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The Socialist issue 1088

27 May 2020

Reckless, lying, cheats

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The Socialist issue 1088

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What we think

spotReckless lying cheats

Not only Cummings but the whole Tory government must go. Their incompetence and ineptitude in the face of the coronavirus crisis, flowing from their desire to prioritise the profit needs of their big business backers, has cost thousands of lives

Schools

spotSchools aren’t safe

It’s reckless. It’s unsafe. It flies in the face of all advice from scientists and from teachers. The schools must not reopen on Monday 1 June, writes Louise Cuffaro

spotUnited action can defeat Tories’ dangerous school plan

In refusing to back down from his plans for primary schools to open more widely in England on 1 June, Johnson has shown complete disregard for public health.

International news

spotEconomic collapse leads to renewed protests across Lebanon

spotChinese state’s imposition of draconian law reignites Hong Kong protests

Coronavirus news

spotCare home workers suffer PPE shortage and job loss fears

My neighbour contacted me the other night. She is a care worker at a home for the elderly. She had seen the Socialist Party posters on my fence

spotMore blunders and profiteering in Tory track-and-trace scheme

The government disastrously abandoned contact tracing on 12 March and delayed the lockdown while Covid-19 spread unchecked

spotEerily quiet before second wave – don’t reopen schools!

spotCoronavirus pandemic news in brief

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is launching a bailout scheme called ‘Project Birch’ to prevent the collapse of key big businesses

BAME Covid-19 deaths

spotBlack and Asian Covid-19 deaths: an indictment of capitalist inequality

The figures for Covid-19 coronavirus deaths broken down by ethnicity caused widespread shock and anger

Workplace news

spotStrong union response needed against job cuts

Rolls Royce’s plan to cut 9,000 jobs will impact on its UK civil aerospace division

spotNo return to unsafe construction sites

The last five years has seen an average 36 construction worker deaths each year. According to the Office for National Statistics, in just four months of Covid-19 there have been 199 deaths!, writes Andy Bentley, Unite construction sector.

spotEnergy firm plans to make 2,600 redundant

OVO Energy has announced plans to make 2,600 workers redundant, including workers in Cambridgeshire, writes Carl Harper, Socialist Party Cambridgeshire.

spotFight P&O’s billionaire bosses’ jobs cut plan

P&O Ferries has announced plans to cut 734 jobs in Dover and 122 jobs in Hull after it reported a severe downturn in demand, writes Eric Segal, Kent Socialist Party.

spotHull Trades Council debates workers’ political representation

Tackling the coronavirus threat is the most pressing problem facing working people. Unfortunately, with a few honourable exceptions, we have to take up that fight without the benefit of a combative national leadership in either the trade unions or the Labour Party.

Lessons from history

spotThe ‘Lucas Plan’

spot1920s Britain: A “country nearer Bolshevism than at any time since”

In the sixth article in our series – ‘war, global crises and working-class struggle’ – Socialist Party national committee member Alistair Tice asks: does the picture following the World War One give more pointers to what we can expect today in terms of new economic crises and workers’ struggles?.

Obituary

spotMick Cotter 21-9-57 to 20-5-20

It is with great sadness and regret that the Socialist Party has lost a dedicated comrade and friend of many members

Mick Cotter


Fighting fund

spotWe need readers’ support to fight capitalist crisis

The success of the Socialist Party’s special appeal has resulted in our Fighting Fund £25,000 national target for the present quarter being achieved halfway through the campaign period!

Readers’ opinion

spotGoing viral – Socialist comments and letters

The Covid-19 pandemic is a world social crisis which touches every aspect of life. The iniquities and failings of the capitalist system are being exposed

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