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The Socialist issue 950

24 May 2017

Corbyn in - Tories out

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The Socialist issue 950

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What we think

spotManchester bombing: unite against terror, war and racism

Young people out enjoying themselves were instead faced with one of the worst kinds of horror imaginable when a bomb was exploded in the foyer of the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena


Socialist Party news and analysis

spotCorbyn in – Tories out

While Jeremy Corbyn has been speaking to thousands of ordinary people at mass rallies across the country, ‘strong and stable’ Theresa May has been running scared

spotCorbyn’s pledge: free education – May’s plan: hike fees

In an announcement which will galvanise the support of millions of young people, Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to immediately scrap university tuition fees for students

spotMay’s ‘dementia tax’ wobble vs Corbyn’s extra funds

The Tories’ so-called dementia tax pledge and threats to winter fuel payments seem stupid measures to propose on the eve of a general election

spotTheresa ‘Lunch Snatcher’ May vs Jeremy ‘free meals’ Corbyn

Under plans unveiled in the Tories’ manifesto, free lunches for infant school students will be scrapped

spotWork doesn’t pay: Tory policies have meant another wages cut

While wages still sit £16 a week below their 2008 pre-recession peak, government figures have shown that the Tories have pushed pay ‘growth’ back below inflation – meanwhile, Corbyn pledges a higher minimum wage, end to the public sector pay cap, and ban on zero-hour contracts

spotTory oil spoils v poisonous air

Six oil company bosses have donated a total of £391,300 to the Tory party since Theresa May became prime minister – and Britain’s place in the air pollution rankings is shameful

spotSingle market = TTIP

Corbyn and Brexit

spotCorbyn and Brexit: Why a socialist approach to the EU is the only way forward

An essential part of defeating the Tories and Blairites will be taking a clear, socialist and internationalist position – of opposition to the EU

Bias in the bosses’ media

spotThe media, May and the general election

Complain to the BBC over bias: The capitalist-owned media and the BBC will not pursue questions about the interests of the working class

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotWave after wave: 5,000 at ‘rock festival’ Corbyn rally in Hull

They’d been queueing at the gates from 4pm, two hours early. They just kept coming. Wave after wave

spotThings are changing: 20,000 sing for Corbyn at Wirral rock festival!

About 6,000 people descended on West Kirby, on the Wirral, to hear Jeremy Corbyn on 20 May – then 20,000 chanted his name after he spoke ahead of The Libertines at a music festival

spotSocialist Students call on chicken May to debate Corbyn

Socialist Students called out the Tories and Theresa May for being chickens with a protest outside Conservative Central HQ in London on 17 May

spotBlairite warmonger misses chance to fight on Corbyn’s popular policies

Walthamstow’s Blairite MP, Stella Creasy, was reluctant to promote Corbyn’s recently released anti-austerity manifesto

spotMarch of 5,000 against Tory plans to cut 1,000 Bristol teachers

In Bristol, schools are due to lose more than £32 million, the equivalent of 1,000 teachers. Tory spending plans will see 98% of all schools worse off by 2020

spotLabour council’s threat to children’s care centre

Fight for legal no-cuts budgets: The campaign is on to save the Grange, the only residential home for disabled children in Salford. Parents of children in the home have petitioned and lobbied the pro-Corbyn council leader

spotNewcastle: fresh faces and the fight in Labour

A striking Durham TA spoke at a meeting including several new people interested in the Socialist Party’s ideas

Workplace news and analysis

spotArgos: aggressive bosses met by determined strike

Unite members at Argos regional warehouses are striking for two weeks


spotHuman rights workers strike in support of sacked union members

PCS members at the Equality and Human Rights Commission in London are on strike as part of a month of national rolling action

spotWindow workers walk out after seeing through contract changes

Unite members working for Sierra Windows in Paignton, South Devon, are on a rolling series of two-day strikes

spotThird strike against driver-only operated trains suspended but dispute continues

The third coordinated strike action involving 2,000 workers on Southern, Northern and Merseyrail against driver-only operation scheduled for 30 May has been suspended following the bombing in Manchester

spotManchester: housing maintenance workers plan strikes every week


spotPCS DWP conference 2017

Across all of the key issues – pay, office closures, staffing, working conditions, welfare – the message that rang out loud and clear from PCS unnion members in the Department for Work and Pensions was one of total opposition to the Tories

spotWorkplace news in brief

LSE cleaners’ strike; BMW pensions strike; Crossrail construction strike; Hackney lobby against school cuts

spotNational Shop Stewards Network conference

The 11th annual National Shop Stewards Network conference will be on 1 July 2017 in central London

International socialist news and analysis

spotTrump regime faces deepening crisis

Working class political alternative needed to drive him out: President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey has led to a spiralling political crisis in Washington

spotInternational news in brief

Short stories from other sections and co-thinkers of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Russia arrests socialists backing LGBT+ rights; solidarity march in Sweden; police exposed in Jobstown trial

Socialist readers’ comments and reviews

spot‘From Militant to the Socialist Party’ – new book now available

‘From Militant to the Socialist Party’ covers developments from the New Labour takeover to the first rumblings of the world economic crisis of 2007-8, and is the sequel to ‘The Rise of Militant’

spotGentrification, class and race in Brixton film

Film review: A Moving Image: A stirring look at gentrification in Brixton, south London

spotCapitalist journal’s warning to the bosses: Marx was right, watch out!

There in the Economist, an authoritative journal of the bosses, was the heading: “The Labour leadership is right – Karl Marx has a lot to teach today’s politicians!”

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist’s editors: Tory v Labour costings; May’s two fingers; is this an NHS election; nationalise energy; Jeremy Hunt’s dodgy deals; austerity and maternity rights

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