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The Socialist issue 1045

5 June 2019

Tories deny dire poverty ...look around you! Boot out the Tories

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The Socialist issue 1045

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What we think

spotCorbyn must go on the offensive against the right with socialist policies

Unprecedented crises continue to engulf the two main parties, Conservative and Labour. The main capitalist party, the Tory party, is consumed by a leadership contest that is revealing the fissures along which it could tear itself apart.

News

spotTories deny dire poverty …look around you! Boot out the Tories

“I reject the idea that there are vast numbers of people facing dire poverty in this country.” Those were the unbelievable words of Tory chancellor Philip Hammond.

spotReverse the GP cuts

7,000 GP vacancies are expected in the UK by 2024. Chronic underfunding is causing doctors to resign, without prospects of replacing them.

spotTheresa May admits tuition fees system is broken – but plans new attacks on students

Theresa May has admitted that her and the Tories got it wrong on tuition fees and higher education funding.

spotLaughable research denies low-pay scandal

That’s how many young adults will have felt when, sat in their bedsits, back living in childhood bedrooms, or sitting in their single rented room in a shared house, they read that actually they are benefiting from better pay according to the Resolution Foundation.

spotThem & Us

It’s one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us.

Tiananmen square

spotThe Tiananmen Square massacre – 30 years on

Days before the 30th anniversary of the 3-4 June 1989 massacre of hundreds, possibly thousands, of unarmed demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China’s defence minister, general Wei Fenghe maintained that the crackdown was absolutely justified!

Workplace news

spotStrike together to kick out the Tories!

This year’s National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference takes place as the Tory crisis reaches a new stage with the resignation of Theresa May. But no Tory prime minister will act in the interests of workers.

spotNationalise the threatened Glasgow ‘Caley’ railway depot

Skilled jobs are going and more are threatened with the possible closure of the St Rollox ‘Caley’ historic railway yard in Glasgow. Owner Gemini is now issuing compulsory redundancies.

spotWelsh train fleet workers’ victory

Train fleet maintenance workers in the RMT transport union are celebrating in South Wales after scoring what looks like a complete victory without having to fire a shot.

spotFighting to stop school meals privatisation

spotUCU conference 2019: Preparing for struggle

The University and College Union (UCU) conference 2019 took place 25-27 May, at a important time for our union.

spotSexual harassment of LGBT+ workers shows need for unions to fight

68% of LGBT+ people have faced sexual harassment at work, finds a recent report from the Trade Union Congress. Of these, two in three did not report it to their employers. A quarter of those chose not to for fear of being outed.

spotUniversal Credit workers’ strike

Benefit processing workers in Walsall and Wolverhampton have been leading the way in the fightback against Universal Credit.

International socialist news and analysis

spotIndia: Modi victory underlines need for real socialist fightback

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and his party have scored a second general election victory.

spotCounter-revolution in Sudan

On 4 June 2019, the day of the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre, counter-revolutionary forces allied to the ruling regime in Sudan launched a violent attack on the two month-long mass opposition occupation outside the military barracks in Khartoum.

Nineteen Eighty-Four

spot70 years since the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four: “But if there was hope, it lay in the proles”

George Orwell’s last and most famous novel is still the go-to source, 70 years on, for anti-authoritarian imagery. But the socialist author’s 1949 dystopian masterpiece is also widely misrepresented.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotTens of thousands march against Trump

spotWorcester libraries campaign victory

We have won! Money has been found to secure the future of St John’s as well as Warndon libraries in Worcester. This is a victory for all those who have campaigned hard to save the library service in the area.

spotSouth Yorkshire: No to fire service cuts!

South Yorkshire Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members will be lobbying Sheffield City Council meeting outside the Town Hall at 12.30pm on Wednesday 12 June.

spotProtesters condemn Tory candidate

Around 20 people gathered outside the Brown Cow pub in Bingley on 30 May, where former Department for Work and Pensions minister Ester McVey was launching her Tory premiership campaign tour.

spotStep forward for campaign to reverse mobility pass cuts in Nottingham

On 20 May members of the Reverse Mobility Pass Cuts campaign, including the Socialist Party, lobbied the first meeting of the new Nottingham Labour Council. 50 councillors out of 55 are Labour.

spotLS26 campaign lobbies council to save their homes

“Leeds City Council hear us say, vote to save our homes today” was the chant that rang out from the tenants of Sugar Hill Close and Wordsworth Drive in Boulton, Leeds

spotNeglected Newham tenants demand action

For decades, repairs on the homes on the Lawrence Street estate in Canning Town, east London, have been neglected. These homes have also been under threat of demolition. 30 residents met on 30 May to discuss their problems.

spotProtest against Send education funding cuts

Particularly powerful were the children who spoke and demanded a decent education for them and their siblings.

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