Solidarity 379, 7th October 2015

Tories smear migrants


Gerry Bates

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".

Junior doctors: Let's save the NHS!


Gemma Short

The campaign by junior doctors against the imposition of a new contract which would see them working 90 hour weeks, with pay cut and the safety of patients endangered, is gathering support amongst medical staff and members of the public.

Industrial news in brief


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

Sir Paul Kenny's Brexit idiocy


Harry Glass

If the bankruptcy of the trade union bureaucracy were in any further need of demonstration, then the antics of soon-to-depart GMB general secretary Sir Paul Kenny over the European Union (EU) referendum adds a new chapter.

An open letter to a “rejoiner”


Martin Thomas

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!



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.

TUSC disorientated over Corbyn


Cathy Nugent

When the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) met on Saturday 26 September, the hot topic for discussion was how socialists should respond to the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party.

Subtler plans of the Labour right


Colin Foster

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


Martin Thomas

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.

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