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The Socialist issue 968

25 October 2017

Tories punish the poor

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The Socialist issue 968

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What we think

spotSocialists must back Catalan struggle for self-determination

The dramatic events that have shaken Catalonia and the Spanish state have national and international implications.


Women

spot1967 Abortion Act reflected social changes

Fight for the right to choose when and whether to have children: Fifty years ago the 1967 Abortion Act was signed into law – where are women’s rights today?

International socialist news and analysis

spotKurdish referendum declared illegal

For a united socialist struggle for self-determination: In just a few weeks the situation for Kurdish people in Iraqi Kurdistan has gone from euphoria to anger and fear

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotUniversal Credit chaos: Tories punish the poor

The government seems hell-bent on rolling out Universal Credit, but even many of their own MPs don’t agree – another fracture in this divided minority government

spotFearful Tories mull borrowing to build

For a mass programme of council house building! The Tories are considering borrowing to build homes- their umpteenth muddlement in a post-election retreat on all fronts

spotKids wait 18 months for mental healthcare

Kick out cutters and profiteers: Children suffering from mental health problems have to wait up to 18 months to access care

spotProfit-driven pesticide use now threatens life

Since 1989, three-quarters of the flying insect population might have disappeared

spotProfiteering NHS counter-fraud firm in alleged case of… fraud

Fight for a publicly owned NHS: PwC, a privatisation and consultancy firm paid to run NHS counter-fraud services, has escaped prosecution for alleged fraud

spotThem & us

Anti-Brexit hedge fund manager lauded while quarter of EU population at risk of poverty. Meditating MP charges us for his baths while voting to fine council tenants for spare rooms.

spotWhat we saw: May on Facebook

Workplace news and analysis

spotAslef members must reject poor Southern Rail offer

Despite Aslef’s policy being against DOO, Southern management have talked the leadership into accepting trains running without them

spotArriva North West bus drivers strike over pay


spotNSSN meeting brings together workers in struggle

TUC should be encouraging and coordinating disputes. But if they won’t, the NSSN will.

spotManchester lecturers walk out

Lecturers at the University of Manchester held a successful rally, supported by students, on the first day of their strike action on 23 October

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotHear from socialists involved in struggles the world over at the Socialism 2017 Saturday rally

There have been few times in history when socialist ideas have held such immediate relevance and international potential – Socialism 2017 will see key figures from these struggles gathered under one roof

spotAngry east London residents organise against threat to leisure centre

An angry meeting in Hoxton, east London, organised against the threatened closure of the area’s leisure centre

spotTrade unionists march to defend 650 local jobs

The government’s proposes to strip 650 civil service jobs out of the heart of Teesside

spotBad Art’s Leicester event

With this year marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution, reflections upon the relationship between art and emancipation are once again at the forefront of our minds

spotStorm Brian cannot withstand working-class anger

Cardiff Socialist Party held three stalls in the city, defying Storm Brian which brought intense winds of more than 50mph

Socialist readers’ comments and reviews

spotWell-deserved ridicule of Stalinism is impressive, funny but flawed

Film – The Death of Stalin: Fans of The Thick of It’s lampooning of New Labour will notice parallels. The Stalinists, like the Blairites, are egotistical buffoons, completely isolated from the working class

spotFilm – Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast

He maintained his radical statements even when considered ‘unpopular’. But even some good class fighters can lose their socialist compass

spotNew musical on life of Castro

The new musical ‘Fidel’ about the life of Cuban leader Castro will premiere in Covent Garden on 16 November

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