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2 January 2019

spotOpinion: China's Orwellian 'social credit system' is a product of capitalism, not 'communism'

In reality, Chinese workers are fighting the same beast as we are in Britain: an exploitative economic system protected by a cold-blooded political elite.

2 January 2019

spotOur new year's message: Tories out - general election now!

Corbyn must use the opening weeks of 2019 to go on the offensive

2 January 2019

spotNew Year. Same Universal Credit misery. Scrap it now!

Christmas was far from merry for many - we need a living wage and welfare system!

2 January 2019

spotRip-off landlords make money out of misery

600 homeless people died in 2017 in England and Wales. If people can't afford to rent, then rents should be capped, controlled and cut.

2 January 2019

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. German revolution, Brexit red lines, Harry Leslie Smith, flue jab jibe.

2 January 2019

spotEarly morning cabinet meeting nods through £24 million cuts

Swansea Labour's cabinet meeting agreed a projected loss this year of 145 teaching posts and 161 council jobs

2 January 2019

spotYet another wage-busting fare hike? Nationalise rail now!

Queues and scuffles to squeeze aboard, delays and cancellations as the life sweats out of you

9 January 2019

spotFerry workers protest against £2.45 an hour pay

The scandal of low pay by profiteering shipping lines is being fought by a sustained campaign of the RMT transport union

9 January 2019

spotBringing socialist ideas into movements on women's rights

Over 40 women members of the Socialist Party met on 5 January to discuss the important work we do in fighting the attacks on women and raising socialist ideas with women and men who are becoming politically active on these issues

9 January 2019

spotCarmarthenshire council: Unison demands no-cuts budget

Just before Christmas, Carmarthenshire county Unison union branch sent a letter to councillors demanding they set a no-cuts budget to prevent more job losses and further reduced services

9 January 2019

spotLinking LGBT+ rights to the fight for socialism

The growing Socialist Party LGBT+ group held its first national meeting of the year on 6 January, writes Fred Ray.

9 January 2019

spotTories Out. End austerity. Mass working-class action for a general election

Few things sum up the complete disarray of this Tory government like the 'Brexit ferries'debacle.

9 January 2019

spotDeath in a doorway: struggle can end homelessness

Joby Sparrey died on Christmas Day in the doorway of a shop in Malvern, Worcestershire. Brays is a long-established shop with large doorways so he was probably able to stretch out to sleep.

9 January 2019

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including millionaire Miliband and the Queen's golden piano.

9 January 2019

spotWhat we saw

Press coverage for Socialist Party campaigns in Southampton and East London

9 January 2019

spotPCS Left Unity assistant general secretary election rerun

Chris Baugh is standing for the PCS Left Unity assistant general secretary nomination in a rerun of this election.

9 January 2019

spotFar right attack on Manchester rail workers' picket line - trade union fightback needed

Far-right protesters, wearing yellow vests, verbally abused the RMT transport union picket line at Manchester Victoria station on 5 January.

9 January 2019

spotGrayling's attacks on rail workers wages 'un-fare'

The government continues to claim that Britain's economy is doing great and that everyone's wages are sky high.

9 January 2019

spotHeroic martyrs of German Revolution

January 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the murders of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of the outstanding leaders of the German and international working-class movements.

9 January 2019

spotTremendous effort sees Socialist Party smash fighting fund target in 2018

Socialist Party members and supporters raised £44,171 in the final three months of 2018 - 147% of the target of £30,000! Because of this huge effort we also surpassed the annual fighting fund target, raising £130,632 altogether.

9 January 2019

spotNHS funding crisis: Tory 'super-plan' is a super-con!

Theresa May has been trumpeting an increase in spending on the NHS and a ten-year 'super-plan' for NHS England. But this is not what it seems.

9 January 2019

spotNorth Tyneside Campaigning to save our footbridge

Following an initiative of the North Tyneside Socialist Party, a 60-strong public protest took place on 29 December against Labour-run North Tyneside council's plan to demolish the historic Borough Road footbridge in North Shields' town centre.

9 January 2019

spotProtests continue to rage in Sudan

Sudan has been rocked by extensive anti-government protests since 19 December. People in the diaspora have come out in large numbers outside Sudanese embassies to show their solidarity. In contrast, most media outlets in neighbouring countries have been silent.

9 January 2019

spotBlocked for years, but the Socialist Party of Nigeria is now standing in elections

After years of campaigning to be officially recognised, the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN - launched by the Democratic Socialist Movement and others) is able to stand in elections.

9 January 2019

spotTheatre review: Women of Aktion - the heroic story of how World War One was ended

Women of Aktion by the Bent Architect Theatre Company tells the story of the women and men whose heroic actions brought World War One to an end.

9 January 2019

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist editors

9 January 2019

spot'Socialism: Utopian and Scientific'

Socialist Books has announced its next upcoming title

9 January 2019

spot'Fat Cat Friday' shows where all the money's gone

I hadn't even received my first paycheque of the new year when the average chief executive of a FTSE 100 company had already 'earned' more than my entire annual salary - in less than three days!

9 January 2019

spotJavid's migrant 'emergency'

Home Secretary Sajid Javid declared the rising numbers of migrants attempting to cross the Channel in small boats an "emergency" over Christmas. He held a conference call with officials from the Border Force, Immigration Enforcement, and National Crime Agency.

9 January 2019

spotFor a socialist alternative to the Tory deal and bosses' EU


Parliament reconvened after the Christmas break with no let-up in the government's crisis over the coming Brexit vote.

9 January 2019

spotDisruption of Socialist Party meeting shows need for unions to lead real struggle

Leeds Socialist Party's meeting was harassed by individuals from 'Antifa Watch'

9 January 2019

spotSolid strike by Arriva bus drivers

650 bus drivers, members of Unite the Union employed by Arriva, commenced a week-long strike on 6 January in a dispute over low pay. Drivers based at Darlington, Durham, Redcar and Stockton believe they are the second-lowest paid Arriva bus drivers in the country.

15 January 2019

spotMay facing Brexit vote catastrophe



Corbyn must put workers' movement on a war footing!



The Tories are at each other's throats - now let's get them out!

16 January 2019

spotRe-elect Chris Baugh for AGS

The voting meetings are starting in PCS civil service union Left Unity for the re-run contest for the Assistant General Secretary (AGS)

16 January 2019

spotAfter Grenfell, thousands still in high-rise firetrap blocks

Cladding off now! Landlords and Tories must pay! Across England, 437 high-rise buildings are still covered in combustible cladding

16 January 2019

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another for the rest of us. Cancer waiting times; outsourcing explosion; tube pollution; Universal Credit

16 January 2019

spotGlasgow: huge turnout to fight closure of Whitehill pool

Council cuts: In total, seven pools/gyms are threatened plus libraries, golf courses and bowling greens

16 January 2019

spotSurrey: save our children's centres

Council cuts: Surrey has just concluded a consultation over £250 million of cuts

16 January 2019

spotCaerphilly: right-wing Islwyn Labour councillors fight to impose cuts

Council cuts: A battle is raging inside and outside the Labour Party in Caerphilly council against the cuts

16 January 2019

spotNothing to declare? Dodgy councillors hide vested interests

59 of our 62 listed local councillors had claimed 'special dispensation'

16 January 2019

spotNorth Tyneside: march to save our footbridge

Council cuts: The second meeting of the Save Borough Road Footbridge campaign took place on 12 January

16 January 2019

spotThe 1979 'Winter of Discontent'

It was the biggest stoppage in Britain since the 1926 general strike

16 January 2019

spotUSA: federal workers without pay - but immediate mass action can end shutdown

On 22 December, Trump shut down the government, demanding $5.7 billion for his infamous 'border wall'

16 January 2019

spotIndia: biggest general strike ever

Why did 200 million workers strike on 8-9 January?

16 January 2019

spotRobbing the working class

The fundamental problem with Universal Credit is austerity

16 January 2019

spotFrance: union-led action and assemblies can defeat Macron

After a slowdown over Christmas, it seems the 'gilets jaunes' movement is back in full swing.

16 January 2019

spotMexico: police silence on horrific attack on CWI member

On 20 December 2018, one of our members was raped, robbed and kidnapped for more than an hour

16 January 2019

spotUnions must fight and demand nationalisation to save thousands of car industry jobs

Bridgend Ford bosses have said over 1,000 workers will lose their jobs over the next two years, with 370 to go this spring

16 January 2019

spotHundreds join Manc RMT picket line in solidarity after far-right attack

This followed the recent attack on pickets by a far-right group

16 January 2019

spotUCU: Vote Yes and Yes in the higher education pay and equality ballot

In October we voted by 70% for strike action - but Tory anti-union laws mean we don't have a legal mandate

16 January 2019

spotSorry to Bother You: "Socialist film Botox that made me feel young again"

Film review: Union organisation and action in telesales are the backdrop to the film

16 January 2019

spotBrexit: The Uncivil War - an interesting but inaccurate portrayal of EU referendum

TV review: Not an accurate portrayal, or even a good drama

16 January 2019

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the editors: Do you have something to say? Keresley shooting, debt crash, BT tribunal

16 January 2019

spot'Tories out' demo

Leicester college staff strike against low pay, Abbey Park campus, 31st January 2019, photo Steve Score

Leicester college staff strike against low pay, Abbey Park campus, 31st January 2019, photo Steve Score

Unions should be visibly campaigning at the front of the movement to oust the Tories instead of subcontracting the business

16 January 2019

spotA key task - strengthen Tamil Solidarity campaign

Tamil Solidarity campaign had a very successful Annual General Meeting on 13 January

16 January 2019

spot30% of English secondaries in deficit

Almost one in three council-maintained English secondary schools were in budget deficit in 2017-18, according to damning new figures

23 January 2019

spotCorbyn: stand firm for a general election

Tory government in extremis - workers' action needed to kick them out! It is urgent that Corbyn and the unions call a mass campaign for a general election

23 January 2019

spotNationalise big pharma: end this profit-driven NHS crisis

NHS faces drug price hikes: Instead of subsidising their profits with tax breaks, they should be nationalised under democratic workers' control and management

23 January 2019

spotDuke's car crash: one law for them and another for us

While it's unlikely one of us would be allowed on the road at 97 after such recklessness, the Duke of Edinburgh needn't worry about the consequences

23 January 2019

spotRacist jobs discrimination same for 50 years - unions must fight for jobs for all

Black and Asian workers in Britain have to send almost twice as many job applications before we get a positive response

23 January 2019

spotWales is Europe's prisoner capital: capitalist cutters' crimes to blame

A socialist justice system would have rehabilitation and protection, not profit, as its goal

23 January 2019

spotThem & Us

Davos special! The World Economic Forum will see the planet's billionaires gather again

23 January 2019

spotCuban revolution at 60: defend the gains and fight for workers' democracy

Sixty years ago in January 1959, the Cuban capital Havana erupted in celebration

23 January 2019

spotBirmingham: hostile Labour council attacks striking workers

Councillor resigns from cabinet: Labour councillors should be accountable to the labour movement

23 January 2019

spotUnison union higher education conference: a missed opportunity to develop a fighting strategy

What's necessary is a fighting and democratic leadership to develop a clear strategy for the pay battle

23 January 2019

spotBristol Deliveroo workers walk out

Bristol Deliveroo workers took strike action on the evening of Friday 18 January

23 January 2019

spotPCS union: re-elect Chris Baugh for assistant general secretary

For those who can't attend their meeting, they can vote by post. All votes have to be in by 5pm on Friday 25 January

23 January 2019

spotEnfield North CLP backs no-cuts budget - now councillors must act

Other Labour parties and unions should contact Enfield North to express solidarity for the stand

23 January 2019

spotWe need May Day greetings!

Help us strengthen ties between the Socialist and workers, and gain valuable income for the working-class press

23 January 2019

spotLeeds: don't let the far right divide us

About 100 right-wing 'yellow vest' protesters gathered in Leeds city centre on 19 January

23 January 2019

spotEurope: school students strike against climate change

School students in Germany and Belgium have walked out against climate catastrophe

23 January 2019

spotPoland: thousands mourn death of murdered mayor

Poland has been rocked by the murder of Gdansk's mayor, Pawel Adamowicz

23 January 2019

spotInternational round-up

Reports from strikes and struggle in the USA, Nigeria, Russia, France, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and the Spanish state

23 January 2019

spotNon-fiction: The Murder of Rosa Luxemburg "reveals the brutal lengths capitalists will go to protect their system"

On 15 January 1919, two key leaders of the German working class and the Communist Party were murdered

23 January 2019

spotTheatre: Rouse, Ye Women to tell story of 1910 chainmakers' strike

Interview: breaking the chains of oppression

23 January 2019

spotThe Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Disability benefits nightmare; disappearing hospitals

23 January 2019

spotMass strike wins historic step towards victory in equal pay battle

Unions representing 13,000 Glasgow council workers have an "agreement in principle" to end low-paid women's pay injustice

23 January 2019

spotWorkers count the cost of the retail crisis

As a John Lewis worker I was gutted to hear that management might suspend our annual bonus

24 January 2019

spotVenezuela: For mass mobilisation of workers to build real socialism and put an end to corrupt bureaucracy!

The situation in Venezuela has reached a critical point

29 January 2019

spotPeter Taaffe radio interview on Venezuela

On 24th January Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe was interviewed on LBC radio on the recent events in Venezuela

30 January 2019

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

30 January 2019

spotBrazil: Hundreds die in avoidable dam collapse

60 people have so far been killed and 292 are still missing after a dam operated by mining company Vale collapsed, releasing a wave of iron ore waste. Nobody has been found alive since 26 January

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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".

30 January 2019

spotThe Socialist Inbox

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

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

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.

30 January 2019

spotChanges threaten thousands of jobs

Tesco has revealed plans to cut thousands of jobs as part of a new restructuring initiative.

30 January 2019

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

Left Unity, the broad left in the PCS, voted for Chris Baugh to be its candidate for AGS

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