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Issue: 2502

Dated: 03 May 2016

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Tories' racist shame—they are the real racists

David Cameron said last week, “Antisemitism is like racism, it is unacceptable.” Cameron is a hypocrite. In the same week as he attacked Labour’s supposed antisemitism, he was backing the Tory candidate for London mayor Zac Goldsmith.

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Hillsborough campaigners call for cops to be punished

South Yorkshire Police (SYP) is in crisis following the Hillsborough inquests. A jury last week found that 96 fans who died as a result of the 1989 football disaster were unlawfully killed. Former SYP chief superintendent David Duckenfield could face prosecution.

Science fiction fans reject racism at Hugo awards

The Hugo Awards are the most prestigious set of awards for science fiction and fantasy writing.

Bitter lemons for racists as Beyoncé gets political

“Beyoncé was five years ago unrecognisable from the militant activist we see now. Then, she was at pains to be seen as an entertainer and musician and not as a black woman who sings.”

Greedy building bosses are out to grab London’s homes

Plans to let private firms build the way out of the housing crisis are a sham, Simon Elmer told Alistair Farrow. The real solution lies with the council estates they insist on knocking down

Racism row in the Labour Party - myths and reality

Is it racist to oppose the Israeli state? Does a Zionist lobby shape policy? Tomáš Tengely-Evans explains it all

Sheffield civil service workers ballot over office closure

Civil service workers in Sheffield have launched a strike ballot against plans to close their office, which threatens over 200 jobs.

Blacklisted trade unionists win huge payout

Also: Scaffolders strike in Glasgow

Lambeth protesters won’t take Labour’s library sops

Also: Local government workers ballot in Glasgow, strike in Ayrshire

Education round up: Teachers strike against job cull at Manchester school

AROUND 25 NUT union members at Prestwich Arts College in Manchester formed a solid picket line on Wednesday of last week.

'We must let in child refugees’—Labour's Lord Alf Dubs speaks out

Tory MPs are coming under increasing pressure over their refusal to let unaccompanied child refugees come to Britain.

Leak reveals TTIP menace

A leaked draft for the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal between the European Union (EU) and the US underlines how rotten—and fragile—the treaty is.

Parents boycott Sats and slam Tory exam factories

Parents across England refused to take their six and seven year olds into schools on Tuesday. The “strike” was in protest at the hated Sats tests that turn schools into exam factories.

News in brief

Judges rule against Tories|Liberty House to buy Tata?|DWP staff sick of cruel policy|Rich people live longer shock

Now step up the support for crucial junior doctors’ battle

Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt was rocked by two solid junior doctors’ walkouts last week. It’s time to press home the advantage.

Campaigners tell MPs to scrap 'terrible' housing bill

 Housing activists lobbied parliament against the Tories’ Housing and Planning Bill on Tuesday. The lobby came as the bill went back to be debated in the House of Commons.

As talks called in junior doctor dispute it is strikes that will stop the Tory attacks

The Tories have agreed to “pause” the imposition of a dangerous new contract on junior doctors for five days, from Monday. But they will only do this is the British Medical Association (BMA) makes serious concessions.

Election in Scotland sees SNP surge continue

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has produced another astounding election result in the Scottish parliament elections. It won 63 seats, two short of an overall majority.

Tories back down over forced academies

The Tories have withdrawn a plan to force every school in England to become an academy by 2020. It's a humiliating defeat for education secretary Nicky Morgan - and a cause for celebration for teachers, children and parents

Doctors' rep says prepare for more strikes

The British Medical Association (BMA) has agreed to negotiations with the Tories over a dangerous new junior doctors’ contract that’s being imposed in August.

Socialists Gerry Carroll and Eamonn McCann elected to Northern Ireland Assembly

The Northern Ireland Assembly elections saw socialists Eamonn McCann and Gerry Carroll elected in Foyle and West Belfast.

Protests mark Tories' backward environmental policies

The first anniversary of the Tories’ general election victory today, Sunday, saw 500 people walking backwards down Whitehall. The march was called by the Campaign against Climate Change (CCC) to highlight how the government is going backwards on climate policy.

From Campsfield to Calais protests demand end to deportations

Immigration detention centres from Scotland to northern France were targeted by anti-racist protesters as part of a day of action yesterday, Saturday.

Construction bosses pay millions to settle blacklist case

A group of blacklisted workers has won millions of pounds in compensation from eight construction firms.


Is this the birth of new power for workers in South Africa?

New and exciting possibilities for the South African left emerged last weekend, writes Charlie Kimber

Offshore crash kills 13 in Norway

A helicopter carrying 13 offshore workers crashed in Norway last Friday killing all onboard. The tragedy underlined the dangers faced daily by offshore workers.

US—who will feel the After-Bern?

It's the moment of truth for Bernie Sanders and his supporters in the United States.

European Union and bankers demand more pain in Greece

The European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) are demanding yet more austerity in Greece.

The resistable rise of Donald Trump in US election

No sensible person can react with anything but horror to billionaire thug Donald Trump becoming the near-certain Republican candidate for US president.

Greek workers to strike for 48 hours in battle against EU's pension cuts

Workers across Greece are set to walk out on a 48 hour general strike starting tomorrow, Friday, called at the last minute today. The government has just announced that parliament will vote on a hated attack on pensions on Sunday.


Labour witch hunt has a dual purpose

What's driving the Labour right’s assault on Jeremy Corbyn over antisemitism—sheer opportunism or ideology? Certainly the former. Even BBC Radio 4’s Today programme briefly took time off from feeding the frenzy over Ken Livingstone’s remarks to concede that “Livingstone is a proxy for Corbyn”.


Hillsborough QC - can the cops offer justice for the 96?

Mark George QC represented families at the Hillsborough Inquests. He told Sadie Robinson that the police’s role is hostile to the working class, but that it can also be resisted

Displaying resistance - why museum workers in Wales are on all-out strike

Few would have pictured museum and gallery workers in the front line of struggle in Wales. But with an all-out strike beginning last week these low paid staff are exhibiting a new wave of an old tradition, reports Nick Clark


Superheroes and the fight for competing visions of society

Captain America: Civil War asks, ‘Which side are you on?’ While neither side is appealing that doesn’t stop it being entertaining

What We Think

Don’t be silenced by the right's assault

Socialist Worker went to press before this week’s elections. But we can virtually guarantee the Tories’ and media’s spin after the votes are counted—“Crisis for Corbyn”.

Racism’s cutting edge

After Ken Livingstone’s suspension from Labour last week, Jeremy Corbyn said, “We are not tolerating antisemitism in any way or indeed any other kind of racism.”

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LETTERS: Hillsborough families show why we should never give up

I feel really sad for the families of the 96 killed at Hillsborough, having to go through 27 years of smears and lies. But they continued to fight and the top cop finally admitted he lied.

The things they say

‘Assault Team destroys crashed helicopter’

Tories have a long, nasty history of antisemitism

Papers with a long line in scapegoating are committed to opposing antisemitism. Good. No longer is picturing a man of Jewish heritage looking strange eating a bacon sandwich a story.

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