The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 18th May 2018

Lead story


by Daphne Liddle

THE DEMAND for Britain’s railways to be taken back into public ownership reached a crescendo on Monday as commuters faced chaos with completely new schedules being introduced by Britain’s busiest franchise, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) — which operates Southern, Thameslink, Gatwick Express, and Great Northern. The change was badly planned and with not enough trained drivers to implement the new schedules. Passengers were calling it Meltdown Monday. Dozens of trains were cancelled after the shake-up began on Sunday, and the disruption continued as commuters headed out to work for days.

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Manchester rejects Islamophobes

THE FOOTBALL Lads Alliance (FLA) — a collection of ageing football hooligans, racists and xenophobes formed a couple of years ago ostensibly to fight extreme Islamic terrorism, decided to mark the first anniversary of the bomb attack on an Ariana Grande concert with a march through Manchester on Saturday 19th May. Twenty-two people were killed in that attack on Manchester Arena and hundreds injured when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the end of the concert on 22nd May 2017. But the vast majority of the people of Manchester did not want to mark the anniversary in this way. They had other, more positive and peaceful ways to commemorate those who died that would not stir up hatred towards the majority peaceful Muslim community..

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Contrasting styles of leadership

IN MEDIAEVAL times and before, in a battle it was customary that if the king — or other designated leader — of one side was killed the battle was over and the losing side would quit the field, as fast as they could. Since many of the rank and file troops were mercenaries there was absolutely no point in hanging around once the person who had promised to pay them was dead. The knights and other lords fought for the chance of personal gain and to be seen to be loyal to a battle leader who was usually successful. In spite of all their solemn oaths of loyalty, they had little compunction in switching sides if a different king offered them better prospects.

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