By Frances Davis and Ian Richardson
The much-anticipated General Election in the southern Irish state, called for 26 February, has brought into sharp focus two clear political alternatives – a continuation of right wing austerity politics or a break with it, in favour of a left wing alternative. The fact that the election is taking place in the centenary year of the 1916 Rising also gives an added significance – and one which is not just based on an historic poignancy. Most of the fundamental tasks of 1916 are yet to be accomplished.
Support the junior doctors – on the frontline in the battle to save the NHS!
The Tories’ attacks on the NHS are intensifying, with huge numbers of NHS staff reporting that the health service is being pushed to breaking point.
To mark this year's centenary of the Easter Rising this website will be carrying a series of articles on the Irish liberation struggle, starting with Lenin on the Irish Rebellion of 1916.
Lenin was the foremost exponent of Marxism of his generation whose leadership was decisive in the success of the Russian Revolution. This was made possible by the development of a theoretical outlook which informed the anti-imperialist wing of the socialist movement which subsequently became the worldwide communist movement.
6.45pm Weds 9 March
Speakers: John McDonnell MP, Diane Abbott MP, Cat Smith MP, Helen Goodman MP, Maya Goodfellow, Shelly Asquith & Steve Turner.
The article below, by John Ross, on the lessons for Latin America from China's economic success, was previously published by Socialist Economic Bulletin.
The following article by Sabby Dhalu, on the Tories’ renewed racist agenda, giving succour to the extreme right, was originally published by the Morning Star.
For the first time in a while, the National Front (NF) made headlines last Saturday. At its demonstration in Dover the NF were openly sieg-heiling — emulating Hitler’s nazis is unlikely to draw large numbers of support.
Assemble 12 noon 19 March Central LondonFollowed by march and rally in Trafalgar Square
Stop Trident National Demonstration
Assemble 12 noon • Saturday 27 February 2016 • Location Central London • Meeting point to be announcedMarch to Trafalgar Square Rally with contributions from a range of political & celebrity speakers
By Michael Burke
The Beckett report into why Labour lost the election has finally been published. It offers little comfort to the Labour right, who have made wild and unsubstantiated claims that Labour would have won, or performed much more strongly had it enthusiastically embraced austerity, or by attacked ‘welfare scroungers’, or by increased racism and offering promises on curbing immigration.
Islamophobia whipped up as economy slows - Tories never change
By Jo Green
The issue of Trident is a major one itself. But Labour’s recent and continuing dispute on Trident also has key general lessons.
Trident is a gigantically expensive irrelevance
By Barry Gray
The outcome of recent reshuffle was to strengthen Jeremy Corbyn's authority within the Shadow Cabinet, including through making it clear it would not be tolerated that members of Labour’s front bench publicly attack the party leadership.
In the later part of the 20th century Latin America suffered an economic catastrophe from neo-liberal policies. Until 1993 average per capita GDP in developing Latin American economies remained below 1981 levels. By 1998 annual average per capita GDP growth was still only 0.9% – taking a five-year average to remove cyclical fluctuations.
Cameron is attacking Muslim Brotherhood to silence opponents of his foreign policy
On 17 December, the Tory government published a summary of the report of their review of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) carried out by Sir John Jenkins, ex-UK Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Charles Farr, Director General of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism in the Home Office. The published part of the report reveals the obvious bias of the authors and the government that commissioned it following representations for its ‘allies’ in some Gulf states.
The reshuffle itself
First the good news on Labour’s reshuffle. The sacking of Dugher and McFadden shows that straightforward disloyalty and sabotage will not be tolerated.
The outcome of the Spanish general election is unclear as no major party has an overall majority or even an obvious political partner(s) with which it could form one. The poll overall represents a shift to the left, but a shift insufficient to place the anti-austerity forces in government.
After Oldham - time for Corbyn to consolidate
In the aftermath of Labour's landslide victory in the Oldham by-election on 3 December Jeremy Corbyn, his supporters and his team have the opportunity to consolidate their position.
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