Notes from the front of 4-2-2017
The Tories are on a course to force the Article 50 Bill through parliament at break-neck speed. The framework the government has set out is to take the country out of the Single Market, without any limits on the negotiated outcome.
The following article by John Ross, that sets out the fundamental parameters of the US economy, was previously published by Socialist Economic Bulletin.
There has been much discussion on the likely effect of Trump on the US economy. But some of this discussion fails to distinguish clearly between short term and long term effects of Trump. This can lead to wrong interpretations of events and trends as they unfold. The aim of this article is therefore to set out the fundamental parameters of the US economic situation as it confronts Trump.
By Andrew Williams
Jeremy Corbyn is heading up the campaign in Parliament for the proposed state visit of US President Trump to be postponed. Yesterday (1 February) Corbyn raised the issue at Prime Minister's Questions, having previously written to Theresa May urging her to withdraw the invitation.
Notes from the front of 28-01-2017
On Sunday (tomorrow) we will know who will be the candidate for President of the Socialist Party (SP) after one month of debate. Following the first round of this selection two contenders remain: the leader of the SP’s left opposition Benoit Hamon who came first with 36 per cent ahead of the last prime minister Manuel Valls (30 per cent). This result was taken as a slap in the face by Valls, but what would you expect after five years of austerity, whipping up racism and imposing the state of emergency - three things he was a strong promoter of.
Unite the Union is holding an election for its General Secretary in 2017.
As the Tory government heads towards a hard Brexit and tightens austerity, Unite needs a strong leadership that fights to defend people’s jobs and living standards.
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Notes from the front of 16-01-2017
To defend living standards the priority is to remain in the Single Market
Prime Minister Theresa May is due to make a speech on 17 January (tomorrow) that, according to media previews, will set the stage for a hard Brexit. This orientation, to removing the UK from the Single Market when it leaves the EU, was also implied in her first interview of 2017, on 8 January to Sky News.
The furore in the US and Europe over Trump’s relations with Russia is not just a storm in a teacup but the manifestation of a serious fight at the heart of the US foreign policy establishment over how the US should orient strategically to Russia in the context of the chief question that the US confronts internationally – the rise of China.
- Imelda Staunton and Mike Leigh join Abortion Rights’ panel
Abortion Rights is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act this year. This piece of legislation allowed women to receive safe and legal abortions for the first time avoiding the backstreet doctors and homemade remedies. This is an important stage in women’s liberation and should be seen as an part of our social history, not just for women but having knock on effects in our workplaces, universities and further legislation.
Notes from the front of 13-12-16
Lib Dems - still want to prop up the ToriesOn 5 December Lib Dem leader Tim Farron told an interviewer that he had not ruled out joining a coalition with the Tories. After the experience of five years of reactionary coalition with Cameron he might have learnt a little caution. But no, he said 'Any serious politician who rules out going into power isn't a serious politician'.
Notes from the front of 09-12-16
Liberal Democrats gain at expense of Tories on Brexit
The by-elections in England since the EU referendum, two of which have taken place this December, have seen Labour come under a new pressure from the Liberal Democrats.
The article below by Tom O’Leary provides an analysis of the recent Autumn Statement including the forecasts for growth and living standards that have been revised sharply lower by the Office of Budget Responsibility. A key point is that the OBR is clear: around 60 per cent of the cuts made to those forecasts are a result of the Brexit referendum vote. Brexit will make us poorer.
By Stephen Bell
‘There can be no doubt that dire poverty alone compels people to abandon their native land, and that the capitalists exploit the immigrant workers in the most shameless manner. But only reactionaries can shut their eyes to the progressive significance of this modern migration of nations.’
Gerry Adams’ tribute to Fidel Castro, reproduced below, was originally published on the Léargas blog.
Below is the official statement made by Chinese President Xi Jinping on the death of Fidel Castro. It is highly interesting as it could not offer greater praise to the Cuban leader. This indicates relations between Cuba and China and the character of the Communist Party of China itself. The message was formally addressed to Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba.
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