In this issue:
The Socialist 15 June 2006, NHS protesters on the march
Socialist Party NHS campaign
NHS protesters on the march
Unison - RCN Lobby of Parliament in 2006, photo Paul Mattsson
Birmingham Socialist Party's SEAN MCCAULEY explains what is happening in Birmingham where preparations are underway for a West Midlands regional demonstration on 15 July, writes THE NHS is under attack. Blair and New Labour are forcing hospitals across the country to make over £800 million of cuts to their budgets. But a fightback is starting - last weekend 4,000 people marched in Stroud.
NHS: Rebellion over hospital cuts
Socialist Party campaigns
Victory for 'save our school' campaign
"IF THIS school had been in an affluent area of Kirklees, we wouldn't have faced closure," commented Jeanette Peel, teacher and NUT member at a rally to save RM Grylls Middle School on the outskirts of Huddersfield from the axe, writes Mike Forster, Kirklees UNISON.
Anger mounting at bungled police raid
ANGER IS still mounting at the police dawn raid in Forest Gate. Muslim organisations have picketed New Scotland Yard to protest at the police shooting of postal worker Abdul Kahir and his arrest, along with his brother, as part, writes Simon Carter.
Tax credit system: Millions driven into debt
THE FIASCO of the tax credit system has hit the headlines again. Stark figures show that millions of low-paid workers are being driven into debt by a system set up to overcome poverty. A London Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB) worker writes.
Socialist question time
World Cup: Profits and prostitution
Socialist Party review
1926 general strike debate
THE MORNING Star (12 June) printed a review by Graham Stevenson of Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe's book on the 1926 general strike. We print the review and a reply by Peter Taaffe printed on the 15 June.
"PETER TAAFFE has competently retold standard, secondary accounts of the 1926 general strike. Given that the author is a veteran leader of the Trotskyist Socialist Party (aka Militant), it is not surprising, however, that he focuses mainly on the question of whether the "fledgeling Communist Party had the right strategy programme and tactics to take full advantage of the strike".
Why the BNP gets support: Naomi Byron reviews Fair by Joy Wilkinson
"DODGEMS - WHO needs them when we can go round and round in circles by ourselves and get skint and whiplash in the process?"...
International socialist news and analysis
Stop Bush & Blair's terror
International students' movements and working class struggles
Palestinian authority on the brink of civil war?
Socialist Party workplace news
PCS conference a distinctive voice in the British trade union movement
Will UNISON fight on pensions and NHS cuts?
UNISON conference: UNISON's ANNUAL Delegate Conference will be held in Bournemouth from 20 to 24 June, preceded by the local government and other smaller service group conferences on 18 and 19 June...
Higher Education pay deal: Opportunities lost - further action can get more
LATE IN the evening on 6 June, negotiators for the newly formed University and College Union (UCU) reached a deal with the employers UCEA over pay in Higher Education, writes Thomas House.