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The Socialist 23 June 2021

NHS in crisis - 'It's time for action'

The Socialist issue 1139

Chesham and Amersham by-election


NHS in crisis - 'It's time for action'

Outsourced London hospital workers fight for better pay

Leicester private healthcare tragedy

Exeter Trades Council backs NHS protests


Northern Ireland and Brexit

Sacking non-vaccinated care workers will not save lives

Furlough reduction risks job losses

Building back better? Fight for a socialist recovery

Anti-protest bill breaches human rights

Tories deliberately underfund childcare


Unite general secretary contest: Vote for Sharon Graham


NSSN conference 2021: When given a lead workers will fight


Women and the criminal 'injustice' system

Tory review won't deliver justice for rape victims


Iran's presidential election

Are Biden's immigration policies a break with Trump's?


Interview with newly elected Unison NEC member and hospital worker

Gateshead: Bosses sack sparks protesting for safety measures

Oaks Park school strike against bully bosses

Leicestershire engineers' fifth week of strikes against fire and rehire

DVLA dispute: Escalation needed

Warehouse workers fight 50% cut in redundancy pay

Carmarthenshire: Fighting for trade union recognition at council-owned company


TUSC calls for local 'People's Budget' campaigns

Youth Fight For Jobs: more urgent than ever

London Socialist Party young members' day school

'Socialism is the hope of the world'

Fighting Fund target smashed!


Book review: Shuggie Bain

Response to Observer article on China

 
 
 
 
 

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Response to Observer article on China

Peter Taaffe, an executive committee member of the Socialist Party and its former general secretary, wrote the following letter to the Observer on 7 June 2021.

Simon Tisdall's assertion (Observer 6/6/21) that Xi Jinping's speech "would not have been out of place at a Militant Tendency meeting circa 1976", is both scandalous and risible.

Xi's regime is a dictatorial one-party regime. It represses workers and political opposition. It is moving from its Stalinist origins to an equally undemocratic form of state capitalism.

In stark contrast, Militant, now the Socialist Party, stands for real, liberating, democratic socialism.

In the 1970s - and even right up to today - Militant's ideas have frightened the representatives of capitalism and their shadows in the labour movement. "Circa 1976" and beyond we were attracting support in the unprecedented mass rallies in the Albert Hall, and when that became too small, we had to move to Alexandra Palace.

We not only shook to its foundations the right wing in the Labour Party but organised some of the biggest workers' movements, like the Liverpool city council campaign in the 1980s, and later the anti-poll tax mass non-payment campaign, which confined the poll tax to the dustbin of history and, with it, Thatcher herself.

We stand for real democratic socialism, in opposition to bureaucratic autocracy and to crisis-ridden, out-moded capitalism.

We are fighting for power to be vested in the democratic organisations of working people, whether in Britain, China, or elsewhere in the world.

Yours sincerely, Peter Taaffe, former editor of Militant, and former general secretary, Socialist Party

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 15 June 2021 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


What we think

Chesham and Amersham by-election


NHS

NHS in crisis - 'It's time for action'

Outsourced London hospital workers fight for better pay

Leicester private healthcare tragedy

Exeter Trades Council backs NHS protests


News

Northern Ireland and Brexit

Sacking non-vaccinated care workers will not save lives

Furlough reduction risks job losses

Building back better? Fight for a socialist recovery

Anti-protest bill breaches human rights

Tories deliberately underfund childcare


Unite election

Unite general secretary contest: Vote for Sharon Graham


NSSN conference 2021

NSSN conference 2021: When given a lead workers will fight


Women

Women and the criminal 'injustice' system

Tory review won't deliver justice for rape victims


International

Iran's presidential election

Are Biden's immigration policies a break with Trump's?


Workplace news

Interview with newly elected Unison NEC member and hospital worker

Gateshead: Bosses sack sparks protesting for safety measures

Oaks Park school strike against bully bosses

Leicestershire engineers' fifth week of strikes against fire and rehire

DVLA dispute: Escalation needed

Warehouse workers fight 50% cut in redundancy pay

Carmarthenshire: Fighting for trade union recognition at council-owned company


Campaigns

TUSC calls for local 'People's Budget' campaigns

Youth Fight For Jobs: more urgent than ever

London Socialist Party young members' day school

'Socialism is the hope of the world'

Fighting Fund target smashed!


Readers' Opinion

Book review: Shuggie Bain

Response to Observer article on China


 

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