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The Socialist issue 752

13 February 2013

Defend the NHS

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The Socialist issue 752

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Socialist Party NHS campaigning

spot‘Save our A&E’ – Defend the NHS

Lisa Jones, a health service activist, reports on the campaign in Caerphilly, Wales, a story others will identify with

Marching to save Lewisham hospital, 26.1.13, photo Paul Mattsson

Marching to save Lewisham hospital, 26.1.13, photo Paul Mattsson


spotMid Staffs hospital scandal: Big business culture kills

The government will smear the reputation of the NHS to boost its privatisation agenda. But its own policies – and Labour’s – caused the breakdown of care

Nurses protest on the 20 October 2012 TUC demo , photo Senan

Nurses protest on the 20 October 2012 TUC demo , photo Senan


Socialist Party news and analysis

spotGCSE U-turn shows all Gove’s ‘reforms’ can be stopped

Teachers, parents and students will be happy about the Con-Dem education minister Michael Gove’s climbdown over the English Baccalaureate Certificate (EBC), writes Jim Thomson.

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


spotSmash the blacklist – not the unions!

The recent scandal around blacklisting in the construction industry once again highlights the ruthless steps employers are willing to take in order to undermine hard-won terms and conditions at work and attack union organisation.

 Manchester central library construction site, protest against blacklisting, Feb 2012 , photo Hugh Caffrey

Manchester central library construction site, protest against blacklisting, Feb 2012 , photo Hugh Caffrey


spotVictory over ‘workfare’ sanctions

spotHorsemeat scandal: good for profit, bad for health

The scandal of 29% horsemeat found in Tesco value burgers four weeks ago has paled into insignificance compared to the revelation in the last week that Findus’ beef lasagne is 100% equine

Meat being prepared at Smithfield market, photo by Paul Mattsson

Meat being prepared at Smithfield market, photo by Paul Mattsson


spot“Fully funded” social care plan – still needed

Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt would like to have us believe that he’s a hero of the elderly. He has announced plans that will supposedly tackle the scandal of people having to sell their houses

spotThem & Us

Socialist Party feature

spot15 February 2003: A million on the streets to stop the war

10th anniversary: It was the day that shook the world. From cold, grey, sub-zero London to sunny Sydney, a vast tide of humanity marched in every continent in the most momentous display of mass solidarity ever seen

Huge anti-war demonstration in London in 2003, photo Paul Mattsson

Huge anti-war demonstration in London in 2003, photo Paul Mattsson


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotCampaigning against cuts

Rotherham NHS – ‘scams’ and cuts: “Hospital goes into intensive care” claimed the Rotherham Advertiser. Before Christmas Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust announced it has to make £50 million cuts.

Unison NHS workers on strike against huge cuts in the Mid-Yorkshire Trust hospitals, photo Iain Dalton

Unison NHS workers on strike against huge cuts in the Mid-Yorkshire Trust hospitals, photo Iain Dalton


spotTUSC: ‘No cuts’ candidate in Eastleigh

spotNottingham: Campaigning for comedy without misogyny

Jokes about rape are not the only issue, or even the most important issue, facing women in Britain today. However, it is one part of the sexism we face in our everyday lives

Rape is no joke logo

Rape is no joke logo


spotSupport the fight for a socialist alternative

spotSocialist Party 2013 national youth and student meeting

National Youth and student meeting 9-10 February 2013, photo Suzanne Beishon

National Youth and student meeting 9-10 February 2013, photo Suzanne Beishon


Socialist Party workplace news

spotUnison region calls for general strike

Calls for a general strike came thick and fast at Saturday’s AGM of the Unison south east region

A Unison member's placard on the 20th October TUC demo, photo  Socialist Party

A Unison member’s placard on the 20th October TUC demo, photo Socialist Party


spotCare workers fight cuts in pay and conditions

spotWorkplace In Brief

Hospital workers fighting massive pay cuts have forced Mid Yorks hospital Trust to extend the deadline for agreeing to new contracts by three weeks so that negotiations can proceed

International socialist news and analysis

spotGreece: Martial law ends ferry workers’ strike

On 5 February the Greek government deployed military-style conscription against striking maritime workers to force an end to their industrial action…

Reviews and readers’ comments

spotLow pay + high prices = debt misery

I volunteer for an advice agency and deal with some people’s debt problems. Clients from all walks of life come in because they’re worried and need the free help and advice we can offer, writes Carole Wood.

spotFilm review: ‘No’ – an exercise in rewriting Chile’s history

spotSpielberg’s Lincoln by Tony Mulhearn

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