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Issue: 2586

Dated: 09 Jan 2018

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Theresa May’s chaotic reshuffle is yet another new low for the Tories

Theresa May’s reshuffle of cabinet ministers began as farce and moved on to disaster on Monday.

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Family launches campaign over the ‘contentious’ conviction of Jemma Beale

The family and friends of Jemma Beale have begun a campaign over what they describe as a “contentious” conviction. Jemma was found guilty last year of perjury and perverting the course of justice.

As McDonald’s bosses forced to grant some pay rises, workers vow to fight for more

A section of McDonald’s workers have won their biggest pay rise in ten years.

Fat Cat Thursday is an indictment of a system that enriches a few at our expense

4 January 2018 was Fat Cat Thursday. The amount already grabbed by the average top executives passed the median annual salary of £28,758 for workers.

Disgraceful Tory Homes agency board member Simon Dudley attacks homeless

Windsor Tory councillor Simon Dudley wants to clear the town’s streets of homeless people before the royal wedding set to take place there in May.

As campaigners call a national protest for the NHS on 3 February - let’s make it big

Health campaigners are planning a national demonstration against the Tories’ assault on the NHS. Called by Health Campaigns Together and the People’s Assembly for Saturday 3 February, it could bring tens of thousands onto the streets of London.

Protest in Doncaster on 27 January to defend campaigner Louise Harrison

Support domestic violence worker and campaigner Louise Harrison who is threatened with losing her job

Two deaths after long ambulance waits - Tory cuts are to blame

At least two people have died this month because of Tory cuts to the NHS.

Coordinated strikes hit six train lines across England as workers fight attack on safety

Workers on six train lines are continuing the fight for safe and accessible train travel.

Protest to demand justice for Becky Romero

The family and supporters of Becky Romero planned to protest in Bristol this Saturday.

SWP conference - fighting racism is the key to building broader resistance

Revolutionaries debated how to shape the political situation at the Socialist Workers Party conference

US housing predators ready for Britain

US housing investment firm Blackstone is set to enter the social housing sector in Britain.

Well-supported strike at The Cumberland School in Newham says no to academies

The first strike at The Cumberland School in Newham, east London, against academisation saw over 50 NEU education union members picketing on Tuesday.

Councillor changes view on the hated Haringey Development Vehicle

The campaign against the social-cleansing Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) has claimed its latest scalp.

School cleaners in Hackney are 100 percent behind pay strikes

More than 40 school cleaners in six schools in Hackney, east London, have voted to strike by 100 percent on a 60 percent turnout.

Solidarity conference in London against Recep Erdogan’s repression in Turkey

Solidarity with the People of Turkey is holding a conference on “Turkey under the state of emergency—campaigning to win change!”

Force out the Tories after their reshuffle kerfuffle

The Tories won’t shuffle off without a fight. The time to strike and protest is now, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Lecturers have days left to vote on pension strikes

UCU union members are engaged in a crucial ballot for strikes over pensions

Industrial round-up - Mears housing workers strike in Manchester

Workers at a fork lift truck engineering company in Bolton struck on Monday.

Home care workers saving service from destruction

Around 350 home care workers in Birmingham plan to strike later this month

New developments in the Royal Mail dispute

Postal workers’ union leaders have suggested they could soon reach an agreement with bosses

Bus drivers vow to keep up the fight as they begin their 13th week of walkouts

Manchester bus drivers vowed to keep fighting this week as they kicked off their 13th week of strikes.


Mahienour el-Massry jailed for two years as Egyptian state extends state of emergency

Campaigning lawyer Mahienour el-Massry and leading trade unionist Moatasem Medhat have been jailed for two years by an Egyptian court.

Israeli blacklist bans BDS activists from entering the country

Israel has published a list of 20 organisations—including the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Britain—whose activists and senior officials are banned from entering the country.



Iran in revolt - Iranian socialists on what sparked the protests and why they matter

Nick Clark spoke to two Iranian socialists, Nima Soltanzadeh and Massoud, about what lies behind the recent protests—and what they mean for the struggle

Freedom of speech for all?

The Tories are apparently desperate to defend free speech. Universities minister Jo Johnson has appointed odious free schools fanatic Toby Young to head up a new Office for Students.

A newly published book by Clara Zetkin on fascism gives a stark warning for today

Socialist Clara Zetkin’s analysis of fascism in the 1920s can help us today, says Tomáš Tengely-Evans


McMafia brings the bosses’ infighting to our TV screens

McMafia grapples with the differences between “good” and “bad” capitalism—and makes thrilling drama at the same time.

Edgar Degas’s contradictions and shock value

An exhibition of drawings by Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is an excellent introduction to the work of one of the most influential artists of the 19th century.

The Cotton Famine

This new pamphlet tells the story of how textile workers in Lancashire came to support the abolition of slavery in the US.

What We Think

Don’t fall for the right wing myth of the ‘white working class’

Tory austerity provides a real opportunity to unite working class people in resistance.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct - new name, same pigsty

The cops’ pet watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), has been replaced by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

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LETTERS - Councils must be held to account over their child abuse failings

A recent court ruling could mean that councils won’t have to grant compensation to victims of abuse that they failed to protect.

The things they say in Trump's White House

‘What a fucking idiot’

Trump book unleashes ‘fire and fury’ on the White House

A new book about Donald Trump offers a rare glimpse into the machinations of the ruling class

Tories starve mental health services for Grenfell victims

More than 11,000 people could be suffering mental health problems as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire. But the Tories aren’t giving services the funding they need

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