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The Socialist issue 746

12 December 2012

Kick out the cuts coalition!

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The Socialist issue 746

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotKick out the cuts coalition

When Tory Chancellor George Osborne presented his Autumn Budget Statement what he served up wasn’t so much a speech as a load of lies spun together with well-rehearsed anti-working class hoopla. The Socialist unravels some of the Con-Dems’ claims..

RMP protest July 2012, photo by Paul Mattsson

RMP protest July 2012, photo by Paul Mattsson


spotPrepare to resist austerity in 2013

Millionaire Tory Chancellor Osborne began his Autumn Statement speech with excuses for economic predictions reduced from 0.8% ‘growth’, to -0.1%, a contraction, and lower forecasts for years…

PCS president Janice Godrich addressing the lobby of the TUC, 11.12.12, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS president Janice Godrich addressing the lobby of the TUC, 11.12.12, photo Paul Mattsson


spotGove goes to war on teachers’ pay

We have to urgently announce a programme of escalating national strike action in defence of teachers’ pay, writes National Union of Teachers (NUT) executive member Martin Powell-Davies

spotFracking – gas profit dash could wreck climate

spotMerry Christmas from Starbucks

spotThem & Us

United Socialists of America: A recent poll by Gallup in the US has shown that 39% of Americans now view socialism positively.

Socialist Party NHS campaigning

spotNHS in crisis

Student nurse says: Give us the resources to provide care!: A recent report flagged up rising death rates and a chronic bed crisis in the NHS. The next day, the national press vilified nurses as uncaring and lacking compassion.

Saturday 24 November, defying cold driving rain, up to 10,000 residents and staff marched to defend Lewisham Accident and Emergency (A&E) and linked arms around it., photo Socialist Party

Saturday 24 November, defying cold driving rain, up to 10,000 residents and staff marched to defend Lewisham Accident and Emergency (A&E) and linked arms around it., photo Socialist Party


spotHands off our NHS!

International socialist news and analysis

spotSouth African miners’ struggle

‘An historical faultline’: The recent determined struggle of South African miners, who have braved bloody repression by state forces, has created political shockwaves throughout the country…

South African miners on strike 2012

South African miners on strike 2012


spotMass protests in Egypt against Mursi and his reactionary constitution

spotKazakhstan: Free Vadim Kuramshin!

spotSri Lanka: Solidarity with Jaffna students

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotSocialist Women plan campaigning for 2013

On 5 and 6 January a Socialist Party national women’s meeting will take place. In the lead up to this two regions of the Socialist Party report on similar meetings they have organised

Women and the struggle for socialism, photo Suzanne Beishon


spotProtesting against council cuts

spotBrixton byelection, south London: We want a candidate we can count on

spotA very Them & Us Christmas quiz

How much attention have you paid to the ‘Them & Us’ column in the Socialist? Try our 20 questions of 2012 to find out.

spotGreat offers from Socialist Books

We have many books which would make good presents for your family and friends – both political and less political – and we have selected just a few here.

Socialist Party workplace news

spotTesco drivers successfully blockade distribution centre

With confidence high after Saturday’s march and picket, Doncaster Tesco drivers upped the anti on Monday in their dispute with Tesco/Stobarts, writes Alistair Tice.

Striking Tesco drivers on the picket line , photo A Tice

Striking Tesco drivers on the picket line , photo A Tice


spotStriking against ‘mock Ofsteds’

spotBristol postal workers fight bullying

spotBlacklisting: ‘we will fight for justice in every way’

National Shop Stewards Network chair, Rob Williams, recently interviewed Dave Smith, a blacklisted construction worker.

spotWorkplace news in brief

Readers’ comments

spotAusterity UK: ‘I want to live, not just exist’

An ambulance worker fighting the proposed closure of his ambulance station told me recently: “I want to live, not just exist.” As a single mother, struggling to even ‘exist’, I understand this sentiment, writes a public sector worker.

20 October 2012 TUC demo against austerity, photo Paul Mattsson

20 October 2012 TUC demo against austerity, photo Paul Mattsson


spotWorkers will fight austerity

Rob Williams, NSSN national chair, replied to an article “The British have no fight in them any more” by Nick Cohen in the 9 December Observer..

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