The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 8th June 2018

Lead story


by our Arab Affairs correspondent

THE SYRIAN army is continuing its advance against the remaining terrorist bases in the east and south of the country amid renewed calls for the withdrawal of all American, French and Turkish troops illegally operating on Syrian territory. Syrian tribal leaders have come together to drive the US-backed militias and foreign troops out of northern Syria and the Syrian government has launched a new diplomatic offensive to strengthen the beleaguered Arab country’s ties with its friends and allies Syrian President Bashar al Assad will fly to Pyongyang for talks with Democratic Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the very near future. The Syrian leader announced the visit during a meeting with the Democratic Korean ambassador in Damascus last week. This follows an earlier decision to establish full diplomatic ties with South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two autonomous republics that broke away from Georgia with the support of the Kremlin during the 2008 Russo-Georgian war.

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Workers Notes

WHEN THE postman (or woman) comes calling it is as plain as a pikestaff that they are an employee of the Royal Mail. Surprisingly this is not always the case with other delivery personnel. Despite driving vans emblazoned with the company logo and wearing a company uniform and getting you to sign for delivery many of these workers are not regarded as employees, but are falsely deemed self-employed. Fake self-employment, known as ‘The Lump’ has long been common in the building trade but it has now spread across the economy. This was the bugbear of the construction unions who strongly opposed it but it continued because many workers were willing to accept it as they got cash in hand with no deductions for tax.

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Stop the Zionist witch-hunt

KEN Livingstone’s resignation from the Labour Party and the sacking of a Hammersmith council worker for expressing pro-Palestinian views at a Jewish Voice for Labour demonstration in March are part of a vicious Zionist and Blairite campaign to drive supporters of the Palestinian cause out of the Labour Party. Livingstone may not have been the most articulate advocate of Palestinian rights. Stan Keable, who was sacked after 17 years of unblemished service for stating his opinion of Zionists in his own time, holds cranky socialist views that have never won much support within the Labour Representation Committee or the wider labour movement in London. But none of this can possibly justify their persecution.

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