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Issue: 2519

Dated: 30 Aug 2016

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Can Jeremy Corbyn’s plans work?

Rivals attack Corbyn’s policies as ‘loony left’ but millions back them nevertheless. Raymie Kiernan and Tomáš Tengely-Evans look at what difference his policies could make

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Calais camp swells—but Tories keep border shut

The Border Force boat Valiant was scrambled on Thursday morning of last week to intercept a small dinghy crossing the Channel.

Labour right step up the purge

Thousands of Labour members have had their party membership suspended as part of a bid by the right to steal the leadership election.

Council privatisation brings chaos but SNP and Labour push on anyway

Labour-run Glasgow City Council is set to privatise its IT services after its joint venture that currently runs the service with outsourcing giant Serco comes to an end.

New hope for Cressingham Gardens housing campaign

Residents of the Cressingham Gardens estate in Tulse Hill, south London, have won the right to a second judicial review into the council’s decision to knock down the estate.

Govia Thameslink Rail workers hope strike won’t face cancellations

Unions are opening a second front against the Tories’ favourite rail firm, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR). It runs the ailing Southern railway franchise as well as Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express.

Cleaners want to sweep out low pay at tax office

Cleaners in HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) offices in Merseyside are set to escalate their pay fight with three days of strikes next week.

Post Office workers waiting for action in pensions fight


Labour councils should be fighting cuts—not implementing them

Bristol City Council plans to axe one sixth of its workforce in a bid to plug gaps in its budget. Unions should mobilise in the streets against the plans. Meanwhile in Durham teaching assistants facing a Labour attack say they feel like they even have to fight their own union, which is not doing enough to resist the pay cut

Reports round-up

Further education (FE) support workers held a protest outside pay talks with Scotland’s college bosses in Glasgow last Thursday.

New Tory cuts plan—don't let Hunt axe the NHS

The Tories are ramping up their assault on the NHS with plans to shut hospital departments across England.

Turkish and Syrian socialists issue joint statement against intervention

Revolutionaries demand that Turkey immediately cease military operations in Syria, stop its enmity against the Kurds, and open its borders to refugees.

Junior doctors to strike for five days from 12 September. Now build solidarity

The junior doctors are fighting for all of us, and they are right to escalate their strikes. 

Anti-racists hold unity vigil after Polish migrant killed in Harlow

Over 200 people joined a vigil for Polish migrant Arkadiusz "Arek" Jowik in Harlow, Essex, last night, Wednesday.

Socialist MP speaks out on rotten Apple Irish tax scam

Why doesn't the Irish government want 13 billion euros in unpaid tax from US multinational Apple? Richard Boyd Barrett, a member of the Irish parliament, explains the case to Raymie Kiernan

Huddersfield NHS marchers vow to keep up A&E fight, and back junior doctors

Hundreds marched through Huddersfield against the proposed closure of the local accident and emergency department and organisers said 10,000 took part in a rally and fun day.


Australian protests for refugee rights grow

Thousands protest as opposition to refugee detention surges, reports James Supple in Sydney

International news round-up

Turkish tanks, backed by US air strikes, swept into northern Syria last weekend and attacked Kurdish YPG forces. Meanwhile in India tens of millions of workers were due to hold a nationwide general strike on Friday of this week.

Activists push to turn the tide against ‘burkini’ ban

The Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) is campaigning to overturn the bans.


Blame capitalism not socialism for Venezuela's crisis

The right argue that if we vote for a socialist such as Jeremy Corbyn then Britain will end up like Venezuela. But Venezuela’s problem isn’t too much socialism—it’s not enough.


A time of turmoil shaped Karl Marx’s ideas

A new book by Gareth Stedman-Jones, Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion, stresses the impact of dynamic early capitalism on Karl Marx's theories. But workers’ struggles gave them their revolutionary edge that still cuts, argues Simon Basketter


Warmth and colour make Julieta's simple story truly captivating

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s newest film Julieta is an elegant and rewarding emotional drama—though far from his best, writes Alan Kenny

Reviews round-up

A new graphic novel charts the last years of Irish nationalist Roger Casement’s life. In these years he was instrumental in organising the 1916 Easter Rising.

What We Think

Good Riddance to TTIP

Senior politicians who still claim that the TTIP trade deal is on track are becoming hard to find.

The fight for a better society is no utopian fantasy

Every socialist dreams of winning a better and fairer world, one which isn’t run in the interests of the rich. But that doesn’t mean our dreams are simply “fantasy” as former Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls suggested this week.

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LETTERS: Richard Branson is taking Virgin passengers for a ride

Richard Branson was keen to try and prove that Jeremy Corbyn did not have to sit on the floor of one of his overcrowded, overpriced trains.

The Things They Say

‘Nobody was asked’

It’s cock-up after Balls-up for blundering blokes of Labour

Poor old Owen Smith can’t stop putting his foot in his mouth.

Black Lives Matter takes politics back into Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival’s roots lie in fighting racism, but it’s become corporate and heavily policed. Alistair Farrow spoke to Carnival-goers and activists

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