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The Socialist issue 753

20 February 2013

TOXIC TORIES - Time to fight their cuts and lies

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The Socialist issue 753

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotToxic Tories – Time to fight their cuts and lies

They say we are what we eat. If so, HELP! Given what’s been revealed about our ‘food’ no wonder many think Britain’s ‘gone to the dogs’… or whatever animal it is, writes Dave Griffiths

Toxic Tories, photo  Socialist Party

Toxic Tories, photo Socialist Party


spotGovernment on the back foot after workfare ruling

Escalate action to fight for real jobs: “I am not going to give way on this” was the reply of Tory work and pensions minister Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) when confronted with the government’s defeat on workfare at the court of appeal

Youth Fight for Jobs protest against Workfare in Stratford's Westfield shopping centre in London 25 February 2012, photo Senan

Youth Fight for Jobs protest against Workfare in Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre in London 25 February 2012, photo Senan


spotStop social cleansing: Cap rents, not benefits

spotFood adulteration – government cutbacks and capitalist profits

In the wake of the horsemeat scandal it’s clear that food manufacturers, supermarkets and government ministers cannot be trusted to provide and ensure healthy food

Meat being prepared at Smithfield market, photo Paul Mattsson

Meat being prepared at Smithfield market, photo Paul Mattsson


spotSelf-regulation: ‘Like having the burglars install your locks’

Calls for a tax on fizzy drinks have sparked hurt outrage among manufacturers. How could they be accused of doing anything wrong when all they want is to bring health and happiness to the world!

spotBosses take tax liberties

This month US company Liberty Global took over Virgin Media. Having taken over ‘losses’ racked up by Virgin while constructing their cable network, Liberty will pay no corporation tax for the foreseeable future

spotAction needed to end caste discrimination

spotFree trade agreement means NHS privatisation

On 12 February top US politicians announced formal talks on a new EU/US free trade agreement. The same day health campaigners in Lewisham heard a speaker on the implications for the NHS

Protest by domestics at Whipps Cross hospital against contractor Initial attempting cuts to pay and hours, photo Suzanne Beishon

Protest by domestics at Whipps Cross hospital against contractor Initial attempting cuts to pay and hours, photo Suzanne Beishon


spotThem & Us

Belt tightening: Farewell Woolworths, so long HMV, sayanara Peacocks. We’ve said goodbye to a whole host of high street chains over the last five years as shoppers have had to tighten their belts.

Southampton feature

spotFighting for a real alternative to cuts

Lessons of Southampton – councillors have a choice: Is it true that councils really have ‘no option’ but to pass on the Con-Dems’ cuts? That’s the argument being made by Labour councillors as they meet to set their 2013-14 budgets

Southampton councillors Keith Morrell and Don Thomas, photo Southampton SP

Southampton councillors Keith Morrell and Don Thomas, photo Southampton SP


spotCouncillors’ contempt exposed

Southampton budget 'commended to the dustbin' by protesters, photo Paul Callanan


International socialist news and analysis

spotSouth Africa: Democratic Socialist Movement conference

Hardening solid gold: About 60 delegates and visitors from across South Africa’s platinum and gold mines, townships and villages, gathered on 9-11 February in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, for the Democratic Socialist Movement’s (DSM) national conference

South African supporters of the Democratic Socialist Movement, section of the CWI, photo S. Figg

South African supporters of the Democratic Socialist Movement, section of the CWI, photo S. Figg


spotKazakhstan: Vadim Kuramshin faces 12-year jail sentence after appeal denied

Socialist Party workplace news

spotPCS branch supports 24-hour general strike call

Tony Mulhearn addressed a 120-strong meeting of the Cheshire PCS branch

PCS members on the 2012 Oct 20th TUC demo, photo Senan

PCS members on the 2012 Oct 20th TUC demo, photo Senan


spotPrison officers protest outside parliament

photo by Bob Severn


spotNo pay cuts at Thera!

On 16 February, members of South Derbyshire Unison healthcare branch held a day of action in support of their members in Thera East Midlands, who are facing massive attacks

spotTyne & Wear metro cleaners up the ante

Churchill cleaners from the Tyne & Wear metro have stepped up their battle for a decent living wage. Building on rock-solid strikes over the course of 2012, this most recent strike is for seven days, photo by E Brunskill

Photo by E Brunskill


spotWorkplace news in brief

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotMid Staffs hospital scandal: Cuts, PFI and big business to blame

Local Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) supporters and Socialist Party members were out in Stafford on 16 February, campaigning over the future of Stafford hospital, writes Andy Bentley.

Caerphilly march for A&E, photo by Becky Davis

Caerphilly march for A&E, photo by Becky Davis


spotCoventry: ‘We need to fight now to save our services’

“The next Labour councillor who tries to back away from saving local services should recognise that by voting for massive cuts they will in effect be voting to abolish themselves, writes a Unison steward, Coventry.

spotGetting organised can change things for low-paid workers

spotCaerphilly says ‘bring back our A&E!’

Over 200 determined campaigners marched through Caerphilly town centre on Saturday 16 February, demanding the return of a local A&E, photo Becky Davis

Over 200 determined campaigners marched through Caerphilly town centre on Saturday 16 February, demanding the return of a local A&E, photo Becky Davis


spotSave our Services demo in Newcastle attracts 3,000

spotCarlisle: Demands to ‘tax the rich’ hit a nerve

Opposing cuts in Cumbria, photo by Carlisle SP


spotLondon NHS

spotSocialist Students holds first North West conference

spotNepal: The forgotten revolution

spotSocialist Party campaigning news

Socialist Party review

spotReview: “It’s time to take over the banks”

Dave Murray reviews the new “It’s time to take over the banks” FBU pamphlet by Michael Roberts and Mick Brooks. Introduction by Matt Wrack, general secretary, FBU…

It's time to take over the banks - FBU pamphlet, photo FBU

It’s time to take over the banks – FBU pamphlet, photo FBU


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