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The Socialist issue 703

1 February 2012

Fight this profit-mad system

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The Socialist issue 703

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotBankers bonus scandal – Fight this profit-mad system

The recent ‘Hesteria’ has been revealing. The Tories, majority funded by the City, went on about ‘fairness’ and bankers’ bonuses but failed to challenge RBS boss Stephen Hester’s £1 million bung…

We are the 99% - Take the wealth off the 1% - Socialist Party placard, photo Paul Mattsson

pic: Paul Mattsson


spotTrade unionists and socialists prepare for May elections

spotWhat is the point of Labour MPs?

spotDead end in Davos

spotThem & Us

Rapidly rising unemployment combined with wage freezes means that the average 25-64 year old American male earns about a quarter less than his 1969 equivalent.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotDon’t let the racist EDL divide us

Fight for jobs, homes and services: The racist and hooligan English Defence League (EDL) claims its demonstration through the heart of Leicester on Saturday 4 February, is in opposition to “discrimination in the justice system”

Anti-EDL demonstration in Tower Hamlets in June 2010, photo P Mason

Anti-EDL demonstration in Tower Hamlets in June 2010, photo P Mason


spotDisabled protesters demand scrapping of ‘welfare’ bill

Anti-cuts and disabled activists protesting against the Welfare Reform Bill, London 28.1.12, photo by Ben Robinson


spotHaringey takes action against academies

spotCoventry: Re-elect Dave Nellist

Dave Nellist, Socialist Party councillor. addresses Socialism 2011, photo Senan

Dave Nellist, Socialist Party councillor. addresses Socialism 2011, photo Senan


Socialist Party youth and students

spotNUS: name the day for student walkout

This week there’s been another set of statistics showing that £50,000 worth of debt is enough to make many people rethink plans to embark on a university education

Student protest 29 January 2011, photo Senan

Student protest 29 January 2011, photo Senan


spotSave Derbyshire youth services!

spotOnly one in six ‘vacancies’ real

Jaime Davies points out in ‘Con-Demned to unemployment’ (Issue 702) that there are only 463,000 job vacancies advertised with Jobcentre Plus for 2.5 million unemployed people

spotTough conditions for agency workers

spotSouth East Wales youth plan new campaigns

South East Wales Socialist Party held a youth campaign meeting to get all of the young Socialist Party members in the area together to discuss issues and upcoming tasks

International socialist news and analysis

spotEU summit – no capitalist solutions to the spiralling eurozone crisis

As the capitalist politicians arrived in Brussels for the 30 January EU summit they were met with a clear and determined message from the Belgian working class – a magnificent 24 hour general strike – the first in the country for nearly 20 years – in defiance of the summit’s austerity agenda…

spotInterview: the Tunisian revolution one year on

“Revolution is a process, not a single act”: 14 January marked the first anniversary of the downfall of the hated dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali by the Tunisian revolution

Anti-government demonstrations during the 2010–2011 Tunisian uprising, photo Creative commons

Anti-government demonstrations during the 2010–2011 Tunisian uprising, photo Creative commons


Socialist Party workplace news

spotPensions battle: Unions must campaign for coordinated strike action in March

At January’s TUC Public Service Liaison Group (PSLG) meeting the leadership of Unison and the GMB confirmed their decision to sign up to the government’s heads of agreement on pensions…

Pensions battle: The 30 June 2011 (N30) public sector strike demonstration in Manchester, photo by Hugh Caffrey

Pensions battle: The 30 June 2011 (N30) public sector strike demonstration in Manchester, photo by Hugh Caffrey


spotLondon Docklands transport workers win Olympics deal

spotUnison pensions cowardice

The devil’s in the detail!: Since 10 January Unison’s right-wing lay leadership, and the bureaucracy at whose bidding they act, have been attempting to sell their position on the local government pension scheme (LGPS) around the regions

spotRemploy workers fight privatisation

spotJet tanker drivers continue strike action

spotWorkplace news in brief

As previously reported in the Socialist, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is planning to close all 39 of its local offices and centralise operations at its Swansea headquarters.

The Socialist – readers’ comments

spotDebate: Should socialists support the HS2 rail line?

Developing efficient public transport: The second high speed line (HS2) in Britain (the first being the channel tunnel link from London to Paris) would initially connect London to Birmingham by 2026 with a journey time of 49 minutes, writes Mark Pickersgill, Stevenage Socialist Party.

HS2 - The second high speed line in Britain - government advert

HS2 – The second high speed line in Britain – government advert


spotAre the Greens a real alternative?

Green leader Caroline Lucas MP and her party are attempting to build on the unions’ rift with Labour to encourage trade union support and funding to break from the Labour Party and support them instead

spotSmacking not the answer

David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, has called for the ‘smacking ban’ to be repealed. He claims his constituents back this, blaming lack of parental control as a factor in last summer’s riots

spotObituary: Gwenda Beishon

Over four decades, from the 1970s until her recent death, Gwenda Beishon was a continuous subscriber to the Militant newspaper and then the Socialist

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