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11 February 2017

60 Years After Beveridge Welfare reform - back to the future?

THE BEVERIDGE Report advocated full employment and the creation of a welfare state. It was 1942 and the second world war had raised workers' expectations of a better future. Thousands had died and those

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.

8 February 2017

Stand with the RMT: unite against Southern Rail and the Tories

The transport union RMT, its members, and many across the union movement are fuming at the proposed Southern Rail 'deal'. It was made with the leadership of the Aslef transport union and presided over by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) - they and the Tories hope it will settle the Southern Rail dispute.

8 February 2017

SNP and Greens agree cuts budget in Scotland

TUSC and unions call for legal no-cuts budgets: A Scottish National Party (SNP) government austerity budget passed in Scotland on 2 February with the support of the Scottish Greens.

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.

6 February 2017

Southern dispute: Aslef members must reject offer

In an attempt to end the long-running, bitter dispute against driver only operation, Southern Rail has made an offer to drivers in Aslef

1 February 2017

Fight for our health service!

Join the 4 March demo: We're seeing almost daily headlines announcing the NHS is in crisis.

1 February 2017

Super-rich shareholders cause of pension deficits

Nationalise the banks and top corporations: Over half of Britain's richest firms could immediately wipe out the deficit in their pension schemes if they were willing to prioritise former workers over investors.

1 February 2017

Energy bill hikes con: nationalise them now!

Howlers are magical red letters which appear in the children's stories of Harry Potter. When the characters open these letters they get screamed at by the letter in mid-air. If any letter howls at you, "I need to be nationalised!" as you open it, it's the dreaded energy bill which arrives on the doormat at the end of a cold, cruel winter.

1 February 2017

Babies in poverty are twice as likely to die

Poor children in the UK are more than twice as likely to die while babies compared to their richer counterparts, particularly in their first month of life.

1 February 2017

No Ban, No Wall: Socialism not Trumpism

Donald Trump's outrageous travel ban on people from seven Muslim countries and halting the US's refugee programme, has unleashed a huge wave of protest both in the US and internationally

1 February 2017

Millwall victory

Millwall FC's ground in south London, the Den, along with many local residents, no longer faces eviction

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

30 January 2017

Build the movement to defeat Trump


No Ban, No Wall Trump's vile racist ban on the rights of millions of people from seven Muslim-majority countries to travel to the US has been met with a mighty movement of US workers and young people. Demonstrations at the airports have been combined with strike action by taxi drivers

25 January 2017

Come to the TUSC national conference 2017!

TUSC national conference 2017 agenda

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

25 January 2017

2016 hottest year on record, air poisonous

Only socialist planning can end profit-driven pollution: There is strong evidence that 2016 was the hottest year on record. Meanwhile, in 2017, part of London breached EU limits on annual hours of toxic air in just five days

25 January 2017

Trident trouble

A Trident missile misfired last June, just weeks before an alliance of Tories and Blairites voted to renew the nuke system. The Tory government now faces accusations of a cover-up

24 January 2017

Millions on women's marches around the world: Build a mass movement against Trumpism, austerity and capitalism

The huge turnouts to the anti-Trump 'women's marches' on 21 January shocked even the organisers. It is now vital and urgent that that this is used as a launchpad to build a sustained, democratic, international movement with a strategy to win and a vision of a socialist alternative.

19 January 2017

Snap elections called to Stormont Assembly

Northern Ireland goes to the polls, for the second time within a year, in snap elections to decide the make-up of its Stormont Assembly, on 2 March


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