Solidarity 379, 7th October 2015

Solidarity 379 AWL Wed, 10/07/2015 - 09:10
Tories smear migrants Matthew Wed, 10/07/2015 - 13:43

Home Secretary Theresa May's comment at the Tory Party conference on 6 October 2015 should become as notorious as Margaret Thatcher's outburst against immigrants in 1979.

"When immigration is too high", said May, "when the pace of change is too fast, it’s impossible to build a cohesive society. It’s difficult for schools and hospitals and core infrastructure like housing and transport to cope".

She echoed Thatcher in 1978: "People are really rather afraid that this country might be rather swamped by people with a different culture".

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 7 October, 2015 - 12:46 Author: Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens, Luke Neal and Peggy Carter

Strikers at the National Gallery, London, returned to work on Monday 5 October after 111 days on strike.

They have secured a deal which protects members’ terms and conditions and sees their sacked PCS rep reinstated.

The deal, which was made on Friday 2 October, does not stop the privatisation of gallery services but is a big climb down by gallery management in most areas, and the gallery has agreed to review the private contract after one year

An open letter to a “rejoiner” Matthew Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:23

Dear comrade,

You’re one of the sizeable minority of “rejoiners” among the 180,000 or so people who have joined the Labour Party since the general election, in the leadership contest or since Jeremy Corbyn won leader.

I’m writing to urge you to make your rejoining not just a tepid “see how it goes” affair, but a full restart of the political energy and ardour of your previous activism.

Scrap Trident replacement!

Submitted by Matthew on 7 October, 2015 - 11:18 Author: Editorial

The government — continuing decisions made by the previous Blair-Brown New Labour government — is already spending hundreds of millions of pounds on a British nuclear weapons system to replace Trident.

The final decision on the system, and the start of construction of submarines to carry the new weapons, is due by late 2016. The first submarine would then be scheduled to enter service in 2028.

Subtler plans of the Labour right Matthew Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:08

Luke Akehurst, secretary of the right-wing Labour First faction, hopes to bring down Labour's new Corbyn-McDonnell leadership by pressure of public opinion.

Akehurst disavows those on the Labour right who want a coup against Corbyn. Writing on Labour List (22 September), he relies on this:

The enemy is capital Matthew Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:06

In the 1970s, Hoxton, just north and west of Brick Lane, site of the now-notorious Cereal Killer Cafe mobbed by a publicity-seeking anarchist group on 26 September, was a stronghold of the fascist National Front.

The national headquarters of the NF, a scarier outfit than the BNP of recent years, was on Great Eastern Street, halfway between the two areas.