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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 November 2016
What We Saw
Paul Callanan on Sky News debating internships (Click to enlarge)
Should young people have to work for free to get into competitive professions like journalism?
Socialist Party member Paul Callanan debated this question on Sky News on 16 November. Opposite him was Sam Bowman of the Adam Smith Institute, a Thatcherite think-tank.
Bowman tried to downplay the extent and impact of unpaid internships, saying young workers should be grateful for the "experience".
Paul argued that all work should be paid. Unpaid internships exclude the working class, and offer no job security or quality of life to young people. They also undermine the number and conditions of paid positions.
Darletta Scruggs on Russia Today (Click to enlarge)
Can socialists organise to defeat the rise of Trumpism?
Darletta Scruggs of Socialist Alternative, US co-thinkers of the Socialist Party, appeared on RT's 'Going Underground' on 16 November.
Darletta acknowledged this is a frightening and difficult time for working class people. But it also shows that the US political establishment is in a deep crisis.
There are big opportunities for socialists to direct the huge anger in society in a constructive direction. What the US needs is a new, mass party of the 99% - with socialist policies.
Dave Nellist on the Sunday Politics (Click to enlarge)
Should Labour readmit the socialists it expelled for supporting Militant or being members of the Socialist Party?
Socialist Party member Dave Nellist, formerly a Militant-supporting Labour MP, spoke to the Sunday Politics on 20 November. He argued that Labour is changing - but that Jeremy Corbyn is outnumbered at the top of the party.
75 expelled socialists, including Dave, have applied to Labour for readmission. They want to support the battle to claim Labour for the working class. The Socialist Party calls for Labour to return to its inclusive, federal roots, and allow socialist groups to affiliate.
Peter Taaffe and Michael Crick at Socialism 2016 (Click to enlarge)
Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe debated this same issue with Labour right-winger John Mann on LBC radio on 11 November. Mann is a notorious right winger, who campaigned to expel organised socialists in the first place. We're still here, John.
Peter also debated Channel 4 journalist Michael Crick on Militant's real history at Socialism 2016 on 13 November. Crick made his career broadcasting attacks on Militant.
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In The Socialist 23 November 2016:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Cash for rich and royals, cuts for the 99%
Tories drop 'pay to stay'
Tories plan pain with Brexit Autumn Statement
£3.5bn on temporary housing for councils
'Just about managing': £2,500 worse off by 2020
Job figures mask casualisation
What We Saw
What we think
The Socialist Party and support for the Corbyn movement
Fight back to save education!
Campaigning Socialist Students groups needed to hold student unions to account
N30 strike: five years on
Lessons of the 'N30' 2011 pension strike: when workers showed their power
International socialist news and analysis
USA: mass protests break out to #ResistTrump
Ireland: repeal the 8th Amendment - fight for abortion rights
Spain: Students' Union surges forward in historic congress
Hundreds rally to celebrate anniversary of Students' Union and Izquierda Revolucionaria
UN climate change summit: more hot air from Marrakech
Workplace news and analysis
"I don't always feel that I'm a carer anymore" - a day in the life
Southern Rail Strike
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Reselection motion passed at Labour Party branch
Packed-out Socialist Party meetings hear American socialist and Black Lives Matter activist
School talk on the struggle for the vote and its importance today
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
The Socialist inbox
"I can't stop thinking about Socialism 2016 - it was truly brilliant"
Socialism 2016: what you thought
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