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The Socialist issue 856

20 May 2015

Cut rents not benefits

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The Socialist issue 856

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotCut rents not benefits

Eleven thousand families were thrown out of their accommodation in the first three months of 2015. This is a 51% increase compared to six years ago

March for Homes, 31st January 2015, London, photo Paul Mattsson

March for Homes, 31st January 2015, London, photo Paul Mattsson


spotFight back at the Tory war on youth

spotStop the “elites fortifying their power”

spotBuild a movement to defeat the government’s savagery

When Maggie Thatcher first spoke from the steps of Downing Street as prime minister in 1979 she quoted Francis of Assisi, promising to bring harmony and hope. Instead she ruled ruthlessly in the interests of the 1% – the capitalist class. Cameron’s promise last week to rule as a ‘one nation’ prime minister is a lie on the same scale

spotLabour leadership contest – appealing to big business

The Labour leadership contest begs the question: what is the point of the Labour Party?

spotFight Tories’ new ‘anti-extremism’ law

The Tories plan to announce a raft of new ‘anti-extremism’ powers for the state in the Queen’s Speech on 27 May alongside their proposed scrapping of the Human Rights Act

spotState and big business spied on activists

The general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) Matt Wrack reacted angrily to the news that police undercover agents had spied on him at anti-racist activities during the 1990s

spotUkip provocateur unmasked

spotThem & Us

Socialist Party workplace news

spotSupport the National Rail walkout over pay and jobs

RMT and TSSA transport members set to take the first national train network strike in two decades for 24 hours from 5pm on Monday 25 May Update 21.05.15: strike suspended

Striking Newport RMT signals workers, photo Socialist Party Wales

Striking Newport RMT signals workers, photo Socialist Party Wales


spotFBU debates how to combat Tory onslaught

At the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) conference and various fringe meetings, delegates were trying to come to terms with the Tory majority government, further austerity and attacks on trade union rights

spotAll-out pay strike forces Labour council back to table

The all-out indefinite strike for fair pay and grading by 70 Glasgow homelessness caseworkers, now in its eighth week, has brought the Labour council back to the negotiating table with a meeting planned on 20 May

spotITV production staff

spotWorkplace news in brief

Defend NHS pay: Nurses could strike if the Tories’ talk of a “seven-day NHS” results in attacks on unsocial hour and weekend working payments, according to the leader of the Royal College of Nurses, Dr Peter Carter

International socialist news and analysis

spotUS: Bernie Sanders calls for ‘political revolution’

Presidential campaign needs to build independent political power: Boldly calling for a “political revolution” against the “billionaires and oligarchs” who have hijacked the political system, Bernie Sanders, the only self-described socialist in Congress, has launched an insurgent campaign for president

Socialists have led a successful struggle to increase the minimum wage in Seattle, photo 15 Now

Socialists have led a successful struggle to increase the minimum wage in Seattle, photo 15 Now


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotElection aftermath: anti-Tory austerity protests

Protest reports from Sheffield and Bristol

Sam Moorecroft addresses Sheffield anti-Tory rally

Sam Moorecroft addresses Sheffield anti-Tory rally


spotCheapskate council screws up election ballot!

Medway TUSC’s outstanding performance in the local elections has been ignored by the Tory press, but they’ve wasted no time in focusing on a freak result in Rainham North where TUSC candidate Paul Dennis polled an impossible zero votes

spotBuild up resources to fight the Tories

The Socialist Party election appeal has now raised £73,000, with a further £8,000 pledged. This reflects enormous enthusiasm for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition challenge, and pride in the Socialist Party’s role in building TUSC

spotManagement thrashed in academies debate

spotCampaign news in brief

One highlight of the TUSC Llanelli election campaign was an unexpected ‘bus canvass’

Socialist Party comments and reviews

spotRussell Brand’s ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’

Helen Pattison reviews The Emperor’s New Clothes, the latest film starring Russell Brand and directed by Michael Winterbottom

Russell Brand leads protesters on the New Era estate demo outside Westbrook offices in Mayfair, photo Paul Mattsson

Russell Brand leads protesters on the New Era estate demo outside Westbrook offices in Mayfair, photo Paul Mattsson


spotSave our ‘life saver’ libraries!

Protecting libraries is an important part of Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) campaigning. In Bristol, the independent mayor plans to close seven. Scandalously these cuts were fronted by the Green assistant mayor

spotTories rig exams to favour rich students

I recently wrote a letter to Mr Neil Carmichael, Stroud’s Conservative MP, about my concerns surrounding A-level reform – but was fed an unsatisfactory automated response

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