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Peggy Purdy (1930-2012)

18 September 2012
We lost a revolutionary socialist and a class fighter when Peggy died last week.

The class contempt that killed 96

18 September 2012
Liverpool football fans died because government and police refused to treat them as human beings." That’s what Socialist Worker said after the disaster at Hillsborough, Sheffield Wednesday’s football ground, in April 1989—and that was the truth.

Kate Tempest: mixing high art, hip-hop, mythology and reality

11 September 2012
Kate Tempest’s "Brand New Ancients" is a beautifully vivid set of stories about working class life. It’s woven out of all the sorrow, suffering, joy, humiliation and humour that comes with it.

Ed Miliband's 'big ideas' aren't the way to beat the Tories

11 September 2012
Why isn’t Labour soaring ahead in the opinion polls? The Tories want to destroy the welfare state, privatise the NHS, bring profit into education and attack the living conditions of millions of working class people.

Parade's End: Drama highlights class tensions at a time of war

21 August 2012
Parade’s End explores the impact of the First World War, the turbulence of the period and the effect it had on society and ideas. The drama covers the moments leading up to the war, right through to its aftermath.

China Crisis: Bo Xilai, corruption and looming economic slowdown

14 August 2012
The fall of prominent Chinese politician Bo Xilai earlier this year exposed the depths of corruption in China’s ruling class. Much of the media here is focusing on his wife, Gu Kailai, who last week stood trial for murdering a British businessman.

Robert Golden's Home: captured moments from workers' lives

14 August 2012
Robert Golden documents working class communities with streams of pictures that beautifully home in on moments of everyday life.

Gore Vidal: a rebel in the American establishment

07 August 2012
Eugene Luther Gore Vidal, who died last week, was a ruling class dissident—a radical leftist who came from the establishment. Many admire him for his elegant, incisive essays on US politics. But just as radical in their way were his novels and plays.

When the law lost: how mass strikes freed the Pentonville Five

31 July 2012
Today’s working class movement faces an urgent task. In order to spur on the fightback to austerity, organisation and confidence must be rebuilt at a rank and file level. But 40 years ago, rank and file workers’ power in Britain was a reality impossible to ignore.

Isles of Wonder? This is a land of class conflict

31 July 2012
Official events are so often simply a parade of nationalism and militarism that it came as a surprise to many when the Olympics opening ceremony did not just follow that pattern.

What Romney reveals

31 July 2012
The US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s recent international tour has revealed the vicious politics peddled by the US ruling class. Romney is super-privileged and ultra-rich—and he is not good at hiding that fact.

A glimpse of our real rulers

24 July 2012
The revelation that at least £13 trillion is hidden away in tax havens by the super-rich is a scandal. But it also gives a glimpse of the world’s ruling class.


17 July 2012
Don’t let government dismiss people like me This government despises the working class and many of its "welfare reforms" are aimed at emasculating us. The ruling class know that if we stand together we are strong. But it’s difficult to feel strong when you are claiming state benefits.

Anthony Cartwright: How I Killed Margaret Thatcher

17 July 2012
This is a story of a working class family in Dudley living under Margaret Thatcher.

The madness of Spain's rulers

17 July 2012
The 63 percent cut in mining subsidies and attacks on workers has been implemented by a right-wing Popular Party (PP) government that despises working class people.

Blame poverty not parents

10 July 2012
More and more children are going hungry in Britain. Around half of teachers regularly see pupils in their class suffering signs of malnutrition.

Households turn to payday lenders as four in five struggle to make ends meet

27 June 2012
The squeeze on working class wages is driving families and individuals into the arms of "payday lenders" that charge exorbitant interest rates, according to a new survey commissioned by the Unite union.

Crooked Cameron's Class War

26 June 2012
Millionaire toff David Cameron paraded his hatred of working class people this week with a wide-ranging assault on benefits.

Ballots: the height of democracy?

26 June 2012
Our rulers encourage us to see ourselves as individuals, not as a class with collective interests and strength. They want us to feel divided and weak.

The Angels’ Share: A measure of fun and frustration in Loach heist flick

12 June 2012
The latest from left wing director Ken Loach is a heist movie set among the web of petty and not so petty frustrations of working class life.

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