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DOO strike

ASLEF drivers should respect RMT guards' picket lines.

NHS

Hospitals across the country continue to buckle under the stress of winter-related conditions — persistent cold weather and a nasty strain of influenza. But the responsibility for this crisis must lie with the government.

outsourcing

The labour movement should demand that not just Carillion, but all the big public service contractors, Serco, G4S, Capita, should be nationalised with minimum compensation, and their public contracts brought back in-house.

DOO picket

RMT guards on Merseyrail, Northern, Greater Anglia, South Western and Southern Train Operating Companies struck on 8, 10, and 12 January, as the fight against Driver Only Operation escalates.

Berkeley Free Speech

On 26 December the Universities Minister Jo Johnson announced plans that he claims will protect free speech on campuses, including potential fines on universities.
This is the conservative right’s latest broadside against student movement “no platform” policies.

Workers' Liberty's 19 January London Forum on the protests in Iran

outsourcing

The labour movement should demand that not just Carillion, but all the big public service contractors, Serco, G4S, Capita, should be nationalised with minimum compensation, and their public contracts brought back in-house.

Trump

In planning protests against Trump’s planned visit to the UK in February, socialists should ensure that such actions are not simply denunciations of Trump as an individual, but expressions of solidarity with those organising against him and his social project.

Yemen bombing

It is shameful that the UK has sold itself to the disgusting Saudi regime and is backing a war in Yemen in which every side is reactionary and venal and the human cost is so terrible.

Flags in Barcelona

"If we want everything to remain the same, everything must change", says the young aristocrat Tancredi in Lampedusa's novel The Leopard. Catalonia's election results on 21 December may signal everything having to change because everything has remained the same.

Mail and Express

The hard-Brexiters are in disarray. But Labour, instead of seizing the time, is still equivocating. Campaign to defend and extend free movement!

faith school

Ofsted report says schools are not conforming to “British values” such as “tolerance”. But such vagueness cannot combat the dogma of serious religious people. The only rational solution is secular schooling.

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Battle of Ideas

The departure of Chris Williamson from the Shadow Cabinet has been explained by Williamson and others around the Labour leadership as either a conflict over principle or the removal of a maverick left-winger.

Labour Party spokespersons should have asserted clearly, simply and repeatedly that migrants and refugees are welcome here, that our problems are caused by the Tories. Instead Labour has appeared mealy-mouthed and incoherent. Without a clear lead, continuing with Brexit is seen as “just the way it had to be”.

Clay Cross Labour council’s defiance in the face of a Tory government which wanted to increase council house rents, and the council’s determination to keep rents low, is a landmark event in British labour movement history and deserves to be better known.

Five reasons for distinguishing between political antisemitism and racial antisemitism.

Workers’ Liberty has been debating theories of racism and their relationship to left antisemitism. This contribution is by Carmen Basant. An alternative view will be published soon.

Paul Hampton argues there was never an inexorable, linear development from the Balfour declaration to the creation of Israel, or indeed, to the current injustice towards the Palestinians.

An interview by Arun Gupta from Jacobin magazine with Marxist academic Leo Panitch about Trump’s agenda

How socialists capitulated to the warmongers in 1914.

Epic poem marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution

"Crisis and sequels" is a book about the 2008 economic crash and its sequels by Solidarity and Workers' Liberty contributor Martin Thomas.

In the first of two articles Camila Bassi looks at racism and hate crime in Britain today and discusses academic understandings of racism.

Jan Willem Stutje's biography reviewed.

A review of 'A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution: How the Working Class Shaped the Guerrillas’ Victory'.

An interview with Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of the US socialist magazine Jacobin.

Review of The H-Word: The Peripeteia of Hegemony

Kautsky assumed modern socialism could be defined once and for all at one point — or at least during one period — and thereafter had only to be disseminated. This is wrong, because the world changes — for example, production and hence the working class is repeatedly restructured — so, unless we keep on developing them, socialist ideas can decay, and even turn into weapons in the hands of the ruling class.

Review of the new grouping involving Socialist Action (USA), A&R (France), and other groups.

The line between “anti-Zionism” and anti-semitism on the pseudo-left is ceasing to exist. Read this issue of Workers' Liberty online.

Kelly Rogers, a victimised Picturehouse cinema worker and Workers' Liberty supporter, talks about the politics of their long-running dispute,

The labour movement debate about how to approach Brexit is hotting up.

A review of Contemporary Left Antisemitism by Dave Hirsh (Routledge).

Denials from Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the new group, Jewish Voice for Labour

This article from 1947, by Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) Trotskyist Colin De Silva, discusses the stance on partition by the main bourgeois political groups in India — the Congress Party and the Muslim League. A terrible rupture and violence followed partition when 10-12 million people were displaced along religious lines.

Andrew Gamble: "Trump pivots from one faction to another, and plays them off against one another, leading to erratic policy-making."

The introduction from a new book about the left by Sean Matgamna.

The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign has failed to tackle antisemitism in its own ranks.

Review of The Left in Disarray, by Sean Matgamna, published June 2017

Bob Carnegie has been active on the left and in the labour movement in Brisbane, Australia, for nearly four decades.

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