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
Jeremy Corbyn once again put Cameron on the back foot at PMQs last week, pressing him yet again on his plans on tax credits since the defeat in the Lords. Corbyn’s remark – ‘this is not a constitutional crisis, but a crisis for hardworking families’ – is a memorable put down for a Prime Minister who has attempted repeatedly to shift the debate away from the impact of the cut in tax credits to the alleged scandal of its rejection by the Lords.
But despite these successes, the right have not let up on their anti-Corbyn offensive.
British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Teresa Villiers used a recent report to lay a series of unsubstantiated allegations against Sinn Féin. The purpose of the report was to act as a smokescreen providing cover for a Unionist walk-out from the Assembly. But the report itself was actually written by MI5, one of the many arms of the British state that were parties to the military conflict. In one case alone MI5 is itself under official investigation for its involvement in up to 40 murders.
In the article below Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams places the latest report and the most recent allegations in the context of Britain’s long and bloody interference in Ireland. It is republished from Léargas.
Support grows for Corbyn's agenda
Jeremy Corbyn's leadership continues to gain support, as his new direction for Labour has created political problems for the Tories, compounded by the latter's small parliamentary majority.
The following article by Gavin Rae, on the elections to Poland's parliament, was originally published by transform!
The recent parliamentary elections in Poland were historic, although unfortunately for all the wrong reasons. For the first time since 1989 a political party in Poland has won an overall majority in parliament, with the conservative nationalist Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość – PiS) winning over 37 per cent of the vote. Also for the first time in history, the left will have no representatives in parliament, meaning that Poland is presently the only country inside the European Union where there are no left MPs.
`Defending the Agreement – equality not austerity’
7pm Tuesday 3 NovemberGrimond Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons, SW1A OAA
With Paul Maskey MP and Mickey Brady MP
The approach of winter and the building of razor wire fences in Europe underlines the need to deepen the solidarity movement with refugees under the banner ‘Refugees Welcome Here.’ The attempts by far right groups like Pegida to use the suffering of refugees to whip up racism has also given an urgency to the need to step up the opposition to racism and fascism.
By Jane West
The appointment of Seumas Milne as Labour’s director of strategy and communication is the second key appointment of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership to come under particularly frenzied attack from the Tory media – the first being the appointment of John McDonnell as Shadow Chancellor. The reason is that each decisively indicated the fundamental orientation of the Corbyn leadership of the Labour Party and that it had no intention of backing down in the face of the hostility of the right.
Corbyn inflicts first defeat on Tories
On 26 October a Labour motion in the House of Lords dealt a blow to the government’s proposed tax credit cuts. By 289 votes to 272 it voted the cuts should be delayed and those affected compensated in full. As a result Tory Chancellor George Osborne has been forced to rethink the proposed cuts and has indicated he will announce changes to the plans in the Autumn Statement on 25 November.
With Tories under pressure from Corbyn's agenda Labour right continues to plot
After only five weeks as Leader Jeremy Corbyn's shift in Labour's agenda to oppose the Tory government's proposed attacks on living standards has begun to pose some problems for Osborne and Cameron.
The last week saw the Tories face unexpectedly sharp problems on their proposed cut in tax credits.
12pm - 2pm
Opposite the Israeli Embassy in London
Kensington High Street, W8 5NP - London
Organised by PSC, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Stop the War Coalition, Muslim Association of Britain, Palestinian Forum in Britain, FOSIS. Supported by Jews for Justice for Palestinians and Amos Trust
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