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31 January 2018

Capitalism v cricket

For a series that cricket fans look forward to for months, this year's Ashes was something of a disappointment - on the English side, at least. We lost 4-0, and were only saved from a 5-0 whitewash by a lifeless pitch ensuring a draw.

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22 November 2017

Gentrification on the terraces: fans say twenty's plenty

Football ticket prices still remain prohibitive, especially for young fans, according to the BBC's annual Price of Football report

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11 October 2017

Don't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish

On the morning of 10 October the Tory government announced it was launching a website to show the widespread racial inequality in Britain. To many this will seem like a sick Black History Month joke.

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10 May 2017

US: women ice hockey players' strike threat wins living wage

On 15 March, a group of women in the US announced a strike that became headline news across the country

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22 February 2017

The Socialist Inbox

Do you have something to say?: Send your news, views and criticism in not more than 150 words to Socialist Postbox, PO Box 24697, London E11 1YD, phone 020 8988 8771 or email editors@socialistparty.org.uk

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26 October 2016

Book review: Fighting racism in football

Non-fiction: Pitch Black: Raph Parkinson's letter in the Socialist issue 920 on racism in football highlights an issue which has sadly been long present in the game. A recent book by Emy Onuora - 'Pitch Black: the story of black British footballers' - looks at the history of racism in football, and the effect this has had on the footballers themselves.

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19 October 2016

Moving, funny and inspiring tribute to working class heroism

Theatre - Dare Devil Rides to Jarama: "Adelante!" A moving, funny and inspiring account of the life of Clem 'Dare Devil' Beckett. A great feat considering the cast is just two people, but it portrays with realism dirt track races, mass protests and war.

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14 September 2016

Fighting fascism with motorbike stunts

Theatre - 'Dare Devil Rides to Jarama': The 1930s was a decade sharply divided between left and right. It was also a time when intrepid motorcycle racers stunned spectators with 'speedway' stunts. Socialist theatre company Townsend Productions combines the two in its upcoming show.

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31 August 2016

Invest in grassroots sports needs

Britain's second-place finish in the Olympic table has been used widely by the establishment as a show of the greatness of British sport and successful investment strategies. But the reality is far from this image.

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27 July 2016

Barcelona 1936: the people's Olympics

For a brief moment 80 years ago, in a hint of what Spain as a whole would become, Barcelona became the focus of opposition to fascism. In July 1936, 6,000 athletes arrived in the city, greeted by banners and bunting welcoming them. They were no ordinary athletes; the socialist hurdlers and the anarchist shot putters were there for the Olimpiada Popular, the People's Olympiad.

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1 June 2016

Tories out to knife the BBC

Culture secretary John Whittingdale recently published the government's White Paper plans on the future funding and governance of the BBC. Ken Smith explains what lies behind the changes and why they must be fought.

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2 March 2016

Fifa: invest in working class sport, not profits

Fifa, football's corruption-ridden international governing body, elected its new president on 26 February.

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18 November 2015

Athletics doping scandal: big business profits behind global sports corruption

In a dramatic move, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF - the world's governing sports body) has provisionally suspended the Russian athletics federation. This follows a damning report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) accusing the Russians of "state-sponsored doping".

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10 June 2015

Fifa scandals - a rottenness based on corporate greed

Fifa, football's most powerful body, has hit the rocks and is sinking fast. Its high-ranking members, looking to save their skins, have begun to spill the beans on decades' long institutional corruption

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3 June 2015

Bruised and Blattered - Fifa's boss eventually resigns

Reclaim football from corrupting big business: Fifa president Sepp Blatter has finally succumbed to widespread pressure and resigned

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10 December 2014

Broadband giants' expensive battle

Paul Callanan's article on football financing (issue 834) was illuminating. The almost complete dominance of big business (often from very shady business people) is only part of the problem

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26 November 2014

The People Speak: Democracy is not a spectator sport

Google up The People Speak: Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport and you find a BBC news video...

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19 February 2014

Them & Us

Boom and bust: Last year government business secretary Vince Cable boasted of rising output in Britain's car industry as illustrating a recovering UK economy

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14 August 2013

London Olympics legacy - one year on

Who can forget the tremendous excitement of last year when Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, David Weir and Jessica Ennis scorched around the track, of Michael Phelps and Ellie Simmonds in the pool and Bradley Wiggins winning gold in the cycling time trial? Chris Newby, London Socialist Party, writes.

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12 September 2012

The shame of sexism in sport

The 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games showed women's sport at its best. For Britain, there were stunning performances from Jess Ennis, Eleanor Summers and many others...

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