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The Socialist issue 946

26 April 2017

Kick out the Tories! Fight the bosses' establishment

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The Socialist issue 946

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What we think

spotA bold socialist campaign could get rid of the Tories

“The dividing lines in this election could not be clearer”, declared Jeremy Corbyn. “It is the establishment that complains I don’t play by the rules: by which they mean their rules.”


Socialist Party news and analysis

spot40% of GPs plan to quit – reverse all NHS cuts and sell-offs!

445 GPs quit in England in the last three months of 2016, according to NHS data. And two in five more plan on leaving their position, says a Department of Health-funded survey.

spotCuts, profit and bureaucracy lead to 50% rise in mental health deaths

Cuts are putting at least 11,000 mental health patients each year at greater risk of suicide because they are not promptly followed up after leaving in-patient care.

spot200,000 empty homes – 250,000 homeless – end property speculation

spotBenefit bullies

spotRefugee rescue

spotTory trouble

Three leading staff members have already resigned from the Tory campaign team.

spotWhat we saw

Looking for an affordable home in east London? How about a caretaker’s storeroom round the back of a poorhouse for £350,000?

May Day

spotThe real origins of May Day

May Day has been a public holiday in the UK since 1978. But its real origins lie in the great struggles in America by working people for shorter working hours at the end of the 19th century, and the martyrdom of union leaders executed 130 years ago.

International socialist news and analysis

spotMélenchon result shows potential for building a mass left force

French presidential election: Macron and Le Pen reach second round. Statement from Gauche Révolutionnaire, CWI in France.

Socialist Party workplace news

spotStrikes can end nurses’ poverty pay

Unions and Corbyn must lead NHS action: Three thousand nurses have been forced to take out payday loans, according to data received by the Sunday Mirror – and that’s just in the last six months!

spotLen McCluskey re-election – a defeat for the right

The Socialist Party welcomes the re-election of Len McCluskey as General Secretary of Unite. His victory over Gerard Coyne is a defeat for the Tories and the capitalist establishment as well as the Blairites within Labour.

spotUsdaw ADM 2017: Left challenge needed to end assault on retail jobs and conditions

In 2016 many changes were made within the big four supermarkets as they adapted to falling sales. The Coop, Sainsburys, Morrisons and Tesco all saw many store closures and thousands of jobs lost.

spotPCS Left Unity says get rid of the Tories!

Theresa May’s calling of a snap general election on the pretext of needing a mandate on Brexit is a sham. However, the election campaign gives an opportunity to expose and oppose her government’s austerity programme and to get rid of the Tories.

spotBMW strikers determined to win pensions dispute

On 19 April, workers at BMW’s engine plant in Coleshill, Warwickshire, held the first of five separate 24-hour strikes against changes to their pension scheme. Part of the first national strike by BMW workers in the UK, the stoppage was called by Unite the Union after a massive 93% yes vote by 72% of workers.

spotForest Hill School demonstration

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including the CWU conference latest and a London security strike.

20 years since Blair’s election

spotHow Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

20 years since 1997 general election: 2 May, as well as being in the midst of preparations for the upcoming snap election, marks 20 years since another general election – the one in 1997 which brought Tony Blair and New Labour to power. Fittingly, From Militant to the Socialist Party – a new book by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe – will be out soon.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotJobstown trial begins – call on Corbyn to support the defendants!

“It’s a rigged system set up by the wealth extractors, for the wealth extractors.” With those words Jeremy Corbyn boldly launched his general election campaign. But Jeremy could also have been talking about the outrageous trial of seven anti-austerity protesters in Ireland that will run concurrently to the general election here.

spotHealth Campaigns Together meets to chart the way forward

The largest ever gathering of Health Campaigns Together (HCT) took place on 22 April at its annual general meeting in London.

spotProtests in solidarity with LGBT+ people facing persecution in Chechnya

Around 400 people gathered in Leeds on 22 April to rally in solidarity with LGBT+ people facing violence and imprisonment in Chechnya, Russia.

spotDoncaster TUSC: TUSC’s programme for local jobs and Services

Steve Williams, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate to become Doncaster’s mayor had to send his apologies to the Chamber of Commerce invitation to the mayoral hustings at the chamber’s business conference on 21 April

spotPeter Taaffe speaks in Birkenhead

Birkenhead born Peter Taaffe, general secretary of the Socialist Party, returned to his hometown on Monday 24th April to speak about the situation in Britain today and also his new book – ‘From Militant to the Socialist Party’.

spotEast London tenants fight 40% rent hike

Tenants faced with a massive 40% rent hike by their housing association, One Housing, met on 24 April to pledge to fight it. The majority of the tenants, who live in West Ham, east London, are still paying the old rent via standing order and are campaigning for all tenants to do the same.

Socialist Party comments and reviews

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist’s editors including the general election, Militant in Liverpool, the Holocaust and football.

May Day greetings

Solidarity greetings in the Socialist for International Workers’ Day 2017

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