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
Upturn in the anti-austerity movement
Since the Tories won the election just two weeks ago (7 May), with the support of less than 25 per cent of the electorate, significant numbers of people have got involved in the movement against austerity to resist what will be the most right wing, vicious government since the Second World War.
Labour would not have won by moving right - that is just a myth
Following Labour's defeat the Blairites and others have launched an offensive to shift the party rightwards and install a hard right-wing leadership. Backed by the Tory media, their barrage of attacks on Ed Miliband is creating the media myth of a leftward lurch that lost Labour the election.
By Frances Davis
In the north of Ireland the election was dominated by two factors: the economic situation and austerity; and the political and peace process. Sinn Fein have been at the sharp end of the fight against austerity and in resisting Tory welfare `reform’ cuts from being implemented in the six counties. They have also been in an on-going struggle to defend the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement against an anti-agreement offensive of unionism and the Tory-led government, which has attempted to stall and roll back progress.
By Ian Richardson
The People's Assembly Against Austerity is organising a major national demonstration on June 20 under the headline title End Austerity Now. For the left both inside and outside the Labour Party, and all those who wish to resist the massive attacks to come from the newly elected Conservative Government in the years ahead, building this demonstration must be our immediate priority.
The outcome of the 2015 general election was a tactical triumph for David Cameron but it was achieved by destroying his own political allies the LibDems. For Labour this was a huge missed opportunity. There is now a Tory Prime Minister with a majority in Parliament with the lowest share of the popular vote ever, who presided over the longest decline in living standards, yet Labour lost seats. The rise of the SNP, the other big winner from the election, being due to the greater distance it places between itself and Tory policies.
Kick out the Tories! - Ed Miliband should be next PM!
With opinion polls continuing to suggest a neck-and-neck race and no party likely to get an overall majority, the Tory campaign to cling on to office is feverish. New 'constitutional' conventions are being invented daily, such as the spurious contention that the largest party – in seats or votes - must be allowed to form a government. And it has been declared that on the one hand Scots can vote for whoever they like, but if it is the SNP they should be excluded from government influence.
This year's NUS Conference (21 - 23 April) for the first time in decades saw the left win the majority of the NUS leadership positions, a majority of the NUS Executive and strengthened support for the policy of free education. The following article, by Aaron Kiely (NUS NEC) and Fiona Edwards (Student Broad Left Secretary), reporting on the Conference was originally published by Student Broad Left.
By Tom Castle
Forty years ago on April 30 the South Vietnamese capital city of Saigon was finally liberated from US occupation and from control by its South Vietnamese puppet administration. In the Western media it became known as the ‘fall of Saigon’. To the overwhelming majority of Vietnamese and their international supporters it is ‘Ngày giải phóng miền Nam’, the Moment of the Liberation of the South. Saigon is now Ho Chi Minh City.
Coalition partners: SNP versus DUP and UKIP
The continued stalemate in the opinion polls means the focus in the British election has shifted to the potential alliances the two main parties could form after 7 May.
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