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Britain and the EU: Inching ever closer to a trade war

In 2019, Boris Johnson promised that he would ‘Get Brexit Done’, ending the ‘dither and delay’ of negotiation and renegotiation with the European Union, so that Britain could get on with the job of establishing a new relationship with Europe and the world. Two years later, however, the Brexi…

Revolution Festival 2021: Only one week to go! Join the revolution!

Excitement is building for this year’s Revolution Festival: a three-day festival of Marxist ideas, hosted in London by Socialist Appeal, which begins next Friday. Hundreds have already booked their tickets and will be making the journey to attend in person, in order to take part in an amazing arra…

A spectre is haunting universities – Join the Marxist Student Federation!

This year’s freshers period has come to an end. And what an incredible success it has been! The Marxist Student Federation (MSF) has taken campuses by storm, signing up a record-breaking 3,487 people to Marxist societies at 48 universities. The current crisis of capitalism is the deepest in histor…

The struggle for democratic fighting unions

It is vital that we learn the lessons of the past, so as to arm ourselves for the battles ahead. In this respect, John McInally – former vice-president of PCS (2007-17) – recalls the experience of how the left in his union defeated the old right-wing leaders, and the fight they had to carry thro…

Met Police turn a blind eye to Prince Andrew’s activities

Last week, it was announced that the Metropolitan Police would take no action over allegations – raised in the US courts – that Prince Andrew was involved in the abuse of a minor. This decision will come as a surprise to absolutely no-one. This is the third time that the Met have looked at the c…

Shortages and bottlenecks expose anarchy of the capitalist system

In the past months, the world economy has been creeping towards a state of disarray. Shops have been running out of goods; gas stations have been running out of gas; energy prices have shot up; and major western harbours have become completely clogged up with swarms of ships queuing up, sometimes ha…

Where next for the student movement? – Educate, agitate, organise!

The academic year 2020/21 was rough for students. University students were charged £9,000 plus rent for tiny accommodation, poor quality online lectures (not the fault of staff but of government and university management), and terrible mental health. School students suffered through trying to study…

Labour shortage lunacy: Another symptom of capitalism’s chaos

Labour shortages are an increasing problem across the world and across a range of industries. These are simply one expression of the acute crisis of capitalism today. As if there weren’t enough problems facing the capitalist class already, they are now having to grapple with the growing problem of…

Health sector pay showdown: Unite and strike for 15%!

Over the last few months, following the announcement of the pathetic 3% pay offer made to healthcare workers by the government, trade unions have held their first round of consultative ballots, asking members whether to accept or reject this deal. For the first time in decades, the prospect of a nur…

Pandora Papers: Ruling class’ dirty dealings exposed – again!

A data leak containing millions of documents – amounting to 2.94 terabytes of information – has partially lifted the curtain on the offshore deals and assets of more than 100 billionaires, world leaders, and public officials. This leak has exposed the tremendous parasitism of the ruling class, t…

UK crisis: Bankrupt Britain is heading for the rocks

Britain is in turmoil, with the crisis in the economy spreading at relentless speed, affecting one sector after another – from empty shelves and food shortages, to supply chain disruption and fights at petrol stations. In his speech at Tory Party conference today, Boris Johnson blustered o…

Wayne Couzens, sexism, and the state: More police on the streets won’t protect us

For many women, news over the last week has laid bare our worst fears. It has been uncovered that Wayne Couzens spent months planning the violent rape and murder of Sarah Everard – or, more precisley, any woman on the streets of Clapham that night.  Couzens has admitted that he used COVID protoco…

The reactionary forces behind Starmer and Labour’s right wing

When the need has arisen, Labour’s right wing has never held back from attacking and expelling socialists from the Labour Party. This list even includes such legendary figures as Nye Bevan and Michael Foot. Adopting the methods of McCarthyism, left-wingers in the past were accused of being linked…

40 years since the Irish hunger strikes: The struggle for a Socialist United Ireland continues

On 3 October 1981, the remaining Irish Republicans on hunger strike in the North of Ireland were ordered to stand down. The last six, out of twenty-three prisoners who refused food throughout 1981, were given life-saving medical intervention. The strike had ended after a seven-month campaign of crue…

After Labour conference: Where next?

The Labour Party conference has ended. It is likely to be regarded as a defining moment for the party. The right wing is clearly cock-a-hoop with the result. The left, meanwhile, despite winning some votes, are very much on the retreat. In many ways, this conference marks the end of Corbynism. Toget…

Austerity isn’t over – Prepare for struggle

Ever since their election victory almost two years ago, Boris Johnson and the Tories have tried to convince voters that ‘austerity is over’. And many commentators, including some on the left, have bought into this idea. Supporters of this view point to the massive state interventions in the econ…

Britain’s Petrol crisis reveals capitalism is running on empty

Three years ago, Tory MP and hard-right headbanger David Davis promised that his party would not preside over a country “plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction.” But the last few days have brought that dystopian fiction roaring to life. Up and down the country town ce…

Labour conference 2021: Starmer’s stitch-up secures right-wing victory

This year’s Labour conference, taking place in Brighton, has really kicked off with a bang. The first in-person conference for two years has seen a heated battle on the conference floor. Points of order have been raised and ignored; votes have been rigged; and left-wing speakers have been abused a…

Labour conference 2021: Fight Starmer’s counter-revolution

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.” ― George Orwell, 1984 This year’s Labour Party conference in Brighton, which starts tomorrow…

Blackouts, bottlenecks, and backlogs: Capitalism is chaos

Back in July of this year, Boris Johnson and the Tories promised Britons ‘freedom’, as restrictions were lifted and society emerged from its pandemic-induced hibernation. Only two months later, however, and the country is on the verge of collapse; crushed by the hammer blows of the global cris…

Stop press! Socialist Appeal journalists barred from Labour conference

In a scandalous attack on press freedoms, the Labour bureaucracy has barred Socialist Appeal journalists from covering the party’s upcoming annual conference. This outrageous move shows how far the Labour right wing will go to suppress ideas they deem dangerous; to explicitly ban Socialist Appeal…

Labour conference: Showdown looms as right wing go on the rampage

This year’s Labour conference – held in Brighton from 25-29 September – is likely to see a vicious battle between the right and left of the party. Due to the pandemic, this will be the party’s first conference for over two years. With the event taking place in-person, coming on the back of m…

USA: Fight Texas abortion ban with class struggle!

Despite the fact that a majority of Americans have believed for decades that abortion should be legal in most cases, the ‘democratic’ Texas state government has once again attacked the reproductive rights of a majority of the population. The latest in a string of anti-abortion laws in Texas bans…

Civil war in the labour movement: What does it mean?

“The labour movement is in the middle of a civil war.” This comment, made by one prominent trade union activist recently, accurately sums up the current situation. The movement is in turmoil. It is being convulsed by a series of unprecedented shocks and struggles – a reflection of the subterra…

Why we must defend Paul Holmes – and reject sectarianism

Last week, on Monday 6 September, Unison President Paul Holmes attended the first in a series of disciplinary hearings called by his employers, Kirklees ‘Labour’ Council. This comes after two years of Paul being suspended from his job and his union. It is clear this right-wing council is out to…


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