Solidarity 202, 4 May 2011

Ian Tomlinson “unlawfully” killed

Submitted by AWL on 4 May, 2011 - 10:31

An inquest into the death of newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson, who died after an encounter with police officers at the G20 protests, has found that his killing was “unlawful”. A jury ruled that the baton strike and push to Tomlinson by PC Simon Harwood were “unreasonable” and that Tomlinson “posed no threat” at the time he was attacked. It remains unclear whether Harwood will face any punishment, but the verdict will be a huge boost to Ian Tomlinson’s family and their quest for justice.

Save philosophy at Greenwich

Submitted by AWL on 4 May, 2011 - 10:26

The Save Greenwich Philosophy Campaign could reach its peak on Thursday 5 May when the academic planning committee meeting takes place.

One of the campaign demands is to allow a representative to voice our arguments on May 5, but so far such requests have been denied.

At this point the Save Greenwich Philosophy Campaign has received no consistent line of argument concerning the decision to cut single honours philosophy at Greenwich. Arguments have ranged from the supposed lack of applicants to the claim that a combined course will draw in more students.

Newcastle: round one to workers and students

Submitted by AWL on 4 May, 2011 - 10:24

Students and workers at Newcastle College have won at least a postponement of cuts. At the beginning of 2011 the college announced plans to cut 171 frontline jobs, 17% of the workforce. Students set up SOS (Save Our Staff) to support lecturers.

We began with a banner drop at one of the college’s open evenings to raise the profile.

Management tried scare tactics to prevent us taking other action. But we still managed to organise a successful walkout.

London Met cuts attack on working-class students

Submitted by AWL on 4 May, 2011 - 10:13

The management of London Metropolitan University has announced a massive wave of course closures.

The proposals will see courses cut down to 160 from 557. The main targets of these cuts will be Philosophy, History, Modern Languages and Performing Arts. The only degree programme in Caribbean studies in the UK will also be shut down.

The university has been facing a major deficit after a crisis in 2009 saw it lose £36 million of government money (which it had falsely claimed from HEFCE after providing inflated figures for student numbers).

Something old, something borrowed, something blue

Submitted by AWL on 4 May, 2011 - 10:04

According to the Observer (24 April), Labour leader Ed Miliband “is set to make two speeches informed by the ideas of Blue Labour over the summer, although insiders insist he is also listening to contributors to a soon-to-be-published Purple Book”.

The Times (19 April) reports that the “Purple Book” will be diehard-Blairite — “Purple was the colour of new Labour. It’s what you get if you combine red and blue. It symbolises the need to stay on the centre ground” — and will come out about the time of Labour Party conference in September.

Osama bin Laden: death of an enemy

Submitted by martin on 3 May, 2011 - 10:00
11 September

Osama bin Laden targeted working people - nearly 3000 of them on 11 September 2001 - in the confident belief that the imperialist government of the USA would be more hurt by that than his own followers, on the fascistic far right, would be.

Anyone who cares for working people, and opposes bin Laden's programme of terroristic religious fundamentalism, should be pleased by his death on 1 May at the hands of US forces.