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The Socialist issue 976

3 January 2018

Widening wealth gap, increase in povertyÂ…make the fat cats pay

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The Socialist issue 976

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New Year statement

spot2018: more upheavals loom

The capitalist press regales us daily with a blizzard of facts which unconsciously indict their profit-driven system and their callous political representatives, the Tory government of Theresa May.


Socialist Party comments and reviews

spotTory prescription for mental illness: stress and bureaucracy

As an individual with mental health issues, it has been my misfortune to experience directly just how capitalist society, Britain 2017, treats such people. I can’t imagine that my experience is particularly unique.

spotThe Socialist inbox

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotWidening wealth gap, increase in poverty…make the fat cats pay

Don’t put the party poppers away just yet. There’s one last thing to celebrate. Fat Cat Thursday! Well, it’s not exactly a celebration if you’re working class. In fact its only the super-rich who actually enjoy the event.

spotMobilise against rip-off executive pay

spotRail: fares up, bosses’ pay up – delays and cancellations up

Nationalise rail now!: Rail companies are ringing in the new year by inflicting yet more misery on long-suffering commuters.

spotThousands live in tents and sheds – seize empty homes

Over 60,000 homes in England and Wales have been vacant for more than two years. At the same time, 9,100 people live in tents. And in London alone around 9,000 ‘beds in sheds’ fill secret slums.

spotHeart unit rescued by campaigning saves baby with pioneering surgery

The heroic victory of thousands of community campaigners in Leicester to defend their congenital heart surgery unit, with Socialist Party members playing a leading role, was vindicated straight away.

spotNHS in winter crisis as Branson creams off £1bn

The NHS winter crisis has become an established part of the calendar, both predictable and predicted.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotBlairite council ‘all ears’ to rich property developers

Haringey council wants to turn a historic town hall into mainly ‘luxury’ flats.

spotStop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents


spotHousing victory for Sussex students

Success has been achieved with regard to the Sussex university student accommodation dispute at high rent Kings Road Hall near Brighton seafront

spotLeeds: temporary reprieve for playing fields

Community opposition, mobilised through the Save Fearnville Fields campaign, has forced a reprieve. The council has suspended until the New Year the seeking of permission to build a new ‘free school’ academy on the King George V playing fields.

spotBradford protest against children’s service cuts

Demonstrators gathered ahead of Bradford council’s monthly meeting to protest proposals in the consultation of an ‘early help service’, part of the children’s services directorate of the council.

spotTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition conference

Saturday 10 February: Main session: ‘Building support for Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-cuts policies in the 2018 local elections – should socialist anti-austerity candidates stand in May?’

Socialist Party workplace news

spotEqual sick pay rights for staff at Charlton Park Academy

After months of action including six days of strikes at Charlton Park Academy in south east London, members of general union GMB and the National Education Union (NEU) have gained a well-deserved victory.

spotNewham: school strike solid against academy

spotFire service victory

At the North Yorkshire Fire Authority meeting on 13 December, the decision was taken unanimously to reverse the decision made three years ago to reduce crewing of ‘tactical response vehicles’ (TRVs) to just three firefighters.

spotLeeds college pay protests

Following successful pay protests in November at Leeds City College further education unions UCU and Unison decided to keep the momentum going in December and planned repeat action

International socialist news and analysis

spotCatalan elections: PP humiliated

Movement mobilises once more for the Catalan republic: The Catalan election on 21 December was a massive defeat for the Spanish nationalist ‘bloc of article 155’ – the imposition of direct rule in Catalonia – and an even bigger blow to this bloc’s main force, the right-wing People’s Party (PP) of prime minister Mariano Rajoy.

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