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The Socialist issue 974

6 December 2017

NHS campaigns stop closures!

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The Socialist issue 974

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spotGlenfield victory shows people power can save our NHS

Celebrations were taking place in Leicester city centre following an outstanding victory for the campaign to save congenital heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital

spotTyneside walk-in closures postponed after rally

Following the protest a clinical commissioning group meeting postponed the closure of the walk-in centres

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotNationalise rail now

East Coast line rescued from private failure AGAIN – biggest hike in fares for five years- transport workers under attack

spotEnd Tory war on poor

14 million people in the UK – over 20% of the population – are living below the poverty line

spotRough sleeping crisis: make homes, not arrests

The shocking death of a 32-year-old rough sleeper in Cardiff should have spurred emergency housing action – instead authorities are cracking down on homeless people themselves

spotRoyal wedding exposes them-and-us visa system

If you’re very wealthy you can buy your way in – but for ordinary people, visa applications don’t have many fairy-tale endings

spotRBS to sack 1,000: nationalise the banks

The Royal Bank of Scotland wants to cut 259 branches and 1,000 jobs – while the Tories plan to sell it at a £26 billion loss

spotBranson sues NHS: kick out the profiteers

The NHS has paid an unknown amount to Virgin after Richard Branson lost a bid to outsource Surrey health services


spotFighting sexism, violence and capitalism – an international struggle

Interviews with socialist women from Mexico, Belgium, Ireland and Brazil

What we think

spotCorbyn’s Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

Editorial of the Socialist: Labour’s poll lead is narrow as Corbyn attacks the banks and a national demo is called for May – what now?

spotLabour council Blairites deselected

Socialist Students

spotDemonstrations by uni students and staff greet Bath vice-chancellor resignation

Glynis Breakwell had also claimed £20,000 in expenses, including £2 for a packet of biscuits, leading to chants of “books not biscuits”

spotLiverpool John Moores Uni landslide for Socialist Students

Liverpool John Moores University Socialist Students member David Hitchmough topped the poll for National Union of Students conference delegates

spotTUSC conference to debate 2018 elections

TUSC has been prepared to contest local elections against right-wing Labour councillors carrying out Tory cuts – but should that be reviewed for next year’s poll?

spotPlans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

A ‘financial notice to improve’ was issued to the college for “inadequate financial health”

spotCoventry Socialist sales hit 1,000

On 1 December our weekly Socialist paper sale in Coventry managed to pass 1,000 sales since we started in May 2016

spotWaltham Forest Universal Credit protest

Local MP Iain Duncan Smith devised the spiteful system, which has already left families in rent arrears and without benefits at Christmas time

spotCourt maintains injunction against fracking protesters

Anti-fracking protesters received a blow recently when Mr Justice Morgan ruled that an injunction obtained against protesters by Ineos Shale should continue

Socialist readers’ comments and reviews

spotDramatic retelling of Grunwick strike hits all the right notes

‘We Are the Lions, Mr Manager’ is a marvellous portrayal of the defining 1970s struggle by low-paid Asian women workers

spotBlairite horror and Labour’s divisions graphically exposed

Documentary: Labour – the Summer that Changed Everything: Blairite Stephen Kinnock’s eyes are frozen in horror and amazement as the implications of the huge moral victory for Corbyn sink in

spotComment: Socialism and truth about Zane

“We have endured the most astounding catalogue of abuse from authorities, but still we fight for justice”

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist editors – tower fire shows need for sprinklers; GPs devastated by cuts; tax dodgers

Workplace news and analysis

spotPCS Left Unity celebrates 40th anniversary at annual conference

Socialist Party members continue to play a key role: The conference agreed the need to apply pressure on other unions to meet with each other to coordinate campaigns and action

spotBrutal rail privateer Abellio takes over Midlands rail services

Abellio has gained a brutal reputation from its stewardship of Scotrail, Merseyrail and Greater Anglia

spotSchool staff strike against privatisation

Outside Avenue Primary School parents and the community stood with school staff striking against becoming an academy on 29 November

spotDriving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

PCS members at Wakefield Driving Test Centre began two days of strike action on 4 December against attacks on their terms and conditions of work as part of a national dispute

spotBT pensions review – oppose the attacks on the pension schemes

A 60-day consultation is taking place to make changes to several BT pension schemes

spotArriva bus strikers stand firm

Drivers and engineers in Rucorn continue to stand firmly together in support of their claim for a fair pay deal from employer Arriva

International socialist news and analysis

spotIrish capitalist state: rotten to the core

Build a powerful socialist challenge: Irish deputy prime minister Frances Fitzgerald has resigned over her role in the police whistleblower scandal, thereby preventing the collapse of the Fine Gael minority government

spotMobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain

US president Donald Trump shared three tweets posted by far-right racist group Britain First

spotTrump’s tax plan: Robin Hood in reverse

Donald Trump’s tax plans mean he’s doing what he does best – making a stack of cash for himself


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