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The Socialist issue 716

2 May 2012

Kick out the ConDems!

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The Socialist issue 716

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Fighting the government attacks

spotKick out the Con-Dems and end austerity

Strikers marching through London on 30 November 2011, photo Senan

Strikers marching through London on 30 November 2011, photo Senan


spotA strategy to stop austerity and bring down the government of the super-rich

What we think The Con-Dem coalition is Increasingly showing its weakness. Calls for an inquiry into whether Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt broke ministerial codes brings the Murdochgate scandal to the doors of Downing…

Marching through Leeds on 30 November 'N30' public sector strike, photo by Iain Dalton

Marching through Leeds on 30 November ‘N30’ public sector strike, photo by Iain Dalton


spotFight privatisation: Save our libraries

spotNational Shop Stewards Network 6th annual conference

Saturday 9 June 11am – 4pm
Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Speakers include:
* Bob Crow, transport union RMT general secretary
* Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary
* A leading Rank and File member of the construction workers’ campaign
* Kevin Courtney, NUT deputy general secretary

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotRich list: The good times roll for the 0.00001%

“Those with the broadest shoulders will bear the largest load… we’re all in this together.” These, David Cameron’s famous words to his first Conservative Party conference as prime minister, asked ordinary people to close their eyes to reality, writes Claire Laker-Mansfield.

Bankers protest by Walthamstow Socialist Party, photo by The Socialist

Bankers protest by Walthamstow Socialist Party, photo by The Socialist


spotLeveson exposes links between Tories and Murdoch

spotThem & Us

Chancellor George Gideon Osborne assured us recently that he’s not quite wealthy enough to be eligible for the 50p top rate of tax which he just scrapped, so wouldn’t personally benefit.

Socialist Students

spotNUS conference Support for left and for action

The National Union of Students (NUS) conference is usually the place to see undemocratic manoeuvring by unelected bureaucrats and New Labour careerists. But this year it was different, writes Ian Pattison, Socialist Students national chair.

Young people march for a future: Youth Fight for Jobs and Socialist Students on the 29 January 2011 London demonstration against education cuts, photo Senan

Young people march for a future: Youth Fight for Jobs and Socialist Students on the 29 January 2011 London demonstration against education cuts, photo Senan


Housing crisis

spotSocial dumping won’t solve the housing crisis

Labour-run Newham council in east London decided recently to try to uproot 500 local families and dump them in Stoke, 160 miles away…

Socialist Party feature

spotDon’t accept the misery of austerity

Britain is in the depths of economic recession. The threat of unemployment, poverty and even homelessness hangs over the lives of millions of people. Unemployment is climbing towards three million…

All three main parties accept capitalism and austerity , photo by Sheffield Socialist Party

All three main parties accept capitalism and austerity , photo by Sheffield Socialist Party


Socialist Party workplace news

spotUnison leadership ‘woefully inadequate’ in face of cuts

Unison’s health conference could have been a golden opportunity to establish a national strategy and campaign to defeat the relentless attacks unleashed by the Con-Dem government, writes Roger Davey, Unison health Service Group Executive (SGE), personal capacity.

Unison members join the 30 November N30 public sector strike in Leeds, photo by Iain Dalton

Unison members join the 30 November N30 public sector strike in Leeds, photo by Iain Dalton


spotRotherham teachers stand up to bullying

Strike at Swinton Comprehensive school in Rotherham, 27.4.12, photo by Alistair Tice

Strike at Swinton Comprehensive school in Rotherham, 27.4.12, photo by Alistair Tice


spotBilborough College Nottingham strike Action over five-term years

spotUCU joins 10 May strike – student solidarity needed

spotWorkplace news in brief

Pension privatisation: Hundreds of pension staff were forced out of the public sector on 1 May. The government agency that administers pensions of 1.5 million working and retired civil servants became the first ‘mutual’ …

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition feature

spotTUSC: the electoral alternative to the parties of the rich

Round-up across the country: All together in Liverpool to support TUSC mayoral stand: 300 people attended the Liverpool pre-election rally for mayoral candidate Tony Mulhearn and other Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates across Merseyside, writes Dave Walsh.

TUSC on the 28 March 2012 NUT London strike and demonstration, photo Socialist Party

TUSC on the 28 March 2012 NUT London strike and demonstration, photo Socialist Party


Socialist Party campaigns

spotThug attack won’t stop anti-racist work

On Saturday 28 April trade union activists were attacked by racists claiming to have allegiance to ‘March for England’, closely linked to the English Defence League (EDL)…

Youth Fight for Jobs placard on the successful anti-EDL demonstration in Tower Hamlets in June 2010, photo P Mason

Youth Fight for Jobs placard on the successful anti-EDL demonstration in Tower Hamlets in June 2010, photo P Mason


spotSocialist MEP discusses way forward for Tamils struggle

spotSheffield marches against sexism and cuts

International socialist news and analysis

spotCapitalist crisis: ‘Up to half of all Icelandic families are bankrupt’

Iceland’s economy is growing again after the deep recession that struck in 2008. But the economic and political crisis is far from over, writes Per-Åke Westerlund. From Offensiv, newspaper of Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI in Sweden).

spotKazakhstan: Socialists jailed by regime

Environment and socialism

spotThe government’s fractured energy policy

A dangerous gas extraction practice – ‘fracking’ – will likely get government approval in Chancellor Osborne and energy secretary Ed Davey’s new “dash for gas”, writes Pete Mason, East London Socialist Party.

Hydro fracking, photo Creative Commons/ Mike Norton

Hydro fracking, photo Creative Commons/ Mike Norton


spotPlanning for the Planet

How socialism could save the environment Special limited offer for readers of the Socialist: £7 including postage. By Pete Dickenson.

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