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Issue: 2636

Dated: 08 Jan 2019

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Grenfell fire showed how the system fails ordinary people

The past year has seen all the people and organisations responsible for the Grenfell Tower fire disgracefully attempt to pass the buck.

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Protests across Britain as rail fares rise once more

Campaigners, union members and rail passengers staged a national day of action against fare rises on Wednesday.

Divisions in the military put Bolsonaro under pressure

Bolsanoro’s new government is full of contradictions and is unstable—that means that resistance has the potential to defeat it

Workers on company boards won't stop business as usual for the fat cats

Outsourcing giant Capita has announced it will appoint workers to its board

Fat Cat Friday shows the colossal social divide in Britain

At 1pm on Friday top bosses will have been paid as much as the average worker makes in a year.

Refugees speak out on Tories’ sham border crisis

Lost amid the Tory scaremongering over refugees entering Britain are the voices of the refugees themselves.

The tiny group controlling England’s water industry

Privatisation has handed just 20 investors over two thirds of England’s water and sewerage supply—and it’s time we took it back, says Charlie Kimber

Siblings reunite, but this isn’t a happy-ever-after story

In the early 1980s Bobby, Eddy and David, identical triplets, had fifteen minutes of fame. They were on every US chat show couch and even had a cameo with Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan.

Millions of women line the streets in mass protest over sexism in India

Women in India took part in mass protests against sexism last week—and on Tuesday tens of millions of workers were set to launch a two-day general strike.

SWP conference debates where next for the left?

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

Vicious Universal Credit plan is in chaos - now bury it

The Tories have been forced into a drastic retreat over their hated Universal Credit (UC) benefit.

How can the left get its voice heard over Brexit?

What machinations will May pull to get out of her crisis? And what should the left do to force her out? Tomáš Tengely-Evans says the key is a fight against racism and austerity

650 bus drivers join strike across north east England

More than 600 bus drivers struck in County Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire this week in a fight for better pay.

Reports round up: Scarborough declares climate emergency

Ministries face coordinated strikes

Strike at Northern Rail as Tories give bung to train giant

Guards working for Northern rail struck against the implementation of driver only operation (DOO) trains for the 43rd time on Saturday.

Join public meeting to defend victimised health worker Karen Reissmann

Supporters of victimised health worker Karen Reissmann plan to hold a public meeting in Manchester on Saturday 19 January.

Fight for every vote in teachers’ pay ballot

Teachers in the NEU union are taking part in an indicative ballot for strikes over pay and school funding.


Donald Trump threatens more government shutdown chaos

The US government is being held to ransom by its racist president. Donald Trump has threatened to declare a state of emergency in order to force through £5 billion in funding for his infamous border wall.

Yellow Vests pack a punch in France

The Yellow Vest movement in France roared back into action with renewed vigour last Saturday.


Israeli elections promise a campaign of repression and racism

During the past decade Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has overseen two major wars on Gaza. But he's denounced for being 'soft'.


Rosa Luxemburg - a fighter for revolution

One hundred years ago this week right wing paramilitaries killed the revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg—on the orders of a reformist, social democratic party.


Revolutionary France brought to life in BBC’s Les Miserables

A new adaptation of the lengthy literary classic revives forgotten characters and eschews music in favour of narrative thrust, writes?Dave Sewell

What We Think

Defend our right to protest outside parliament

Nazis harassing people around parliament has led to calls for more curbs on protests in the area.

Fight for the soul of the yellow vests

The liberal centre is disintegrating—and a battle is raging about whether the left or right gains.

Other Categories

Ken Whitwell, 1941-2018

It is with great sadness that comrades and friends of York SWP learnt of the recent death of Ken Whitwell.

Tamara Kalom, 1939-2018

Many customers of Bookmarks Bookshop will be sorry to hear of the death of Tamara Kalom (Tami) on Christmas Eve.

LETTERS - Tory hypocrisy over barracks, Grenfell and housing crisis

Tory MP Johnny Mercer has attacked the Ministry of Defence for housing soldiers in unsafe barracks. “Animals would not be housed in such dangerous conditions,” he said.

The things they say

‘You do realise that it’s not a documentary, don’t you. Don’t you?’

The Troublemaker - Cops have secret plot against Kingsley Burrell campaign

Cops are organising in secret against the campaign for Justice for Kingsley Burrell.

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