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The Socialist issue 1064

13 November 2019

Strike, protest, vote - Kick the Tories out

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The Socialist issue 1064

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What we think

spotAttacks show elite fear a Corbyn election win

A study into the press coverage of Jeremy Corbyn in 2015 by the London School of Economics media department has found, unsurprisingly, that is was overwhelmingly biased against him.


spotStrike, protest, vote – Kick the Tories out

As MPs move onto the general election campaign trail, increasing numbers of workers are moving onto the picket lines.

spotLabour MP targeted by right wing stands as independent

Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North has announced that because of his ongoing suspension from the Labour Party, he has been forced to stand as an independent candidate in the general election.

spotNHS in critical condition

“It was never-ending, there were more and more patients being wheeled in.” This was the comment of a man whose 88 year-old mother-in-law spent six-and-a-half hours waiting to be seen at the A&E Unit at Queens Medical Centre (QMC), Nottingham.

spotGreen Party offers no alternative for young people and climate change chaos

This election has been called the most important in generations, and in the days after it was called hundreds of thousands of 18-30 year-olds registered to vote.

International socialist news and analysis

spotBolivia: Right-wing coup ousts Morales

A right-wing, US-backed attempt to overthrow the Movement for Socialism (MAS) government in Bolivia, and to replace it with a vicious anti-working class regime, is under way.

spotKshama Sawant reelected in Seattle

Seattle socialist councillor Kshama Sawant has been reelected in the US city following a bruising battle with an Amazon-backed, big business Democrat candidate.

Workplace news

spot‘McStrikers’ demand £15 an hour

On 12 November, McDonald’s workers at six restaurants in south London took strike action, and protests took place in towns and cities around the country, as part of the fast food workers’ global day of action.

spotUCU strikes: Union means business in fight against employers

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) have backed strike action in two separate ballots – one over pensions and one over pay and conditions in higher education.

spotPostal union determined to resist bosses’ attacks

Postal workers are involved in the fight of our lives, and our members know it. A massive 97.1% vote for strike action on a huge turnout that demolished the anti-union ballot thresholds tells us all we need to know about the mood of anger and determination among CWU members.

spotPCS union general secretary election: Enthusiastic support for Marion Lloyd

spotFrimley NHS Trust strikes: Health workers walkout against privatisation

Facilities staff at Wexham Park and Heatherwood hospitals in Berkshire, and at Frimley Park in Surrey (members of Unite, Unison and GMB trade unions) will strike on 18 and 19 November, in an escalation of their campaign to stay in the National Health Service (NHS).

spotBradford libraries and museums: Unite members escalate action against cuts

Around 50 Unite members in libraries and museums across Bradford have entered their second round of strike action, escalating from two to three days of action this week.

spotRMT union members at SWR to walk out in December

spotTransport for London – Justice for cleaners!


spotSave education – Kick out the Tories

Tory and Blairite attacks have devastated our education system, with baleful results for school staff and students. But Jeremy Corbyn has promised a game-changing ‘National Education Service’, and unionised workers have proven that fighting back works.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotLeicester campaigns to save our NHS

As the general election goes into full swing, so do the Tory lies about the NHS. Boris Johnson claimed at the Tory party conference that they would build “40 new hospitals” in ten years.

spotFighting for free education, jobs, homes, and a future worth living

spotSocialism 2019 rally: “Socialist change needed to end climate change”

The panel of speakers at the climate change rally at Socialism 2019 was introduced by chair James Ivens, part of the editorial team of the Socialist newspaper. He opened by saying that capitalism has failed to stop climate change, and change is essential.

spotTrade union conference to force secret police disclosure

For decades, trade unionists, shop stewards and socialists suspected there was an active blacklist and that ‘spycops’ infiltrated trade unions.

spotBarking: protest brings pledge to remove dangerous decking

Following our protest last month, covered by BBC London news, estate residents have received a letter addressing the most prominent fire safety issue.

spotHelp socialist ideas spread this election: donate!

Socialist Party members and supporters raised a record £42,445 at the Socialism 2019 rally on 2 November. This was a fantastic result, and showed determination to ensure we have the resources we need to produce campaigning leaflets, posters, placards and other materials as we go into the general election.

spotWe saved Chatsworth Ward – two years on

Two years on from the ‘done deal, you will be closing’ announcement, the Chatsworth Ward at Mansfield Community Hospital remains open!

spotI’m 90 and still a socialist

I’m coming up to 90 and have been a socialist since 18. I became an active socialist in the labour movement in the East End of London before moving to Buckinghamshire after the war.

Readers’ opinion

spotReaders’ opinion: Twitter’s banning of political ads threatens workers’ voice

On 30 October, Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, announced in a tweet that Twitter plans “to stop all political advertising” on its platform. His apparent reasoning behind this was his belief that “political message reach should be earned, not bought.”

spotTheatre: On Bear Ridge – an examination of loss, set in a post-apocalyptic world

On Bear Ridge is the story of John Daniel (Rhys Ifans), his wife Noni (Rakie Ayola) and Ifan William (Sion Daniel Young), friend of the couple’s dead son, and the trio’s struggle to survive in a derelict butcher’s and general store on a desolate mountain in Wales.

spotSocialism 2019 – what you thought

The big annual weekend of discussion and debate took place on 2 and 3 November…


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