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The Socialist issue 731

29 August 2012

Con-Dems win gold for hypocrisy!

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The Socialist issue 731

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotParalympics, Atos scandal, Remploy closures… Con-Dems win gold for hypocrisy!

Millions are watching the 2012 Paralympics. The Games aim to inspire young disabled people to take up sport and compete at the highest level

London Olympics opening ceremony, photo Alison Hill

London Olympics opening ceremony, photo Alison Hill


spotBuild for a 24-hour general strike!

Across the country millions of people are starting to suffer the consequences of Austerity Britain. Over two and a half million are unemployed, with millions only able to get part time work

26 March TUC demonstration , photo Paul Mattsson

26 March TUC demonstration , photo Paul Mattsson


spotThe Julian Assange case

spotGalloway’s ignorant comments

spotGove stole our exam grades!

NUT protest outside the Department of Education by teachers and parents opposed to the GCSE regrading in August 2012, photo Neil Cafferky

NUT protest outside the Department of Education by teachers and parents opposed to the GCSE regrading in August 2012, photo Neil Cafferky


spotCrisis services handed over to charity food banks

Once again The Guardian repeats the line that ‘councils will no longer be able to’ fund another vital service, this time to maintain emergency crisis loans

spotThem & Us

One person’s tragedy…: In issue 730 of the Socialist, Iain Dalton reported on the world food crisis. But evidently, crops failing and the resulting unaffordable food prices and potential starvation isn’t such a tragedy for everyone

Socialist Party workplace news

spotBuilding workers fight pay cut threat

Dozens gathered at Cardiff’s Royal Infirmary on 24 August to support electricians taking action against “Besna 2″…

Building workers fight pay cut: at Cardiff's Royal Infirmary 24 August, fighting Besna 2, led by electrician and TUSC candidate Andrew Wilkes, photo Sarah Mayo

Building workers fight pay cut: at Cardiff’s Royal Infirmary 24 August, fighting Besna 2, led by electrician and TUSC candidate Andrew Wilkes, photo Sarah Mayo


spotSparks protest at London Crown House site

Socialist Party members and National Shop Steward Network (NSSN) supporters gave support to a building workers' protest outside the Crown House site. Crown House want to tear up the national agreement in order to cut wages, photo Rob Williams

Socialist Party members and National Shop Steward Network (NSSN) supporters gave support to a building workers’ protest outside the Crown House site. Crown House want to tear up the national agreement in order to cut wages, photo Rob Williams


spotLocal government pension scheme

How did we end up worse off?: All three local authority trade unions have now accepted the new-look pension scheme – LGPS 2014, with ballots in GMB, Unite and Unison all returning large majorities in favour of accepting, writes a Coventry council worker.

Unison placard - we won't pay for the financial crisis on 30 November 2011 strike, photo Paul Mattsson

Unison placard – we won’t pay for the financial crisis on 30 November 2011 strike, photo Paul Mattsson


spotSheffield recycling workers to resume strike action

Sheffield recycling workers on indefinite strike action, photo Alistair Tice

Sheffield recycling workers on indefinite strike action, photo Alistair Tice


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotLobby the TUC for a 24-hour general strike

Time to rise up!: Britain’s self-appointed ‘elite’ has declared war on the ordinary people of this country. From self-serving politicians seeking office for their own gain, to greedy bankers wrecking homes, jobs and lives

26 March 2011 TUC demonstration against the government's austerity programme, photo Suzanne Beishon

26 March 2011 TUC demonstration against the government’s austerity programme, photo Suzanne Beishon


spotJobs and homes, not racism

Racists Out! Youth against Racism in Europe marches for jobs and homes not racism, photo Paul Mattsson

Racists Out! Youth against Racism in Europe marches for jobs and homes not racism, photo Paul Mattsson


spotEast Midlands: Save our ambulance service

spotNHS: Unions must defend national pay bargaining

Poole Hospital NHS Trust is one of the 20 trusts in the South West that have signed up to the South West Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium, the real purpose of which is to reduce the wage bill

spotTUSC councillor rejects Walsall cuts ‘consultation’

Prisons

spotPrison work – £3 a day is exploitation for profit

Dozens of inmates at Prescoed prison in Monmouthshire are being bussed out to a call centre to work for just £3 a day. PJ McParlin gives the POA’s response

Prison Officers Association National Chairman PJ McParlin addresses National Shop Stewards Network conference, 9 June 2012, photo Suzanne Beishon

Prison Officers Association National Chairman PJ McParlin addresses National Shop Stewards Network conference, 9 June 2012, photo Suzanne Beishon


spotWomen’s prisons – Con-Dems’ ‘reforms’ mean cuts and privatisation

International socialist news and analysis

spotNorway: Mass murderer Anders Breivik gets life sentence

Far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik was found guilty of mass murders which he committed on 22 July 2011 in Oslo and at a youth camp of the governing Labour Party on the small island of Utøya

spotKazakhstan: Human rights campaigner Vadim Kuramshin freed

Campaign Kazakhstan protest in London 26 July 2012 against UK business links with the Kazakhstan regime, photo Dave Carr

Campaign Kazakhstan protest in London 26 July 2012 against UK business links with the Kazakhstan regime, photo Dave Carr


Reviews and comments

spotLeon Trotsky: A revolutionary’s life

Book review: The 72nd anniversary of the assassination of the great Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky was commemorated even within Britain’s capitalist press…

Leon Trotsky reading The Militant newspaper in 1931

Leon Trotsky reading The Militant newspaper in 1931


spotFight council tax benefit cuts

spotThe ‘madness’ of building homes

On 28 August, the Guardian carried a Polly Toynbee article about the role of “great speeches” at Tory, Labour and Lib Dem conferences

Socialist Party news

spotNotting Hill carnival-goers support Lonmin miners

Socialist Party members joined thousands of Londoners at the Notting Hill carnival on Bank Holiday Monday, campaigning for solidarity with South African Lonmin mineworkers, writes Neil Cafferky.

spotSocialist Party summer camp

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party

spotSave our computer server!

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