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The Socialist issue 784

16 October 2013

Tories' rags and riches Britain

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The Socialist issue 784

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotTories’ rags and riches Britain; Join the socialist fightback!

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. When Charles Dickens wrote his Tale of Two Cities, he saw a world divided by poverty and excess. But even his alcoholic anti-hero Sydney Carton isn’t a scratch on today’s super-rich soaks.

Tale of Two Cities - Youth Fight for Jobs protest against Workfare in Stratford's Westfield shopping centre in London 25 February 2012 , photo senan

Tale of Two Cities – Youth Fight for Jobs protest against Workfare in Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre in London 25 February 2012 , photo senan


spotTeachers, firefighters, workers fighting back: Unite the strikes!

This autumn more and more workers are on the march. Or on strike. Or balloting to strike, writes Rob Williams

Firefighters national strike and demo London 16.10.13 , photo Ian Pattison

Firefighters national strike and demo London 16.10.13 , photo Ian Pattison


spotTUSC: 2014 local elections campaign launched

As George Osborne announced a further 10% cut in council funding for 2015-16 in this summer’s public spending review, Tory Party chairman Grant Shapps mockingly praised councillors for the ‘good work’ they were doing in “cutting their cloth more intelligently”

TUSC protest outside Camden town hall, March 2013, photo Neil Cafferky

TUSC protest outside Camden town hall, March 2013, photo Neil Cafferky


spotImmigration Bill: Whipping up racism to cut our services

spotCouncil tax benefit cuts hit hard

A report by Labour says that 112 councils in England who responded to a freedom of information request have issued more than 156,000 court summonses to people in council tax arrears since April

spotSSE: So Sodding Expensive!

spotFight Tory plans to scrap lifeline for young

Cameron’s proposals to scrap benefits for under-25s is yet another attack on young people from this government of millionaires

spotJobcentre staff struggling to cope

When the latest plans for cuts in benefits were announced, familiar trumpets were blown about the Work Programme and Mandatory Work Activity (MWA), writes Sean Dempsey

spot ‘Help to Buy’ no solution to housing crisis

spotThem & Us

Anti-racism

spotRobinson drops EDL but not his bigotry

Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carrol, the two most prominent members of the English Defence League, have unexpectedly resigned from the EDL, writes Ben Roberts.

Anti-EDL demo, East London, 7.9.13 , photo by Paul Mattsson

Anti-EDL demo, East London, 7.9.13 , photo by Paul Mattsson


spotTrade union-led anti-racist demo in Liverpool

On 12 October, thousands joined a national demonstration in Liverpool, called by Unite the Union following a series of attacks by members of the EDL

spotBradford anti-EDL protest

Police lock down city centre: There was an eerie feel walking into the centre of Bradford on the day of the EDL’s visit as the streets were practically deserted

Education feature

spotWhy are our schools in crisis?

Headlines about the recent education report from the OECD blared that a quarter of adults in England have maths skills no better than those of a ten year old

Members of the teachers' union NUT on the 26 March TUC demonstration, photo Suzanne Beishon

Members of the teachers’ union NUT on the 26 March TUC demonstration, photo Suzanne Beishon


International socialist news and analysis

spotWorkers and youth re-assert their political voice in South Africa

Leading WASP and Democratic Socialist Movement (CWI South Africa) member Mametlwe Sebei will be a speaker at the Socialism 2013 rally being held in London on 2 November. Sebei spoke to the Socialist…

Mametlwe Sebei, spokesperson for the Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) of South Africa, photo WASP

Mametlwe Sebei


spotSri Lanka – ‘No to Chogm’ campaign

Among the Commonwealth’s stated ‘core beliefs’ are democracy and human rights. But democratic and human rights are being trampled on by the dictatorial regime in Sri Lanka, which is to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) in November

spotRefugees perish in Mediterranean “cemetery”

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotJoin the party for the millions – not the millionaires

Cuts of £155 billion to services and benefits for the elderly, the young, workers and families are being implemented. Yet the wealth of the richest 1,000 people in Britain rose by more than that in the last three years alone!

spotSocialism 2013 appeal

The Socialist Party is asking all its members and supporters to donate to the Socialism 2013 Appeal

spotSave Kent’s children’s centres

Socialist Party workplace news

spotProbation officers to take on ‘failing Grayling’

Delegates and visitors gather in Llandudno this week for the most crucial Annual General Meeting in Napo’s 101-year history

Napo members protest against privatisation, photo NAPO

Napo members protest against privatisation, photo NAPO


spotTime for national action on education

spotFight the Royal Mail sell-off

spotBlacklisting victory – now build union strength

spotWorkplace news In Brief

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