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The Socialist issue 771

26 June 2013

Police dirty tricks - a threat to democratic rights

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The Socialist issue 771

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotPolice dirty tricks – a threat to democratic rights

The revelations that an undercover police officer was asked to dig for ‘dirt’ that could discredit the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has caused mass revulsion.

Lois Austin on YRE lobby of the Home Office to close down the BNP HQ 25-6-93, photo Tim Bolwell

Lois Austin on YRE lobby of the Home Office to close down the BNP HQ 25-6-93, photo Tim Bolwell


spotTeachers strike to defend education

Public sector strikes 30 June 2011 saw coordinated strike action by the PCS civil service union and NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions. , photo Paul Mattsson

Public sector strikes 30 June 2011 saw coordinated strike action by the PCS civil service union and NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions. , photo Paul Mattsson


spotCuts until 2020? We need councils that fight for us!

spotJack Straw forced to retract lies about Militant

In his book Last Man Standing, Jack Straw, home secretary in Blair’s government, claims to have made every effort to ensure factual accuracy. He has now been forced to admit publicly that some of his allegations were totally untrue. Peter Harris exposes some of the dirty tricks

spotPeople’s Assembly: Thousands opposing cuts… but leaders sidestep strategy for victory

The message from the top tables was strongly anti-austerity, with examples given of the suffering and poverty being caused by the government’s cuts, and calls for a redistribution of wealth

Central Westminster Hall, the closing session of the People's Assembly, 22.6.13, photo J Beishon


spotFarage’s tax scandal hypocrisy

“Frankly, the world has changed, things that we thought were absolutely fair practice ten years, 20 years ago, 30 years ago aren’t any more.” So said Ukip leader Nigel Farage, when quizzed about his off-shore tax account in the Isle of Man

spotThem & Us

On 23 June papers were littered with headlines revealing the news that Starbucks had paid UK corporation tax for the first time since 2009. £5 million was handed over – half of this year’s tax bill for the coffee giant.

International socialist news and analysis

spotBrazil: A victory for the mass struggle

An estimated two million people in 100 cities took to the streets of Brazil in a gigantic protest movement on 20 June

Brazilians in London protest on 13 June 2013 in support of the struggles in Brazil, photo H Pattison

Brazilians in London protest on 13 June 2013 in support of the struggles in Brazil, photo H Pattison


Socialist Party workplace news

spotConference anger with Unison leadership, and Labour

There were definite signs at the recent Unison conference of a step change in delegates’ views. This mood followed on from the local government conference that preceded it (see last week’s Socialist,

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


spotAction needed to stop Royal Mail sell-off

Workers in Royal Mail have finally had a say on privatisation, after years of listening to MPs tell us what’s best for us and the services we deliver, writes a postal worker

spotRMT: Fighting casualisation

spotPCS: members discuss next anti-cuts action

spot2012 London bus strike victory showed potential for militant union fightback

spotHaving a fine time? Not if you’re a courier driver

spotWorkplace news in brief

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotLabour council introduces zero-hour contracts

A Welsh Labour-led local authority has announced plans to put existing workers on zero-hours contacts, writes Ronnie Job.

spotHow mental health carers and service users took on Salford council

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spotBristol council opposes ‘bedroom tax’ evictions

spotLessons for today from an anti-poll tax bailiff buster

Socialist Party review

spotDeadly long distance weapons of war

Geoff Jones reviews Drone Warfare by Medea Benjamin (Verso Books, 2013)

Drone Warfare by Medea Benjamin

Drone Warfare by Medea Benjamin


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