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The Socialist issue 717

9 May 2012

Austerity - Rejected

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The Socialist issue 717

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Socialist Party election analysis

spotLegitimacy of Cameron and Clegg further shattered

The Con-Dem government suffered a crushing defeat in last Thursday’s elections for local authorities and in the mayoral contests apart from London, writes Socialist Party general secretary, Peter Taaffe

Cameron and Clegg's public spending cuts. Cartton by Suz, photo Suz

Cameron and Clegg’s public spending cuts. Cartton by Suz, photo Suz


spotElection results: How did TUSC do?

This year’s elections were the second set of local polls contested by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) since it was formed in early 2010 writes Clive Heemskerk, TUSC national nominating officer.

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

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


spotCon-Dems battered in Scottish local elections

spotLabour’s best Wales result in 21 years will not stop cuts

Welsh Labour leaders are cock-a-hoop at achieving their best results in council elections since 1991. The Tories and Liberals lost control of all their councils and nearly half their councillors

spotLondon elections – TUSC: A marker for future struggles

“I hadn’t heard of you before, but I saw Trade Unionist on the ballot paper and I voted for it – I had to, I’m a worker”, said a porter at University College Hospital

Alex Gordon, president RMT, addresses the National Shop Stewards Network lobby of the TUC 11 September 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

Alex Gordon, president RMT, and lead candidate on the TUSC London list, photo Paul Mattsson


spotCoventry: Socialist campaigner Dave Nellist narrowly loses

For the 14 hours of election day in Coventry, rain fell almost without ceasing. Yet despite the terrible weather conditions Socialist Party supporters in St Michael’s ward campaigned relentlessly

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

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


spot4,792 mayoral vote for Liverpool 47 candidate

In the Liverpool mayoral election, TUSC candidate Tony Mulhearn received 4,792 votes, 4.73%, beating the Tory candidate and just narrowly behind the Greens and Liberal Democrats

Tony Mulhearn, photo Harry Smith

Tony Mulhearn, photo Harry Smith


spotTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition local election reports

spotUnison attacks TUSC candidate

International socialist news and analysis

spotFrance: A weekend that shocked Europe

Rejection of austerity in Eurozone’s second biggest economy: Sarkozy’s downfall, alongside the crushing defeat of the pro-austerity parties in Greece, was a real turning point, writes Robert Bechert, Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI).

Demonstrations in France against attacks on pension rights, photo Judy Beishon

Demonstrations in France against attacks on pension rights, photo Judy Beishon


spotGreece: Political earthquake sees pro-austerity parties’ support collapse

Following the recent elections in Greece, which saw two out of three voters vote against pro-austerity parties and a big swing to left parties, Niall Mulholland spoke to Andros Payiatsos, from Xekinima (CWI in Greece)

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotWater waste of money!

We are in drought. This is Thames Water’s message for South East England, appearing on giant billboard images of cracked, dry earth, writes James Ivens.

Flooding in the centre of Gloucester, 2007, photo Chris Moore

Flooding in the centre of Gloucester, 2007, photo Chris Moore


spotMPs find Murdoch “not fit” to run media empire

spotThem & Us

iPads for MPs: Up to £660. That’s how much the gadget of the moment, the iPad, will set you back. Months of hard saving for most of us – but not if you’re an MP. 70 MPs have already claimed expenses for an iPad

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotGood result for Socialist Students candidates in NUS elections

This year’s NUS National Executive Committee elections saw Socialist Students candidates Edmund Schluessel and Lizi Grey both receive high votes

Lizi Gray, whose great grandfather was one of the original Jarrow Marchers, addresses the Jarrow March for Jobs 2011, which ended with a demonstration in London on 5 November , photo Sujeeth

Lizi Gray, whose great grandfather was one of the original Jarrow Marchers, addresses the Jarrow March for Jobs 2011, which ended with a demonstration in London on 5 November , photo Sujeeth


spotHealth services at risk in Cardiff and Vale

spotPrivatisation pushes up transport costs in Yorkshire

spotCare home closures in Sheffield

spotPolice restrict anti-racist protesters in Luton

Socialist Party workplace news

spotCome to the NSSN conference!

We all need to strike together again There are many reasons to come to the NSSN conference this year. Whether it’s to find out how the Sparks beat the construction bosses’ Besna contract or just to meet other activists

National Shop Stewards Network demonstration to lobby the TUC 11 September 2011, photo Sujeeth

National Shop Stewards Network demonstration to lobby the TUC 11 September 2011, photo Sujeeth


spotGreenwich libraries – fighting back can win

Strike action by Unite library workers in Greenwich, south London, has sent a clear message to Greenwich Leisure Limited against attacks on pay and conditions

spotExposed: the dirty world of NHS privatisation

A second report into 150 GMB members’ complaints of bullying and discrimination at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon was published last week

spotDuncan Smith throws insults at Remploy workers

Tory Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has claimed that disabled Remploy workers are “not doing any work…”, writes Pat Atkinson, Unite LE 1111 branch.

spotWorkplace news in brief

Reviews and comments

spotFilm review: ‘Cocaine Unwrapped’

Cocaine Unwrapped, a documentary film directed by Rachel Seifert, went on general release from 5 May, writes Paul Heron

Cocaine Unwrapped, a film by Rachael Seifert

Cocaine Unwrapped, a film by Rachael Seifert


spotTurning anger into action

I am a young mother with two beautiful children and have decided to join the Socialist party. I was brought up by my family with socialist views and ideas.

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