Labour has held on to the Batley & Spen parliamentary constituency with the slenderest of majorities. Labour got 13,296 votes while the Conservatives got 12,973 votes, giving Labour a 323 majority. George Galloway, whose main point in standing as a candidate for the Worker’s Party, was that the Labour Party under Keir Starmer no longer represented working people, … Continue reading Batley & Spen By-Election — Editorial II
Month: July 2021
The Cornwall G7 Conference — Editorial 1
The G7 conference in Cornwall ended on 13th June. The main purpose of the conference was to re-establish the US as the leader of the largest capitalist economies – US, Canada, Japan, UK, Germany, France and Italy. 30 years ago the US was the undisputed leader of the capitalist world and became the undisputed military superpower when the … Continue reading The Cornwall G7 Conference — Editorial 1
Labour and the housing crisis – Part 4.
Opposition to the Tory attack on council housing By Eamon Dyas The Right to Buy policy instigated by legislation in 1980 became the foundation on which the housing policies of successive governments over the past 40-odd years have evolved. But it is important to understand that this did not happen because of any organic evolution … Continue reading Labour and the housing crisis – Part 4.
When work is not “actual” work
By Pete Whitelegg Back in February the Supreme Court made a landmark judgement concerning a case that had been wending its way through the British legal system for at least the last five years. The case, Royal Mencap Society Society vs. Tomlinson-Blake, addressed the issue as to whether sleepover shifts are subject to the National … Continue reading When work is not “actual” work
What am I going to do next? Young People and Unemployment.
Dave Gardner Part 7 One way of getting a job is to work for someone who will employ you on the basis that you look as if you can do the job. This could come from a demonstration (eg repairing a bike for a bike repairer) or from a personal recommendation. These are also ways … Continue reading What am I going to do next? Young People and Unemployment.
Unite Election — Diary of an ex-Corbyn foot soldier
Diary of an ex-Corbyn foot soldier (July, 2021) Dictionary definition of “foot soldier”: “…a dedicated low level follower…” Michael Murray: email@example.com; FaceBook: Michael Murray London Contents: (1) Unite the Union’s 2021 election of a General Secretary to succeed Len McCluskey (2) Doing the numbers: importance of Unite election result for the Labour Party (3) Trade unionism and … Continue reading Unite Election — Diary of an ex-Corbyn foot soldier
WAR OF THE DATA LORDS
They want to share your medical records. Advancing medical science is the goal. Best beware Palantir, the data lord A US firm of surveillance accord. Don’t allow the NHS to lose its soul. Social change fed it umbilical cord. Gone forever when they pull the ripcord. US state security their main role. Best beware Palantir, … Continue reading WAR OF THE DATA LORDS
Ivor Kenna’s Last Letter
It is with great regret that we learn of the death in London of Ivor Kenna, an Anti-Revisionist and campaigner for national rights. He died on Thursday, 3rd June. As Flo Kenna has told us: "He really enjoyed your publications". Ivor was born on 28th July 1931, so he just missed his 90th birthday. Flo … Continue reading Ivor Kenna’s Last Letter
Jewish Voice for Labour: response to Jewish Labour Movement antisemitism training
Wed 16 Jun 2021 https://www.jewishvoiceforlabour.org.uk/statement/jvl-response-to-jlm-antisemitism-training/ [Extracts] JLM as antisemitism trainer The sessions were largely delivered by JLM’s National Organiser, Rebecca Filer, with introductions by Chair Mike Katz and – for the June 14 session – by Deputy Party Leader Angela Rayner. They were delivered in Zoom webinar format in which the speaker and a series … Continue reading Jewish Voice for Labour: response to Jewish Labour Movement antisemitism training
Transcript of the interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin by Keir Simmons of NBC News, which took place in Moscow on June 11, 2021. [extracts] https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/transcript-nbc-news-exclusive-interview-russia-s-vladimir-putin-n1270649 [The interview was conducted in an aggressive and insulting manner towards Putin, the interviewer saying things like: ‘President Biden said you have no soul’ and ‘you are a killer’, … Continue reading NBC Interview
Vladimir Putin’s reply to the BBC’s question on Russian “unpredictability”
Press conference following Russia-US talks, Geneva, 16 June 2021 Question from BBC News (Steve Rosenberg): Mr President, Joe Biden is calling for stable and predictable relations with Russia. But it is believed in the West that unpredictability is a feature of the Russian foreign policy. Are you ready to give up unpredictability for the sake of improving relations with the West? Vladimir Putin: You are a famous wordsmith who has … Continue reading Vladimir Putin’s reply to the BBC’s question on Russian “unpredictability”
Left Labour MPs demand to meet jailed Assange
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/system/files/pdf-editions/Morning_Star_300621.pdf by Ceren Sagir LABOUR MPs Richard Burgon and Diane Abbott handed a letter to the governor of HMP Belmarsh yesterday, demanding permission for a meeting with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The two socialist MPs joined Mr Assange’s fiancee Stella Moris outside the prison to deliver the letter on behalf of a parliamentary working group. … Continue reading Left Labour MPs demand to meet jailed Assange
"The forgotten: How White working class pupils have been let down and how to change it" Parliament Notes The Lords Committee on Education published its report on White British educational underachievement on 22 June 2021. The Committee, led by Robert Halfon, is composed of both Labour and Tory peers, and has heard statements from witnesses from … Continue reading White privilege?
How White working-class pupils have been let down, and how to change it
The Parliament Education Committee This was Parliament Notes published in the December 2020/January 2021 issue of Labour Affairs. [The Parliament Education Committee, chaired by Robert Halfon, Conservative, is composed of 11 MPs. The 4 Labour MPs on it are Fleur Anderson, Kim Johnson, Apsana Begum and Ian Mearns. The problem under scrutiny ‘Left Behind White Pupils … Continue reading How White working-class pupils have been let down, and how to change it
Notes on the News
By Gwydion M. Williams Notes on the News Batley and Spen – a weak victory Labour’s Timid Tendency China: The East Stays Red No peace with Covid-19 Climate Chaos Thou Shalt Only Be As Different As We Are Snippets Russia and China stick together The Call of Rewilding Abuse of women treated mildly Supreme Pragmatists … Continue reading Notes on the News