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Dated: 02 Sep 2014

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Rotherham child abuse - blame cops and the cuts, not 'political correctness'

Former Rotherham social work trainer Gordon Jelley speaks out about the scandal, and Sadie Robinson looks at why abuse was really left unchallenged

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Autumn strikes are our chance to stop the Tories

Health workers began voting last week in ballots that could see nearly half a million strike.

News in brief

Inquest in to the death of Kingsley Burrell announced, police and crime commissioner investigated, George Galloway attacked and 'irreversible' climate change

Scottish referendum on a knife edge - vote Yes to independence

Latest polls show just a three-point swing to Yes could win the referendum as momentum is with pro independence campaign.

Police told Hillsborough survivor to ''get back in you f****** Scouse b*****d''

Liverpool football fans have described “mayhem” and a “chaos” during the Hillsborough disaster in April 1989. And they have underlined the role played by the police

Why won’t Labour back the Care UK strikers?

Care UK strikers in Doncaster are calling on the Labour Party to back their struggle against the Tories’ NHS privatisation.

Your Choice Barnet care workers strike against pay cut

Care workers at Your Choice Barnet (YCB) in north London are set to strike on Monday and Tuesday of next week against a 9.5 percent pay cut.

Industrial and political news in brief

TUSC; March against Tories; Bedroom Tax; Strike vote at BBC; Anti-fascism

Scottish local government workers set to be balloted over pay

Local government workers in Scotland are set to receive strike ballot papers from Tuesday of next week. The Unison union is balloting over a claim for an extra £1 per hour and consolidation of the living wage.

Defend Unison union rep Claire Lyall

A public petition has been launched to reinstate Claire Lyall, a community worker and Unison union vice-convenor of Glasgow social work shop stewards.

Defend Glasgow home care services

Glasgow council is to outsource all responsibility for assessing and organising of people who need home care services from their social work department.

More talks for the FBU

The executive council of the firefighters’ FBU union was set to meet this week, to discuss any further developments in talks with Tory fire minister Penny Mordaunt.

Re-elect Mark Serwotka as PCS union leader

The PCS civil service workers’ union is set to hold its general secretary election this autumn.

Victory for Essex electricians

Some 13 electricians on a Romford rail site were set to be taken on directly by T Clarke as Socialist Worker went to press. 

Museums workers cause disruption for bosses

The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh faced a week of disruption as workers took part in a series of one-hour strikes.

Overtime ban at London Underground to reopen fight with bosses

London Underground workers were set to begin an indefinite overtime ban on Wednesday of this week.   

London Underground cleaners' strike ballot

Cleaners on London Underground were set to ballot for strikes from Wednesday of this week in a dispute over the introduction in July of a fingerprint booking-on system.

Protesters stand up to Nato warmongers in Newport

Demonstrators make a stand against the Nato military alliance's summit as David Cameron hints at the possibility of joining US in bombing Iraq.

South Yorkshire Freedom Riders defiant

Three weeks of intense campaigning by Barnsley freedom riders have forced transport bosses into talks.

Further education round-up

Further Education college pay; UCU Left national conference; Lambeth College dispute

London protest for Michael Brown

Protesters gathered outside the US embassy in London on Wednesday of last week to protest against police brutality in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown in Missouri. 

Radical campaign builds the momentum for Scottish independence

While the Better Together campaign against Scottish independence stumbles, Yes campaign activists talk to Raymie Kiernan about why they are voting to break the union with England

Standing up for the health service is proving a boost to Yes campaigners in Scotland

Leaders of the Yes campaign have finally realised what will inspire confidence in voters to back independence on 18 September—a rejection of Tory austerity.

Israel makes new landgrab in Palestine

Just days after the declaration of a ceasefire in Gaza, Israel has announced a takeover of land in the West Bank. Its leaders are bullish despite losing popularity, writes Ken Olende

New Nato 'strike force' ratchets up tensions in Ukraine

Western leaders hope to set up a new Nato “quick-strike force” in an attempt to strengthen their position against Russia.

General strike hits Argentina

Workers across Argentina struck on Thursday of last week in the second general strike of the year.

Cameron veers right with ‘terror’ crackdown amid Tory crisis

David Cameron has given police and intelligence agencies further powers to crack down on those he decides are “terrorists” in a raft of new measures announced this week.

Hillsborough cop says fans ‘weren't aggressive to me or other people’

Police pushed fans trying to escape a deadly crush at the Hillsborough football stadium in April 1989 back into the pens, an inquest has heard.

Independence referendum - No campaign gets nasty as Scots prepare to vote

Two hundred people protested in Glasgow outside a closed meeting of the CBI bosses’ organisation last week. David Cameron had chosen to address them rather than talk to Scottish voters.



Can France show us how to prepare for the challenges of a Miliband government?

Dave Sewell looks at what socialists in Britain can learn from the unravelling of Francois Hollande’s Labour-style government

Ukraine crisis and the two imperialisms

The Ukraine crisis is a paradoxical situation—a conflict between two imperial powers, both of which see themselves as acting defensively, writes Alex Callinicos


Will the union leaders fight back against the Tories?

This autumn could see mass strikes against the Tories. But the last such fightback fell apart in 2011. Karen Reissmann looks at why—and how we can stop it happening again


Obvious Child: A new miraculous movie that doesn’t distort women’s lives

While full of ‘rom-com’ tropes, Obvious Child is genuinely funny and set in a New York that is relentless but far from heartless, writes Sally Campbell

Assata Shakur: fighting to end the system, not for a position within it

The FBI’s most wanted list of terrorists contains two non-Muslims. One is Assata Shakur, originally called Joanne Chesimard, escaped from a US prison in 1979 and has been on the run ever since.

Dylanation: Passion, wit and honesty marks Dylan Thomas centenery

Wales’ culture industry is in overdrive for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas—one of the 20th century’s greatest poets. But even when Thomas was at the height of his powers, he could not make a living as a writer.

What We Think

A reminder that we need better care for all

Any decent person will hope for the best for five year old cancer patient Ashya King and feel sympathy for the torment of his family.

Get rid of capitalism to root out child abuse

The child abuse in Rotherham needs to be addressed properly, not through witch hunts and racist campaigns.   

Other Categories


Standing up to Ukip in Doncaster and Thanet, and understanding Rotherham's child abuse horror

Report says inequality is elitist ‘social engineering’

Troublemaker leads on a report into child poverty and includes stories on football fans taking a stand against TV bosses and Tory racism

Care at a price — how the vultures cash in on people in need

Vulnerable people and their care workers are losing out in a race to cut costs

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