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The Socialist issue 889

17 February 2016

Councils have a choice: no cuts to jobs or services

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The Socialist issue 889

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotCouncils have a choice: no cuts to jobs or services

Councillors in local government do have the power to resist the government cuts. The notion that ‘there is nothing else we can do’ is wrong.

spotJunior doctors must stand firm

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt unilaterally imposed his unsafe and unfair new contract on junior doctors in England on 11 February, writes Dr Clare Blackwell, unior doctor, Poole Hospital.

spot£300 million to cushion cuts in Tory councils

Threatened with backbench revolt, the Tory government has produced a £300 million ‘transition grant’ to partially cover gaping shortfalls in local government over the next two years.

spotScotland: battle heats up against council cuts

£1 billion in council cuts over the next two years is the consequence of the funding deal from the Scottish National Party (SNP) government, which will mean the loss of 15,000 jobs and the decimation of services if implemented.

spotUS fears EU exit will hinder vulture privatisers

It was recently revealed that the US government is discussing how to make a direct intervention in the EU referendum debate.

spotLiverpool fans score victory v £77 ticket hike

Liverpool Football Club has backed down over ticket price hikes after thousands of fans walked out during a match.

spotRecord-high 170 evictions a day

Evictions in England and Wales reached a record high last year as over 170 people lost their homes every day.

spotBoycott ban

spotThem & Us

It’s one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us.

Socialist Party feature

spotAn open letter to John McDonnell from Tony Mulhearn

An open letter to John McDonnell: “We need Labour councillors to adopt the brave stance of Liverpool, Lambeth, Clay Cross and Poplar.”

International socialist news and analysis

spotIrish election: fighting on an anti-austerity agenda

Socialist TD Joe Higgins explains what’s at stake in this election: Campaigning in the Irish general election to be held on 26 February is in full swing. The Socialist Party in Ireland is participating as part of the broader Anti Austerity Alliance (AAA).

Socialist Party youth and students

spotSocialist Students conference 2016: Delegates enthusiastic and confident

On Saturday 13 February, 100 people packed into the Socialist Students national conference in Coventry

Socialist Party workplace news

spotDoctors’ strike 10th February – photos and reports

Reports and photos of the junior doctors’ strike on 10 February


spotRally to defend jobs in Northern Ireland: “We won’t sit on the sidelines”

On 8 February, 800 people gathered in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, in opposition to the threatened destruction of manufacturing jobs in the area.

spotLibrary workers prepare to escalate strike action

Unite members in Greenwich and Bromley are escalating the libraries’ campaigns in both boroughs following recent strike action which launched a joint campaign.

spotHistoric joint further education strike

On the 24 February, lecturer’s union UCU and Unison will take joint strike action across England in the further education sector for the first time.

spotPublic meetings show readiness of workers to fight back

Dozens of activists attended three meetings held across South West Wales to defend jobs


spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotHands off the Butterfields estate!

At least 15 households have eviction notices since their landlord sold the properties


spotSheffield no-cuts People’s Budget conference

Participants heard how councillors could set a legal, balanced, no-cuts budget for 2016-17


spotSouthampton: absence of Corbynism as Labour swings Tory axe again!

Southampton Labour Council squandered a major opportunity to change course and build on the anti-austerity mood that swept Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of Labour and produced the first junior doctors strike in 40 years.

spot“Staines has never seen anything like it!”

Given the absence of a local Momentum group, Staines Socialist Party decided to host a meeting on 11 February to discuss the Corbyn phenomena and to invite all those interested in a real anti-cuts, socialist movement to come along.

spotStudents, unions and parents unite to save Pent Valley School

A coach packed with campaigners determined to save Pent Valley school in Kent left Cheriton to lobby Kent County Council in Maidstone.

spot“You can cut the cake but not our libraries!”

Coventry Central Library marked its 30th birthday on 10 February and the guest of honour at the celebration was leader of Coventry City Council Ann Lucas.

spotLondon lobbies against cuts to jobs and services

In Tower Hamlets on 17 February a second People’s Budget meeting is being held jointly between the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and the Tower Hamlets Independent group of councillors.

Readers’ comments and reviews

spotIf I had been in 1980s Labour, I’d have supported Militant

Featured letter: I joined the Labour Party in 1995 as a 20-year-old student. Most if not all of Militant (then in Labour, now called the Socialist Party) had already been expelled or had resigned from Labour, writes Richard Price, Gloucestershire Socialist Party.

spotSocialist’s anti-war art on show in Bradford

Currently on display at the Bradford Playhouse is a series of paintings by artist and Socialist Party member Peter Robson.

spotPoem: Journey

‘Journey’, a poem on the refugee crisis by Steve Nally.

spotLetter: Brum Blairite

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