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Issue: 2518

Dated: 23 Aug 2016


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Huge support for Jeremy Corbyn shows we should act now to beat the right

Voting started this week in the Labour leadership election.


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News

Big political Pride in Glasgow: reports round-up

Thousands of people marched through Glasgow last Saturday on the city’s Pride march.

School’s too soft when you can’t even drug your pupils

Nostalgic Tories want to take us back to the “selective” schooling system of their youth.

Police killing of Dalian Atkinson was ‘legalised murder'

Dalian Atkinson’s family faces a long fight for justice after his killing, writes Dave Sewell

Rallies for Corbyn set the tone for a tense vote in Labour leadership

Support for Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign continued to grow as ballot papers for the Labour Party leadership election went out on Monday.

Strikes deliver victory and show speedy action works

Workers at the takeaway delivery company Deliveroo celebrated a victory last week as they forced management to back down over its plans to introduce new rates of pay.

Antarctic melt poses grim threat

As the Antarctic winter draws to a close, scientists watching the continent’s ice shelf have found alarming signs that it could be falling apart.

Swindon postal workers walk out after management suspend rep

Postal workers in Wiltshire staged an unofficial walkout this morning, Wednesday, after bosses suspended a union rep.

Swindon postal workers' wildcat strike gets suspended rep reinstated

Postal workers on unofficial strike in Swindon ended their walkout last night, Wednesday, after a suspended rep was reinstated.

Union general secretary hits back after he's banned from Labour

Bfawu bakers' union general secretary Ronnie Draper has spoken out after he was suspended from the Labour Party yesterday, Thursday.

Shock new attacks on the NHS to come, but there's also resistance

NHS bosses are drawing up plans to shut hospital departments across England as the Tories ramp up their assault on the health service.

London bus strike rattles bullying boss

One of London’s top transport tycoons broke down in fury today, Friday, as over 1,000 of his workers walked out on strike.

Protesters occupy CPS lobby demanding justice for Kingsley Burrell

The Justice for Kingsley Burrell campaign occupied the building that houses Birmingham’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) offices today,Friday.

Hundreds protest against 'burkini' ban

Protesters took to the streets against “burkini” bans today, Friday, as a constitutional stand-off developed in France over whether they would continue to be implemented.

Uber Eats strikers summon solidarity at the tap of a button

Delivery riders working for Uber Eats struck yesterday, Friday, against the company’s attempt to cut their pay to just £3.22 per delivery.

There are cuts but no incisions as NHS surgery waiting times soar

Routine operations face chronic delays in a crisis that Tory plans will only make worse, warns Tomáš Tengely-Evans

If your pension scheme’s in trouble it’s not because the boss is hard up

Britain’s top firms threw five times more cash at their shareholders than they paid into workers’ pension schemes last year.

Jeremy Corbyn can win - but not without help, say retired car workers in Cowley

Has Jeremy Corbyn made the Labour Party unelectable? It’s the main charge against him from the Labour right and even parts of the “soft left”.

Landlords double their profit from housing benefit in just a decade

New figures show how the Tories are pushing the market into housing—and the damage it does, says Alistair Farrow

Southern strikes are on the right track as bosses feel the heat

Bosses at Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) face fresh strikes in their battle with rail workers’ unions to undermine safety and slash services.

Court rules for Tommy Sheridan against the Murdoch press

Media baron Rupert Murdoch failed last week in his bid to overturn Scottish socialist Tommy Sheridan’s 2006 defamation victory against the now defunct News of the World newspaper.

Library campaigners take fight to Lewisham council

Around 80 campaigners protested in Lewisham, south east London, last Saturday against the Labour council’s cuts to the library service.

Strike vote at Post Offices sends warning to bosses

Post Office workers in the CWU union have voted by 83 percent for strikes over plans to slash jobs, services and pensions.

College victory in battle to resist Prevent

Anti-racists won a victory in the fight against the Tories’ Islamophobic “Prevent” agenda last week.

Drivers in Weymouth go long haul over pay

Bus drivers in Weymouth struck on Monday in the ninth week of their dispute against poverty pay.


International

Bomb slaughters Kurds as the Turkish state clamps down

Kurdish people in Turkey are under assault by Isis and the Turkish state in the aftermath of the failed coup, argues Charlie Kimber

Economic Freedom Fighters enter dangerous alliance in South Africa

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has grabbed the mayoralty of two crucial South African cities. The party openly backs big business and has its roots in some of the white parties that existed under apartheid.

Outrage after armed police enforce French burkini ban

Anti-racists in France and Britain are preparing to protest against the “burkini ban” imposed in 18 localities in France.


Comment

Socialists and Labour series

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George Lansbury was loved - but it wasn’t enough for the union leaders

George Lansbury went from campaigner to Labour leader only to be brought down by his own side, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

The Tories fear Brexit - we need to shape it

The left must start to contest the debate about what will happen when Britain leaves the European Union (EU). At the moment the argument is dominated by competing right wing visions.


Features

What does socialism look like?

Reforming capitalism is not the same as socialism, argues Sadie Robinson. Another society is possible—but can only come about through a revolution by working class people

Deadly force - cops and their lethal weapons

Cops love their “non-lethal” Tasers so much that their use is rocketing. But they are an ideological tool in the hands of our rulers—and there’s no way of making them safe, argues Dave Sewell. Pictures by Guy Smallman


Reviews

Black—an insightful tale of racism, poverty and alienation

Black is a film adaptation of books by author Dirk Bracke—influenced by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Arthur Laurents’ West Side Story,

Can revival of 1973 classic Scottish play help forge new movement?

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil goes on tour across Scotland this month. The revival of this influential play is timely, writes Dave Gilchrist


What We Think

Caster Semenya's success should be celebrated, not denigrated

South African athlete Caster Semenya won the women’s 800 metre gold medal at the Olympics.

We should drop the Nato warmongers’ alliance

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn struck fear into Britain’s rulers when he said he would avoid war if a Nato ally was attacked.


Other Categories

Obituary: Norman Smith, 1949-2016

Norman Smith was a tireless trade unionist activist from the 1970s until his victimisation after a five-month long Liverpool social workers’ strike in 2004-05.

LETTERS: The stench of hypocrisy runs through this society

At least three French towns have banned the wearing of “burkinis”. This has supposedly been done in the name of “emancipating women” and “combatting terrorism”.

The Troublemaker

Locking people up in jail for having opinions the government doesn’t like isn’t enough for justice secretary Liz Truss.



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