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Issue: 2634

Dated: 11 Dec 2018


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May’s Brexit deal has her government on the ropes

The Tories are on the ropes. Determined resistance could finish them off.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Solid picket lines as Camden traffic wardens launch two-week strike

Traffic wardens in Camden launched a two-week strike on Thursday as part of their fight against low pay.

French president Macron fails to hold back Yellow Vest revolt

French president Emmanuel Macron has made more concession to the “Yellow Vest” protesters, but it has not stopped the revolt.

Bothering the bosses with magical realism and strikes

Sorry to Bother You is heralded as a left wing cult classic full of laughs and sharp obervations. It deserves at least some of that reputation, says Shay Carroll

Campaigners at housing summit vow to fight the Tories

Up to 200 people joined the Homes for All annual housing summit in London on Saturday.

Calais refugees attacked by French police, blocked by British state racism

French police have launched a renewed wave of repression against refugees trapped at Britain's border in Calais.

Anti-fascists outnumber Nazi Tommy Robinson’s crew and Ukip

Ten thousand opposed 5,000 fascists and their friends. But the union of Nazis and a racist electoral party is still a threat.

‘Stansted 15’ activists vow to keep up fight against deportations after conviction

A group of 15 protesters found guilty under terror legislation have vowed to keep up the fight against deportations.

Santa hats, solidarity and strike against academy at John Roan school

Striking GMB union members were joined by NEU union members who refused to cross their picket line.

Von Trier gives gore-filled middle finger to his haters

Be prepared for an utterly nightmarish descent with director Lars Von Trier’s The House That Jack Built.

Grenfell Tower site could be highly toxic

The full scale of water and soil poisoning in the area surrounding Grenfell Tower could be revealed by an investigation in the New Year.

Reports round-up - Birmingham care workers overwhelmingly back more action

Home care workers in Birmingham have overwhelmingly backed more strikes in their fight against job cuts and privatisation.

Don’t trust shipyard bosses to save jobs at Cammell Laird

The Unite and GMB unions suspended a programme of rolling walkouts at Cammell Laird shipyard after bosses agreed to delay job cuts.

Batley protest shows unity against racism in West Yorkshire

Labour shadow home secretary Diane Abbott gave a big boost to a rally against racism in Batley, West Yorkshire, last Saturday.

Interserve—a privatisation nightmare

School meals, home care, window cleaning, road works and hospital security—these are just some of the services that stand on the brink of further chaos.

Supporters of Karen Reissmann lobby Unison union leadership

Supporters of leading health worker Karen Reissmann lobbied the Unison union’s national executive committee last week.

Tens of thousands of patients could be left lying on trolleys this winter

This winter could be the worst on record for frontline emergency care departments.


International

Yellow Vest protests unbroken by state violence

Yellow Vest protesters fought massive police repression in France on Saturday

Rama drama ding dong as fees hike brings a massive palaver to Tirana

Student protests over a proposed university tuition fee rise have rocked the Albanian government.

The Yellow Vests have shown the power of resistance

French president Emmanuel Macron’s attempt to break and divide the Yellow Vest movement by making small concessions has spectacularly failed

Pressure on Israeli prime minister Netanyahu could move him to right

A combination of imperialism, racism and political manoeuvring could push Israel’s government towards launching a fresh wave of violence in the Middle East.


Comment

Are the Kippers floundering, or will their racist party survive?

Leading figures are leaving Ukip over its links with Nazis. But the racist party can’t be written off yet, argues Sadie Robinson

Liberals can’t solve a ruling class crisis

Pundits rightly mock Theresa May’s promise to deliver “strong and stable” leadership amid the Brexit chaos. Yet she’s not the only European ruler facing a crisis. Germany and France are far from “strong and stable”.


Features

Universal Suffering—people at the sharp end of the Tories’ war on benefits speak out

Millions of people face a miserable Christmas because of the Tories’ hated Universal Credit (UC) benefit. Around 1.1 million currently claim UC, many with dependent children.

Cast Lead—Murder in Palestine

Ten years ago Israel launched an assault on the Gaza Strip. It left 1,400 people dead and left Gazans with a broken infrastructure that makes life a misery, writes Nick Clark


Reviews


What We Think

Our united front can beat Nazi Tommy Robinson

The anti-racist and anti-fascist unity last Sunday was the best display of what it will take to stop the Nazis


Other Categories

Obituary: Pat Boyle 1942-2018

Pat, who died recently, was an ever-present member of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) in west London and at national events.

Letters—Leeds refugee case shows that campaigning can work

We have been foster carers for a young refugee, Hossein Ahmadi, who arrived in Britain on the back of a freezer truck in the summer of 2016. He had spent ten months in the misery of the Dunkirk camp.

The things they say

‘100% happening’

The Troublemaker—prison officers get go ahead for a new incapacitating gas

Prison officers have been given the go ahead to use a new type of gas on prisoners

New book shows how the European Union ‘hollowed out democracy’

Costas Lapavitsas is a Marxist economist and author of a new book, The Left Case Against the EU. He urges a break with the neoliberal European Union



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