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The Socialist issue 931

11 January 2017

NHS in meltdown

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The Socialist issue 931

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NHS in meltdown

spotNHS in meltdown

End cuts and privatisation: Hospitals are under massive pressure. What shall we do? Let’s build more hospitals, train and employ more medical staff, devote more resources to providing a good service…

spotNHS in meltdown from spending cuts – demonstrate on 4 March!

The last 12 months have been the worst in the history of the NHS. It’s under pressure like never before. The crisis moment many warned of has arrived. According to Dr Stokes Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, the NHS is facing a ‘tipping point’.

spotSustainability and Transformation plans – a repackaging of cuts

The British Red Cross has described the situation developing in A&E departments up and down the country as ‘a humanitarian crisis’. So what has been the response of the government to this crisis?

spotWorcestershire hospital deaths expose NHS crisis

My local county hospital, the Worcestershire Royal Hospital, made national news on 7 January for all the wrong reasons. It’s become clear that between New Years’ Eve and midnight on 3 January two patients died on trolleys in corridors.

Socialist Party comments and reviews

spotFootball abuse scandal: Reclaim the game for justice and accountability

Former football player Andy Woodward waived his right to anonymity on 16 November. His story of being sexually abused as a youth player by convicted paedophile Barry Bennell at Crewe Alexandra FC came out in the Guardian.

spotBook review: Spy drama gives insight into capitalist coup plot

Fiction review: A Very British Ending: Rarely does a political spy novel contain so much historical fact, written in such a gripping manner as Edward Wilson’s ‘A Very British Ending’.

What we think

spotStrikes show workers’ power

What we think: After gloating about the decline in strikes to record levels in 2015, just months later, the right-wing Tory press is now frothing at the mouth as workers take action in on the tube, railways and at airports.

Socialist Party news and analysis

spot‘Cash for ash’ scandal set to bring down Northern Ireland government

The ‘renewable heat incentive’ scandal has prompted Martin McGuinness’s resignation as Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister, which looks set to trigger a fresh assembly election.

spotMay slams ‘economic inequalities’ Tory policies created

Unelected Tory prime minister Theresa May has delivered a speech to the Charity Commission in which she denounces injustices within our society.

spotBlair’s multimillion plans to fight ‘populism’

Fight anti-worker Blairite politics!: Tony Blair is to inject £9.3 million into a new not-for-profit foundation, the ‘Tony Blair Initiative’ (TBI). It will endeavour to counter “the new populism” and make “globalisation work for all.”

spotBosses earn average salary in under three days

‘Fat Cat Wednesday’ – take the wealth off the 1%: Top bosses had earnt more than the £28,200 median salary by around midday on 4 January – ‘Fat Cat Wednesday’.

spotWhat we saw

What we saw this week including Southern Fail and the tube strike.

spotThem & Us: £500k house party… 50p for rent

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

Labour Party

spotHaringey: pressure grows as Labour council cuts

Haringey council’s ‘scrutiny committee’ will apparently recommend a delay to a massive social cleansing regeneration scheme. This is a victory for local campaigners and a blow to the local right-wing Labour leadership, who face increasing opposition.

spotSick of sham consultations – give us a real fightback

A letter published in the South Wales Evening Post about Swansea Council’s public budget consultation process.

spotKhan should attack bosses, not workers

Sadiq Khan won the London Mayor election in May 2016 on the back of the wave of support for Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity campaign

Socialist Party workplace news

spotTube strike solid in fight for jobs and safety

The strike of 4,000 station staff stopped up to 4.8 million passenger journeys in the capital.


spotSupport BA cabin crews’ strike for fair pay

British Airways cabin crew members of Unite at Heathrow airport are striking for 48 hours


spotSham Royal Mail pensions consultation – action needed

Royal Mail has announced a ‘formal consultation’ on the pension plans of its workers, following a national statement with ‘proposals’ sent to workers’ home addresses.

spotUnison legal battle looks into allegations ‘Team Dave’ broke rules during general secretary election

For years Unison activists have suspected that there has been illegitimate interference from unelected officials in the union elections in breach of the rules. As such the 2015 general secretary election was no different, except this time they got caught red handed.

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including the latest on the Picturehouse cinema strike and an arrest at a Harrods tips protest.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotBuild the resistance against Trump

Join international day of protest on 20 January: As Donald Trump is sworn in as US President, Socialist Alternative, our US co-thinkers, have put out a call for people to take to the streets in protest against his racist and sexist ideas.

spotSocialist Party national women’s meeting

Beginning with an important talk on the pivotal role of women in the Russian revolution and the lessons we can learn from this a 100 years on, 50 Socialist Party members from around the country attended a national women’s meeting in London on 7 January.

spot2016: A record-breaking fighting fund year!

Socialist Party members and branches raised a record-breaking £140,535 in 2016. This is £17,000 more than we raised in 2015 (which was itself a record year) and the most we have raised in a year since the early 1990s.

spotClosing of the children’s centres could cost lives

Children’s centres in Liverpool are at risk of closure with many unsure about their future. With the government making cuts to a much-needed service, do they not realise how detrimental it could potentially be to parents and children?

International socialist news and analysis

spotPalestine/Israel: Everyday life under occupation

Discussion at Socialism conference in Tel Aviv: Just before Christmas the United Nations security council symbolically voted 14-0 declaring Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank as illegal. A week earlier, Socialist Struggle Movement – the Israel/Palestine section of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) – hosted its annual Socialism conference in Tel Aviv.

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