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Issue: 2752

Dated: 27 Apr 2021


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Corruption and sleaze hard-wired into Johnson and Tories

Behind the rows between the Tories, there’s very real ­evidence that being friends with the ­government is good for business.


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News

Cops and lawyers altered witness statements after Hillsborough, court hears

Senior cops and a lawyer altered witness statements to cover up police failings relating to the Hillsborough football disaster, a court has heard.

Inquest begins into death of black man restrained by the police

The inquest into the death of Andrew Hall, who had been restrained in police custody, began on Tuesday.

How a cop infiltrated the SWP and abused a woman

The Undercover Policing Inquiry resumed taking evidence this week. One witness who gave oral evidence on Thursday was “Madeleine”.

BT Openreach strikers are more determined after bosses’ desperate tactics

Desperate BT Openreach bosses have “lost control” in a battle with a group of their own highly skilled engineers, according to a union rep.

Trade unionists vow to join fight to kill Tory police bill

Around 150 trade unionists resolved to take on the Tories’ repressive police bill at a meeting on Thursday night.

Protesters fight US corporate takeover of GP services

Health campaigners across Britain joined a day of action on Thursday against the takeover of GP practices by a US healthcare giant.

Climate activists celebrate court success as world leaders’ pledges fall short

Six Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists were acquitted of criminal damage charges in a landmark verdict at Southwark Crown Court

Wronged post workers’ convictions overturned

Post Office bosses should be prosecuted for overseeing an outrageous miscarriage of justice, its victims have said.

Scottish independence fight is back on the streets

Protests for Scottish independence are set for Saturday as the battle continues to keep the movement on the streets.

Education round up: ‘We are being penalised’

NEU union members at Marple and Cheadle Sixth Form College in Stockport were set to strike on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Unite and fight to Kill the Bill

It’s time to take to the streets in greater numbers to kill the Tories’ police bill.

Johnson said ‘let bodies pile high’ to save bosses’ profits

“Let the bodies pile high in their thousands.” That was what Tory prime minister Boris Johnson said in response to the idea that there could be further lockdowns.

Essex cops target opposition to school’s military programme

Does challenging a school’s policies warrant a visit from the cops? Essex police seem to think so.

A victory for strikers in Scottish colleges?

The campaign of strikes by lecturers across Scotland in the EIS-Fela union took a dramatic turn last week.

Fight Glasgow Cuts + DVLA round two + New insult at British Gas

Around 60 community centres, libraries, museums and sports venues are under threat

Manchester and London bus strikes +Sage care + Chivas + Devonport + Brush electrical

Around 400 bus workers at Go North West in Manchester are in the ninth week of an indefinite strike against fire and rehire.

Join the Kill The Bill protests on 1 May

Here are details of protests that have been advertised for Saturday 1 May and Monday 3 May against the police bill. Socialist Worker urges all its readers to take part.

Major report says Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid

Human Rights Watch is the latest major organisation to provide damning evidence of Israel's apartheid policies

Hillsborough cops’ statements critical of police actions were ‘deleted in blue ink’

One deleted comment from a constable had said he and other cops had been running around “like headless chickens”


International

Big pharma wants to cash in on India’s coronavirus catastrophe

India is in the grip of a Covid-19 storm that is killing more than 2,000 people a day. But for the country’s two leading drugs firms this is not a time for mourning—it’s a time to cash in.

International round up—Troops aim to crush protests in Myanmar

Protesters have continued to take to the streets, and other ruling classes are concerned. writes Yuri Prasad


Comment

How sectarian divides helped Britain rule in Northern Ireland

Throughout its existence, Northern Ireland has been a political slum characterised by repression, sectarianism and poverty.

Dark web of Tory sleaze unravelled

The most interesting thing about the Tory sleaze scandal is not the Boris Johnson vs Dominic Cummings grudge match, enjoyable though that is. Everyone knows these are two thoroughly unscrupulous and unpleasant individuals.


Features

Sport and the system—whose game are we playing?

Sport offers relief and a sense of collective identity denied to us by capitalism—but bosses also use it to make profits and divide us. Sam Ord explores the contradictions

Activists in the US speak out—why our fight for justice isn’t over

There are big questions and debates opening up about the future of the Black Lives Matter movement


Reviews

Nomadland is a powerful—but drippy—austerity story

This film has won plaudits and awards because it resonates with life after a decade of loss—but it’s all just a bit too sentimental

Alan Partridge returns in familiar blend of satire and slapstick

Norwich’s finest export is back for a second series where he is so desperate to belong—in front of a TV camera

Ghosts—Glasgow’s hidden slave trade history revealed

Ghosts, written and directed by Adura Onashile, is the latest work by the National Theatre of Scotland


What We Think

Capitalism means money for war, not health

People starve, there’s not enough cash for health or education, for action on climate chaos or to create jobs—but there’s always money for war.

Israel’s apartheid crimes exposed

Human Rights Watch is the latest major organisation to accuse Israel of apartheid. In a detailed report released on Tuesday the mainstream and widely respected NGO said Israel is guilty of crimes of apartheid against Palestinians.


Other Categories

Neale Williams: 1964-2021

Comrades in the Socialist Workers Party and the Fire Brigades Union will be saddened to hear of the death of Neale Williams at the age of 57

LETTERS - Football fans deserve better than the ‘German’ model

The European Super League (ESL) scandal has shown how capitalism affects every aspect of our lives.

The Troublemaker — UPS takes spy in the cab to a whole new exploitative level

A worker for delivery firm UPS has revealed a hellish new surveillance plan from bosses.

How French imperialism propped up slain ruler in Chad

Dictator Idriss Deby, killed last week, helped France cling on to its colonial legacy in Africa, writes Charlie Kimber



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