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Issue: 2647

Dated: 26 Mar 2019


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'People's Vote' march backs ruling class agenda

Hundreds of thousands of people—organisers claimed “around a million”—joined a march in London last Saturday calling for a “People’s Vote”.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Workers fight against tax office closure in west London

Civil service workers at a west London tax office struck on Wednesday in a fight to save jobs.

Egyptian socialists on five lessons from Sudan and Algeria

A new wave of mass mobilisations has been on the rise for many weeks in Algeria, and over the past three months in Sudan.

Defence concludes summing up in Hillsborough trial

The defence has concluded its summing up in the trial of David Duckenfield and Graham Mackrell.

Scottish college lecturers powerful strike for a pay rise

Thousands of college lecturers across Scotland held their fourth national strike over pay and conditions on Thursday.

Five Birmingham mosques attacked in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

Five mosques in Birmingham were attacked with sledgehammers in the early hours of Thursday.

Strong pickets on day two of English college strikes

UCU union members at four colleges began the second day of a three-day strike on Thursday

Burrell family want police held to account

Kedisha Brown-Burrell is demanding that the “police are held to account” on the 8th anniversary of her brother’s death.

Air pollution - a deadly truth about dirty capitalism

Over eight million deaths a year. Higher rates of kidney disease, diabetes and strokes. Increased risk of lung and heart diseases, dementia and chronic ­illnesses that can begin in the womb and last a lifetime.

Us - a paranoid horror that is about more than scares

According to director Jordan Peele, Us is about “the simple fact that we are our own worst enemies”. It follows his wildly popular and critically acclaimed Get Out.

French state sends in the army in attempt to stem the tide of Yellow Vests

On Saturday the French interior minister cheered on a massive escalation of state repression.

Tommy Robinson and Ukip to rally this Friday - protest against them

Tommy Robinson and the racist Ukip party are trying to profit from the Brexit crisis

Strike and occupy to save Honda Swindon

Thousands of trade unionists were set to rally in Swindon this Saturday in a bid to stop the town’s Honda car plant from closing.

East London march demands healthcare for all

Some 100 people marched on Friday from the East London Mosque to the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel to protest against the hostile environment for migrants at Barts Health NHS Trust.

Jury goes out to consider its verdicts in Hillsborough trials

The jury is considering its verdicts in the trials of two men charged with offences relating to the Hillsborough football disaster.

Resist the campaign to stop LGBT+ education

Parents have forced a Birmingham school to drop LGBT+ education, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Birmingham anti-racists rally against mosque attacks

Anti-racist campaigners mobilised in Birmingham in solidarity with Muslims after attacks on six mosques in the city

Reports round-up: Demand healthcare for all

Some 100 people marched on Friday from the East London Mosque to the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel to protest against the hostile environment for migrants at Barts Health NHS Trust

Liverpool care workers won’t take night pay attack lying down

Hundreds of care ­workers in north west England staged a seven?day sleep-in ban—a night shift strike—in a fight for the national minimum wage

Wildcat strike against job losses at Soas university in central London

Workers at Soas University of London held an unofficial strike

The Troublemaker—Still a big expenses trough available for MPs to dive in

Ten years on from the expenses scandal and little has changed.

Establishment crisis as May’s chaotic, nasty regime crumbles

The Theresa May government is disintegrating. It has staggered on, but it is not in power and

Aecom contract is a slap in the face for Grenfell victims

The Tories have appointed an “independent specialist contractor” to conduct environmental checks of the area around Grenfell Tower.

Women turn to ‘baby banks’ after Tories drive up poverty

Soaring numbers of pregnant women have to use “baby banks” to get essentials for their children, according to a Daily Mirror newspaper investigation.


International

Death toll of Cyclone Idai in southern Africa is the result of appalling capitalist priorities

Hundreds, and probably thousands, of people have died as a result of Cyclone Idai.

Israel attacks Gaza

Israel is gearing up to unleash more violence on Palestinians trapped in the Gaza Strip.

Strikes spread to Algeria’s oil fields

Huge protests continued in Algeria, north Africa, last week to demand the removal of president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his regime.


Comment

Visteon occupation—giving Ford a bloody nose

Sadie Robinson looks back ten years on from reporting on a workers’ occuption at Visteon car parts factory

Oppressed people aren’t always united

Divisions sown by the ruling class can have a devastating effect, writes Simon Basketter

Labour makes moves to cover its left flank

Until recently the Corbyn-supporting Momentum group hasn’t done much beyond organising canvassing days and online petitions. Now all of a sudden it’s organising protests over climate change.


Features

Brexit broke the bosses' system

It’s little wonder that so many people are frustrated and fatigued by the Brexit shambles. For the last three years Theresa May has manoeuvred


Reviews

A new African epic, with Afronauts

The Old Drift is an astounding novel about Zambia that is rich in history, politics and extraordinarily fine storytelling.


What We Think

Why capitalism can’t solve the climate crisis

This year has seen the birth of a militant new climate movement on the streets.

Get rid of bonuses, and the whole system - leave the rich nothing

MPs want firms to cut bosses’ bonuses—because they fear the payouts will turn people against capitalism.


Other Categories

Letters - socialists should side with neither Farage or Bercow

A small Brexit march, organised by the Leave Means Leave pressure group, and temporarily led by Nigel Farage, set off from Sunderland last week. It’s on a 270 mile march to London.



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