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The vicious circle of racism behind the rise of Ukip

29 April 2014
As Ukip continues to rise, Socialist Worker examines how mainstream parties have created room for it to grow—and how Labour’s complacency could come back to bite it

Neither SNP nor Labour offer solutions to poverty in Scotland

08 April 2014
There have been few demands in the independence debate for far-reaching wealth redistribution. Class divisions are being overlooked in competing claims to “Scottishness” and other supposedly national characteristics. 

Privatisation vultures want to charges fees to use NHS

01 April 2014
A think tank funded by private health firms says people should be forced to pay a £10-a-month “membership charge” to use the NHS. The report from think tank Reform also says prescription fees should be higher and that people staying in hospital overnight should pay “hotel charges”.

The Tories and Labour are wrong on welfare

01 April 2014
Nasty cuts need nasty lies to justify them—and to divide opposition to the pain and suffering they cause. So scapegoating unemployed people on benefits has been central to the government’s plans to drive through austerity.

Labour has a bigger problem than Ed Miliband

25 March 2014
Labour party leader Ed Miliband has said that he “relishes” the close fight with the Tories in the run-up to next year’s general election. Some polls now put Labour and the Tories only one point apart. This is after four years of devastating cuts by a government of millionaires regularly seen to be acting in the interest of millionaires. 

Do we need to control immigration?

18 March 2014
Common sense tells us that immigration needs to be curtailed but in reality all controls aim to drive a racist wedge between workers with identical class interests

Unite cuts its cash to the Labour party

11 March 2014
The Unite union’s Executive Council (EC) cut its affiliation fee to the Labour Party in half last week, following Ed Miliband’s changes to the unions’ role in the party.

After 12 months of struggle - stabbed in the back by Kinnock and Willis

05 March 2014
Bitterness and anger are raging through the pit villages of Britain. But it is not, as the press would have us believe, directed at Arthur Scargill. The hatred which the miners and their families feel is for the Tories, the TUC and the Labour Party leadership.

Miliband continues what Blair started

04 March 2014
Labour party leader Ed Miliband tried to pitch last week’s special conference as a great historic moment in Labour’s history.

Debate: Should the left vote Yes in the Scottish independence referendum?

04 March 2014
Is Socialist Worker right to argue for a Yes vote? Two Labour Party members in Scotland, Vince Mills and Bob Thomson, debate how the left should vote in September’s poll

Labour wants union cash, but not unions

11 February 2014
By 28 votes to two Labour’s national executive committee last week endorsed the package of “reforms” put forward by party leader Ed Miliband.

Labour's latest retreat as Ed Miliband attacks public services

11 February 2014
 Ed Miliband should have dashed any remaining hopes in him with a speech on public services this week.

Tax the rich for real

28 January 2014
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls’ plan to reintroduce the 50p tax rate on people earning over £150,000 has caused outrage in the media. 

Labour campaign backs Scottish independence

28 January 2014
Around 350 people packed into the Scottish TUC offices to take part in the Labour supporters for Independence launch in Glasgow last week.

Coalition in the air

14 January 2014
You wouldn’t think the general election was still over a year away from the behaviour of the main parties. 

Anti-migrant myths must always be challenged

07 January 2014
Anti-migrant stories keep emerging.

Slurs against Roma are racist, not radical

19 November 2013
Recent claims that the behaviour of Roma people is different to that of others in Sheffield would be comic if they weren’t so serious.

Reasons to be powerful—how workers can face down bosses' threats to move abroad

05 November 2013
Does the Grangemouth defeat leave us at the mercy of unbeatable bosses? Raymie Kiernan says the working class is still a force to be reckoned with—when it fights

Labour lashes out at benefit claimants

15 October 2013
Labour’s new welfare spokesperson Rachel Reeves has pledged that Labour would be “tougher” on welfare claimants than the Tories.

Action at Grangemouth sparks panic over supplies

08 October 2013
Workers began a work to rule at Grangemouth oil refinery in Falkirk on Monday of this week.

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