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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 May 2016
Tories retreat: now drive them out!
All strike together (Click to enlarge)
"There is no reverse gear when it comes to our education reforms" said Tory education secretary Nicky Morgan at the NASUWT teachers' union conference on 26 March.
However, the government appears to have not only found reverse but screeched into a full-on handbrake turn - announcing on the day after the local elections that it is abandoning forcing every state school to become an academy.
With the NUT teachers' union about to ballot for strike action and calling for joint campaigns and action with the junior doctors, the prospect of having to simultaneously take on take on both groups of workers may well have prompted the government's u-turn on academies.
There was also growing resentment among Tory county councils at the government's intention to remove schools' local accountability including parent governors, with one Oxfordshire county councillor complaining "they've all gone bonkers".
Cameron's government has been one of retreats - defeated in the House of Lords on extending Sunday trading hours, a backbench rebellion over refusing to accept unaccompanied child refugees, Osborne's reversal on tax credit cuts, and Iain Duncan Smith's resignation following a 'crisis of conscience' over cuts to disabled benefits.
They are deeply divided over the European Union referendum. They didn't do as well as they had hoped in the local elections in England (or Labour didn't do as badly). And they lost the London mayoral election to Labour following racist slurs in what Sayeeda Warsi, former Tory party chair, called "our appalling dog whistle campaign".
The junior doctors' determination to reject imposed and unfair new contracts has forced Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to new talks. But they should not be left to fight alone - especially as they are fighting to defend our NHS.
We need to press home this advantage by campaigning for coordinated strike action - including a 24-hour general strike - to defend all our public services and to build a powerful anti-austerity movement. This could not only lead to more government u-turns on student nurse bursaries, housing benefit cuts, and more, but force the Tories to call an early general election.
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In The Socialist 11 May 2016:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Tories retreat: now drive them out!
No to the bosses' EU, yes to international solidarity
Teachers force Tory academies u-turn
TUSC announces '20-city tour': the socialist case against the EU
Independent inquiry into Orgreave now!
Blair played matchmaker between Saudi oil barons and Chinese dictators
What we saw
Them & Us
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
John Mann's Israel hypocrisy
Council estate exhibition shows the full picture
Film review: Eddie the Eagle
The Socialist postbag
Elections showed anger and fragmentation
TUSC election campaigns show opposition to cuts
Over 1,700 votes for TUSC in Warrington
Scotland: SNP wins but new openings for socialist alternative emerge
Wales: no change and all change
Northern Ireland elections: positive moves against sectarian politics
Over 1,800 votes for TUSC candidate in Bristol
Third anti-cuts councillor elected in Southampton
TUSC increases vote in Coventry by 25%
Fourth place for TUSC in Liverpool
Workplace news and analysis
Blacklisted workers win millions in legal victory
Government blinks first in junior doctors' dispute
Trade Union Bill becomes law
Prison officers walk out over health and safety
Potential new steel bosses refuse to take on pensions
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Let kids be kids: children 'strike' against Sats tests
What way forward for Tamil rights?
Save Paignton Hospital campaign launched
May Day demo says: no cuts to childrens' centres!
Support for junior doctors at campaign stalls
International socialist news and analysis
Greek general strike: more needed to defeat austerity
How to trump Donald
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