Dated: 07 Apr 2012
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It’s been a bad few weeks for the Tories. First their budget was attacked for lining the pockets of their rich friends while fleecing pensioners.
A government-appointed "independent" panel published its final report into the August riots last week.
Campaigners for Christopher Alder protested in Hull last Sunday as part of their continued campaign for justice.
Anthony Grainger, a 36 year old father of two, was in a red Audi with two friends in a car park in Culcheth, Cheshire, on 3 March.
A police officer racially abused a black man in London the day after last summer’s riots. The man turned on his mobile phone to record the abuse.
About 200 people protested outside the US embassy in London last Saturday over the killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.
Hundreds of protesters descended on Bedford Square in London last Friday to defend a woman’s right to choose. Chanting, "They say no choice—we say pro-choice!", they almost surrounded bigots from the 40 Days for Life campaign.
Petrol Tanker drivers in the Unite union are ready to strike in their fight for national minimum conditions.
London bus drivers could strike over the refusal of bus companies to pay or even discuss bonus payments for the Olympics.
Workers from Mayr Melnhof Packaging (MMP) in Bootle, near Liverpool, protested outside the Austrian embassy in London last Friday against their treatment at the hands of the Austrian-based firm.
Former Ford/Visteon workers protested outside Downing Street on Wednesday of last week. They marked three years since bosses sacked 600 workers at three Visteon sites with no notice and no redundancy money.
Relatives of asbestos victims won a landmark victory in the Supreme Court last week.
Gary MacFarlane, part of Trade Unionist and Soclalist Coalition (TUSC) list for the London Assembly, spoke at the protest for Trayvon Martin last week.
The fallout from the February 2007 Grayrigg train disaster reaches the courts this week. The Office of Rail Regulation’s case against Network Rail opens on Wednesday at Preston law courts.
Preston Unite Against Fascism held a meeting on Wednesday of last week as part of the campaign against BNP Nazi Nick Griffin in the city.
About 200 people gathered outside the Israeli embassy in London last Friday in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Around 40 Camden residents and campaigners from Keep Our NHS Public occupied the North Central London NHS primary care trust board meeting last Thursday. They are fighting against the closure of Camden Road Surgery. The closure will leave thousands without a GP within reasonable proximity.
Protests greeted Poul Thomsen, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission chief to Greece, as he spoke at the London School of Economics last Wednesday.
Local residents and veterans of the Occupy London protests have occupied part of Leyton Marsh in east London.
Tenants and campaigners gave out Housing Emergency and Defend Council Housing leaflets outside the housing minister’s office on Wednesday of last week. They got a good reception from staff and PCS union members.
Some 200 people gathered last Saturday for the Morning Star’s conference, For a People’s Britain, Not a Bankers’ Britain.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT teachers’ union, last week warned that the whole education system could be privatised by 2015.
Teachers across Nottingham struck on Thursday of last week against council plans to change the term structure. The strike affected around 60 schools.
"I don’t have vision, just beliefs," education secretary Michael Gove told a recent headteachers’ conference.
Members of the PCS union in job centres across the Mersey district staged their second walkout in less than a month on Friday of last week.
Some 15 network operation centre workers have voted for strikes after being excluded from the BBC’s final pension scheme.
Traffic wardens in Ealing, west London, have stepped up their strikes by calling a two‑week walkout.
Refuse workers in Sheffield could strike over pay.
28 March London pensions strike: schools and colleges shut down
The level of support and solidarity from trade unionists around Britain shows that workers are willing to take on the Tories.
Activists across public sector unions are fighting for coordinated national strikes against the Tories. Workers keep on voting overwhelmingly for more strikes.
Greggs boss Ken McMeikan has been leading the opposition to the government’s pasty tax. He appeared with Sun journalists and page three models on Friday to open a new store and promote the Murdoch paper’s petition.
The trial of Alfie Meadows and four other student protesters continued at Kingston Crown Court this week.
New revelations have exposed more chummy dinner dates between rich Tory donors and David Cameron.
George Galloway pulled off a spectacular political comeback on Thursday of last week by winning the Bradford West parliamentary by-election by a landslide.
Billionaire convicted fraudster Richard Branson is set to take over NHS community health services in Surrey in a £500 million five year deal.
The Tories want to spend £380 every minute on plans to privatise snooping. They want cops, intelligence officers and council officials to monitor the websites that people visit.
PCS members collect letters informing them of pension changes outside Euston Tower in London on Tuesday. They wrote angry messages on them before returning them.
George Galloway’s mass victory rally on Sunday brought out 2,000 people to Infirmary Fields in the centre of Bradford.
Top bosses’ pay is rocketing because nearly half of those on firms’ pay committees are either current or former bosses.
As if bosses aren’t "earning" enough, some are now even getting their tax paid for them.
Ahead of the jubilee, even the waxwork of the queen is getting a makeover—at a cost of £150,000.
The political and media establishment have never liked George Galloway—and never understood his appeal.
Oil firm Total repeatedly assured workers on its leaking North Sea Elgin platform that a leak was impossible—until just hours before evacuating them.
The Unite union has called for another national strike over pensions in the NHS.
Campaigners have occupied Friern Barnet library in north London on the day it was set to close.
George Galloway’s stunning victory in Bradford has created an opportunity that we must grasp with both hands.
Teachers at the NUT union's conference have voted to seek to organise another national strike over pensions in June.
The revolution in Syria has faced a brutal month as the military crackdown on cities and towns reaches increasingly bloody levels.
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be set to join the government.
Our angry, gigantic general strike across the Spanish state last week was a new step forward in the fight against austerity in Europe.
Many of Europe’s key Nazis and Islamophobes gathered in Aarhus, Denmark, on Saturday of last week.
Some 10,000 people protested against a 100 euro household charge in Ireland last Saturday.
The Zimbabwe Six have had their appeal against their sentence of community service rejected.
Across the world Sikhs have been angered by the first hanging planned by the Indian judiciary since 2004.
The superlatives have fast run out in attempts to sum up George Galloway’s victory for Respect in the Bradford West by-election.
This month, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Bolivia’s revolution of 1952. Despite brutal repression, poverty and a low level of development, the stranglehold of the tin barons and the political elite was broken through revolutionary struggle.
The nationalists were not the only revolutionary opposition in Bolivia. The Workers’ Revolutionary Party (POR) was one of the world’s biggest Trotskyist organisations.
Potatoes for the people In a disused car park on the former Athens Olympics site, farmers were selling their produce at cost price.
Keeping workers fed at Greece’s occupied newspaper Eleftherotypia: ‘It’s solidarity coming out of necessity’ Moisis Litsis, Eleftherotypia journalist and workers’ committee member
The previous columns in this series looked at how the ruling class tries to weaken the working class by dividing it. It sets employed workers against unemployed, and those who claim benefits against those who do not.
The life and politics of author Mary Shelley are laid out in this great new play—now set for a national tour.
Mary Shelley was the daughter of philosopher and early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, who wrote the landmark text A Vindication of the Rights of Women. Wollstonecraft died in 1797 when Mary was just 11 days old.
This year marks the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth. Today he is celebrated for his role in cracking German military codes during the Second World War and his pioneering work on computing.
Hundreds of pro-choice protesters took on anti-abortion bigots in central London last week.
‘We never claimed we were publishing details of every occasion the prime minister had met with a donor’A Tory spokesperson after the Sunday Times revealed yet more donor dinners with David Cameron