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The Socialist issue 737

10 October 2012

Tories promise more pain ... Kick out the 'nasty party'!

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotTories promise more pain… Kick out the ‘nasty party’!

There’s a whiff in the Birmingham air. The Tories met here in a state of panic. It’s all going wrong! The Con-Dem government faces humiliating failure

Strikers marching through London on 30 November 2011, photo Senan

Strikers marching through London on 30 November 2011, photo Senan


spotLabour Party conference – not fighting austerity

Labour marries big business on the funds of the trade unions, cartoon by Suz

Labour marries big business on the funds of the trade unions, cartoon by Suz


spotArguing the case for a 24-hour general strike

The Birmingham, Black Country and Worcester branch of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) passed a motion at its committee urging the TUC to set the date for a one-day general strike

spotBirmingham Tory conference demo

spot‘Millions crying out for leadership and for an alternative’

spotAnti-austerity candidates selected for November contests

spotNo welfare cuts

spotHealth workers must fight attacks on jobs and pay

Call a 24-hour general strike to defend the NHS from the government’s cuts and privatisation monster: Hardly a day passes without reports of ward closures, casualty departments shutting, and more job losses in the National Health Service

spotPoliticians line up to attack abortion rights

spotThe hidden homeless – “Sofa surfing is my lot”

The Youth Fight for Jobs Austerity Games held in Hackney Marshes 24 July 2012 highlighted the plight of young people, photo Paul Mattsson

The Youth Fight for Jobs Austerity Games held in Hackney Marshes 24 July 2012 highlighted the plight of young people, photo Paul Mattsson


spotThem & Us

Who they are, What they Say and What they’ve done
54% Tory MPs went to fee paying schools
38% Tory MPs went to Oxbridge
27% Tory MPs have worked in finance (compared to 7% of the general population)…

Transport feature

spotSend the transport privatisers packing

Renationalise the railways: Take the whole rail system back into public ownership! That is the only logical conclusion from the fiasco over the franchise for the West Coast Main Line railway from London to Glasgow…

RMT protest July 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

RMT protest July 2012, photo Paul Mattsson


International socialist news and analysis

spotVenezuela presidential election

Chavez comfortably secures victory over neoliberal right: Thousands flocked to Miraflores, the Presidential Palace in Caracas, to celebrate the victory of Hugo Chávez in Sunday’s (7 October) Presidential election, writes Tony Saunois in Caracas.

Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela, salutes the US-backed opposition, on a visit to Britain, photo Paul Mattsson

Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela, salutes the US-backed opposition, on a visit to Britain, photo Paul Mattsson


spotGreece: escalating the action against austerity

Solidarity with workers fighting cuts in Europe: German chancellor Angela Merkel is expected in Greece on 9 October. She will be greeted by an increasing bitterness and anger

Greece: protests during general election 18 June 2012, photo RT free video

Greece: protests during general election 18 June 2012, photo RT free video


spotSouth Africa: ‘What are we doing about this government that is killing us?’

On 18 September, after six weeks of defiant strike action, Marikana platinum miners in Rustenburg, South Africa, won a significant 22% pay increase

The explosion of struggle of the working class onto the scene of history that undermined Apartheid , photo by Reflex

The explosion of struggle of the working class onto the scene of history that undermined Apartheid , photo by Reflex


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotWhy we’re marching on 20 October

The plebs are revolting on 20 October – that is how the millionaire government will see it. You could write their press releases in advance: ‘the protest is pointless, we will not change our policy’ writes Derek McMillan, Brighton Socialist Party

NSSN march to lobby of TUC, Brighton, 9.9.12, photo Sarah Mayo

NSSN march to lobby of TUC, Brighton, 9.9.12, photo Sarah Mayo


spotMore success for Socialist Students

20 Sociaist students activists marched round Sheffield city centre against tuition fees and to restore EMA, joined by NUT rep, photo Sheffield Socialist Students

20 Sociaist students activists marched round Sheffield city centre against tuition fees and to restore EMA, joined by NUT rep, photo Sheffield Socialist Students


spotSave East Midlands ambulances

spotCampaign Kazakhstan: A musical and political evening

Campaign Kazakhstan hosted a very impressive event in London on Tuesday 2 October. Its aim was to raise awareness and financial support for those who resist the attacks of the regime in Kazakhstan.

Cellorhymics in concert at the Campaign Kazakhstan event, London 2 October 2012, photo Keith Dickinson

Cellorhymics in concert at the Campaign Kazakhstan event, London 2 October 2012, photo Keith Dickinson


spotYouth Fight for Jobs and Education fortnight of action 13-27 October

spotDewsbury fights health service cuts

Huddersfield Socialist Party started running stalls and collecting signatures against privatisation of our NHS in May, write Paul and Dawn Wheelhouse.

spotWaltham Forest: Parents and staff unite against school sell-off

spotSunderland anti-fascists stand up against divisive EDL

Socialist Party members took part in a counter-demo against far-right, racist groups, including the English Defence League (EDL), that were opposing the building of a new mosque in Millfield, Sunderland

Socialist Party workplace news

spotSouth Wales bus workers receive strong support for strike

Monday 1st October saw bus drivers and engineers in South Wales take strike action over pay despite their union recommending they refrain from doing so

Bus workers protest in July 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

Bus workers protest in July 2008, photo Paul Mattsson


spotFighting the construction industry blacklist

Stop blacklisting on the Olympics: re-instate Frank Morris, photo Suzanne Beishon

Stop blacklisting on the Olympics: re-instate Frank Morris, photo Suzanne Beishon


spotWorkplace nurseries saved in HMRC

Following a month of solid and well-organised campaigning, two workplace nurseries in the revenue and customs civil service department (HMRC) have been saved from closure

Leicester PCS strike action: workplace nurseries saved in HMRC through action by PCS members , photo Steve Score

Leicester PCS strike action: workplace nurseries saved in HMRC through action by PCS members , photo Steve Score


spotLeeds solidarity with Crossrail battle

spotMid Yorkshire Health admin staff ballot for strike

spotBin workers’ strike threat

spotWorkplace news in brief

Marxism

spotTV review : Masters of Money – Karl Marx

Stephanie Flanders concluded her BBC TV series Masters of Money by looking at Karl Marx, “capitalism’s severest critic”. Often “refuted”, his ideas just won’t go away!

BBC Two: Masters of Money: BBC Economics Editor Stephanie Flanders examines one of the most revolutionary and controversial thinkers of all: Karl Marx

BBC Two: Masters of Money: BBC Economics Editor Stephanie Flanders examines one of the most revolutionary and controversial thinkers of all: Karl Marx


spotMarx was right!

Reality has hit some commentators between the eyes and has forced them to partially recognise Marx’s analysis of the nature of capitalist crises which, he explained, were intrinsic to the system.

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