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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 February 2020

What We Heard

Martin Powell-Davies on BBC Big Questions 9 February 2020

Martin Powell-Davies on BBC Big Questions 9 February 2020   (Click to enlarge)

Will capitalism save the planet? "The reality is that the big companies rule the roost, and they're only interested in short-term profit," replied the Socialist Party's Martin Powell-Davies on BBC1's 'The Big Questions' on 9 February.

Martin went on: "Look at what Boris Johnson's just done with a failing company. He's nationalised it. All of these companies are failing the planet. We should nationalise them all.

"Have a plan, where the world can actually plan what is needed, instead of looking at short-term profit. It's the only way to rescue the planet." Martin drove the key issue home in the mere couple of minutes he had to actually critique the system in question, despite constant irrelevant deflections from host Nicky Campbell.

Meanwhile, the Extinction Rebellion representative on the main platform praised the capitalist policies of Margaret Thatcher and Milton Friedman. These have failed to solve the problem for decades - in fact making it worse.


The Socialist Party's latest appearances on London talk radio station LBC have included responding to Labour leadership candidate Rebecca Long-Bailey's statement supporting strikes. Dave Nellist welcomed this and said all Labour politicians should back trade union action - but under neoliberal Blair the party did not. Rob Williams said Brexit wasn't the only issue in December's election - Labour leaders must instruct councils to stop passing cuts budgets and fight to win the funds back.

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In The Socialist 12 February 2020:


News

Tackling climate change: Johnson emits huge quantities of hot air!

Windrush deportations: end the hostile environment

Streatham attack: Johnson's bill can't stop terror

Them & Us

What We Heard


NHS

NHS: Fight for full funding!

Unnecessary surgery scandal shows need for democratic control of NHS

NHS debt so high it can't be repaid - so don't pay it!

Callous Tory cuts to children's speech therapy in Nottinghamshire


Trade unions

Trade unions - new decade, new challenges


Workplace news

Big Unison south east regional meeting votes for anti-cuts position

PCS union: Uniting the left around a leadership that can win for members

Westex workers win increased pay offer in 11th week of strike

University strikers walk out for better pay and pensions

East London school strikes against academisation continue

Foreign Office workers' strike

Solidarity with Turkish workers

Lambeth Unison letter

London NSSN meeting

Solidarity with victimised bus rep Moe

Support Clive Walder


Cuts

How to resist tory attacks on local communities

Cuts councillors are the real problem

Council houses - not private property developers


International

Sinn Fein harnesses working-class anger to top poll

Lebanon - mass protests cut across sectarian division


Campaigns

Build independent workers' media with May Day greetings

Building a working-class movement for Tamil rights

Hackney: We don't want homes and retail units working-class people can't afford

20 years of housing failure

Socialist Sellers


Universal Credit

New BBC series - Insight or whitewash?

Nottingham: death of vulnerable claimant

UC stopped without warning


 

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