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19 January 2022

No trust in Tories to keep us safe

For democratic workers' control of Covid safety: The self-isolation period after a positive Covid test has been reduced from seven days to five, with negative lateral flow tests on days five and six

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19 January 2022

Theatre: Yes Yes UCS

Interview: Telling the story of the 1971 Upper Clyde Shipbuilders work-in: In June 1971, the privately owned shipyards of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders collapsed into receivership. But instead of accepting redundancy, the large workforce occupied the affected sites and began its famous

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12 January 2022

Obituary - Ethan Bradley 1993-2021

We need more Ethans to lead fight against gig economy exploitation: At just 28, the loss of Ethan Bradley, the chair of the couriers and logistics branch for the IWGB union, is tragic.

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27 October 2021

TORY BUDGET CON

In his budget statement, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an increase in the minimum wage and an end to the public sector pay freeze

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6 October 2021

Capitalism's economic instability in the 'new normal'

Volatility in world supply chains: The recent acute shortages of energy, goods and labour in some sectors in the UK stems in large part from UK-specific capitalist failings

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22 September 2021

Tax fraud could be over 20 billion annually

The think tank Taxwatch estimates as much as 15.2 billion of UK tax lost in 2020 was from fraudulent activity - almost half of uncollected income.

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22 September 2021

Socialists and the four-day week

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, with fears of rising unemployment as the furlough scheme is wound up, and the full extent of the economic scarring from the pandemic is revealed, there are also increased demands around improved work-life balance after a year of many working from home

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5 May 2021

Biden's policies will not solve underlying US crisis

After Biden's speech to the US Congress on 28 April, this is an edited extract from 'An era of capitalist turmoil', a statement from the Committee for a Workers' International, the international organisation which the Socialist Party is affiliated to.

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31 March 2021

Preparing for the revolts to come

While the Covid pandemic continues to ravage the globe, the capitalist classes are - if anything - even more frightened of what they will face as the virus's grip lessens. The pandemic has revealed the failings of their system to billions of people.

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3 March 2021

'Casino capitalism' - driving another potential financial Armageddon

Across the globe at least 2.4 million people have now died from contracting Covid-19. Livelihoods have been wrecked and economies have crashed, with the world economy shrinking by over 4%

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27 January 2021

Poverty wages: When workers can't afford to self-isolate

The Tories are now floating the idea that maybe if they paid 500 to desperate workers in the gig economy, they might be inclined to self-isolate for two weeks if they contract Covid

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20 January 2021

Covid: Bosses chase profit and put workers in danger

Any lingering illusion that the government's strategy for handling the Covid pandemic was aimed at protecting the entire population, without fear or favour, has been well and truly shattered.

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13 January 2021

Global capitalism at most dangerous conjuncture since the 1930s

The pandemic has wreaked havoc across the globe, causing over two million deaths and unleashing enormous economic and social crises

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13 January 2021

NHS pandemic warnings ignored - renationalise our NHS

It wasn't the case that "nobody could have seen this coming".

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Tower Hamlets council workers struck against contract downgrades in July 2020, photo Hugo Pierre

30 December 2020

2020 - a year which drove home the catastrophic failures of capitalism

Too many deaths from the pandemic, job losses, pay cuts and poverty were the experience across the planet.

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16 December 2020

Can green technology and AI save capitalism?

The following article is an edited transcript of the speech by Mark Best in a workshop at the Socialism 2020 event organised online by the Socialist Party from 20-23 November (see 'Socialism 2020: Growing search for ideas to change the world' at socialistparty.org.uk)

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2 December 2020

Better for billionaires. Worse for workers

Back in August, Boris Johnson promised a "world beating" track-and-trace system. Most people agree that didn't happen but the government and economy are 'world beating' in other respects.

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11 November 2020

Capitalists vs working class - not in it together

"We are really not all in this together. It is far worse for some than for others." It could be a quote from any of the millions of working-class people whose living standards have plummeted

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28 October 2020

Food and a capitalist Brexit: No trust in Tory Deals!

No Tory-negotiated trade deals will defend the interests of the working class. However, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson plays hard ball in the eleventh-hour negotiations on what will replace Britain's

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9 September 2020

Safety overridden in drive to bolster the economy

Even as cases of Covid-19 infections are rising dramatically, the Tories are desperately trying to get workers back to their workplaces and spending money in city centres.

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