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No place for racism in cricket
As a Yorkshire cricket fan I was appalled that Yorkshire County Cricket (YCC) felt there was no action necessary against the staff and players that its own report found had subjected Azeem Rafiq to racist abuse.
Trade unionists have been challenging racist so-called 'banter' for decades in Yorkshire and elsewhere. What is funny about calling someone you work with a racist name? Has anyone using such language ever asked the subjects of the abuse how they feel about it?
Since the 1950s there have been working-class communities in Yorkshire from cricketing nations in the Indian subcontinent and Caribbean. When they were made to feel unwelcome or excluded by white cricket clubs, they set up their own clubs and leagues. Why has YCC not recruited more players from these leagues rather than sticking with the old middle class and public school clubs? Some ethnic minority Yorkshiremen have had to go to other counties for a cricketing career.
Kevin Pattison, Leeds
UK homes shrinking
Average space in UK homes is the lowest in western Europe - but the trend is to get worse. There has been a five-fold increase in 'micro homes' in the last five years. Between 2011 and 2021, one in 15 flats in London fell below the national minimum standard of 37 square metres.
Builders and landowners profit, but the housing crisis gets worse. We need to build council homes, and nationalise land and the speculative building developers. (See 'Socialist planning to meet housing need' at socialistparty.org.uk)
Paul Kershaw, Enfield
'Not a corrupt country'
I expected young Boris's announcement that the UK is not a corrupt country to be followed by China announcing that China is not a dictatorship and Biden announcing Americans do not chew gum.
Derek McMillan, East Sussex
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In The Socialist 17 November 2021:
Cuts drag NHS to brink
NHS workers must take action now to save our NHS
Outsourced Barts health workers in strike ballot for a pay rise
Health and care staff shortages worsened by Tory vaccine sacking threat
Fund the fight for socialism
London MPs' second home swindle while workers and students struggle
Tory sleaze scandal continues, an ex-workers' MP responds
University bosses' pay piles up while workers are forced to strike
Youth fight for well-paid green jobs and socialist change
Sunak's climate finance agenda typifies capitalism's COP26 failure
China: Bureaucracy grapples with new crises
Ten years on - where has Podemos's radicalism gone?
Belarus refugees - caught between a rock and a hard place
S Wales Stagecoach bus drivers win £10.50 an hour
DVLA ballot turnout falls short of threshold
Striking Scunthorpe steel scaffs up the ante
Leeds cab drivers protest against taxi rank move
Fresh strikes on East Midlands Railway
An appeal to trade union members to stand as anti-cuts candidates
Clarks workers fight 'fire-and-rehire' pay cut
London couriers take action
St Mungo's report fails to address bullying and victimisation of workers
Resisting evictions in east London
Leeds solidarity protest says stop Sudan coup
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Why am I coming to Socialism 2021?
Birmingham People's Budget
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