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The Socialist issue 866

5 August 2015

Stop NHS cuts

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The Socialist issue 866

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotJeremy Corbyn: Thousands rally to anti-austerity appeal

Jeremy Corbyn’s nomination for Labour leadership has transformed the contest. In contrast to the three varieties of Blairite ‘austerity lite’ on offer, he has captured a mood.

spotHealth trusts told ‘don’t fill posts’ – stop NHS cuts!

The NHS regulator has now told 46 health trusts in ‘deficit’ that their spending plans are “unaffordable” – and that only ‘essential’ posts should be staffed. In other words, make more cuts!

spotAbolish the House of Lords!

The sex-and-drugs scandal and subsequent resignation from the House of Lords by Baron Sewel of Gilcomstoun merely re-confirms that Britain’s political elite is rotten and out of touch with the real world.

spotPolice spying: campaigners demand full disclosure

This inquiry will give an opportunity to expose the extent of political policing and step up campaigns for the right to organise and protest, free from state interference.

spotFiddling finance capital in the dock

The trial and conviction of former UBS and Citigroup trader, Tom Hayes, has revealed the huge scale of the 2012 Libor rate-fixing scandal perpetrated by the major banks.

spotRent hikes make housing unaffordable

Between June 2014 and 2015, average private rents in Britain increased by 2.5%, according to the Office for National Statistics.

spotThem & Us

Brief dispatches on the utter hypocrisy of bosses and their politicians.

Socialist Party features

spotHuman tragedy of Calais crisis

Tories have no solutions: Despite weeks of scaremongering headlines and reports about the desperate people encamped at Calais, David Cameron still found a way to escalate the anti-immigrant bile.

spotPersonal care budgets: more choice for service users?

‘Personal budgets’ for disabled and older people became a reality last year. Supposedly they give service users more choice over their own care. But what is their real effect?

Socialist history

spotHiroshima – 70 years on

Can a future nuclear conflict be avoided?: Seventy years ago, on 6 August 1945, a single bomb dropped by a US bomber on the Japanese city of Hiroshima killed between 90,000 and 166,000 men, women and children.

International socialist news and analysis

spotChina at a turning point

China’s stock market crash has shaken the image of a ‘strong’ regime.

Workplace news

spotKill the bill! Join the NSSN lobby of the TUC

If the many strikes and protests taking place were coordinated into a colossal movement against the anti-union laws and cuts, they couldn’t be implemented. That would threaten the ability of the Tories to govern at all.

spotNational Gallery strike: all-out art action

The long-running strike at London’s National Gallery, against guest services privatisation and union rep victimisation, is about to make a step change. Members of public service union PCS were due to begin all-out action on 17 August – but this could be brought forward.

spotRail shutdowns step up: second tube strike, 72-hour Great Western walkout

As we went to press, transport unions were about shut down London for 24 hours, and planning a three-day strike on First Great Western rail.

spotNational Museum Wales strike against pay cut


spotTraffic wardens strike for sick pay

With union banners waving, traffic wardens in Hackney, east London, began day one of a 48-hour walkout on 3 August. Members of general union Unite working for APCOA Parking are striking for proper sick pay and a decent raise.

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short updates on trade union struggles.

spotFighting the anti-union laws

Lancashire unions public meeting Organised by Lancashire and District RMT, Thursday 20 August.

Socialist Party comments and reviews

spotBath: behind the elegant walls

The city of Bath, a popular tourist attraction, returned a big Tory majority at the general election. But behind the elegant surface of Bath’s Georgian walls is a workforce that is ready to be politicised.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotCampaigning to end the housing crisis

For many young people buying a house, or even leaving their parents’ home, is an impossible dream. Insufficient council housing and inflated house prices force people looking for somewhere to live into private rented accommodation.

spotLincoln demonstrators defy far-right threats

The Socialist Party in Lincolnshire, alongside Lincoln TUSC, will continue to fight racism, fight austerity and fight capitalism.

spotTUSC lobbies ‘Labstainer’

TUSC supporters protested against Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour Party MP for Poplar and Limehouse. Fitzpatrick abstained on the Tories’ welfare bill, condemning poor working families and young people to further welfare cuts.

spotThousands gather at Leeds Pride

spotSocialist Party Summer Camp

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