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March against the Poll Tax, photo by Militant

March against the Poll Tax

10 April 2013

Thatcher: a class warrior for capitalism

Thatcher will never be forgiven for the devastation that her Tory governments wrought on working class communities - that is still being felt today, writes Alistair Tice

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14 January 2013

Collapse of Stalinism and the 1990s

If they were to answer that North Vietnam was more 'progressive', then how to explain their position at the time of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, when the liquidation of the planned economy in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union was, for them, not a great negative historical turning point...

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Militant: Scrap the Poll Tax, photo Dave Sinclair

Militant: Scrap the Poll Tax, photo Dave Sinclair

17 October 2012

Poll tax: When organised mass action defeated the Tories

18 million refused to pay: The campaign against Thatcher's poll tax is an example of how a mass movement can defeat a government, writes Steve Score, former secretary, Leicestershire Anti-Poll Tax Federation.

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Militant: Scrap the Poll Tax, photo Dave Sinclair

Militant: Scrap the Poll Tax, photo Dave Sinclair

12 September 2012

The Reunion rewrites history: the Poll Tax

BBC radio review BBC Radio 4's The Reunion recently had a programme on the anti-poll tax movement of the late-1980s and early 1990s, Britain's biggest mass movement of civil disobedience for centuries...

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18 January 2012

Irish 'poll tax' battle has begun

A massive campaign against a new 'Household Charge' has begun in Ireland. The new flat tax affects 1.6 million households across the country, including the overwhelming majority of ordinary workers...

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Massive general strike in Greece on 15 June 2011, photo Stephan Kimmerle

Massive general strike in Greece on 15 June 2011, photo Stephan Kimmerle

18 January 2012

Greece: Non-payment movement against new housing tax

In October 2011 the Greek Pasok government of George Papandreou (just before being forced out of office), announced the implementation of a new housing tax through people's electricity bills, writes Christina Ziakka, Xekinima (CWI in Greece).

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Rob Windsor

Rob Windsor

16 January 2012

Rob Windsor: socialist fighter and Coventry Socialist Party councillor 1964-2012

On 14 January Rob Windsor, socialist fighter and previous Socialist Party councillor in Coventry, lost his long struggle against liver disease and died at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth hospital.

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Thatcher: The Iron Lady, still from movie

Thatcher: The Iron Lady, still from movie

11 January 2012

Film review :The Iron Lady in meltdown

The widely hyped film 'The Iron Lady' is not intended to cover all the political events of Thatcher's life. It deals with the political issues through the incoherent rambling recollections of an old and demented Thatcher...

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24 March 2011

Oppose all cuts in jobs, services, pay and conditions!

United we are strong, divided we will be defeated. The government knows that and is desperate to divide us - public sector from private sector, old from young, benefit claimants from everyone else.....

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23 March 2011

Mass non-payment - how the poll tax was beaten

The campaign against Thatcher's hated poll tax is an example of how a mass movement can defeat a government, writes Steve Score, Former secretary of the Leicestershire Anti-Poll Tax Federation.

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No to cuts! Youth Fight for Jobs demonstration, photo by Suzanne Beishon

No to cuts! Youth Fight for Jobs demonstration, photo by Suzanne Beishon

23 February 2011

Hands off our future!

The government has an entire generation in its sights. It is determined to price working class young people out of education. It has voted to triple tuition fees to 9,000 a year, savage funding to universities...

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3 December 2010

West Cheshire Against Cuts launch meeting

Fifty-five people attended the launch of West Cheshire against cuts this Thursday. Cheshire Socialist Party...

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24 September 2010

How the Tories were defeated last time around

The poll tax: It is not an accident that the most militant trade union leaders in Britain today, such as Bob Crow (general secretary of the RMT transport workers' union), are calling for the "biggest movement since the poll tax" to defeat the cuts...

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24 September 2010

Lessons for today

Every struggle has its own characteristics. Neither the poll tax nor Liverpool is an exact model for the battle against cuts that needs to be waged today...

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24 September 2010

Build 'anti-cuts unions'

Uniting the movement will need to have an organisational, as well as a political form. In both Liverpool and the poll tax Militant played a key political role. However, contrary to the slurs against us...

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24 September 2010

Role of trade unions

Thatcher made another major error in the poll tax movement: she confused the hesitant attitude of the leadership of the workers' movement for the attitude of the working class as a whole...

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15 September 2010

Decisive action can defeat this government

Editorial: The very successful lobby of the Trades Union Congress in Manchester, organised by the National Shop Stewards Network, points the way forward for the trade union movement...

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Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union RMT, addresses Socialism 2009, photo Rob Emery

Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union RMT, addresses Socialism 2009, photo Rob Emery

9 September 2010

Against cuts? Come to Socialism 2010

The capitalist leaders at the moment are telling us that cuts are inevitable and there's nothing that workers can do about it, writes Rob Williams Unite Convenor, Swansea Linamar, and National Shop Stewards Network steering committee member.

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PCS members striking against Labour's cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS members striking against Labour's cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

4 August 2010

We need 'biggest movement since poll tax'

The Trades Union Congress (TUC), meeting this year in Manchester, needs to hear clearly from ordinary trade unionists and activists that the time has come to get off its knees and organise a fightback against the government's programme of cuts, writes Bill Mullins.

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No to privatisation of services. Swansea Unison workers protest against cuts and privatisation in Wales , photo Socialist Party Wales

No to privatisation of services

7 July 2010

Build united action to stop the cuts

Government departments to prepare for cuts of 40%... civil servants' redundancy terms to be ripped up...housing benefit to be cut... plans to build new schools and hospitals to be scrapped...

Every day this millionaires' government announces another way it is going to heap misery on the population as it sets out to destroy our public services.

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