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12 April 2017

Newham socialists attend 'I, Daniel Blake' film night

Newham Community Cinema held a showing of Ken Loach's film 'I, Daniel Blake' on 8 April. On behalf of East London Socialist Party branch I was asked to introduce the film.

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7 December 2016

Food banks and the real Daniel Blakes

Hundreds of thousands of people are surviving and feeding themselves by using foodbanks in Britain today

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9 November 2016

Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Suez strife, Blake benefits and tax trouble.

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2 November 2016

We are all Daniel Blake: no more deaths from benefit cuts

Thousands of people have died since the implementation of 'work capability assessments'. This is what the new Ken Loach film 'I, Daniel Blake' is all about. Enough is enough with this inhumane system!

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26 October 2016

"We are all Daniel Blake!"

The new Ken Loach film "I, Daniel Blake" premiered at a cinema at Leicester Square, London, on 18 October. The film is about the hard life the main character, Daniel Blake, faces when he needs to access the benefit system after his health deteriorates.

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31 August 2016

Ken Loach and a Socialist seller join Sisters Uncut protest

The Spirit of '45, a film by renowned filmmaker Ken Loach was shown recently at a small local theatre in North Newcastle-upon-tyne.

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6 July 2016

Why I joined: My real education started when I joined

Only the Militant could explain to me why the Soviet Union had degenerated from its ideals of 1917. It had a programme to fight poverty around the world. Under the leadership of Militant supporters, the LPYS brought out a 'Charter for Young Workers' - a brilliant tool to fight for proper apprenticeships and better wages. I became a Militant supporter and a member of the Socialist Party when it was formed.

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25 May 2016

What we saw: 'I, Daniel Blake' and Hunt/'Thick of It' remix

Anti-cuts drama 'I, Daniel Blake' has won top gong at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Meanwhile, another filmmaker has mashed up a Jeremy Hunt interview with political satire 'The Tick of It'.

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2 December 2015

A socialist Christmas gift guide

What does a Socialist Party member buy their loved ones at Christmas? Certainly not rolling in money; unlikely to have loads of time to go shopping...

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11 June 2014

Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall

Film review: Dramatic, inspiring and full of life, 'Jimmy's Hall', based on the true story of left-wing worker-activist Jimmy Gralton, is in many ways director Ken Loach's sequel to his outstanding 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley', writes Niall Mulholland.

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2 April 2014

TUSC: No-cuts election challenge grows

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition national steering committee is about to approve the 440th candidate for the challenge in May's local elections. Of 160 councils with elections in May, TUSC already has candidates in place in 76. In 12 councils TUSC will be standing in at least ten seats.

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11 January 2012

Raffle - Ken Loach at the BBC

Win the Ken Loach at the BBC DVD box set (RRP 51.05), reviewed in the Socialist issue 699, by entering the Socialist Party raffle - 1 a ticket...

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7 September 2011

Bristol marches against home care sell-off

'Main political cliques all support privatisation': "Thank you, you are bloody marvellous," ended Bob Taylor's emotional speech at a Bristol rally on Saturday 3 September against the selling off of home care in the city

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16 February 2011

Workplace news in brief

Tata steelworks cleaners' strike: Around 70 contract cleaners, working for OCS at the Tata Steelworks in Port Talbot, South Wales are taking part in two days of strike action in a dispute over pay...

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12 May 2010

Anti-Tory mood dominated in Stoke during 2010 election

"Tonight I thought I was coming to an academic debate about the miners' strike. I didn't realise the burning hatred that is still felt in this area for what Thatcher and the Tories did". These were...

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20 May 2008

Belfast airport workers: Union leaders' broken promises

Three sacked Belfast Airport shop stewards, members of Unite (T&G), have resumed their protest to achieve payment of legal costs and hardship money from their union, writes Kevin Parslow.

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26 March 2008

Workers' flame burning brightly in Liverpool

AT LEAST 120 people attended the successful first film-debate organised by Merseyside Campaign for a New Workers' Party (CNWP) on 19 March, writes Clara Paillard, event organiser, Merseyside CNWP.

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13 February 2008

Liverpool's tale of two cities

WHILE LIVERPOOL city centre hosts over-priced 'Capital of Culture' events, the vast majority of people in the city have been excluded from celebrations supposedly about 'their' culture...

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4 October 2007

It's a free world, a film by Ken Loach

GOING TO the cinema is normally a pleasure but last Thursday was also a privilege as I attended and was asked to speak at the special preview of Ken Loach's new film, It's a free world... By Glenn Kelly, Unison national executive, (personal capacity)

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6 July 2006

The Wind that Shakes the Barley

Directed by Ken Loach: "Twas hard the woeful words to frame to break the ties that bound us..."

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