THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 24th August 2018


National News

Harman calls for answers on child spies

Xinhua

A POWERFUL parliamentary committee is demanding to know the extent of the use of child spies in covert operations to trap criminals

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Rewards of failure

by New Worker correspondent

THE COLLAPSE with £7 billion of liabilities in January of Carillion, the outsourcing company, has been a disaster for its workforce and its clients who were forced to find replacements.

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Ferry serious troubles

by New Worker correspondent

FERRY SERVICES are the essential for the northern and western isles of Scotland. Controversy has broken over delays to two urgently needed ferries that were due to be delivered to state run Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) this summer and autumn but have once again been put back to late 2019 and early 2020. They are being constructed by Ferguson Marine Engineering, the last remaining merchant shipbuilder on the Clyde

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Fat Cats indeed

by New Worker correspondent

TRADE UNIONS often complain about low pay for their members, particularly when the bosses are raking it in.

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Postal woes

by New Worker correspondent

THE DEPUTY general secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), Terry Pullinger, has attacked the communications regulator Ofcom for imposing a £50 million fine (presently being appealed against) on Royal Mail

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Bombs and Bairns

LAST November, during a Prime Minister’s Question Time, Scottish National Party (SNP) Westminster leader Ian Blackford demanded that the Tory Government suspend arms exports licenses to Saudi Arabia, accusing Theresa May of being responsible for the “killing of children” in Yemen. “A war which has created a devastating humanitarian crisis. Yemen is now on the brink of famine and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) has said 150,000 children will die by the end of this year” he thundered.

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Tartan Trots in Trouble

Once upon a time, in 2003 to be precise, the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) had six Members of the Scottish Parliament, albeit elected on the list system that allows those coming at the bottom of poll to collect a parliamentary salary. With the RMT union affiliating and enjoying a reputation for lively and sometimes successful campaigning, the future looked bright.

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Peterloo: the birth of a labour movement

Sputnik

NEARLY two centuries have passed since the Peterloo Massacre, the impact the event had on British society is undeniable. On 16th August 1819, a crowd of workers gathered to protest against poor working conditions but were charged down by the police in Manchester. fifteen people were killed and 400—700 were injured. The massacre was given the name Peterloo in an ironic comparison to the Battle of Waterloo, which had taken place four years earlier.

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Edinburgh book festival calls for freedom to think

Xinhua

THE 2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF), which opened on 11th August, calls upon its authors, participants and audiences to consider the importance of freedom in a world where democracy and capitalism are being brought into question.

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Vietnamese designers head to London

VNS

VIETNAMESE designers are for the first time heading to a major exhibition in London next month. Emotional States, the 2018 London Design Biennale exhibition, will be held from 4th to 23rd September.

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A nightmare called Jean-Paul Floru REVIEW

by John Marchant

The Sun Tyrant A Nightmare called North Korea by JP Floru (2017). Biteback Publishing: London. Paperback, 304 pages, ISBN: 9781785902215 EBook ISBN: 9781785902888 WHEN I first came across the title of this particular volume I thought that it was a biography of the French King Louis XIV — but alas no. Instead, The Sun Tyrant purported to be a travelogue of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The book centres around the travels of JP Floru to the DPRK, who tagged along with three friends taking part in the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon.

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International News

American labour a key asset for imperialist foreign policy

People’s Voice (Canada)

ON 27th June 1979, faced with stiff fighting in Managua, thousands of Nicaragua’s Sandinista militants began a tactical retreat to the nearby city of Masaya, which they controlled. There they were able to regroup, rearm and train new militia. Less than a month later, on 19th July, the Sandinistas entered Managua again to celebrate the revolutionary overthrow of Anastasio Somoza, ‘the last Marine’. It was a reference to the strug gle of their namesake, Augusto Cesar Sandino, against the US military occupation and domination of Nicaragua.

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African workers strike in southern Italy

Junge Welt

FOLLOWING the death of 12 farmworkers in a traffic accident in southern Italy on 6th August, hundreds of migrant farmworkers walked off the job there. The USB trade union federation called for the strike

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Kofi Annan dies

Radio Havana Cuba

Former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and Nobel Prize Laureate Kofi Annan has died at the age of 80. Annan passed away on 18th August after a short illness, with his wife and three children by his side.

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Iran denounces American interference

Radio Havana Cuba

IRANIAN Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has hit out at the USA for setting up a team to coordinate its pressure campaign on Iran, saying it is yet another plot to topple the Iranian government.

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Features

Neither US tariffs nor sanctions can stop China’s bullet trains

Sputnik

“CHINA’S high-speed railways have played a pivotal role in the nation’s development in the past 10 years: China Railway Corporation (CRC) has become one of the world’s leaders in introducing major new high-tech advancements in the international railroads sector,” said Tom McGregor, a Beijing-based political analyst and senior editor for China’s national TV broadcaster CCTV.

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Trump, the Pentagon and the establishment

Workers World (US)

ACCORDING to Marx, the capitalist government is the executive committee of the ruling class. That truth still holds — but that executive committee is by no means politically homogeneous or unified. In fact, the greater the crisis in imperialism and capitalism, the greater the divisions within the government and within the state itself. The latest round of sanctions on Russia illustrates how the Pentagon and its allies in the capitalist government are moving independently of the US president to undermine his personal diplomacy when it conflicts with the military’s goals.

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