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Issue: 2762

Dated: 06 Jul 2021


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Lifting lockdown—Johnson’s virus plans spell disaster

Boris Johnson knows that Covid-19 cases are going to soar. Regardless, he has signalled the end of all ­lockdown restrictions.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

New bill will let Tories hand millions to their mates

The Tories have announced a new way to shower private businesses with huge handouts from public funds.

Study confirms health workers’ fears about low-grade masks

A new study of health workers shows that wearing a high grade FFP3 mask can provide up to 100 percent protection against Covid-19.

Labour holds on in Batley and Spen, but the crisis remains

In less turbulent times the opposition only just holding one of its seats would be regarded as a huge setback.

Tories want to keep refugees in Napier army barracks

The Tories are considering using the former Napier military barracks in Kent to house refugees for “another couple of years”.

Poor pay the deadly cost of Covid-19 says report

Why have the poorest people in Britain paid the highest price during the pandemic?

Travellers organise resistance to Tory police bill

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller campaigners from across Britain are uniting in a grassroots-led campaign.

Health workers and campaigners take to streets against Tory attacks on NHS

Health campaigners and NHS workers across Britain on Saturday joined forces to do battle for the NHS.

School climate strikes called as heatwave hits

Youth Climate group Fridays for Future has announced a global climate strike on 24 September.

Loss of support is down to the Labour Party’s own failings, not Muslims

Labour has been cheered by the fact that some Muslims did not vote for their party.

Tories pile stress on NHS—followed by a pay insult

The Tories are about to launch a huge gamble over lockdown restrictions—and they are using our lives as their stake

DVLA safety strikes hit the bosses hard

Targeted strikes by workers at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) have caused a huge backlog of applications for renewed driving licences.

Uber gives with one hand, takes away with the other

Taxi service Uber has revealed that it will cut the pay of some of the workers that have been at the company for the longest.

Fight GKN bosses + Clarks fire and rehire + Tower Hamlets council

Fight GKN bosses, but not with nationalism

Strike stops fire and rehire threat at Tring Park school

Teachers at Tring Park school in Hertfordshire have voted 100 percent in favour of a settlement after just two days of strikes

Woolwich ferry workers respond after second victimisation

Woolwich Ferry workers in south east London kicked off their escalated strikes last week after bosses victimised a second union rep

Adults in most deprived areas ‘3.7 times more likely to die’ with Covid-19

Class shapes who lives and dies with Covid-19—and who will be hit hardest as restrictions are recklessly lifted.

Bosses make new offer after strikes at Royal London Hospital

The Unite union has suspended strikes by catering staff working for outsourcer Serco at the Royal London Hospital.

Trade unionists debate how to confront Tory attacks

The People Before Profit group launched an updated Covid emergency programme to defend workers rights—and a call to action—in an online rally on Tuesday.

Travellers take to streets against Tory police bill

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller campaigners launched a summer of discontent with a rally outside parliament on Wednesday.

NHS under pressure from rising virus cases—and worse could be yet to come

A sharp rise in the number of patients with coronavirus being admitted to hospital is already causing chaos in the NHS. And far worse could be coming as the Tories lift all virus restrictions.


International

Heatwave driven by climate change smashes temperature records

The death toll is rising as a heatwave continues to sweep parts of the US and Canada.

Strike wave spreads across Iran’s oil fields

A strike by Iranian oil workers has spread to at least 70 oil, gas, and petrochemical companies across eight provinces.

Protests rock African monarch’s reign in Eswatini

Africa’s last absolute monarch, King Mswati III of Eswatini—formerly known as Swaziland—is facing a mass revolt.

Jacob Zuma’s jailing shows up South African government’s failures after end of apartheid

Forty minutes before midnight on Wednesday, Jacob Zuma’s motorcade sped out of his mansion to hand himself into custody. It is the latest step downwards for the former South African president.


Comment

Afghanistan—a bloody failure for US imperialism

With the last US troops set to leave Afghanistan, Socialist Worker looks at how president Joe Biden is dealing with their defeat

Good riddance to Donald Rumsfeld

“Donald Rumsfeld never loses.” James Mann in his book about George W Bush’s war cabinet, The Rise of the Vulcans, calls this “an old bit of folk wisdom that has been quietly passed around among Republicans for decades”.


Features

A mistake of Olympic proportions in Tokyo

The Tokyo Olympic Games is set to start this month. Sam Ord investigates the scale of the Covid health crisis ignored by officials, and the reality of how the event build profits and nationalism for rulers


Reviews

Welcome back to Zamrock—how WITCH made a return

WITCH: We Intend to Cause Havoc tracks down the pioneers of a unique brand of Zambian rock. It tells their story—and the history of Zambia too

Outrageous satire can’t make up for outdated jokes in America: The Motion Picture

This is Netflix’s attempt to do what Adult Swim has been doing well for years

Lapsis—exploitation and resistance in a futuristic gig economy

The social commentary is a bit on the nose. It’s also largely on the money


What We Think

Now ramp up the fight against Tory repression

The Tories are ramming home a multi-pronged assault on basic rights.

Flagging up a problem

Remember when the left was against nationalism and flags?


Other Categories

Letters—Young people are turning left, and towards socialism

New research from the right wing Institute of Economic Affairs shows 67 percent of young people are rejecting capitalism in favour of socialism.

You don’t have to sleep with a Tory to get a job

At least 16 individuals with close ties to the Tories, including donors, peers and former MPs, have been given lucrative oversight jobs in key Whitehall departments.



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