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17 May 2017

Support Corbyn's call to renationalise Royal Mail

Privatising Royal Mail was a privatisation too far for Margaret Thatcher. So how did it come to pass that 499 years of public ownership ended in 2015 with the remaining 30% of shares being floated on the London Stock Exchange, following the majority being sold two years earlier?

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26 April 2017

How Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

2nd May, as well as being in the midst of preparations for the upcoming snap election, marks 20 years since another general election - the one in 1997 which brought Tony Blair and New Labour to power.

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8 March 2017

1987 Zeebrugge disaster

Thirty years ago, 193 passengers and crew drowned off the coast of Belgium after P&O's Herald of Free Enterprise car ferry capsized. One of the dead was seafarer and Militant (forerunner of the Socialist) supporter Geoff Haney.

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15 August 2016

The Corbyn insurgency 2.0: Now let's finish the job

Jeremy Corbyn appears to be on course to be re-elected as Labour leader. But the bitter right-wing struggle against him shows there can be no compromise with the representatives of capitalism in Labour.

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29 April 2016

Hillsborough verdict - a magnificent testimony to courage and fortitude

The recent verdict of the inquests into the Hillsborough football stadium disaster of 1989, which killed 96 people vindicates the 27-year campaign for the truth, which battled against establishment lies and slurs on the victims. Tony Mulhearn, who was an anti-cuts, socialist city councillor in Liverpool from 1984 to 1987, responds.

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23 March 2016

BSE crisis - the madness of the profit system

Twenty years ago: The UK's biggest health scandal in living memory was the BSE epidemic known as "mad cow disease".

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2 December 2015

How the Iron Lady was reduced to iron filings

Margaret Thatcher resigned as Tory prime minister 25 years ago. After 11 years in power she was forced out before her third term was over.

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18 November 2015

The end of social housing? How can we solve the housing crisis?

The cat is out of the bag. As the Financial Times reported: "Chancellor George Osborne is considering a radical multibillion-pound plan to privatise the government's stake in housing associations".

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23 September 2015

1985: police murder sparks Brixton riot

30 years ago, the police shot blameless mother Cherry Groce. We look back on the murder and ensuing riots.

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23 September 2015

TV review: This is England '90

Rudi Abdallah, Waltham Forest Socialist Party, reviews the first episode of This is England '90.

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Militant issue 1307 advertising the launching of The Socialist

19 August 2015

The Labour Party, Militant and 'infiltration'

In fury at the popularity of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership campaign, right wing politicians and media alike have been referring to 'infiltration' of the Labour Party by Militant supporters. Militant was the predecessor of the Socialist Party - whose supporters in the past were members of the Labour Party.

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8 October 2014

Thatcher's enemies within

The revelations about Thatcher's speech written for Tory Conference 1984 but abandoned after the IRA Brighton bombing confirm her demented view of the world, writes Tony Mulhearn.

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24 September 2014

Skylight

Theatre review: Worthing in Sussex always re-elected Tory MPs in the past and worship of the blessed Margaret Thatcher is widespread, writes Derek McMilllan.

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9 April 2014

Hillsborough tragedy - the final chapter?

'Heartbreak, tributes, tears' was the headline in the Liverpool Echo as the next chapter in the Hillsborough tragedy unfolded, writes Tony Mulhearn.

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Miners' children: A future job - that's all we ask, photo John Birdsall

2 April 2014

The truth about the miners' strike

From the 1970s on, Tory politicians meticulously and ruthlessly prepared an offensive to try to vanquish the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and ultimately trade unionism

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cartoon by Alan Hardman

8 January 2014

Truth revealed about Thatcher's war against the miners

After 30 years of gathering dust in the National Archives, the declassification of secret government files has revealed how far Margaret Thatcher and the Tory government went to ensure defeat of the 1984-85 miners' strike

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Thatcher's funeral day event in Newbridge

26 April 2013

Thatcher's funeral day in Newbridge

The 17th of April wasn't a day to remember Thatcher, but a day to reflect with pride on the working class heroes who fought her

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Thatcher: a class warrior for capitalism, photo Alan Hardman

17 April 2013

Thatcher's funeral costs: Insulting the lives she ruined

Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, said: "The news that Margaret Thatcher is to receive a ceremonial funeral subsidised by the taxpayer is an insult"

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17 April 2013

60% oppose Thatcher's funeral costs being paid from public funds

A ComRes survey for the Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror found that 60% were opposed to Margaret Thatcher's funeral costs being paid for out of public funds...

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17 April 2013

Support the paper that beat Thatcher - twice!

Readers of the Socialist will have been sickened by the acres of newsprint and hours of television that have been devoted to worshipping Margaret Thatcher and her record, writes Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer.

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