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The Socialist 19 January 2022

Toxic Tories must go

The Socialist issue 1163

Tories on the ropes


Want to fight austerity?

No trust in Tories to keep us safe

Tories hand cash to private health profiteers

Tory vaccine sacking threat set to deepen NHS staffing crisis

Employers use vaccine excuse to attack sick pay

News in brief


Murder of Ashling Murphy sends shocks waves across Ireland and beyond

Northern Ireland: Workers fight threatened closure of women's hostel

US: Independent Socialist Group launches new paper

Eyewitness account of workers' uprising in Almaty, Kazakhstan


Mutual aid, the welfare state and the fight for a new mass workers' party


Why are things the way they are?


Rob Windsor - remembering a tireless fighter for socialism


Theatre: Yes Yes UCS


Sheffield Just Eat couriers speak about strike

S Yorks Stagecoach strike results in "huge pay win"

Scunthorpe scaffs resume indefinite strike action

Coventry bin strike continues

Bus driver Tracey Scholes reinstated at Go North West

Royal Mail: Unofficial walkouts precede bigger battle to come on pay and workload

Newham college strike solid against bully privatisers

Somers Forge workers continue pay strike

Workplace news in brief


NUS walkout: Organise to fight for free education on 2 March

Demonstrating against the Tory anti-protest bill

Waltham Forest: Campaign unites families facing eviction

Newham council rejects using 0.03% of reserves to fund arts

Birmingham: Cuts consultations replaced by computer game

Southampton uni ignores staff and students in exam farce

Oliver Campbell - 31 years fighting for justice

Bournemouth - angry people not represented by capitalist parties

Pauline Wall memorial meeting

 
 
 
 
 

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Demonstrating against the Tory anti-protest bill

Protesters in Bristol. Photo: Bristol Socialist Students

Protesters in Bristol. Photo: Bristol Socialist Students   (Click to enlarge)

As Parliament continues to debate the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which aims to further restrict the right to protest, demonstrations took place on 15 January around the country.

Leeds

There were over 500 noisy, singing, mainly youthful protesters. The Tories' bill aims to prevent protests on numerous grounds, including being too "noisy". So, after the Commoners Choir had sung protest songs, a deafening one minute's sound was made by the protesters, using horns, pots and pans, etc.

The crowd then set off on an impromptu, unauthorised march around the city centre, gaining applause and support along the way. Many signed the Socialist Party petition and took our leaflets.

Kevin Pattison

Bath

The protest was organised with just a few days' notice. 150 attendees chanted: "This is what democracy looks like", and, of course, "Kill the bill". Socialist film director Ken Loach spoke.

Placard slogans included "Keep the 'demo' in democracy" and "Priti shameful". We started with a rally outside the abbey, and then a short parade loop through the main shopping precinct.

Nikki Dodds

Bristol

Speakers made it clear that they would continue to protest, whatever legal restrictions existed. The mood was one of contempt and anger at the establishment. A cascade of noise descended onto the city centre and chants of "Whose streets? Our streets!" from the over 1,000 mainly young protesters.

This was the 15th demonstration in Bristol against the Tories' anti-protest bill, and probably the largest. It's a reflection of the tradition of protest in the city.

The protest stopped at Bridewell police station to chant and direct protest against the police. The right to protest has had to be painfully extracted from the police and others in authority in Bristol - through the struggles against the poll tax, to the battles around cuts after 2008, up to these Kill the Bill protests, Black Lives Matter and the toppling of Colston's statue.

Roger Thomas

In this issue


What we think

Tories on the ropes


News

Want to fight austerity?

No trust in Tories to keep us safe

Tories hand cash to private health profiteers

Tory vaccine sacking threat set to deepen NHS staffing crisis

Employers use vaccine excuse to attack sick pay

News in brief


International news

Murder of Ashling Murphy sends shocks waves across Ireland and beyond

Northern Ireland: Workers fight threatened closure of women's hostel

US: Independent Socialist Group launches new paper

Eyewitness account of workers' uprising in Almaty, Kazakhstan


Public services

Mutual aid, the welfare state and the fight for a new mass workers' party


Marxist classics

Why are things the way they are?


Rob Windsor

Rob Windsor - remembering a tireless fighter for socialism


Theatre

Theatre: Yes Yes UCS


Workplace news

Sheffield Just Eat couriers speak about strike

S Yorks Stagecoach strike results in "huge pay win"

Scunthorpe scaffs resume indefinite strike action

Coventry bin strike continues

Bus driver Tracey Scholes reinstated at Go North West

Royal Mail: Unofficial walkouts precede bigger battle to come on pay and workload

Newham college strike solid against bully privatisers

Somers Forge workers continue pay strike

Workplace news in brief


Campaigns

NUS walkout: Organise to fight for free education on 2 March

Demonstrating against the Tory anti-protest bill

Waltham Forest: Campaign unites families facing eviction

Newham council rejects using 0.03% of reserves to fund arts

Birmingham: Cuts consultations replaced by computer game

Southampton uni ignores staff and students in exam farce

Oliver Campbell - 31 years fighting for justice

Bournemouth - angry people not represented by capitalist parties

Pauline Wall memorial meeting


 

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