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The Socialist issue 972

22 November 2017

Unite to kick out the Tories

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The Socialist issue 972

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What we think

spotBudget: lying Hammond says no unemployed

“There are no unemployed people” says Chancellor Philip Hammond. “I disagree” that wages are falling. The real facts are 1.42 million unemployed and a 10% fall in wages since 2007.

photo: GMB

photo: GMB

Scottish Labour

spotWhat does the left victory in Scottish Labour mean?

Richard Leonard’s victory will be a boost to Corbyn at a UK level and a blow to the right

International socialist news and analysis

spotZimbabwe: Mugabe gone – but his regime remains in power

Zimbabwe’s autocratic president Robert Mugabe has effectively been ousted through a ‘soft’ military coup

spotAustralia: massive yes vote for marriage equality

This shift in attitudes is in large part because of the tireless efforts of LGBT+ rights activists

spotTrump’s tax attacks

Billionaire president Donald Trump is desperate to get his tax cut plans through the US Senate

Workplace news and analysis

spotScotland: BiFab workers’ occupation and march secures jobs and pay guarantee

Workers at the three threatened wind turbine construction yards in Fife have won a guarantee that their jobs and wages will be secured – at least until April 2018

spotUsdaw general secretary coronation

Members have been denied a debate since 2008 on the office of general secretary. Meanwhile, Socialist presidential candidate receives 45 nominations – vote Amy Murphy!

spotLeeds college workers protest poor pay rises

Leeds City College staff have been continually undervalued, with a dire record on pay increases in the past five years of either 1% rises or none at all

spotVirgin train workers vote for strike action over pay

spotSheffield Eastern Ave Job Centre strike ends

Housing crisis

spotPosh estate agent’s housing crisis solution: make your own sandwiches

Cap rents, build council homes: For some reason I don’t think making your sandwiches at home or giving up avocado toast will sort it out

spotThem & us

Property empires v avocadoes; council seats for landlords, eviction notes for us

spotCouncils’ £1bn on commercial property

Never mind encouraging property speculators – councils have become them

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotNHS cuts kill!

Tories refuse extra cash to health service: Hot on the heels of the news that 120,000 deaths have now been linked to Tory austerity, this glib dismissal from Hammond is offensive in the extreme

spotGentrification on the terraces: fans say twenty’s plenty

Football ticket prices still remain prohibitive, especially for young fans, according to the BBC’s annual Price of Football report

spotCarbon dioxide hits 800,000-year high: end profit-driven pollution

The feared surge in global warming gases in 2016 has been confirmed – researchers found the highest atmospheric carbon dioxide levels in 800,000 years

Socialist Students

spotLively student demonstration for free education could have been much bigger

Around 1,000 students took to the streets for free education on 15 November – but inevitably, some will question the smaller turnout compared to previous demonstrations

spotSocialism 2017 Socialist Students meet-up

Students reported that this year has seen a new determined crop of students coming into Socialist Students committed to campaigning for Corbyn’s promise of free education and an end to austerity

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotNottingham ‘Reclaim the Night’ march highlights cuts

A spirited and determined ‘Reclaim the Night’ march, organised by and for women, wound its way through the Saturday night revelry of Nottingham city centre

spotSouthampton: Corbynista success but cuts continue

The Corbynistas won an overwhelming majority at the AGM – but it will all be for nothing unless they can force the council to be anti-austerity in actions and not just words

Socialist readers’ comments and reviews

spotDisability cuts outrage: my story

I am a 49-year-old woman who has been managing the progressive disease multiple sclerosis for 19 years. Shame on Capita! Shame on the Tory government!

spotLeft comic’s take on politics will have you in tears

Humour – Jonathan Pie: Off the Record: What Jonathan Pie does best is make basic left-wing political analysis entertaining

spotThe Socialist inbox


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