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Issue: 2648

Dated: 02 Apr 2019


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Tories rip each other apart amid Brexit deal shambles

On Tuesday evening May deepened the Tories’ splits after she offered to work with Jeremy Corbyn to come up with a compromise Brexit deal. The move was a sign of May’s weakness. But it is also a trap for Labour.


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News

Activists set for protests on climate

Activists are gearing up for the next stage of the fight against climate change.

MPs pass new guidance for schools

MPs passed new LGBT+ inclusive relationship and sex education (RSE) regulations by 538 votes to 21 last Wednesday.

Right to call Israel a racist state shut down at Harlow council

A Labour council leader last week appeared to call a pro-Palestinian campaigner racist for criticising the state of Israel.

Fight to save Honda jobs needs more than lobbying

Honda workers marched last Saturday following the ­announcement that the car producer will close its Wiltshire plant in 2021.

Reports round-up: Housing activists build a movement

Workers engineer a 24-hour walkout

Education round-up: Cambridge march to defy school cutbacks

Some 700 parents, children, teachers and governors turned out in Cambridge after school on Monday to protest about school funding cuts.

Workers refuse to accept new rubbish shift pattern

Bin workers at Angus council, in the east of Scotland, have announced 16 strike days against plans to implement a punishing split-shift system.

Strikers get the feeling for a fightback in Ealing

Civil service workers at a west London tax office were set to strike on Wednesday of this week in a fight to save jobs.

Don’t close All Hallows

Some 200 people crowded into Ditchingham Village Hall, Norfolk, last Saturday to campaign against the imminent closure of the All Hallows Health Trust.

Reinstate victimised UCU rep Lee Humber

UCU union members and other activists are fighting to defend victimised UCU rep Lee Humber. Bosses at Ruskin College suspended Lee, who is membership secretary of the UCU there, on Monday.

Five years of fighting for the freedom to ride

Over 60 people joined a rally in Sheffield on Monday to celebrate five years of campaigning by the South Yorkshire Freedom Riders.

Overground strikes unite

Two groups of workers were set to strike on the London Overground this week.

Anti-racists rally in wake of Islamophobic hate crime

Over 100 people rallied outside Turnpike Lane Tube station on Monday after a man tried to pull off a Muslim woman’s hijab

Benefit freezes contribute to soaring poverty figures

Some 200,000 more children were pushed into absolute poverty in 2017-18

After 30 years, the first conviction over Hillsborough but battle for justice continues

A jury has found former Sheffield Wednesday club safety officer Graham Mackrell guilty of a health and safety breach in relation to the Hillsborough football disaster.

Campaigners celebrate as Tories drop west London health cuts plans

Tory health secretary Matt Hancock has dropped plans to axe hospital services across west London after a seven-year battle by campaigners

May tells Tory MPs she could resign—now let’s fight to kick them all out

Theresa May has told Tory MPs she will stand down as prime minister as soon as a Brexit deal is agreed

Devastating impact of climate chaos revealed in UN report

The impact of climate chaos around the world was highlighted in a report by the UN World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) on Thursday.

Tories stand on the edge of collapse, as May's Brexit deal falls again

The government is breaking down after another defeat for Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

Thousands gather for ‘Brexit betrayal’ rallies in London

Around 10,000 people joined two competing right wing rallies against the "Brexit betrayal" outside parliament on Friday afternoon. 

Solidarity with Palestine across Britain as Israel attacks Gaza protesters

Thousands of people in Britain protested in solidarity with Palestinians as Israeli soldiers attacked a major demonstration at the fence between Gaza and Israel on Saturday.

Birmingham march demands justice for Kingsley Burrell

“Who killed Kingsley Burrell? The police killed Kingsley Burrell!” rang out through the streets of Birmingham on Saturday.


International

‘We need to remove the whole regime’ say Algerian protesters as president goes

Mass protests and strikes have forced out Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Mass revolts sweep Algeria

Sections of the army have abandoned president Abdelaziz Bouteflika as huge protests and strikes hit Algeria. At issue now is how deep the changes will go, reports Alistair Farrow

French teachers join the revolt against Macron

Teachers across France were set for a national day of strikes and demonstrations

A blow to the Green New Deal in the US

The “Green New Deal” programme of action on climate change gathered no support in the US Senate

Refugees seize helm and cross high seas to Malta

The Maltese government is prosecuting three refugees under terror charges for hijacking a ship to make it to safety in Europe

Is Erdogan slipping?

Turkey’s “strongman” leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered a severe setback


Comment

Tories’ last big split denied them a majority for 30 years

The Corn Laws in 1846 showed how our rulers can fall out—but still work together against us, writes Sadie Robinson

Don’t back bigots in the battle for Brexit

Labour’s failure to put forward an independent vision for Brexit can allow neoliberal and right wing forces to make the running.


Features

Pay to play—Developers conspire to segregate playgrounds between rich and poor

A scandal over access to a communal play area has raised wider questions about the ownership of public space under capitalism, writes Alistair Farrow

Genocide in Rwanda—25 years on

Horrific killings 25 years ago were rooted in colonialism, economic crisis and scapegoating


Reviews

At Eternity’s Gate tells a story of fragility and artistic genius

While this film about Van Gogh’s last years could have approached the writer’s life in more fruitful ways, it remains poignant, writes Ben Windsor


What We Think

The system is in crisis—fight to get rid of it

Business as usual has broken down in politics.

Another accounting scam

Over a quarter of audits carried out by the major accountancy firms don’t meet the standards of the accountancy regulator.


Other Categories

LETTERS—Gambling bosses use new rules to attack us workers

From this week, betting shop customers will no longer be able to stake as much as £100 on a single spin of the roulette wheel on a Fixed Odds Betting Terminal (FOBT).

The Troublemaker—Cops to investigate spooks’ role in Guantanamo torture

Police have launched an investigation into MI5 and MI6 officers involved in the interrogation of ­suspects under torture.

Child abuse at the heart of the British establishment

Child abusing senior spy Sir Peter Hayman escaped prosecution in 1978 after his solicitor lobbied the then Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in person.



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