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The Socialist issue 949

17 May 2017

Kick out the Tories! For a Corbyn-led government

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The Socialist issue 949

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Kick out the Tories! Corbyn can win

spotKick out the Tories: For a Corbyn-led government

Fight for jobs, pay and services: “The Conservative Party has always been the true party of workers,” claims Theresa May. What a joke! Try telling that to the millions of workers living on poverty pay, in precarious employment.

spotTories out! Corbyn can win with socialist policies

Build a new workers’ party. take the wealth off the 1%: An overview of Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto.

spotCorbyn’s manifesto: An important step in the right direction

spotTUSC confirms no candidates in June

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee has confirmed that TUSC will not be standing candidates in the general election.


spotSuprise rally with Jeremy Corbyn in Morley

With only a few hours notice hundreds turned up outside Morley leisure centre to hear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speak.

spotCorbyn’s alternative for young people

Free education, EMA, £10/hr, no zero-hours: Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto has been greeted with enormous enthusiasm by working class people but especially by young people.

spotCorbyn could re-win Scotland with a socialist approach to independence

Sympathy towards Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland, as elsewhere, is widespread, including among those who voted Yes to independence in 2014.

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotOne in three borrow for rent, Corbyn pledges housing revolution

One in three people have borrowed money just to pay the rent – some from family and friends; others with interest and fee-charging overdrafts, credit cards and payday loans.

spotTories escape election fraud charges

Corbyn should attack May’s hypocrisy: Up to 30 Tories, including up to 20 MPs, have escaped prosecution for not declaring extra money spent on election campaigning.

spotNHS cyberattack: budget cuts and spy agency to blame

Corbyn’s £30bn extra for NHS would improve security: A ‘ransomware’ virus brought havoc to NHS trusts starting on 12 May, causing A&E departments to only treat life-threatening emergencies, doctors to turn patients away from surgeries, and cancelling of operations.

spot31,000 more kids at risk of abuse or neglect

Corbyn’s £8bn for a ‘National Care Service’ would start to reverse this: Over 31,400 more children were at risk of neglect or abuse in 2015-16 compared to 2010-11, according to a parliamentary report by the National Children’s Bureau.

Socialist Party workplace news

spotPCS election: Increased majority for Democracy Alliance

The PCS Democracy Alliance (Left Unity and PCS Democrats) has secured an increased majority in the 2017 PCS elections. When the ballot closed on 11 May 34 Democracy Alliance candidates had been elected.

spotSupport Corbyn’s call to renationalise Royal Mail

Privatising Royal Mail was a privatisation too far for Margaret Thatcher. So how did it come to pass that 499 years of public ownership ended in 2015 with the remaining 30% of shares being floated on the London Stock Exchange, following the majority being sold two years earlier?

spotCWU walkout wins large concessions

In the face of militant action, Royal Mail lifted the suspensions of two reps

spotBlackpool deserves better – anti-austerity rally

A lively all-day public meeting saw ‘Blackpool deserves better’ launched on 13 May. The meeting was organised by Blackpool trade union council and the BFAWU bakers’ union around an anti-austerity theme after seeing the town devastated by cuts and racked by zero-hour contracts and low pay.

spotUnison must back Corbyn’s pledge to abolish zero-hour contracts with action

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to abolish zero-hour contracts if elected on 8 June. And last year, Unison northern region co-convenor Nicky Ramanandi joined in the condemnations of Blairite North East Labour local authorities’ use of casual labour.

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including the latest in the Fujitsu dispute, a blacklisting protest and the result of the RCN ballot.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotSocialist ideas are energising young people

Voter registration: A third of a million voters have ‘disappeared’ from the electoral register in Wales, thanks to the shameless attempt by Tory and Liberal politicians to disenfranchise the working class, and young people in particular.

spotFund the fight against the Tories

General election finance appeal: We are appealing to all readers of the Socialist for a donation to help us with the costs of producing our election leaflets, posters and other material.

spotPacked meeting sets out socialist policies needed to defeat the Tories

At short notice 60 people packed in to hear Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary, speak in Coventry on 10 May.

International socialist news and analysis

spotPalestinian prisoners on mass hunger strike protest

Israel/Palestine: The Strike of Freedom and Honour is the name given to an indefinite mass hunger strike of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, which started on Palestinian Prisoner Day, 17 April.

spotBrazil: General strike against Temer regime

Socialist Party comments and reviews

spotBarcelona May Days 1937 – a civil war within a civil war

This month marks the 80th anniversary of the ‘May Days’ in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War in 1937. Below is a reply to an article in the Observer on 7 May (both this and a shorter version were unpublished) by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe.

spotHull workers who fought in the Spanish Civil War

Theatre review: Ocho: Ocho tells the story of eight men from Hull who went to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Jane Thornton is a Bafta-winning playwright who has worked with local historians and relatives of the eight men to weave together this fascinating tale, not only of the men but of the wives they left behind.

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist’s editors including property fat cats, a foodbank poem, election mail and an Aire Valley incinerator.

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