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Where do I begin to comment on the blight on the working class that was Margaret Thatcher?
Fascism and Paolo Di Canio, raunch culture, islamophobia
David Cameron visited Scotland last week.
It’s low budget. Its 1970s wigs are atrocious. Its fact based storyline of a music enthusiast who risks all for his passion may appear familiar.
Thirteen workers at Hanson brick factory in Peterborough began an indefinite strike on Monday of this week.
Members of the Unite union have until Friday of this week to vote for their union’s general secretary. And rank and file candidate Jerry Hicks is calling on his supporters to campaign up until the last minute.
A rare insight into the hidden wealth of the super-rich around the world has been revealed by leaks of over two million emails and documents.
Some 300 workers at a distribution centre in Gloucestershire face redundancy after bosses announced plans to move the centre “to improve efficiency”.
Hundreds of workers at the Ford factory in Dagenham, Essex, are to be balloted for strikes over plans to close the plant with at least 100 redundancies.
Over 200,000 civil service workers in the PCS union struck on Friday of last week and Monday of this week.
The storm raging over children’s heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary has become a political row. It has drawn in local MPs, NHS chiefs—and the parents of desperately ill babies.
An inquest began this week into the death of Savita Halappanavar at Galway University Hospital last October.
Around 100 anti-cuts activists and members of the Unite union protested outside Warrington town hall on Thursday of last week, as councillor Kevin Bennett faced a disciplinary hearing from the Labour group.
A round-up of news from across Britain
Hundreds marched against attacks on the NHS in York, Brighton and Wigan on Saturday of this week.
The Tories’ welfare cuts have sparked widespread protest.
Almost three million disabled people face new assessments from companies such as Atos healthcare, G4S and Capita.
It’s a relief to hear that Thatcher is dead. But I also feel a sense of dread because the media will claim she was a lovely person.
Thousands of football fans protested in Glasgow’s George Square on Saturday of last week against the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act. Campaign group Fans Against Criminalisation says it will make routine activities illegal. Those convicted under the Act could face up to five years in prison
The Defend School History Campaign will hold a seminar on Saturday 20 April in central London.
The annual conference of the National Union of Students began in Sheffield this week.
‘Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. It’s quite a characteristic of them’
Tory ministers refer to places in which “three generations of the same family have never worked”. But there’s little proof that such families exist.
US secretary of state John Kerry was set to visit London on Thursday of this week—and environmentalist protesters were set to meet him.
Much had been written about Margaret Thatcher’s legacy for women before she died this week.
Around two million people in over 650,000 households were hit by the Tories’ tax on social housing tenants’ spare bedrooms last week. Fewer than 1 percent of them have moved into smaller properties.
More and more councils are coming out to say that they oppose the bedroom tax.
A £500 a week benefit cap is set to come into effect in four pilot London boroughs next week. Labour’s Frank Field called it a “mega-sum”. But the increasing cost of living means that people need it.
BBC | Agricultural workers | Leeds council | Post Office workers
Protesters targeted housing associations in the Glasgow region on Wednesday, demanding they stand by tenants who are being hit by the Tories’ bedroom tax.
Electrician Frank Morris says workers were sidelined or dismissed for raising significant safety issues on the Crossrail scheme.
People protested around the country today, Saturday, against the bedroom tax and other benefit cuts. Events were organised in some of the hardest hit areas and on the doorsteps of the millionaire ministers behind the attacks.
The votes have been counted in the Unite union's election for its next general secretary, and rank and file challenger Jerry Hicks received his strongest ever vote.
A record of the vibrant march through north London on Saturday 13 April, by Terry McGrath
Imperialist warmongering against North Korea threatened to bring the region to the brink of nuclear war last week.
Sectarian thugs attacked a funeral at the Coptic Christian cathedral in the Cairo suburb of Abbassiyya on Sunday.
Afghanistan Cyprus Greece Spain
The French political establishment has been badly shaken by a series of corruption scandals.
I personally have a policy not to speak ill of the dead. But I’m tempted to make an exception.
We had to struggle against the demonising of black people throughout Margaret Thatcher’s rule.
Thatcher had been undead for so long my first reaction to the news that she’d snuffed it was, “Are they sure?”
Margaret Thatcher built her reputation and career on destroying jobs and council housing, and with the blood of soldiers in the Falklands.
I was in the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners group during the 1984-85 miners’ strike. We fought for working class unity.
The day after Margaret Thatcher died the newspapers were remarkably uniform—only one broke the mould
A big talking point in Washington at the minute is a new book by David Stockman, who was Ronald Reagan’s budget director from 1981-85. Disillusioned by his failure to stop Reagan cutting taxes and boosting military spending, he became a right wing libertarian.
Could Iain Duncan Smith really get by on £7.37 a day? The smug architect of the government’s welfare reforms insists he “could if I had to”. Socialist Worker and benefit claimant Paul went to his mansion in Swanbourne, Buckinghamshire, to find out
John Parrington says the Human Genome Project tells us a lot about how science is shaped by society
As the BBC unveils a new system for defining class in Britain, Judith Orr explains what class means for Marxists —and how superficial definitions hide workers’ power
David Cameron declared of Margaret Thatcher, “She didn’t just lead our country, she saved our country
Tony Blair gushed over Thatcher in the wake of her death. “I always thought my job was to build on some of the things she had done rather than reverse them,” he said.
It’s 125 years since the classic play Miss Julie was first staged. Now revived as Mies Julie, it’s an explosive cocktail of love and hate, says Brian Richardson
Someone is killing fat cats. Three top Stockholm bankers have been shot in the head in as many nights and there’s no sign it’s going to stop.
Cinemagoers across Britain will get a unique opportunity to see exclusive behind the scenes footage of the Royal Academy’s exhibition of Manet in this beautifully shot documentary.
The Tories have lost one of their heroes and millions of workers are celebrating.
Nuclear bombs are the most deadly weapons of mass destruction that exist. Yet some in the workers’ movement insist on defending the maintenance and expansion of Trident nuclear missiles and submarines on the grounds that it is good for jobs.
Socialist Worker opposes all immigration controls. They exist to police working class people and spread racist division.
Quotations from the week's news
The Troublemaker looks at the vile Daily Mail, gold iPhones and George Osborne's parking arrangements
Cuts of £350 million from legal aid will deny thousands of ordinary people the right to defend their jobs, homes and benefits in court, says Siân Ruddick