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Dated: 24 Apr 2010



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Threat of fascist election gains: Stop Griffin's BNP Nazi party

The fascist British National Party (BNP) is threatening to make real gains at the general election.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Socialist campaigns tap into the bitterness with Labour

There is a left wing alternative to the free market, pro-war policies of the main parties in the general election.

Unite4Labour: Derek Simpson and John Prescott fail to rally the faithful for Labour

Unite union leaders held a special meeting in central London last week to rally their members behind Labour.

Enthusiasm and anger on the campaign trail with Jeremy Corbyn

"We’ve got a solid vote here," one confident leafleter said to me. "So the main thing is reminding people that there’s an election and when it is."

From people’s power to workers’ power

Revolution is back in the news.In Thailand heavily armed cops are shown retreating under a hail of missiles being thrown by demonstrators.

Goldman Sachs: Bank accused of fraud has tentacles round Labour

THE US’S most notorious investment bank, Goldman Sachs, is being charged with fraud.

20,000 at Bolivia climate conference

Some 20,000 people gathered for a "people’s conference on climate change" in Cochabamba, Bolivia, this week.

Vote left in Unison election

Socialist Worker is backing these left candidates in the service group executive elections of the Unison union.

Tribunal hears praise for Yunus Bakhsh

The employment tribunal into the sacking of nurse and union activist Yunus Bakhsh recommenced this week.

Scotrail strikers lobby paliament

Striking Scotrail workers lobbied the Scottish parliament on Thursday of last week.

Save Whittington hospital A&E

The Defend Whittington Hospital Coalition in north London have called a day of action for next Thursday 29 April.

Stop the War: Debating the Afghanistan ‘war on terror’

Campaigners came together at a meeting called by the Stop the War Coalition on Wednesday of last week to debate the what should be a central issue of the general election – the war in Afghanistan.

Right to Work networks can unite the resistance

Whichever party finds itself in power after the election, it will try to force through massive cuts to jobs and public services.

Campaigning against the Nazis

Bristol Four groups of anti‑Nazi campaigners were out across Bristol last Saturday.

Student conference didn’t cut it

The National Union of Students (NUS) conference took place against a backdrop of the worst attacks on education for decades – but also resistance by students and workers.

Workers march against rail privatisation in Europe

When over 200 RMT activists marched out of Lille station in northern France on the morning of 13 April they were greeted by cheers from their French counterparts.

Conference can be launchpad for fightback

The Right to Work emergency conference after the election on 22 May looks set to be a key date for the movement.

Postal workers won’t deliver BNP’s hate mail

Postal workers across Britain are standing up to the fascist British National Party (BNP) by refusing to deliver their general election leaflets.

Seminar on anti-union laws

Right to Work was to hold a seminar on the issue of the anti-union laws, in London on Thursday.

New report shows knowing immigrants lowers vote for BNP

"Living alongside migrants makes people less attracted to the BNP," concludes a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Cloud of bosses’ lies appears after volcano erupts

Airline bosses are demanding that profits are put first during the Icelandic volcano crisis.

Tory toff of the week: Simon Hart

Simon Hart is chief executive of pro‑hunting Countryside Alliance—and Tory candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire.

Picture of Ilford hospital demonstration

Unions vote for boycott of Sats tests—scrap them now

Headteachers have voted to boycott the hated Sats tests for 11 year olds, which 600,000 students are scheduled to take from 10 May.

University and college lecturers ballot over cuts

Lecturers at 11 further education colleges across London are balloting for strike action. If there is a yes vote, they plan to strike together on Wednesday 5 May—the day before the general election.

Sacked Jarvis worker stands against Labour in Doncaster

A rail worker and union rep at the heart of a crucial battle for jobs is challenging New Labour at the ballot box.

Vote Democracy Alliance for PCS

Ballot papers for election to the PCS national executive went out last week.

PCS civil service workers in Chorlton calls out for action

A hundred members of the PCS civil service workers’ union voted unanimously for a strike ballot at lunchtime meetings in Chorlton, Manchester, on Friday of last week.

PCS fight goes to court

The PCS civil service workers’ union was continuing its campaign to defend the redundancy compensation payments scheme at a judicial review this week.

Unison health delegates want action to defend NHS

Hundreds of trade unionists in the NHS gathered in Brighton this week for the health conference of the Unison trade union.

Glasgow meeting demands justice for asylum seekers

More than 100 people attended a Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees public meeting last week to discuss the suicide of the Serykh family.

More strikes needed in cabin crew fight

Tony Woodley, joint general secretary of the Unite union, was briefing union reps at British Airways (BA) as Socialist Worker went to press.

Storm of protest over health cuts and Hazel Blears

Massive cuts to vital services have already started.

TUSC—a socialist alternative in Manchester

Manchester saw a tale of two cities on Thursday of last week.

Trial begins in crucial Gaza case

The trial of Martin Askew, which began this Monday, is a crucial case in the campaign for justice for the Gaza protesters.

Love Music Hate Racism takes on the BNP in Barking

Over 300 people packed into a Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) gig in Barking last Saturday.

Love Music Hate Racism defies Welsh Defence League threats

The racist Welsh Defence League attempted to disrupt a Love Music Hate Racism gig organised by students at Swansea College of Art. The gig was due to be held at Mozarts in Swansea.

Picture of Croydon anti-BNP protest

Murky past of BNP candidates

The BNP is headed by convicted Holocaust denier Nick Griffin. But a look at their other candidates shows he is not the party’s only unsavoury character.

Many homes of Barking BNP's Bob Bailey

Bob Bailey, leader of the British National Party on Barking & Dagenham council, gives his main home as an address in the borough.

Stoke campaigns against the fascists

Anti-fascist activists are battling the British National Party (BNP) in Stoke, where the Nazis hold seven council seats.

Stopping the Nazis in Kent

East Kent and Medway Unite Against Fascism activists leafleted outside the Gillingham versus Leeds football match at the Priestfield Stadium in Gillingham on Saturday.

EDL apes French Nazis by attacking halal KFC

The English Defence League (EDL) has taken to copying the tactics of Le Pen’s Front National (FN) in France.

Desperate Tories turn nastier

In trouble in the polls? Seeing power slipping away? Attack people on benefits and the poor is the traditional Tory response. And here it is this afternoon.

Lecturers at University of Westminster and UCL vote for strikes

Members of the UCU lecturers' union at the University of Westminster and University College London (UCL), have today voted in favour of both strike action and action short of a strike in their fights to save jobs.

Revealed: latest developments in British Airways cabin crew dispute

The ban on flights out of UK airports has been lifted – but the dispute at British Airways (BA) remains grounded.

Socialist success in NUS elections

The National Union of Students yesterday announced the results of elections for its executive, which were held at its recent conference.

Lively debate in Barking at anti-BNP play

The performance in Barking of the anti-fascist play A Day at the Racists provoked a debate on why the BNP has won votes and how to stop it.

Exclusive: How BA bosses are putting profit before stranded passengers

The world’s airlines claim they are trying to help those stranded by the disruption caused by the Icelandic volcano. The truth is they are trying to make profit rather than assist ordinary travellers. They are running half-empty flights, open only to those prepared to pay top fares, while people who had flights cancelled are left grounded.

Protest in Bristol at leaders’ TV debate

A lively demo greeted the leaders TV election debate in Bristol.

Unofficial post strike in Liverpool

ALMOST 100 mail workers staged an unofficial strike at Liverpool city centre’s main delivery office today.

Tory MP makes comments against gay equality

A group of students has confirmed to Socialist Worker that a leading Tory MP has made remarks against gay equality.

Thai government plans military crackdown

Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s military backed government has rejected negotiations with the opposition Red Shirts.


International


Comment

How democratic is British democracy?

If elections are the hallmark of a successful democracy, Britain isn’t doing too badly.

There's no such thing as 'big society'

The Tories want us to join them in governing the country.


Features

Britain is a nation of migrants

Britain is a land built by migrants. After all, there was no one inhabiting these islands 50,000 years ago, and for most of human history there were no international borders.

Hungary: fascists on the march

The Jobbik party grabbed 17 percent of the vote in the first round of the Hungarian general election, in a chilling warning to the rest of Europe. It came third with 842,306 votes – only just behind the ruling Socialist Party.

The struggles behind electoral successes

Phil Piratin won Stepney’s Mile End seat in east London for the Communist Party (CP) in 1945 with over 5,000 votes.

Women in Afghanistan face oppression not liberation

In 2001 the US and its allies cited the liberation of women as one of the justifications for the invasion in Afghanistan. However, almost a decade later the war rages on and the protection and promotion of women’s rights continue to be neglected. Historically war erodes the rights of women and girls and in a state which has a socio-cultural history of considering women to be subordinate to men, the war in Afghanistan has further exasperated the ill treatment of women. Sonali Kolhatkar co-director of the Afghan women’s mission stated that: "waging war does not lead to the liberation of women anywhere. Women always disproportionately suffer the effects of war, and to think that women’

Examples of the US ‘liberation’ of Afghanistan

In our contemporary world where the visual message trumps the written word, photos of those killed or wounded by US/NATO actions rarely are published. They generate too much discomfort. But reports by journalists like Lynsey Addario and Alex Linschoten show the reality of what has been happening


Reviews

No Pasaran competition

Congratulations to Wendy McLoughlin of Romsey who won first prize of a No Pasaran anti-fascist T-shirt in our competition. Barry Olson of Southampton won the second prize of a No Pasaran mug.

Folk Against Fascism Village Fete

Come and enjoy all the fun of a village celebration – a cake stall, fun fete games and other stalls.

Forced Journeys: Artists in Exile in Britain 1933 to 1945

This exhibition of the work of German and Austrian internees on the Isle of Man marks the 70th year since the opening of internment camps on the island.

The Reluctant Tommy: British soldier who became an anti-war saboteur

There are many military memoirs. This one is remarkable.

Life During Wartime: uncovering the pain beneath the surface

Todd Solondz’s new film, Life During Wartime, is a sequel of sorts to his controversial 1998 film Happiness, although with an entirely new cast.


What We Think

Election volatility reflects a thirst for change

Nobody can now be sure who will win the general election on 6 May. As this week started the three main parties were within a few percent of each other in the polls.

Party leaders hide from the reality of war

The televised leaders’ debate this week was scheduled to be on foreign policy.


Other Categories

Alan Sillitoe 1928-2010

"Don’t let the bastards grind you down." That’s what my dad you used to say to me when I got annoyed at the teacher or at the injustice of the world in general.

Tim's view

Tim: Eruption of solidarity

Letters

How left wing is the Greens’ manifesto? If you believe the pollsters and the bookies, the Green Party looks likely to win its first MP in the general election – Caroline Lucas in Brighton.

In their own words

‘What I say to people on the doorstep is we will only cut your throat slowly, the others will cut your head off.’



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