Solidarity 186, 2 December 2010

New immigration rules: only the rich need apply!


Ira Berkovic

The government has wasted no time in tightening up Britain’s immigration laws, which were already vice-like under New Labour.

But restrictions don’t apply to everyone. If you need join your partner but can’t afford English lessons to pass the pre-entry English test, tough. On the other hand, as Home Office lawyer Kamal Rahman has just announced, anyone planning to invest over £5 million in the UK will be eligible for citizenship within five years. No questions asked. No tests.

Build European workers unity


Darren Bedford

The bosses and bankers of Europe have been busily discussing a coordinated response to the debt crises that have shaken Ireland, Greece, Portugal and other countries within the “Eurozone.”

They are discussing united responses across the continent to defend the interests of their class. Our class needs to do likewise.

Inequality: "There is another way"

Bill Kerry, founder-member, current secretary and one of four co-directors of the Equality Trust, spoke to Solidarity about the Con Dem cuts. The Equality Trust is a group of academics and writers including the authors of the book The Spirit Level, which showed with detailed statistics that “more equal societies almost always do better.”

The fact that the deficit is being addressed overwhelmingly by cuts to public spending and very little by tax rises on the better off can only mean that inequality will increase.

Fifty thousand students march in Rome


Cath Fletcher

The Italian government has succeeded in passing its so-called “reform” of universities despite massive student protests (30 November).

But as the measure now goes to the Senate, this is not the end of the campaign.

In Rome, a massive sit-in outside the parliament building was met with such heavy policing that the leader of Italy’s most prominent left party compared it to Pinochet’s Chile.

The shape of things to come?


Wes Strong

An overwhelming shift in public education has been occurring for thirty years, going back to the birth of neo-liberalism.

A huge power shift has taken place where the private sector has an ever-growing influence on public education. Public education at the university level has historically been state funded, a burden shared by both individual states and the federal government.

Open the doors and your books!


Joe Broady and Jonny Keyworth

At 4 pm on 24 November activists entered and occupied the Roscoe Building of Manchester University in opposition to proposed education cuts and fee rises.

After discussion the group decided that the occupation would be used as a base for planning and organisation for the Manchester anti-cuts movement.

This initial group of occupiers was denied food, heating, and, unlike every other university occupation in the country, free access to the building.

The group after talks released this set of demands:

Walk out on 9 December!


Ed Maltby

As we go to press we have heard that the Parliamentary vote on tuition fees will take place on Thursday 9 December. College and schools students should walk out.

We hope they will be joining a massive demonstration in central London. College staff should certainly join the students as they walk out and as they demonstrate.

Is "zero growth" the answer?


Stuart Jordan

In a recent speech to the Texas Academy of Science, world renowned ecologist Dr Eric Pianka called for the genocidal culling of 90% of humanity through release of an airborne Ebola virus. Pianka explained that such radical measures were the only way to stop environmental catastrophe. At the end of his speech, the two or three hundred scientists present gave him a standing ovation.

Remember Jimmy Mubenga!

One hundred and fifty people protested outside the Angolan Embassy on 12 November at the death of Jimmy Mubenga, who died whilst being forcibly deported back to Angola on a British Airways flight. Jimmy’s family were amongst the protestors.

The Angolan Embassy has been silent since Jimmy’s untimely death a month ago and the protestors handed in a letter to the Ambassador expressing their anger at this silence.

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