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Se også: Krise og modstand - Storbritannien
Socialist Worker (UK): Storbritannien: Millioner stemte for forandring og ydmygede de konservative
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 360, jun 17 – side 16
Note: Valgresultatet var en ødelæggende katastrofe for de konservative og Theresa May og en triumf for Jeremy Corbyn og Labour-partiet.
Alex Callinicos: Analysis: Brexit: a world-historic turn
International Socialism Journal nr. 151, jul 16 – side 3
Note: Britain’s vote on 23 June to leave the EU is an event of major geopolitical significance. It will have a disorganising effect on the nexus of alliances through which the Western imperialist powers, led by the United States, manage global capitalism. It is a very serious blow to the European Union.
Ralph Tebbutt: Does every child matter?
International Socialism Journal nr. 151, jul 16 – side 165
Note: How do we assess our education system? One way is to measure the extent to which that system is producing the skilled personnel required by the capitalist state in order to determine the cost effectiveness and efficiency of the system. The alternative is to start from what is necessary to enable each and every individual to fulfil their full potential within society. The aim of this article is to challenge the former approach and to discuss how the latter approach can be implemented.
Charlie Kimber: Efter EU-afstemningen og Camerons afgang: Gå sammen om at forme oprøret mod magthaverne
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 352, maj 16 
Note: David Cameron er trådt tilbage, og “Forlad EU”-resultatet ved folkeafstemningen har kastet det konservative parti og de britiske og europæiske magthavere ud i en dyb krise.
Socialist Worker (UK): Storbritannien: Den herskende klasse er rædselsslagen for at skulle forlade det rådne EU
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 352, maj 16 
Note: Valgkampen op til folkeafstemningen om Storbritanniens medlemskab af EU blev genoptaget mandag efter en pause i kølvandet på mordet på Labour-politikeren Jo Cox.
Alex Callinicos: Analysis: And now the British question
International Socialism Journal nr. 147, jul 15 – side 3
Note: The British general election of 7 May 2015 represented a curious mixture of stasis and dramatic change. But its outcome—the election of the first majority Tory government for 20 years—underlines that what we are confronted with is a crisis of the British state.
Alex Callinicos: Analysis: Britain and the crisis of the neoliberal state
International Socialism Journal nr. 145, jan 15 – side 3
Note: Antonio Gramsci writes: The “normal” exercise of hegemony on what has become the classic terrain of the parliamentary regime is characterised by the combination of force and consent that balance each other in various ways ...
Andy Jones: UKIP and the politics of immigration
International Socialism Journal nr. 143, jul 14 – side 37
Note: The outcome of May’s European and local council elections demonstrates beyond doubt both widespread disaffection with the traditional framework of British party politics and the fact that the issue of immigration is now placed firmly at the centre of political debate. In the European elections the UK Independence Party (UKIP) won 27.5 percent of the vote, becoming the first party other than the two main parties to win a national election in 100 years.
Iain Ferguson: Can the Tories abolish the welfare state?
International Socialism Journal nr. 141, jan 14 – side 13
Note: There is a scene in The Spirit of ‘45, director Ken Loach’s documentary about the achievements of the 1945-51 Labour government in Britain, where a general practitioner tells of visiting a poor family where a child was very ill with a hacking cough.
Dave Sewell: Rent arrears mount as Tories’ bedroom tax hits poor tenants
Socialist Worker nr. 2357, jun 13 – side 7
Note: The government’s hated bedroom tax came into force on 1 April. But the policy—and the Tories’ thin justifications for it—are already starting to fall apart.
Nick Grant + Terry Wrigley: Michael Gove – new ways to fail at school
Socialist Worker nr. 2357, jun 13 – side 10
Note: The education minister is doing what’s right for capitalism—not children say Nick Grant and Terry Wrigley
Weyman Bennett: After Woolwich
Socialist Review nr. 381, jun 13 – side 4
Note: The racist backlash after the murder of a soldier outside Woolwich barracks last month has been on a far greater scale than that following the 7 July 2005 bombings in London.
Tash Shifrin: UKIP: A breeding ground for racism
Socialist Review nr. 381, jun 13 – side 18
Note: Ukip’s success in last month’s council elections underlined its move from the margins to a more significant force. Tash Shifrin looks at the roots of its emergence and how we should respond.
Judith Orr: After Woolwich: Don’t let the racists divide us
Socialist Worker nr. 2355, maj 13 – side 1
Note: The Tories and the media refuse to accept any connection between imperialist attacks and the killing in Woolwich. Their pandering to Islamophobia has given confidence to racists and fascists. We must urgently oppose it.
Charlie Kimber: The resistible march of Thatcher
Socialist Review nr. 380, maj 13 – side 12
Note: The death of Margaret Thatcher was greeted by celebrations across the country, while the ruling class went into a frenzy as they attempted to defend her legacy. Here Charlie Kimber looks at that legacy.
Jane Hardy: Thatcher’s economic legacy
Socialist Review nr. 380, maj 13 – side 15
Note: When Thatcher was elected in 1979 the fortunes of British capitalism were lagging behind its competitors after decades of poor performance.
Pat Stack: Book review: Graham Stewart: Bang!
Socialist Review nr. 380, maj 13 – side 25
Note: There is a need for a serious study of the 1980s to be written, and Graham Stewart cannot be faulted for trying to capture much of the politics, culture and social change of the decade. Sadly however, he does it from a perspective so adoring of Margaret Thatcher that I suspect George Osborne's copy will be smudged by tear stains on almost every page.
John Davies: Hands off our bedrooms
Socialist Review nr. 379, apr 13 – side 4
Note: “Good morning, what a relief it was to see your leaflet come through my letterbox. Thank you.” It has not been often that we get that response to the campaigning work we do.
Rob Ferguson: Feedback: Lessons in class
Socialist Review nr. 379, apr 13 – side 8
Note: In my September article on the impact of tuition fees and university funding (Class Barriers, Socialist Review, September 2012) I noted that “the increase in fees has not immediately translated into a disproportionate fall in applications from the poorest school leavers as many predicted”.
Alex Callinicos: Why there’s trouble ahead for the Tories
Socialist Worker nr. 2340, feb 13 – side 6
Note: Last week ended well for David Cameron. Lined up with German chancellor Angela Merkel he secured, for the first time, a cut in the European Union’s long-term budget for 2014-20.
Alex Callinicos: Analysis: British sounds
International Socialism Journal nr. 137, jan 13 – side 3
Note: The dominant fact about British politics is the slow decomposition of the Conservative-Liberal coalition government. The fundamental reason for this is the failure of chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne’s deficit-cutting strategy.
Judith Orr: Rochdale: an anatomy of the sexual abuse scandal
International Socialism Journal nr. 135, jul 12 – side 67
Note: The case of nine men convicted of appalling sexual exploitation of young women in Rochdale in north west England has unleashed a renewed tide of racism and Islamophobia.
What Socialists Say: Does Britain have a north-south divide?
Socialist Worker nr. 2298, apr 12 – side 9
Note: When the Tories proposed the idea of imposing lower regional pay on public sector workers, it hit a nerve. Many who live outside the M25 already feel marginalised by the political establishment in London. The Tories in particular are often seen as pursuing a vendetta against the supposedly more working class north.
Liam Fox has gone: now hunt all the Tories
Socialist Worker nr. 2274, okt 11 – side 1
Note: Liam Fox resigned as Tory defence minister last week as the reality of corporations’ corrupt influence inside the government was revealed.
Richard Seymour: The Tories: An anatomy
International Socialism Journal nr. 131, jul 11 – side 45
Note: After 13 years of exile the Conservative Party has returned to office, but weaker than ever and dependent on a coalition with the Liberals.
Sadie Robinson: Teaching school heads to stop their bullying
Socialist Worker nr. 2254, jun 11 – side 13
Note: How to stand up to bullies is one of the most important lessons many of us learn in school. But a recent rash of teachers’ strikes against heads trying to ram through cuts shows that pupils aren’t the only ones who can discover the power to resist.
Mark Thomas: Fracture lines
Socialist Review nr. 359, jun 11 – side 4
Note: The outcome of the elections in early May has deepened the fracture lines inside the government Coalition.
Patrick Ward: Rich-poor divide going back to Victorian times
Socialist Worker nr. 2252, maj 11 – side 2
Note: The gap between the highest and lowest paid in Britain is not only growing but is set to return to Victorian levels.
Matthew Cookson: Bring down the coalition
Socialist Worker nr. 2250, maj 11 – side 16
Note: The Tories and the Liberal Democrats dreaded voters giving them a hammering in this week’s elections for their vicious attacks on working people over the past year.
After 5 May elections: Organise to bring down the coalition
Socialist Worker nr. 2250, maj 11 
Note: The unpopularity of the coalition was shown in this week’s elections where the Liberal Democrats suffered their worst performance at the polls in 30 years.
Tom Walker: Meet the right royal scroungers
Socialist Worker nr. 2249, apr 11 – side 12
Note: They’re bone idle, filthy rich and live in palaces, explains Tom Walker, Junior assistant royal reporter.
Viv Smith: 'Disabled people won't be victims any more'
Socialist Worker nr. 2248, apr 11 – side 8
Note: Disabled activists speak out to Viv Smith.
Dave Renton: The Tories, Eton and private schools
International Socialism Journal nr. 130, apr 11 – side 141
Note: One of the most striking features of the new government is the dominance within its ranks of individuals showing every sign of class privilege. The Sunday Times reports that 18 of the 23 full-time members of the cabinet are millionaires, having between them a capital wealth of about £50 million.
Yuri Prasad: As David Cameron launches attack on multiculturalism: Don't let the Tories play the race card
Socialist Worker nr. 2238, feb 11 – side 1
Note: David Cameron choose last Saturday to launch a vicious attack on Muslims—just as the racist English Defence League were descending on Luton.
Editorial: Racism: part of a long Tory tradition
Socialist Worker nr. 2238, feb 11 – side 3
Note: That David Cameron chose last Saturday to make a speech attacking Muslims is despicable.
Michael Rosen: Defending Libraries
Socialist Review nr. 355, feb 11 – side 7
Note: Libraries have become one of the expendable, junkable parts of modern capitalism.
Steve Hack + Karen Reissmann + Julie Hopkins + Gerard Reissmann + Sarah Davies: Voices from the NHS: a system on the verge of breakdown
Socialist Worker nr. 2236, jan 11 – side 8
Note: As the Tories launch a major assault on the health service, frontline healthworkers speak out on the state of the NHS.
John Lang: Wapping striker speaks 25 years on: ‘If we’d had all of Fleet Street out we couldn’t have failed’
Socialist Worker nr. 2236, jan 11 
Note: When press baron Rupert Murdoch sacked 6,000 Fleet Street workers in 1986 and moved their work to a scab plant in Wapping, John Lang was deputy father of chapel in the Sogat union clerical branch at Times newspapers. He told a public meeting to commemorate the 25th anniversary about his experiences.
Alex Callinicos + Jonny Jones: Analysis: The student revolt and the crisis
International Socialism Journal nr. 129, jan 11 – side 3
Note: We enter 2011 in a situation marked by both continuity and—in Britain, at least—dramatic discontinuity. The element of continuity is represented, of course, by the global economic and financial crisis. Change comes in the form of the sudden emergence of the first real social movement in Britain for many years, the protests by university and school students against the near-trebling of tuition fees.
Judith Orr: Council of despair
Socialist Review nr. 354, jan 11 – side 4
Note: One way in which the coalition government is attempting to deflect anger about its austerity measures is to cut funding to local councils – meaning that the councils themselves are seen as inflicting the pain when libraries, youth centres and sports facilities close.
Kevin Devine: The cost of living through austerity
Socialist Review nr. 354, jan 11 – side 4
Note: The economic recovery remains elusive, but the cost of living remains high and looks set to go even higher in 2011.
Patrick Ward: Unhealthy profits
Socialist Review nr. 354, jan 11 – side 5
Note: The sickness of the economy has done little to dent the healthy profits of private hospitals.
Simon Basketter: Tories are a class apart: Exposing the myth of ‘ordinary bloke’ David Cameron and his ‘Mr Average’ friends
Socialist Worker nr. 2224, okt 10 – side 8
Note: For all its talk of a “national interest” and “we’re all in this together”, the government is made up of establishment figures who are a throwback to a previous era. Simon Basketter uncovers the Tories’ parallel universe.
Analysis: Britain: the mould cracks
International Socialism Journal nr. 127, jul 10 – side 10
Note: In Britain the drive to austerity is framed by the formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. The novelty of such an arrangement in recent British politics has provoked an intense media hullabaloo focused on the persons of the new prime minister, David Cameron, and his Lib Dem deputy, Nick Clegg.
Simon Basketter: Ashcroft’s millions are tip of the iceberg
Socialist Worker nr. 2192, mar 10 – side 4
Note: Lord Ashcroft, who effectively owns the Tory party, hit the headlines as he admitted that he didn’t live here in order to avoid paying tax.
Siân Ruddick: Jail for British soldier who wouldn’t go to war
Socialist Worker nr. 2192, mar 10 – side 5
Note: Anti-war soldier Joe Glenton has been imprisoned for his refusal to fight in Afghanistan. A military court on Friday of last week sentenced him to nine months in the Military Corrective Training Centre in Colchester.
Ian Taylor: Cameron, Thatcher and the Tories: Return of the Nasty Party
Socialist Review nr. 345, mar 10 – side 14
Note: The prospect of a Tory government will chill all who remember the 1980s. Yet bad as David Cameron promises to be, a victory for him need not herald a rerun of the Thatcher years. Ian Taylor begins our pre-election coverage by analysing the prospect of a Cameron government and what it would mean.
Huge rise in number of children in severe poverty
Socialist Worker nr. 2186, jan 10 – side 2
Note: Child poverty in Britain was rocketing even before the recession, new research has shown.
A Sivanandan: John Denham is wrong to downplay race
Socialist Worker nr. 2185, jan 10 – side 5
Note: A Sivanandan, director of the Institute of Race Relations, explains why communities minister John Denham was wrong last week to downgrade the importance of racism.
SWP conference: Workers’ confidence to fight attacks is rising
Socialist Worker nr. 2184, jan 10 – side 5
Note: The session on the industrial response to the economic crisis saw a productive discussion about encouraging working class resistance.
Simon Basketter: Thatcher behind closed doors
Socialist Worker nr. 2183, jan 10 – side 3
Note: The newly released archives from 1979 give an insight into Margaret Thatcher’s thinking. They also show that, in private, Tories are even more reactionary than they are in public.
Anindya Bhattacharyya: It is still us and them
Socialist Worker nr. 2183, jan 10 – side 12
Note: After Gordon Brown’s recent ‘class war’ comments over old Etonians Anindya Bhattacharyya considers who makes up Britain’s ruling class
Judith Orr: The fog of class war
Socialist Review nr. 343, jan 10 – side 4
Note: Gordon Brown's government is waging class war against the rich, so claim the Tories – and the rich.
Patrick Ward: Lords-a-leeching
Socialist Review nr. 343, jan 10 – side 4
Note: Proposed reforms of the House of Lords expenses system have run into trouble – the lords aren't happy.
Patrick Ward: Who are the wealth creators?
Socialist Review nr. 343, jan 10 – side 5
Note: Advertisers and bankers are of less value to society than hospital cleaners and child minders, according to a report published last month.
Our universities of resistance: ‘A year ago this would have been unthinkable’
Socialist Worker nr. 2181, dec 09 – side 9
Note: Simon Englert from Sussex University on how the situation has radicalised even in British Universities
Simon Basketter: Car workers: being driven to destruction
Socialist Worker nr. 2180, dec 09 – side 13
Note: A new book looks at car workers’ struggles against ‘management by stress’. Simon Basketter spoke to the authors, and former and current car workers, about these ‘lean production’ methods – and how to fight back.
Siân Ruddick: Students lead fight over university cuts
Socialist Worker nr. 2180, dec 09 – side 14
Note: Universities across Britain are facing devastating cuts – but students and staff are fighting back.
Martin Smith: En test for venstrefløjen
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 291, sep 09 – side 12
Note: Magthaverne udnytter den fortsatte økonomiske turbulens til at optrappe deres angreb på arbejderklassen. Men der er sket et skift i den måde, britiske arbejdere svarer igen på, argumenterer Martin Smith.
Alt. url: The current crisis is a test for the left
Swine flu: Labour in panic about pandemic
Socialist Worker nr. 2161, jul 09 – side 2
Note: More than 700 people have died from H1N1 swine flu around the world so far. The British government is in crisis-management mode—its announcement of hotlines follows contradictory advice for pregnant women.
Lindsey German: In my opinion: Unrepentant empire
Socialist Review nr. 338, jul 09 – side 7
Note: The long shadow of the Iraq war still hangs over British politics.
Alex Callinicos: Labour collapse, BNP victories: Political meltdown
Socialist Review nr. 338, jul 09 – side 10
Note: The economic and political crises have undermined the legitimacy of mainstream politics, argues Alex Callinicos. As Labour's support crashes can the left offer answers?
Sadie Robinson: Brown can’t escape the crisis he created
Socialist Worker nr. 2157, jun 09 – side 4
Note: Not long ago Gordon Brown looked like he was finished.
The week that Brown received multiple resignations from his cabinet also saw disastrous results for Labour in the council and European elections.
It seemed that he could be forced out of office any day.
But Brown has survived. And, what’s more, it seems that the bulk of Labour ministers have closed ranks around him.
Sadie Robinson: Soas: Did bosses target their cleaners for deportation?
Socialist Worker nr. 2156, jun 09 – side 2
Note: Were bosses of one of the most multicultural colleges in London complicit in an immigration raid that led to cleaners being deported to a country under a brutal regime?
Iain Ferguson: Probation: Labour passes buck over crime
Socialist Worker nr. 2156, jun 09 – side 12
Note: There are depressing similarities between the case of the two young French students Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez, brutally murdered in south London last July, and the case of Baby Peter, who died a slow and painful death in 2007 at the hands of his carers.
In each case, the supervising officer involved was carrying a caseload well beyond the recommended levels.
Patrick Ward: Policing the police
Socialist Review nr. 337, jun 09 – side 4
Note: The Territorial Support Group (TSG) – the "public order" section of the London Metropolitan police – has been accused of 159 assaults over the past year.
Simon Basketter: Expenses scandal: Jail these corrupt ministers
Socialist Worker nr. 2152, maj 09 – side 3
Note: The government hammers those most affected by the poverty and misery of Gordon Brown’s Britain with hypocrisy and draconian laws. Every week people are jailed for not paying their council tax or are dragged in front of the courts for not paying their TV licence.
Scarlet Knight: Not what I call care
Socialist Worker nr. 2152, maj 09 – side 12
Note: The solution to the current crisis in the care system lies with putting children at the heart of it, writes youth worker Scarlet Knight
Joseph Choonara: Darling's budget – the shape of cuts to come
Socialist Review nr. 336, maj 09 – side 4
Note: Alistair Darling is "Red All Over", wailed The Times. "Return Of Class War", screamed The Daily Telegraph.
Newspaper editors are presumably part of the 0.6 percent of the population who will be hit by the 50 percent top rate of income tax announced by the chancellor in his budget. But this measure should be put in context. When Labour last left office in 1979 the top rate was 83 percent.
Ian Taylor: In perspective: Myths of the white working class
Socialist Review nr. 336, maj 09 – side 14
Note: Talk of the existence of a unique and specifically deprived white working class being discriminated against conceals the real issue of class inequalities
Michael Lavalette + Iain Ferguson: Social work after “Baby P”
International Socialism Journal nr. 122, apr 09 – side 115
Note: In August 2007 the UK media reported the tragic death of a 17 month old boy (who became known as “Baby P”). In November 2008 two people were convicted of causing or allowing the death.
Amanda Sackur: Union-made: Further education: Time to expand, not cut
Socialist Review nr. 335, apr 09 – side 13
Note: London Metropolitan University is facing massive funding cuts after an audit by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) discovered that university management had been submitting inaccurate data.
Sadie Robinson: Rotherham: Labour’s forgotten heartland
Socialist Worker nr. 2139, feb 09 – side 8
Note: As unemployment in Britain heads towards two million, Sadie Robinson reports from Rotherham, a town at the centre of the jobs massacre
Esme Choonara: Nationalism: Who really benefits when ‘we’re all in it together’?
Socialist Worker nr. 2138, feb 09 – side 9
Note: Esme Choonara argues that nationalism is bad news for the workers’ movement
Alan Walter: Keep pushing Gordon Brown over council houses
Socialist Worker nr. 2137, feb 09 – side 4
Note: Gordon Brown announced last week that is he is backing down over rules that have stopped councils from building council housing.
Anindya Bhattacharyya: Exposing myths of a segregated Britain
Socialist Worker nr. 2137, feb 09 – side 8
Note: The popular perception that parts of Britain are becoming “ethnic no-go areas” is based on a misreading of the facts, population expert Ludi Simpson tells Anindya Bhattacharyya
Simon Basketter: New Labour peers paid fees by business lobbyists
Socialist Worker nr. 2136, jan 09 – side 2
Note: There are many odd things about the House of Lords. One minor anomaly is that lords don’t get paid a salary.
But they do get a tax free allowance of £335.50 for every day they bother to turn up at parliament.
These expenses are generous. For instance, in 2005 one Lord Taylor of Blackburn claimed over £57,000. But it has emerged there may be other ways for peers to make a little cash.
Kaye Stearman: Why is Britain supplying arms to Israel’s war machine?
Socialist Worker nr. 2136, jan 09 – side 9
Note: The proportion of British arms heading to Israel has increased in the last year, writes Kaye Stearman of the Campaign Against Arms Trade
Sadie Robinson: Don’t buy Gordon Brown’s lies on Heathrow expansion
Socialist Worker nr. 2135, jan 09 – side 6
Note: As the government approves Heathrow expansion plans, Sadie Robinson looks at the myths of job creation and “green” aviation – and how we can resist.
Editorial: Trevor Phillips is wrong: Police are still racist
Socialist Worker nr. 2135, jan 09 – side 12
Note: In a speech marking the tenth anniversary of the Macpherson report into the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence, the equalities and human rights commissioner Trevor Phillips argued that the police should no longer be accused of institutional racism.
Yuri Prasad: Films show a history of black unity in Britain
Socialist Worker nr. 2133, jan 09 – side 12
Note: Yuri Prasad takes a look at an inspiring series of films made in the 1980s about the struggles of black people in Britain against racism.
Analysis: Brown’s left bounce?
International Socialism Journal nr. 121, jan 09 – side 7
Note: The least expected beneficiary of the September-October 2008 financial crisis was Gordon Brown. The whole media, and at least half the cabinet, regarded him as one of the living dead in the run-up to the Labour Party conference. Within weeks he had been transformed into the conquering hero who knew how to deal with economic crisis not only in Britain but globally.
Matthew Cookson: Welfare state: Labour’s benefits plans hark back to workhouses
Socialist Worker nr. 2132, dec 08 – side 6
Note: Attacks on benefit claimants echo notions of the “undeserving poor”.
Ken Olende: Kenyan asylum seeker: ‘I fear for my life if I am deported’
Socialist Worker nr. 2132, dec 08 – side 6
Note: Steve, an asylum seeker living in Manchester, fears for his life if he is sent back to Kenya.
His story sheds some light on the inhumane and illogical nature of the British government’s treatment of asylum seekers.
New Labour’s asylum policies are cruel and unjust
Socialist Worker nr. 2132, dec 08 – side 6
Note: The cruel hypocrisy of the government’s approach to asylum was driven home last week as home secretary Jacqui Smith attempted to use the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe to tighten asylum laws.
Pre-budget report: What Darling is trying to do –– and why it won’t work
Socialist Worker nr. 2129, nov 08 – side 2
Note: The Tories and the right wing press have attacked the government for allegedly reverting to its “Old Labour” tax-andspend instincts in its pre-budget report.
Siân Ruddick: Defend Council Housing: ‘We won’t let town die without a fight’
Socialist Worker nr. 2129, nov 08 – side 3
Note: The announcement of massive job losses at the Hoover plant in Merthyr Tydfil has sent a shockwave through South Wales. Siân Ruddick spoke to the people affected—and found burning anger at both the bosses and the government.
Editorial: Housing crisis: Fill the empty homes
Socialist Worker nr. 2129, nov 08 – side 12
Note: As the number of home repossessions rises, the scandal of empty homes is also increasing – there are almost 900,000 empty homes in Britain.
Chris Bambery: Britain lies exposed to the global economic hurricane
Socialist Worker nr. 2128, nov 08 – side 2
Note: Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England, admitted last week that Britain is probably now in recession. It joins a long list of economies which are now experiencing a downturn, including the US, Japan and the European Union.
In Britain there are forecasts that unemployment will hit the three million mark by 2010.
Chris Bambery: The bosses have their eyes on our pensions
Socialist Worker nr. 2126, nov 08 – side 4
Note: The Tory press has launched a crusade against decent pensions.We need to fight back against their plans to rob retired workers, writes Chris Bambery
Esme Choonara: Westfield: ‘Champagne shopping’ an insult to London poor
Socialist Worker nr. 2126, nov 08 – side 5
Note: “Soulless” and “like an airport lounge” – this was the verdict of west Londoner Katie Ducali on the new Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush, west London. The opening of Westfield London – the largest indoor shopping centre in Europe – must be one of the most over-hyped events of the year.
Housing: Evictions on the rise as banks scramble for profits
Socialist Worker nr. 2126, nov 08 – side 5
Note: Hundreds of tenants in Colwyn Bay and Pensarn in north Wales and Stoke-on-Trent are facing eviction. More than 350 people had received eviction or repossession orders and been told they had to move out of the properties owned and managed by Whalley Huws.
Lindsey German: In my opinion: Money for the banks...
Socialist Review nr. 330, nov 08 – side 7
Note: My first thought when the government bailed out Northern Rock last year was, where the hell does it find this kind of money when there's never a spare million for a new school or hospital?
Siân Ruddick: Asylum seekers speak out about persecution and a life on the edge
Socialist Worker nr. 2125, nov 08 – side 6
Note: Sian Ruddick reports from Swansea on the harsh reality of existence for asylum seekers fleeing poverty and war in Gordon Brown’s Britain
Alex Callinicos: Build the resistance to the bosses’ crisis
Socialist Worker nr. 2119, sep 08 – side 3
Note: “There will be no ‘glad confident morning’ for free market principles for a long time to come.” So sadly conceded Samuel Brittan, one of the architects of neoliberal ideology back in the 1970s and 1980s, writing in the Financial Times on Friday of last week.
Owen Hatherley: Brown´s Britain: Class politics are alive and kicking in Britain
Socialist Worker nr. 2119, sep 08 – side 6
Note: Harriet Harman’s fairly unremarkable comments on class to the TUC last week – essentially saying that the class system exists – have elicited a flurry of protest from the old right.
Simon Basketter: Migrant workers: ‘We deserve to be treated like human beings’
Socialist Worker nr. 2117, sep 08 – side 8
Note: Migrant workers in Britain face appalling conditions – but they are starting to organise and fight back. Simon Basketter traces the links between migration, exploitation and resistance.
Yuri Prasad: Racism: After raids target black males, why no outcry from leaders?
Socialist Worker nr. 2117, sep 08 – side 9
Note: Picture this scene – hundreds of young black men, some appearing to be as young as 13, rounded up, surrounded and held for hours without charge by a cordon of police in body armour; parents standing outside the cordon demanding to be told what is happening to their children; dozens of officers with machine guns sealing off the area; simmering anger from those released from the cordon after being searched and finger printed.
Danny Dorling: Comment: Life is short – if you’re poor in Manchester
Socialist Worker nr. 2117, sep 08 – side 12
Note: New Labour policies have seen health inequality grow. Danny Dorling explains how the gaps have emerged, and how we can close them
Why can't energy firms pick up the bill?
Socialist Worker nr. 2116, aug 08 – side 1
Note: Demands grow for windfall tax as fuel companies rake in record profits
Yuri Prasad + Simon Assaf + Simon Basketter: Notting Hill Carnival crackdown targets young black men
Socialist Worker nr. 2116, aug 08 – side 3
Note: London's Notting Hill Carnival is rightly hailed as a celebration of multi-ethnic Britain. But it turned into a nightmare for hundreds of young black men as heavily armed police swooped on buses carrying them to the street party.
Simon Basketter: Pay revolt: Unity is needed to defend our living standards
Socialist Worker nr. 2116, aug 08 – side 5
Note: There is a growing revolt over pay in both the public and private sectors, writes Simon Basketter
Sadie Robinson: Thousands thrown out of work by the crisis
Socialist Worker nr. 2115, aug 08 – side 5
Note: Over the last three months, 60,000 more people in Britain have become unemployed. This massive rise takes the unemployment total to 1.67 million.
Alex Callinicos: What’s behind the return of Tories?
Socialist Worker nr. 2113, aug 08 – side 4
Note: “So are we all Tories now?” asked the lead article in the Observer Review last Sunday.
Analysis: Britain’s resurgent Tories
International Socialism Journal nr. 119, jul 08 – side 6
Note: The Tories were crowing after May’s local elections and the Crewe & Nantwich parliamentary by-election. With 44 percent of the local election vote, victory in the London mayoral election and a 17.6 percent swing away from Labour to take Crewe & Nantwich, they are convinced they will win the general election set to take place in two years time.
Kambiz Boomla: Privatised polyclinics
Socialist Worker nr. 2105, jun 08 – side 12
Note: The government is using a propaganda campaign against GPs to promote its unpopular polyclinic scheme.
Lindsey German: Is Britain moving to the right?
Socialist Review nr. 326, jun 08 – side 10
Note: Labour's crushing election defeats and the increase in the vote for the Nazi BNP has led some to believe the country is drifting rightwards. Lindsey German opens our analysis of the situation by challenging that assumption and argues that election results don't tell the whole story.
Judith Orr: The resistible rise of the BNP
Socialist Review nr. 326, jun 08 – side 14
Note: The recent local elections saw the BNP gain ten councillors and a London Assembly member. Judith Orr puts these results in context, and argues that the fascists can, and must, be stopped once more.
Glyn Robbins: Housing benefits
Socialist Review nr. 326, jun 08 – side 15
Note: The abandonment of council housing building has worsened dramatically the housing crisis, both socially and financially. Glyn Robbins argues the case for publicly-owned, democratically-run and high-quality social housing.
Simon Basketter: Heathrow airport's strange history of evasion and expansion
Socialist Worker nr. 2103, maj 08 – side 8
Note: The expansion of Heathrow airport is part of a plan hatched at its very inception.
Yuri Prasad: The rise of the right?
Socialist Worker nr. 2103, maj 08 – side 13
Note: Recent Tory election wins should not obscure the deeper political dynamics, argues Yuri Prasad
Cost of living is soaring
Socialist Worker nr. 2101, maj 08 – side 2
Note: Officially Britain’s rate of inflation rose to 3 percent this week. Yet the real rate of inflation for ordinary people is rising twice as fast as the official figures show.
Pat Carmody: Union-made: Calling for recognition
Socialist Review nr. 325, maj 08 – side 21
Note: Every night, all around the country, in the 21st century factories known as call centres, some 750,000 workers will breathe a collective sigh of relief as they get the signal that their shift has finally come to an end.
Sadie Robinson: Fight Back 24 April: Across Britain, workers prepare for mass strike
Socialist Worker nr. 2096, apr 08 – side 5
Note: Thursday 24 April – "Fightback Thursday" – is set to pose a serious challenge to the government, with up to half a million workers across different unions preparing to strike over pay.
Simon Basketter: London's working poor
Socialist Worker nr. 2096, apr 08 – side 8
Note: The capital's wealth comes at a huge cost to workers and their families, but neither New Labour nor the Tories offer any real solutions
Yuri Prasad: Why is the National Union of Students planning a vote to abolish itself?
Socialist Worker nr. 2094, mar 08 – side 5
Note: A key vote at next week’s annual conference of the National Union of Students (NUS) could see the organisation transformed from a campaigning body into a “professional lobbying group”.
Sadie Robinson: Teachers and lecturers ballot for strikes: Make 24 April a day of pay revolt
Socialist Worker nr. 2093, mar 08 – side 16
Note: Up to half a million public sector workers could strike on Thursday 24 April.
Teachers, lecturers, civil service workers and council workers could come together in a powerful blow against Gordon Brown’s public sector pay limit.
Ian Taylor: Frontlines: Why the price indexes miscalculate the cost of modern life
Socialist Review nr. 323, mar 08 – side 6
Note: The cost of living rose at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in January if you believe the government's Consumer Price Index (CPI). This is the rate newspapers and TV report and on which the Bank of England bases interest rate policy. But it is fiction as far as reflecting the rising prices faced by working class households.
Lindsey German: In My View: London mayoral elections: Race and class in the city
Socialist Review nr. 323, mar 08 – side 7
Note: Race has been an issue in London all my life.
Patrick Ward: London: capital's capital
Socialist Review nr. 323, mar 08 – side 22
Note: The City of London has become a tax haven for the super-rich, overseen by Gordon Brown with, alarmingly, no complaints from Mayor Ken Livingstone. Patrick Ward looks at the history and humbug that props up the square mile and leaves neighbouring boroughs cash-starved
Martin Smith: Culture: Big mouth...
Socialist Review nr. 321, jan 08 – side 28
Note: Once again the singer Morrissey has plenty to say about immigration and British society. In a November edition of the NME, the magazine claims that he said, "The gates of England are flooded. The country's been thrown away."
Gerry Mooney + Alex Law: Public sector: the new militants
Socialist Worker nr. 2082, dec 07 – side 10
Note: Gerry Mooney and Alex Law look at how New Labour’s attacks on the public sector have created a new generation of trade unionists
Charlie Kimber: The politics of the post strike
Socialist Review nr. 319, nov 07 – side 10
Note: The postal workers' strikes have seen 130,000 workers taking action, with picket lines in every town and city across the country. Charlie Kimber looks at the impact of the dispute and how the political fallout has led many union members to question trade union links with the Labour Party.
Analysis: Where will the Brown bounce land?
International Socialism Journal nr. 116, okt 07 – side 9
Note: Gordon Brown has got his honeymoon with the voters—or at least with enough of them for him to consider calling an early general election. He has not changed a single one of Tony Blair’s major policies. But the disappearance of some of the most unpopular ministerial faces has been enough to boost his poll ratings.
John Newsinger: Review: Campbell's blood money
International Socialism Journal nr. 116, okt 07 – side 203
Note: Alastair Campbell, The Blair Years: Extracts from Alastair Campbell Diaries (Hutchinson, 2007), £25
Mark Serwotka: Union-made: Raising the stakes
Socialist Review nr. 318, okt 07 – side 13
Note: The sight of Gordon Brown greeting Margaret Thatcher warmly at the door of Number 10 must have left most Labour supporters aghast.
Mark Serwotka is general secretary of the PCS, the civil service workers' trade union.
Brian Richardson: Interview: Stories of Black Britain in Pictures
Socialist Review nr. 318, okt 07 – side 18
Note: Author Paul Gilroy tells Brian Richardson why he hopes images of past moments of everyday life and struggle will inspire a new generation.
Berit Kuennecke: Ken Loach interviewed about his new film, It's a Free World
Socialist Worker nr. 2068, sep 07 – side 8
Note: Award-winning director Ken Loach spoke to Berit Kuennecke about his new film, It’s A Free World, an exposé of the exploitation of migrant workers in Britain.
Simon Basketter: Migrant labour: a grim reality of poor pay and insecurity
Socialist Worker nr. 2068, sep 07 – side 9
Note: “I hate white vans,” said Alek. Around 5am every day, groups of young men and women huddle on street corners in towns across Britain. There they wait for a white van or minibus.
Simon Basketter: Migrant labour: organising the unorganised
Socialist Worker nr. 2068, sep 07 – side 9
Note: Thousands of eastern European workers are being brutally exploited at work, according to the TUC.
Chris Harman: Striking back: the return of industrial action
Socialist Worker nr. 2068, sep 07 – side 13
Note: Industrial action has returned to the mainstream in recent months. Chris Harman looks at the prospects for anger and bitterness to break out into wider battles over pay.
Danny Dorling: Unequal Britain
Socialist Worker nr. 2061, jul 07 – side 8
Note: A new report highlights the growing gap between rich and poor in Britain. It’s a mess – and it’s getting worse, says Danny Dorling, one of the report’s authors
See PDF version for extra graphs and maps.
Hsiao-Hung Pai: Frontlines: Good Things Don't Come to Those Who Wait – in Chinatown
Socialist Review nr. 315, jun 07 – side 6
Note: "We don't get paid wages here," said a waiter at Chinatown's Furama Restaurant. "We only have tips of around £200 a week. The service charge goes to the employer. We don't get a penny."
Charlie Kimber: Britain: Livingstone—the last reformist?
International Socialism Journal nr. 113, jan 07 – side 71
Note: London’s Evening Standard newspaper recently ran the front page headline ‘Ken Backs Terrorist on the Tube’. Most of the capital’s 7 million inhabitants will have been in no doubt who ‘Ken’ was. Almost uniquely among British politicians, London Mayor Ken Livingstone has achieved the status of being recognisable from his first name alone.
The painful passing of Tony Blair
International Socialism Journal nr. 112, sep 06 – side 3
Note: The political crisis in the New Labour government was coming to a head as we went to press.
Neil Davidson: Carnival, march, riot
International Socialism Journal nr. 112, sep 06 – side 209
Note: A review of Dave Renton: "When We Touched the Sky: the Anti-Nazi League, 1977-1981" (New Clarion Press, 2006), £13.95
Charlie Kimber: 1.5 million workers in strike vote: Act now to save our pensions
Socialist Worker nr. 1988, feb 06 – side 1
Note: Around 1.5 million workers in the local government pension scheme (LGPS) are scheduled to start ballots next Tuesday for strikes over pensions.
Chris Harman: Britain after eight years of Blair
International Socialism Journal nr. 106, mar 05 – side 35
Note: What is the shape of Britain after eight years of New Labour? What has happened to industry, the working class, the schools, the urban landscape? How badly damaged is Labour's base? Jane Hardy, Jacob Middleton, Terry Wrightly, Alex Law, Gerry Mooney and Charlie Kimber provide insights into these issues in a special section.
An introduction to these 5 articles.
Jane Hardy: The changing structure of the British economy
International Socialism Journal nr. 106, mar 05 – side 44
Note: What is the shape of Britain after eight years of New Labour? What has happened to industry, the working class, the schools, the urban landscape? How badly damaged is Labour's base? Jane Hardy, Jacob Middleton, Terry Wrightly, Alex Law, Gerry Mooney and Charlie Kimber provide insights into these issues in a special section.
Jacob Middleton: The working class
International Socialism Journal nr. 106, mar 05 – side 67
Note: What is the shape of Britain after eight years of New Labour? What has happened to industry, the working class, the schools, the urban landscape? How badly damaged is Labour's base? Jane Hardy, Jacob Middleton, Terry Wrightly, Alex Law, Gerry Mooney and Charlie Kimber provide insights into these issues in a special section.
Terry Wrigley: Blair’s vision for education: business, business, business
International Socialism Journal nr. 106, mar 05 – side 75
Note: What is the shape of Britain after eight years of New Labour? What has happened to industry, the working class, the schools, the urban landscape? How badly damaged is Labour's base? Jane Hardy, Jacob Middleton, Terry Wrightly, Alex Law, Gerry Mooney and Charlie Kimber provide insights into these issues in a special section.
Gerry Mooney + Alex Law: Urban landscapes
International Socialism Journal nr. 106, mar 05 – side 89
Note: What is the shape of Britain after eight years of New Labour? What has happened to industry, the working class, the schools, the urban landscape? How badly damaged is Labour's base? Jane Hardy, Jacob Middleton, Terry Wrightly, Alex Law, Gerry Mooney and Charlie Kimber provide insights into these issues in a special section.
Charlie Kimber: Labour’s organic crisis
International Socialism Journal nr. 106, mar 05 – side 101
Note: What is the shape of Britain after eight years of New Labour? What has happened to industry, the working class, the schools, the urban landscape? How badly damaged is Labour's base? Jane Hardy, Jacob Middleton, Terry Wrightly, Alex Law, Gerry Mooney and Charlie Kimber provide insights into these issues in a special section.
ASBOS supplement: Frontpage: Asbos: what future for our kids?
Socialist Worker nr. 1930, dec 04 – side 101
Note: Content
Gregor Gall: Trade unions: Back from the brink or still on the margins?
International Socialism Journal nr. 105, dec 04 – side 98
Note: What are the prospects for industrial class struggle in Britain? In our new polemics section Gregor Gall argues aginst what he sees as the over-optimism of the Socialist Workers Party and Martin Smith replies.
Martin Smith: Trade unions: Politics and the struggle
International Socialism Journal nr. 105, dec 04 – side 111
Note: What are the prospects for industrial class struggle in Britain? In our new polemics section Gregor Gall argues aginst what he sees as the over-optimism of the Socialist Workers Party and Martin Smith replies.
Lindsey German: Vote 04: Putting Respect on the Map
Socialist Review nr. 287, jul 04 – side 20
Note: Mayoral candidate Lindsey German assesses the impact of the vote.
Peter Morgan: Vote 04: On Whose Authority?
Socialist Review nr. 287, jul 04 – side 22
Note: Peter Morgan tries to find out how well the left did in the recent elections
Vote 04: Respect Election Results
Socialist Review nr. 287, jul 04 – side 22
Note: Detailed results from key areas
Peter Iversen: Oprør mod Blair
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 217, aug 03 – side 5
Note: Med den tidligere våbeninspektør David Kellys død eksploderede krisen for Tony Blair og hans New Labour-regering.
Mikkel Birk Jespersen: Brandfolk mod Blair
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 210, dec 02 – side 4
Note: Utilfredsheden med den engelske premierminister Tony Blair og hans privatiserings- og nedskæringspolitik kulminerer nu i 52.000 brandmænds strejke for højere løn.
Martin Smith: The return of the rank and file?
International Socialism Journal nr. 94, mar 02 – side 49
John Lister: We'll fight them in the hedgerows: socialist answers to the crisis in the countryside
International Socialism Journal nr. 91, jun 01 – side 93
John Rees: Anti-capitalism, reformism and socialism
International Socialism Journal nr. 90, mar 01 – side 3
Note: Prospects for socialists are looking brighter than for many years. The growing anti-capitalist radicalisation across the world is having an impact in Britain, where it is fusing with discontent towards the New Labour government and beginning to refuel the industrial struggle. International Socialism editor John Rees examines the effect of the anti-capitalist movement, the crisis of reformism and the state of industrial struggle. Anticipating a revival in struggle, he calls for a vital reorientation of socialist activity in an article intended as a rallying call for a new interventionism.
Storbritannien: Modstand mod studieafgift
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 170, nov 97 – side 2
Note: Den socialdemokratiske regering i England har barslet med et forslag om undervisningsafgift på universiteter og andre højere læreanstalter.
Ole Mølholm Jensen: Parlamentsvalg i England og Frankrig: Chok for Europas magthavere
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 161, jun 97 – side 4
Note: De seneste parlamentsvalg i England og Frankrig har sendt chokbølger gennem det europæiske borgerskab.
Judy Cox: How to make the Tories disappear (David Butler, Andrew Adonis & Tony Travers: "Failure in British Government-the Politics of the Poll Tax" + Paul Whiteley, Patrick Seyd & Jeremy Richardson: "True Blues -the Politics of Conservative Party Membership")
International Socialism Journal nr. 66, mar 95 – side 119
Note: Judy Cox examines the withering of Tory party membership.
Tom Christiansen: Storbritannien: Sejr til britiske arbejdere
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 108, okt 94 – side 6
Note: Britiske jernbanearbejdere har vundet en vigtig sejr, men de kunne have vundet meget mere.
Ole Mølholm Jensen: Europa i oprør: Storbritannien/Tyskland: Studerende i aktion
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 100, feb 94 – side 6
Note: I England fortsætter de studerende med at kæmpe mod forringelser af deres studiestøtte. Den konservative regering vil skære støtten ned med 10% om året over de næste 3 år. Forslaget blev vedtaget i underhuset i januar måned.
Conor Kostick: Black struggles and socialism (A Sivanandan: "Communities of Resistance")
International Socialism Journal nr. 53, dec 91 – side 103
Lindsey German: The last days of Thatcher?
International Socialism Journal nr. 48, sep 90 – side 3
Note: Margaret Thatcher, warmonger, breaker of unions, destroyer of public services, friend of the rich and enemy of the poor seems to have been the international success story of the 1980s.
Yet as the 1990s begin defeat seems to be staring Thatcher in the face. The economy, the showpiece and basis of Tory strategy, is sliding into recession. There is public outcry over the condition of the health and education services. And the massive movement against the poll tax has already provoked one of the largest riots that central London has ever seen. So, asks Lindsey German, are these the last days of Thatcher?
Sue Clegg: Thatcher and the welfare state
International Socialism Journal nr. 44, sep 89 – side 59
Note: Britain’s Tory government claims to have rolled back what its leader, Margaret Thatcher, calls the ‘nanny state’. Sue Clegg shows that the real record is much less clear cut. By analysing the gap between the Tories’ rhetoric and their actions, she explains how welfare spending results both from the needs of the capitalist class and the struggle of the working class.
Alex Callinicos: End of a hard reign? (Britain)
Socialist Review nr. 120, maj 89 – side 13
Note: To many commentators, ten years of Thatcher have seen far-reaching changes in British economic, political and social life, conforming to a right wing blueprint of market forces and the strong state. Alex Callinicos here argues that, in fact, despite Thatcher's luck, opportunism and a feeble opposition her policies have left Britain fundamentally unchanged.
Paul Foot: Can Labour win?
Socialist Review nr. 118, mar 89 – side 16
Note: Can Kinnock copy Mitterand?
Tony Cliff: Dark clouds and silver linings
Socialist Review nr. 113, okt 88 – side 10
Note: As the Tory attacks become more generalised a new mood of hostility towards Thatcher is growing among workers. A number of recent disputes suggests a growth in the confidence of workers. Tony Cliff, a leading member of the Socialist Workers Party, analysed these events at a recent national committee of the Party.
Here we reprint extracts from his speech.
Karin Sundtoft: Klassekampsopsvinget i England
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 38, mar 88 – side 5
Note: Konservativ lønpolitik sprængt – Kamp for sundheden – Fælles kamp
Peter Green: British capitalism and the Thatcher years
International Socialism Journal nr. 35, jun 87 – side 3
Chris Harman: The working class after the recession
International Socialism Journal nr. 33, sep 86 – side 3
Note: One of the myths feeding the policies of Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock and his supporters has been that of the ‘decline’ of the working class, or at least of the organised working class. (This article was later published in the book "The Changing Working Class".)
Alt. url: Marxists Internet Archive (MIA)
John Palmer: Reply to Nigel Harris on the GLC's industrial strategy
International Socialism Journal nr. 33, sep 86 – side 134
Gerner Kristensen: Wapping: Aktion eller ...
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 20, jun 86 – side 2
Note: I England fortsætter kampen mod bladkongen Rupert Murdochs elektrikerbefængte avistrykkeri i Wapping. Her produceres aviserne The Sun og The Times af 500 skruebrækkere fra elektrikerforbundet. Murdoch fyrede i januar 6.000 grafiske arbejdere på den konto.
Andy Zebrowski: A note on ‘Thatcherism’
International Socialism Journal nr. 32, jun 86 – side 151
Nigel Harris: What to do with London? The strategies of the GLC 1981-86
International Socialism Journal nr. 31, mar 86 – side 113
Karin Ladefoged: Liverpool: Jagt på socialister
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 16, jan 86 – side 8
Note: I de sidste to et halvt år har Liverpools Labour-dominerede byråd været centrum for alle, der har villet bekæmpe Thatchers politik via lokale byråd.
Chris Harman: 1984 and the shape of things to come
International Socialism Journal nr. 29, jun 85 – side 62
Note: The class struggle and the left in the aftermath of the miners defeat
Alt. url: Chris Harman’s Back Pages
Alex Callinicos + Mike Simons: The Great Strike: The miners’ strike of 1984-5 and its lessons
International Socialism Journal nr. 27-28, mar 85 – side 7
Note: Introduction – 7
1. The strike begins – 10
2. Towards confrontation – 18
3. The tragedy of Nottinghamshire – 47
4. Orgreave and the battle for steel – 82
5. Solidarity and bureaucracy – 120
6. Communities under siege – 159
7. The unnecessary defeat – 197
8. What went wrong? – 230
Dave Beecham: How far has rank and file organisation been weakened and incorporated? (W Daniel & N Milward: "Workplace Relations in Britain")
International Socialism Journal nr. 23, mar 84 – side 99
Martin Barker + Anne Beezer: The language of racism – an examination of Lord Scarman's Report on the Brixton riots
International Socialism Journal nr. 18, dec 82 – side 108
Alex Callinicos: The Rank-and-File Movement today
International Socialism Journal nr. 17, sep 82 – side 1
Note: Perhaps the most well-known characteristic of the Socialist Workers Party within the British labour movement has been its advocacy of a national rank-and-file movement. Indeed, our reformist critics have often belaboured us for having our own special deviation, ‘rank and filism’.
Stuart Axe: A second year of falling wages
Socialist Review nr. 40, feb 82 – side 2
Note: Last summer the government and the CBI launched a campaign to persuade workers to accept pay increases of less than five per cent through this winter and the rest of 1982.
Chris Harman: The summer of 1981: a post-riot analysis
International Socialism Journal nr. 14, sep 81 – side 1
Note: The most violent and extensive disturbances on Britain’s streets since the war. That was the press’s verdict on the week of July 3rd-11th. And for once the press was right. The barricade, the overturned police van, the milk floats driven at police lines, the burnt out cars and pubs and the looted hi-fi shops – all were something new on the streets of Britain. Above all, the novelty was symbolised in the cascades of petrol bombs. The weapon of Budapest ’56 and Watts ’65, of Paris ’68 and Derry ’69 was now the weapon of Brixton and Southall, of Toxteth and Moss Side.
Dave Beecham: Updating the downturn: the class struggle under the Tories
International Socialism Journal nr. 14, sep 81 – side 44
Note: Just over two years of Tory government have passed in a blur of events. As this article was being written British Airways declared it would make 9,000 workers redundant, and freeze pay for a year after already delaying previous increases by three months; Hoover announced a threat to cut pay by 10% in January 1982; the rail union leaders – from a position of strength – abandoned their strike plans and agreed to a potentially savage assault on jobs through productivity deals; and the 750 workers at Lawrence Scotts in Manchester were still trying to win one of the few fights for jobs in engineering, in the face of total treachery from the officials of their unions, left and right. On 15 September 1981 the new right-wing Tory cabinet took its toughest line on pay, announcing virtually a 4% limit in the public services.
Peter Green: ‘Alternative’ and ‘Socialist’ Economic Strategies
International Socialism Journal nr. 13, jun 81 – side 90
Note: A review article of A. Glyn & J. Harrison, The British Economic Disaster (Pluto Press, London 1980, £2.95); and CSE London Working Group, The Alternative Economic Strategy (CSE Books, London 1980, £2.50)
The two books under review have been well timed. Having barely recovered from the slump of 1974–75, British capitalism is now in the throes of an even more abrupt decline.
Tony Cliff: The balance of class forces in Britain today
International Socialism Journal nr. 6, sep 79 – side 1
Note: A major reassessment of the class struggle in the light of the experience of the last five years.
This article is an excerpt from a forthcoming book entitled "The Employers' Offensive and the Fight Back".
Steve Jefferys: Striking into the 1980s modern British trade unionism: its limit and potential
International Socialism Journal nr. 5, jun 79 – side 1
Note: By the end of 1974 the full effects of the world oil and currency crises and the related commodity speculation put the survival of British capital in anything like its 1960s condition into question. It was forced to act. Just two and half years later all the gains in workers’ real wages made between 1970 and 1974 had been wiped out; the social wage (public services and amenities) had been cut by a quarter.

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