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26 February 2021

Getting the Socialist out in lockdown

Our branch has around 20 - 30 regular paper sales in normal times. Five of the regulars are within walking distance for me, and have their papers hand delivered each week. A core of regulars are contacted

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17 February 2021

Film Review: Dear Comrades!

The film 'Dear Comrades', produced by the Russian film-maker Andrei Konchalevsky, came out last year and won the Special Jury Prize at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.

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20 January 2021

Life in lockdown - being home from school when you're poor is hard

At the beginning of the first lockdown, in my house, we had one computer for three students and a parent working from home. Myself and my siblings receive pupil premium and free school meals.

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13 January 2021

Our health and livelihoods before their profits

100% pay now!: The health crisis is now worse than at any time since the start of the pandemic. More people are in hospital and more are dying daily.

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18 November 2020

How will Socialism 2020 work?

Socialism 2020, from Friday 20 to Monday 23 November, will be like no other event you will attend this year

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4 November 2020

Donate now to the Socialism 2020 appeal

We are urging all our members and supporters to donate and pledge to the Socialism 2020 appeal.

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4 November 2020

Socialism 2020: Mass workers' voice needed

How did your living standards fair between April and July this year? Chances are you didn't see your wealth increase to over ten trillion dollars. But the world's billionaires did.

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4 November 2020

Furloughed worker speaks out: Let down by insecure contracts

I was working when lockdown was announced. We turned up the volume on the telly, put the subtitles on and everyone went quiet.

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7 October 2020

Film: 'Sick' - 'They've got people looking in the wrong direction'

'Sick' is a heart-wrenching drama/documentary that uses the real stories of benefit claimants battling, and sometimes losing to, the system to claim Personal Independence Payment, and also work capability assessments for Employment Support Allowance.

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17 June 2020

Film: Da 5 Bloods - entertaining but politically constrained

Spike Lee's new film 'Da 5 Bloods', featuring four black American army veterans of the Vietnam War who meet up again in modern-day Ho Chi Minh City, has been released on Netflix just as racism and the class system that ferments it are in the forefront of the minds of millions of people

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29 April 2020

May Day 2020: join the protests - wear red, bring flags and banners

This issue of the Socialist covers International Workers' Day, Friday 1 May 2020. May Day is always an important event in the calendar of the workers' movement. It is doubly so this year

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May Day greetings in the Socialist, May 2020

29 April 2020

130 Years of May Day in Britain: Fight for workers' rights more relevant than ever

Overworked, underpaid, struggling to afford the basics - this is true of the situation facing many 'key workers' that the Covid-19 lockdown has so clearly demonstrated society is dependent on.

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15 April 2020

How the catastrophe of WW1 sparked revolution

In the third of a series of articles on 'war, global crises and working class struggle', Philip Stott - secretary, Socialist Party Scotland - describes how the horrors and privatiations of WW1 provoked revolutionary working class uprisings

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8 April 2020

May Day greetings: we need to fund independent workers' media now more than ever

We need you to support the Socialist by sending May Day greetings. There is no other consistent, independent voice for workers and for socialism during the pandemic, writes James Ivens, the Socialist May Day greetings organiser.

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25 March 2020

30 years since the huge anti-poll tax demo... And how mass non-payment of the tax was built

On 31 March 1990, a massive demonstration surged into central London. It was the culmination of months of organisation and defiance of the Tory government's hated poll tax by millions of overwhelmingly working-class people.

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11 March 2020

Film: Greed directed by Michael Winterbottom

It was refreshing to watch a mainstream film exposing the madness and exploitative nature of the capitalist system, writes Barbara Clare, Stevenage.

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4 March 2020

Anti-academy strikes kick off in Redbridge

The snow didn't stop staff, parents, children and supporters turning out on the picket line. St Bede's in Redbridge took their first day of strike action against the school becoming a privatised academy.

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19 February 2020

Couldn't pay, wouldn't pay, didn't pay: the battle to defeat the poll tax

30 years ago the historic struggle against the hated poll tax was reaching its peak.

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Leicester picket on the 21st strike day (22nd Feb) of around 7,000 British Gas engineers.  They are fighting against

Leicester picket on the 21st strike day (22nd Feb) of around 7,000 British Gas engineers. They are fighting against 'fire and rehire' - designed to worsen terms and conditions. Photo by Steve Score, Leicester Socialist Party

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