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25 May 2016

We won't move! Mass resistance can defeat the Tories' housing act

The Tories' Housing and Planning Bill is now an Act, to be implemented in April 2017. The Kill the Housing Bill campaign set up last autumn is now renamed Axe the Housing Act. Another national demo has been called for 18 June.

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11 May 2016

Council estate exhibition shows the full picture

Photographic review: 'Estate' Photographer Robert Clayton's exhibition 'Estate' is a valuable reminder of what it meant to live in a council estate, and how Thatcherism continues to ravage this.

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10 March 2016

Obituary: Max Neill, 1966-2016

Socialist Party members in the North West and beyond were saddened to hear of the loss of longstanding comrade, Max Neill, on 29 February.

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13 January 2016

Letters

Letters to the Socialist's editors. Letwin's poll tax guinea pigs; poll tax agents provocateurs.

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2 December 2015

How the Iron Lady was reduced to iron filings

Margaret Thatcher resigned as Tory prime minister 25 years ago. After 11 years in power she was forced out before her third term was over.

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7 October 2015

Kick out the Tory entryists

Jeremy must give genuine socialists in the Labour Party the mechanisms to kick the Tory entryists out once and for all!

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23 September 2015

TV review: This is England '90

Rudi Abdallah, Waltham Forest Socialist Party, reviews the first episode of This is England '90.

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17 June 2015

How can we stop austerity?

Just six weeks after the general election - on 20 June - people are flocking to London to show opposition to austerity. But after marching - what next? The question in everyone's mind will be how can we stop it?

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27 May 2015

'Council of war' needed to fight cuts

"Don't despair, organise!" has been the message of many union activists since the Tory victory was confirmed on 8 May

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photo Dave Sinclair

25 March 2015

How we defeated Thatcher's poll tax

25 years since the poll tax battle: The battle against the so-called 'poll tax' was one of the biggest movements of working people against a modern British government. Millions refused to pay; many millions more simply could not afford to pay

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A TUSC campigner in Hackney calling for rent caps not benefit caps, photo Paul Mattsson

21 January 2015

Opposing establishment parties is not 'wasted vote'

On 24 January, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is meeting to discuss the 2015 elections. Clive Heemskerk, TUSC national election agent, puts the case for the biggest possible challenge in both the general election and local council contests on 7 May

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26 November 2014

The People Speak: Democracy is not a spectator sport

Google up The People Speak: Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport and you find a BBC news video...

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Militant supporters march against the poll tax, photo Steve Gardner

22 October 2014

50 years of socialist ideas and workers' struggle

Anniversary of the first issue of Militant: When we started publishing Militant, the Socialist's predecessor, in October 1964, few of our political opponents expected that we would not only continue publication for 50 years, but become an important factor in subsequent battles of the labour movement

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2 April 2014

Them & Us

New Poll Tax: Lord Warner, the former government NHS minister under Tony Blair and cheerleader for private healthcare, says the NHS is broken and needs fixing

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22 January 2014

Bedroom tax loophole: Can legal tactics be effective?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that tenants who have been continuously entitled to housing benefit since at least 1 January 1996, and who have occupied the same home since that date, are exempt from the bedroom tax

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26 June 2013

Lessons for today from an anti-poll tax bailiff buster

During the mighty anti-poll tax campaign I was a Bailiff Buster. In Gateshead most of us were feisty woman who were determined not to let any bailiff get past us - and they never did!, writes Elaine Brunskill, Newcastle Socialist Party.

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19 June 2013

We can beat the bedroom tax - Guide

A 'know your rights' guide printed as a supplement in issue 770 of the Socialist

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Poll Tax demonstration March 1990

Poll Tax demonstration 1990

15 May 2013

When mass action defeated Thatcher's poll tax

Launching the battle in Scotland: Margaret Thatcher was dubbed the Iron Lady. She wore this description with pride as, like her successors today, she ruthlessly tried to solve British capitalism's difficulties by launching brutal attacks...

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Axe the killer tax - end the bedroom tax now, photo  Socialist Party

Axe the killer tax - end the bedroom tax now, photo Socialist Party

15 May 2013

Bedroom tax non-implementation

Only mass action can defeat it: Some disabled workers have raised the idea of urging civil servants and local authority workers to refuse to participate in administering these new laws

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photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson

17 April 2013

Say to the TUC: Fight back!

Time for a 24-hour general strike The poorest face swingeing cuts; disabled people are penalised even more; and to top it all, cuts to housing benefit for the 'crime' of having a so-called spare bedroom have kicked in

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