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Issue: 2711

Dated: 30 Jun 2020

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A ‘nasty rebound’ of virus is on horizon as Tories ease lockdown

The Tory plan to reopen businesses across England comes as Covid-19 continues to kill hundreds every week, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

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Schools: a revolt is going on against Tory reopening plans

New figures show the Tories’ drive to push big numbers of children back to school this month is failing.

Postal workers leave work in Barnsley over Covid-19 safety fears

Royal Mail postal workers in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, left their workplace on Monday over coronavirus safety fears.

‘The anti-racist momentum should not be lost, we cannot be silenced’—protests across Britain

Anti-racists “took the knee” for Black Lives Matter in towns and cities on Wednesday.

Tories ignore warnings to take action to stop climate chaos

The government is being urged to use a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to stop catastrophic climate change, says a new report

Starmer sacks Long-Bailey to show clean break with Corbyn, and to dump Palestine

Labour leader Keir Starmer has sent his clearest signal yet that he will attack left wing party members—and use criticism of Israel as an excuse

Push back by Tories results in more Covid-19 outbreaks in schools

The number of suspected coronavirus outbreaks in schools nearly doubled last week, according to figures from Public Health England (PHE). The news is a stark warning about how the Tory easing of the lockdown is putting health at risk.

Fight back against right wing lies—refugees are welcome here

Right wingers want to use the stabbings in Glasgow to stoke a backlash against migrants and refugees

Tories protect their own amid allegations of corruption

It’s not only Dominic Cummings that Boris Johnson has refused to sack. He is also protecting housing secretary Robert Jenrick, despite repeated allegations of what looks like corruption.

‘Dehumanised’ by racist system

A mother of two women who were murdered says revelations of cops’ misconduct “speaks volumes of the ethos” that runs through the Metropolitan police force.

Doctors protest at Downing Street to demand a strategy to wipe out Covid-19

Doctors protested outside Downing Street on Tuesday to “highlight the risks of indoor spread”.

Tower Hamlets strike defies Labour council

Thousands of council workers in Tower Hamlets are preparing to strike against vicious attacks on their pay, terms and ­conditions this week. 

Renewed call for demos over Scottish independence

The Scottish independence organisation All Under One Banner (AUOB) held a press conference at the Scottish parliament recently to announce a series of demonstrations which will be “static and socially distanced”, starting in Stirling on 20 July.

University workers fight a wave of new attacks

UCU union members in ­universities and colleges across Britain are fighting a swathe of attacks on jobs and pay.

Bosses couldn’t drive out Paul Williams

Bosses at the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have backed off from an attempt to victimise leading trade unionist Paul Williams. 


A warning from the world—it’s dangerous to open up

More than half a million people across the world are now known to have died from coronavirus

Trump’s drive to end lockdown is behind growing catastrophe in US

The death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 128,000 in the US on Monday

Stand with the Palestinians against Israeli annexation

Israel looked set to begin moves to annexe up to a third of the Palestinian West Bank from Wednesday of this week.

Bosses’ coalition takes over in Ireland

It’s a desperate attempt to maintain the old set-up after it was rejected by voters earlier this year

French voters punish Macron as greens and fascists gain

The fascist National Rally (RN) won the position of mayor of Perpignan in the second round of municipal elections in France on Sunday.


Kwame Nkrumah - learn from militant fight against imperialism

In 1945 Kwame Nkrumah was one of only 100 people who gathered at the Pan-African Congress in Manchester to plan the end of empire.

New war threats as foreign forces fight over Libya

A battle for control is brewing across Libya. Nick Clark looks at the background to the powers’ interventions

Protests challenge the racist system

The scale and radicalism of the month of Black Lives Matter protests continues to shake those in power.


Richard Horton: the system has failed

Richard Horton, the longstanding editor of the medical journal The Lancet, is scathing about the establishment’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. He told Socialist Worker why.

Meting out misery - coronavirus outbreaks and the meat industry

As coronavirus spreads through slaughterhouses in the US and Europe, Simon Basketter looks at how the drive for profit is to blame


Wasp Network is a solid Cuban political spy thriller

This film on Netflix tells a little known story of US state-sponsored terror without romanticising Cuba’s Castro government

Spaceship Earth doesn’t quite take off

It’s 1991 in the semi-arid climate of Oracle, Arizona. Eight “Biospherians” begin a two year long expedition into the possibilities of maintaining life in an entirely closed ecological system

Black Stories on the BFI

The British Film institute has drawn together a number of films on its BFI Player into a new collection

What We Think

Johnson’s ‘new deal’ to bail out system

Boris Johnson’s promise this week of a “new deal” marked the latest dishonest move in a decade of Tory austerity.

Drug firms will cash in

The coronavirus crisis is a profit-laden paradise for some pharmaceutical firms.

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We live in a social housing block of 30 flats in west London, and our residents’ association is fighting a development that is taking away our space.

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