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Issue: 2578

Dated: 31 Oct 2017


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Tories caught in torrent of new harassment claims

At the start of this week 15 current ministers and over 20 more Tory MPs faced allegations of sexual misconduct.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

More flammable cladding and fewer firefighters—Tory Britain after Grenfell

“It’s like cladding your home in solid petrol,” fire expert and surveyor Arnold Tarling told the BBC last week.

Racist lies from the press and politicians fuel brutal attack in Leicester

A horrifying attack on a Muslim woman in Leicester underlines the importance of taking on Islamophobia.

Rail and bus workers call coordinated strikes over pay and conditions

Transport workers in the North West of England were set to stage a 24 hour coordinated strike on Wednesday of next week.

Reports round-up: Capita workers strike to defend pensions

Also: Living Wage Week action at Picturehouse | Hospital porters in Exeter and cleaners at Manchester Airports prepare to strike | Fascist Britain First in Bromley and Burslem | BAE reps rally over jobs | Mend hosts Trojan Horse meeting | UCU Left debates beating the pay cap

Civil service workers fight over poverty pay and jobs

Civil service workers in the PCS union protested outside offices across the country on Tuesday—pay day—against poverty pay.

Inspiration and debate at Marxism in Scotland

Around 150 people came to Marxism in Scotland, hosted by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), in Glasgow last Saturday.

South Korea: movement grows against Donald Trump’s visit

Protesters are gearing up for Trump's visit on 7-8 November.

Unions back the fight against council’s cuts to South Yorkshire Women’s Aid

Also: Equal pay fight in Glasgow | Child services to be slashed in Bradford

Report into deaths in custody needs to go further for justice

A long-awaited investigation into incidents in police custody highlights problems in the police force, but it doesn’t go far enough in looking for solutions, writes Alistair Farrow

Racist FLA tries to build support in Scotland

The Football Lads Alliance (FLA) is trying to spread its organisation to Scotland.

Revolution is how we can change the world

Revolution is difficult and involves intense confrontation with the ruling class.

Activists go to France in winter appeal for refugees

Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) activists went to volunteer with refugees in northern France last week.

Postal workers plan new day of mass gate meetings

The CWU postal workers’ union has warned it could end negotiations early if Royal Mail bosses use talks simply to delay strikes.

Activists vow to keep up the fight as they mark Abortion Act’s 50th anniversary

Over 230 people attended the Beyond the Backstreets conference in London last Saturday. It was organised by the Abortion Rights campaign to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act.

Activists build opposition to social cleansing plans in Haringey

Housing campaigners took to the high court last week to challenge Labour-run Haringey council over its plan to demolish seven estates in the north London borough.

Families march for justice after deaths in police custody

 The annual United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) held its annual march in central London on Saturday. 

Billionaires are getting even richer

“It has been a good week for billionaires,” wrote the editor-in-chief of MoneyWeek in the Financial Times on Saturday.

Third Energy ready to frack in North Yorkshire at any moment

The battle over fracking in Britain has shifted a gear. Third Energy is poised to frack at Ryedale, North Yorkshire.

Fiasco of ‘AirBnB’ NHS plan reveals a deep crisis in social care

Tory health minister Philip Dunne waded in behind a dangerous plan to deal with the shortage of hospital beds on Monday.


International

FBI inquiry into Russian involvement in US election piles pressure onto Donald Trump

The pressure on racist, sexist US president Donald Trump was growing as Socialist Worker went to press on Tuesday.

International round-up - protests in Togo while right makes gains in Czech election

Brutal repression by Togolese dictator Faure Gnassingbe’s regime has forced more than 500 people to flee the West African country for Ghana.

Only the mass movement can push Spanish state onto the back foot

A tumultuous week in the struggle over Catalonia saw a declaration of independence

Lies unravel about US military raid in Niger

The lies peddled by the United States political and military elite about the deaths of soldiers in West Africa are falling apart - as Socialist Worker predicted

Protesters say “don't give into the Spanish state”

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont seems ready to bow to pressure from the Spanish state by dissolving parliament for new elections.

Catalonian independence hangs in the balance as Puigdemont hesitates

 The Spanish state is on the attack. Only radical measures can repulse the assault.

Catalonia declares independence after people power defies state blackmail

People all over Catalonia are celebrating the long-awaited declaration of independence by the Catalan parliament.


Comment

Labour won’t win change by acting ‘respectable’

As the prospect of government nears, the pressure is on Labour to distance itself from the movement, writes Sadie Robinson

After Heaton-Harris - what are the real threats to academic freedom?

Was the Heaton-Harris affair just a storm in a teacup? Christopher Heaton-Harris is the pro-Leave Tory whip who wrote to university vice-chancellors asking for information about “professors involved in the teaching of European affairs, with particular reference to Brexit”.


Features

1917 - when workers shook the world

The Russian Revolution of October 1917 is the most important event in human history. For centuries ordinary people had dreamed of a world without the rule of emperors, kings, generals and the rich. Some gave their lives fighting for such change.

Seven things you should know about October

What caused the Russian Revolution—and what did it achieve?

The only way is insurrection

Lenin called the state “an organ for the oppression of one class by another”. The insurrection in October 1917 in Russia showed that one class can beat another.

How workers won in 1917

The Provisional Government assembled in the Winter Palace at 9pm on 25 October to “work out methods for the resolute and final liquidation of the Bolsheviks”.

The revolution was defeated - but it didn't have to be

Within a decade of the revolution a regime was taking shape in Russia that pushed back everything revolutionaries had fought for.

Bolsheviks —a crucial element

The October insurrection in Russia would not have succeeded had it not been for the Bolshevik party. The Bolsheviks are still the best model for how revolutionaries should organise.

Bloody Balfour’s century of oppression in Palestine

One hundred years ago Tory foreign secretary Arthur Balfour's declaration laid the basis for Palestinian oppression. Nick Clark looks at its legacy today


Reviews

Weak gags and tired cliches dog play on Marx’s early life

Lovers of toilet humour and references to the philosopher Hegel will adore Young Marx. Unfortunately for the rest of us, there is little that’s either edifying or funny about this odd choice of a maiden production for the new Bridge Theatre.

Grime MC’s new song is a grilling for the government

Dave’s new song Question Time voices the harsh reality many face under a Tory government.


What We Think

Tory scum floats on top of a sexist society

Allegations of serious sexual harassment and abuse by MPs have shone a light on the sexism which lies at the heart of our society.

Saving Scottish Labour

Recovery for Labour in Scotland is a real possibility. The race for the leadership of Scottish Labour reflects why.


Other Categories

John Clossick 1945-2017

John, who died last week, was a founding member of the Socialist Society at Dundee University in the 1960s.

Letters: Tories’ hypocrisy is exposed over question of free speech

The minister for universities, Jo Johnson, is on the warpath for freedom of speech, he claims.

The Troublemaker - Thatcher’s Tories covered up the tainted blood scandal

Margaret Thatcher’s Tory government had a deliberate policy of refusing to accept any responsibility for allowing contaminated blood to be given to haemophiliacs.



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