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The Socialist issue 1027

30 January 2019

Austerity out, Tories out

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The Socialist issue 1027

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What we think

spotVenezuela: resist the pro-imperialist coup!

The social, political and economic crisis which is currently rocking Venezuela poses crucial questions and lessons for socialists and the international working class.

spotJoin the fight to defend women’s lives

Councils must save domestic violence services: Already this week, two women will have died due to domestic violence. By the end of the week, there will have been five domestic violence-related deaths.

News

spotAusterity out, Tories out

“Christmas is only just over and it’s already the end of May”. That was the comment of one social media user after the government’s historic 15 January defeat in parliament on the Brexit deal.

spotTory on homeless: “tear down these tents”

We say: tear down the Tory government!: Cardiff Tory councillor Kathryn Kelloway has sparked outrage by calling on social media for the tents of homeless people in the city to be torn down.

spotLiverpool Travelodge digger wrecking

Footage of a disgruntled construction worker, owed £600 by his employer, smashing the reception of a newly built Liverpool Travelodge with his digger has gone around the world. It has attracted humorous comments, condemnation and some sympathy.

spotFresh inquest into killer air pollution: nationalise energy and public transport!

The family of nine-year-old Ella Roberta have been allowed to apply for a new inquest into the wrongful death of their daughter.

International socialist news and analysis

spotInternational solidarity with the struggle of the Sudanese people

For five weeks, demonstrations and mass outrage have continued in Sudan. This is the largest ever wave of protests against the economic policies and human rights violations of the Omar al-Bashir government.

spotBrazil: Hundreds die in avoidable dam collapse

spotBelgium: Movement against climate change grows

School student strikes hit a record high. 35,000 marched through Brussels on Thursday 24 January, triple the size of the week before. On Sunday 27 January, more than 70,000 marched on a national climate change demo in Brussels.

spotGermany: School student walkouts reject Coal Commission proposals

The Coal Commission, set to discuss the end of German coal energy to meet climate change targets, has presented its results – wait up to 20 years to shut down the last polluting plants while giving billions of euros to big business.

Workplace news

spotTesco changes threaten thousands of jobs

Tesco has revealed plans to cut thousands of jobs as part of a new restructuring initiative. The cost cutting measures include removing counters in some stores, overhauling stock control and scrapping hot food provision in staff canteens.

spotPCS Left Unity chooses Chris Baugh – unite behind the left AGS and NEC slate

Left Unity, the broad left in civil servants’ union PCS, has voted for Chris Baugh to be its candidate for assistant general secretary (AGS).

spotLeicester college staff strike against low pay

Spirits were high on the frosty 29 January morning that striking further education teaching staff gathered outside Leicester College Freemen’s Park campus. The strike is over low pay as a result of what workers describe as “sustained underfunding”.

spotTeachers vote 83% for strikes

The recent indicative ballot of 82,500 teachers in England in the National Education Union (NEU) saw an overwhelming 85% vote for strike action.

spotUnison union campaigns for school support staff action

Unison has started a six-week consultative ballot of 150,000 school support staff in England for strike action against cuts to jobs, pay and conditions.

spotTrade unions protect rail workers’ picket line in Hull

More than 150 trade unionists and activists rallied to Hull and District trade union council’s call to defend the transport union RMT’s picket line on 26 January.

Campaigns and party news

spotCouncils can fight cuts!

Two years ago, Wakefield district’s council declared that it could no longer guarantee service provision for even the most needy.

spotCoxford ward byelection: No to cuts – defend our vital services

Following the resignation of independent anti-cuts councillor for Coxford Ward, Keith Morrell, Southampton Socialist Party has selected Sue Atkins to contest the forthcoming byelection.

spotKeep profiteering developers out!

Walthamstow: Hands off our public amenities: ‘We aren’t going away’. That was the mood of the public meeting of around 60 people organised by the Save Our Square campaign on 26 January.

spotA strategy to fight the far right

Around 20 people attended a public meeting in Leeds on 21 January to discuss ‘how to stop the far right – build a movement against the Tories and austerity’ – a topic on everyone’s minds since a group calling itself “Antifa Public Watch” tried to disrupt a Socialist Party meeting earlier in the month.

spotWant to oust the Tories and change the world? …Then give us the resources to do it!

We’re asking members to increase their subs to the Socialist Party. We need the resources to enable us to reach as wide an audience as possible in the developing political crisis.

spotSocialist Party Wales conference

The Socialist Party Wales conference opened in Cardiff with an emotional minute’s applause for the contribution of Beth Roper, chair of Cardiff Young Socialists, who died in tragic circumstances in December.

spotEast Midlands conference

34 delegates attended in the recent East Midlands Socialist Party conference in Nottingham to discuss the political situation and prospects for building the party in 2019.

Opinion

spotExhibition: Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War

As we left this engrossing exhibition at the British Library my friend said: “there is nothing new under the sun”.

spotFiction: Tombland “The power of common people fighting for justice in the 16th century”

Tombland is the latest novel in the Shardlake series by CJ Sansom. It is a murder mystery set in the 16th century. There are no spoilers in this review about who the murderer was.

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist’s editors including Grayling’s history fail and TV licences.

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