National News

Cornish campaigners defeat NHS privatisation

CORNWALL County Council has dropped plans to create an Accountable Care System (ACS) to take over health services in the county — a step that would allow NHS services to be privatised. Accountable Care Systems, a first step in creating Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs), are a new idea in Britain introduced from the USA by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt — ostensibly to end the division between healthcare provided by the NHS and that provided by local authorities by creating one big organisation providing all health and social care services to a particular locality.

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RMT calls out train companies profiteering

RAIL UNION RMT last week demanded to know how much Britain’s private rail operators have extracted from the taxpayer during the adverse weather over the previous week as they continue to milk Britain’s rigged rail franchising system at public expense. Under the privatised system set up by the Tories, the rail operators carry no risk themselves and can fill their boots with Schedule 8 payments dished out by the publicly-owned Network Rail — underwritten by the taxpayer.

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Tories oversee 272 per cent rise in removing essential home care funding

AN INVESTIGATION conducted by This is Money has revealed that thousands of chronically ill and disabled people are having NHS funding for their care removed, leaving their families to pick up enormous bills. And proposed “efficiency savings” are likely to make the situation much worse

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Voter ID trials could disenfranchise the poor and vulnerable

A GROUP of more than 40 charities, campaign groups and academics have written to the Government to warn that plans to trial compulsory voter identification ID at the local elections in May risk disenfranchising large numbers of vulnerable people.

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Government proposals to curb free school meals are set to hurt the poorest

THE CAMPAIGNING group End Hunger UK last week warned that new Government proposals to reduce the numbers of schoolchildren eligible for free school dinners will hurt the poorest.

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Welsh economy at risk after Brexit

Sputnik

WITH BRITAIN aiming to incorporate certain aspects of European Union (EU) law into its own national legislation once Brexit has taken place in 2019, the governments of Scotland and Wales have announced that they will introduce their own “continuity laws” to prevent London weakening their autonomy as a result of Brexit. Sputnik spoke with Laura McCallister, a former Plaid Cymru parliamentary candidate and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cardiff, about the situation.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

SNP and Brexit SCOTTISH politicians are presently much exercised by Britain’s forthcoming departure from the European Union (EU). The Scottish National Party (SNP) are particularly anxious to talk about a matter beyond the control of Holyrood in order to avoid actually dealing about such matters as the planned takeover by the dysfunctional Police Scotland of the British Transport Police, which has now been postponed.

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continuation

Unite the Union’s Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty said this was merely “a continuation of people trying to undermine the leaders of the Labour Party at Scottish and UK level,” whilst new Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard brushed off the challenge

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SNP Battles

Meantime, within the SNP two high profile Edinburgh MPs, Joanna Cherry and Tommy Sheppard have announced that they will not be standing for the largely ceremonial post of Deputy Leader of the SNP.

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Corbyn celebrates Chinese New Year

by New Worker correspondent

LABOUR MPs, Chinese diplomats and nearly 200 members of London’s Chinese community braved snow and ice last week to celebrate the Chinese New Year at the annual Chinese for Labour banquet at the Phoenix Palace in London.

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Anglican priest regrets WCC’s stand on Syria

SADLY, it seems that the World Council of Churches (WCC) is more concerned to align itself to western political agendas than it is to reflect the interests and wishes of all the Syrian people, who include the rich mosaic of Church communities whose roots go back to the foundation of Christianity, says Reverend Andrew Ashdown, a Church of England priest.

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International News

Alexei Mozgovoi Brigade claims responsibility for attack in Athens

Alexei Mozgovoi Brigade Athens, Greece

AT DAWN on Saturday 20th January 2018 we attacked the Ukrainian Embassy in Athens — which houses the diplomatic mission, residencies, police post and embassy vehicles — with Molotov cocktails

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Mediterranean stand-off over Cyprus oil

Sputnik

ON THE same day, ships from both the US Navy and Marine Corps, as well as oil surveyors from ExxonMobil, entered the Mediterranean. The ships’ arrival comes just days after a stand-off between Turkish naval vessels and Italian drillers over a disputed economic zone. The USA is bolstering its presence in the region as Turkey appears to be increasingly willing to use or at least threaten force to uphold its interests in northern Cyprus. The latest tensions centre on an underwater oil discovery.

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Putin responds to new US threat

Radio Havana Cuba

PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin says that Russia would regard a nuclear attack on its allies as a nuclear attack on Russia itself and would respond immediately.

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Rightists top Italian poll

Xinhua

ITALY’S former prime minister Matteo Renzi resigned as leader of the centre-left Democratic Party on Monday after admitting to a “clear and marked defeat” in last weekend’s general election.

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Features

International Women’s Day Iroquois nations’ legacy

of women’s rights

by New Worker correspondent

THE fiRST European colonists to settle in North America landed along the continent’s eastern coast where they encountered native Americans who belonged to a Confederacy of the six nations

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The future of war

by Rob Gowland

IN HIS documentary feature film about the Vietnam War, Far From Vietnam, Chris Marker observes that the USA was waging a “rich man’s war” whilst the Vietnamese were waging a “poor people’s war”. Aircraft launched from fleets of carriers located off-shore or from bases in Japan, pounded the country indiscriminately. Bombers flying so high that people on the ground couldn’t hear them simply flew to positions fixed by radar and released their enormous loads of bombs on targets they couldn’t even see.

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