In this issue:
The Socialist 7 September 2006, Fighting back against attacks on NHS
Fighting back against attacks on NHS
THIRTY THOUSAND people marched against NHS cuts in Cornwall over August Bank Holiday in the small town of Hayle. It was the biggest demo so far in defence of the NHS...
Campaign defeats GP services sell-off
Derbyshire: A LOCAL pensioner in Derbyshire, Pam Smith, has won her appeal to stop the US's biggest healthcare corporation from running her local GP surgery in the village of Langwith (for more details see the socialist 18-24 May 2006), writes Jon Dale, Bolsover Socialist Party.
Campaign for a new workers' party
TONY BLAIR and his coterie live in a fantasy world. Blair is now one of the most hated prime ministers in history, yet his closest advisers have drawn up a plan for him to depart after May 2007, saying that "he needs to go with the crowds wanting more." Hannah Sell writes.
Come to Socialism 2006
Socialist Party campaigns
Progress on climate change - or just hot air?
CLIMATE CHANGE is rarely out of the news media. Socialist Party councillor DAVE NELLIST explains that big business is the problem, not the solution...
Long hours and poverty pay hit students
A searing indictment of capitalism
War and terrorism
End the occupations
DISASTER, CATASTROPHE, devastation - words that can't come close to describing life in occupied Iraq or Afghanistan. But these words also fail to describe the situation facing the British military and the Bush and Blair regimes which face mounting opposition, writes Sarah Sachs-Eldridge.
Lebanon: Can the UN bring peace?
AFTER MUCH wrangling, a United Nations (UN) force has been assembled to act as a 'buffer' in the 20-mile corridor between the Israel-Lebanon border and the Litani River. Most people will probably breathe a sigh of relief, writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary
9/11 - Five years on
The collapse of the World Trade Centre’s Twin Towers, after two planes were deliberately flown into the huge buildings, and the resulting deaths of nearly 3,000 people, is a terrible, tragic event etched in the memory of hundreds of millions of people around the world...
Reprint: After the carnage in the USA: World Crisis Deepens
International socialist news and analysis
The politics of aid
A RECENT international donors' conference in Sweden pledged $940 million to help reconstruct Lebanon's shattered infrastructure. The total cost to Lebanon's economy probably runs into billions of dollars...
New socialist party launched in Scotland
SOLIDARITY - SCOTLAND'S Socialist Movement (SSM) was launched at a packed to capacity rally on Sunday 3 September in Glasgow. Every seat was taken and more people crammed into the side entrances to listen and catch a glimpse of the speakers, writes Philip Stott, International Socialists, (CWI Scotland).
Bangladesh: 20,000 protesters march against British mining company
Socialist Party workplace news
Workers yearn for fighting leadership
THE ANNUAL conference of the British TUC, starting on 11 September, promises to be almost as irrelevant, with a few notable exceptions, to the lives of working people as many of the past conferences have unfortunately proved to be, writes Bill Mullins.
2% public-sector pay rise won't cover inflation
WRITING IN the Financial Times (FT) (29/8/06) Chancellor Gordon Brown called for a 2% limit on all public-sector pay rises next year. This is an even tighter target than the 2.5% increases in public sector pay, writes Jared Wood.
The GAMA struggle
An inspiring film for all trade unionists: IF YOU want to show a film at a Socialist Party or trade union meeting that inspires people to struggle against the bosses' system then you should get a copy of the DVD about the action by the Turkish migrant workers employed by Turkish multinational Gama in Ireland last year...
Strike victory increases pay-offs
STRIKING WORKERS in the Dura car parts factory in Llanelli have won a significant victory in a dispute over redundancy payments. The plant closes later this year with the work being transferred to the Czech Republic, writes Rob Williams, convenor, Visteon Swansea plant, personal capacity.