real possibility of new upheavals breaking out today.

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2 August 2016

Liverpool: Corbyn slams "politics of the elite"

Up to 10,000 people flooded onto Liverpool's St George's Plateau and into the surrounding roads to greet Jeremy Corbyn on the Merseyside leg of his leadership tour. What a contrast with Owen Smith's event a few days earlier, where the 'crowd' was easily confused with the queue for a nearby ice-cream van!

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6 July 2016

Join the Socialist Party to fight for socialist change

Everywhere you look there is proof that our world is afflicted by enormous inequality - on our side there is austerity, poverty and war and on the other side for the super-rich 1% there is enormous wealth.

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