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23 May 2018

30 years on from Section 28: the legacy of fighting LGBT+ attacks must continue

On 24 May 1988 Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 was enacted in England, Scotland and Wales by Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government.

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14 March 2018

Gripping spy thriller exposes hypocrisy of Falklands/Malvinas war

Fiction: South Atlantic Requiem: This is socialist author Edward Wilson's seventh novel and does not disappoint. In some respects it is his most gripping from beginning to end.

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7 March 2018

Capitalism oppresses women - fight for socialism!


International Women's Day:
When the twenty first century dawned, young women in the US and much of Europe were being told that equality was within their grasp.

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22 November 2017

Left comic's take on politics will have you in tears

Humour - Jonathan Pie: Off the Record: What Jonathan Pie does best is make basic left-wing political analysis entertaining

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11 October 2017

Who's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

For almost 100 years a secret ban was operated to deny jobs to thousands of workers involved in trade union activity

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17 May 2017

Support Corbyn's call to renationalise Royal Mail

Privatising Royal Mail was a privatisation too far for Margaret Thatcher. So how did it come to pass that 499 years of public ownership ended in 2015 with the remaining 30% of shares being floated on the London Stock Exchange, following the majority being sold two years earlier?

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26 April 2017

How Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

2nd May, as well as being in the midst of preparations for the upcoming snap election, marks 20 years since another general election - the one in 1997 which brought Tony Blair and New Labour to power.

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8 March 2017

1987 Zeebrugge disaster

Thirty years ago, 193 passengers and crew drowned off the coast of Belgium after P&O's Herald of Free Enterprise car ferry capsized. One of the dead was seafarer and Militant (forerunner of the Socialist) supporter Geoff Haney.

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15 August 2016

The Corbyn insurgency 2.0: Now let's finish the job

Jeremy Corbyn appears to be on course to be re-elected as Labour leader. But the bitter right-wing struggle against him shows there can be no compromise with the representatives of capitalism in Labour.

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29 April 2016

Hillsborough verdict - a magnificent testimony to courage and fortitude

The recent verdict of the inquests into the Hillsborough football stadium disaster of 1989, which killed 96 people vindicates the 27-year campaign for the truth, which battled against establishment lies and slurs on the victims. Tony Mulhearn, who was an anti-cuts, socialist city councillor in Liverpool from 1984 to 1987, responds.

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23 March 2016

BSE crisis - the madness of the profit system

Twenty years ago: The UK's biggest health scandal in living memory was the BSE epidemic known as "mad cow disease".

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2 December 2015

How the Iron Lady was reduced to iron filings

Margaret Thatcher resigned as Tory prime minister 25 years ago. After 11 years in power she was forced out before her third term was over.

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18 November 2015

The end of social housing? How can we solve the housing crisis?

The cat is out of the bag. As the Financial Times reported: "Chancellor George Osborne is considering a radical multibillion-pound plan to privatise the government's stake in housing associations".

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23 September 2015

1985: police murder sparks Brixton riot

30 years ago, the police shot blameless mother Cherry Groce. We look back on the murder and ensuing riots.

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23 September 2015

TV review: This is England '90

Rudi Abdallah, Waltham Forest Socialist Party, reviews the first episode of This is England '90.

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Militant issue 1307 advertising the launching of The Socialist

19 August 2015

The Labour Party, Militant and 'infiltration'

In fury at the popularity of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership campaign, right wing politicians and media alike have been referring to 'infiltration' of the Labour Party by Militant supporters. Militant was the predecessor of the Socialist Party - whose supporters in the past were members of the Labour Party.

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8 October 2014

Thatcher's enemies within

The revelations about Thatcher's speech written for Tory Conference 1984 but abandoned after the IRA Brighton bombing confirm her demented view of the world, writes Tony Mulhearn.

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24 September 2014

Skylight

Theatre review: Worthing in Sussex always re-elected Tory MPs in the past and worship of the blessed Margaret Thatcher is widespread, writes Derek McMilllan.

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9 April 2014

Hillsborough tragedy - the final chapter?

'Heartbreak, tributes, tears' was the headline in the Liverpool Echo as the next chapter in the Hillsborough tragedy unfolded, writes Tony Mulhearn.

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Miners' children: A future job - that's all we ask, photo John Birdsall

2 April 2014

The truth about the miners' strike

From the 1970s on, Tory politicians meticulously and ruthlessly prepared an offensive to try to vanquish the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and ultimately trade unionism

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