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8 March 2017

Why I joined: "I am a Labour Party member and I recently decided to join the Socialist Party"

I joined the Labour Party as a school leaver in 1981 but by the mid-80s I left, completely disillusioned, and became politically inactive. Then, during the 2016 Labour leadership election, I felt enthused by Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity policies and the possibility that at last the Labour Party had a chance of defeating the Tories and their vicious cuts.

8 March 2017

Why I joined: "I began to feel really exploited and to think about why"

I first heard about socialism from my mum when I was about 7 or 8. I remember being in the car and she had a Billy Bragg album playing. The Red Flag was on it and I asked her what it was about and what it meant and she sort of explained what socialism was.

8 March 2017

Why I joined: "In those 16 pages of the Socialist I found more sense and integrity than in the mainstream media"

I have read the Socialist paper occasionally over the years and chanced upon Socialist Party members selling it locally one weekend. In those 16 pages I found more sense, integrity and genuine class pride than in months of propaganda and spin from the mainstream media.

1 March 2017

The Socialist Inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Worse-off women; farm fiends; Trotsky and Poland.

1 March 2017

How black women fought racism and sexism at Nasa

Film review: Hidden Figures: Space rockets and the struggle against racism and sexism might seem an odd combination but Hidden Figures definitely pulls it off

1 March 2017

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Immediately I felt empowered by being a part of something that was striving to stop the council cuts and trying to make a change

1 March 2017

Fight like Poplar's women councillors to change the lives of family carers

Even in the heyday of the welfare state, parents of disabled children received little help, understanding or support. The Tories want to drive us back to the days when family care was the norm

22 February 2017

Obituary: John Pickett - 1954-2017

John Pickett, Socialist Party comrade and postal worker, has died very suddenly at the age of 63. I first met John in the early 1980s, just after he returned to Portsmouth after being at college in Stoke.

22 February 2017

Web series review: Cooked - "How capitalism ruined eating"

The title 'Cooked' doesn't exactly sound like essential political viewing. But in this adaptation of Michael Pollan's 2013 bestselling book of the same title, the author examines the contribution of cooking to human development and progress.

22 February 2017

Organise to reverse 28% rise in violence against retail workers

News that violence against shop workers has gone up by 28% in a year will come as no surprise to those who've worked in the industry. The British Retail Consortium reports that half of retail workers have been verbally abused, and over 8% assaulted.

22 February 2017

Worried about fake news? Start with Labour councils' budget lies

'Fake news' is in the headlines - and while Trump is the most obvious purveyor of what used to simply be called 'lies', the method is alive and well among Bristol's Labour councillors and mayor.

22 February 2017

The Socialist Inbox

Do you have something to say?: Send your news, views and criticism in not more than 150 words to Socialist Postbox, PO Box 24697, London E11 1YD, phone 020 8988 8771 or email editors@socialistparty.org.uk

15 February 2017

The Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors. NHS passport checks; housing white paper nonsense; BBC's home-owning fantasy; response to attacks on strikers

15 February 2017

Vivid visual account of the Paris Commune

Graphic novel review: 'The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia': The vivid artwork, detailed notes, and narration and dialogue drawn from the subjects' own writings and speeches, can bring to life these events

15 February 2017

Foreign aid's not the problem - it's capitalist thieves

Twenty-four times as much money is looted from poor countries in the global south than is sent in aid

15 February 2017

No, Trumpism is nothing like Leninism

Steve Bannon, investment banker and chief strategist to US president Donald Trump, once called himself "a Leninist"!

8 February 2017

Smearing socialism by attacking the arts

The Russian revolution a hundred years ago is still a terrifying calamity - for billionaire thieves, warmongers and their political defenders. But for the working class, it meant a boom in living standards, freedom and imagination.

8 February 2017

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Roger Bannister's retirement, Sri Lankan strikes and ambulance staff shortages.

8 February 2017

Tense, lively prologue to events which changed the world

Non-fiction review: Lenin on the Train: When the February revolution broke out in Russia in 1917 and the Tsar was overthrown, Vladimir Lenin was living in exile in Switzerland.

8 February 2017

Southern dispute: disappointment and anger - RMT president responds

RMT president Sean Hoyle speaks to the Socialist (in a personal capacity)


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