THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 14th September 2018


National News

Tory rebels ready to bury May’s Brexit plan

Sputnik

WITH SEVEN months to go until Britain is due to leave the European Union (EU), the two sides are yet to reach a divorce deal. Officials expect an informal October deadline to be extended to mid-November.

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Health visiting in meltdown

by New Worker correspondent

HEALTH visiting services in Birmingham are ‘in meltdown’ after a damning review by the official regulator, Care Quality Commission (CQC). Unite the union fears for its 600 members in the Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust. The Trust has been told to make “significant improvements” in the quality of its healthcare by March next year.

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Don’t mention the war!

Sputnik

AN INTERNAL document setting out the marketing plan for the UK military’s controversial ‘This Is Belonging’ recruitment campaign has revealed the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is seeking to enlist young people from poor, working-class backgrounds with limited opportunities.

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Union struggles in Scotland

by New Worker correspondent

UNIONS IN genteel Tory—LibDem-controlled East Dunbartonshire council have won a dispute over changes to terms and conditions. Four days of strike action in June belatedly bore fruit, resulting in a one-day strike planned for last Wednesday being called off and other action suspended in order to allow talks with Management to continue. The unions claim that threatened annual leave, overtime rates and unsocial hours’ payments have all been maintained, and the council is now offering more realistic voluntary redundancy terms.

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SNP woes

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

THE MINORITY status of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in Holyrood is becoming increasingly obvious as the smaller opposition parties gang up to oppose SNP measures. The Liberal Democrats, who have previously supported SNP budgets, have said that they won’t do so in the future unless the independence referendum is taken off the table for the duration of the current Scottish parliament.

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Other nationalists’ woes...

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

All Under One Banner (AUOB), the nationalist group that fights for Scottish independence by holding flag waving marches in various towns and cities, has taken time off from fighting the English to fighting each other. The SNP generally look down their noses at AUOB and few senior SNP figures attend their events, but Tommy Sheridan, the ‘controversial’ former Trotskyist MSP, is a regular speaker to the blue face-painted regulars who travel up and down the country for the marches.

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What our papers say

It is all change in the world of Scottish Sunday newspapers. The final issue of the Glasgow based Sunday Herald rolled off the presses at the beginning of the month. Last Sunday two replacements appeared: the Herald on Sunday and the Sunday National. In both case the papers were simply the expansion of six-day publication to a seven-day publication under a different title. They share the same colour magazine, crosswords and sports news, and a foreign feature was identical in both papers, demonstrating they are two cheeks of the same arse.

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The reinvention of Britain

Book review

by Ben Soton

The Reinvention of Britain 1960—2016: A Political and Economic History by Scott Newton (2017). Routledge:Abingdon and New York; pp272. Paperback, ISBN 9781138800045, £29.99 Hardback, ISBN: 9781138800038, £110.00 eBook (VitalSource), ISBN: 9781315161853, £26.99

SCOTT Newton’s book is a detailed study of British economic history from the 1960s to the present day. The book consists of two sections: the first entitled The Fall and Rise of Social Democratic Britain, covering the period from 1960 to 1979; and the section on neo-liberal Britain covers the period from the first Thatcher Government to the 2016 Brexit Referendum.

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From Bicester to Blue Badge guides, Britain caters to Chinese tourists

by Zhang Dailei

FOR CHEN JIE, a 46-year-old visitor from eastern China’s city of Hangzhou, shopping in Bicester Village feels almost identical to back home. The shopping centre on the outskirts of the Oxfordshire town is a window of British adaptations to attract ever more visitors from China.

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International News

Trump backstabber goes public

by Jorge Ruiz Miyares

IN THE USA, the White House (WH) is scrambling to ferret out disloyal members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle, after the New York Times published an anonymous op-ed piece it says was written by a senior administration official claiming that a “quiet resistance” is underway seeking to constrain Trump’s worst impulses.

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ISIS terror serves Ukrainian intelligence

Sputnik

A MEMBER of the ISIS terrorist group, plotting a murder of “one of the leaders” of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on the assignment of the Ukrainian Security Service and the Ukrainian radical Right Sector group, has been detained in Russia, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Monday.

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Russian call to break off relations with Britain

Pravda.ru

RUSSIA should recall its London ambassador and terminate all diplomatic relations with Britain says Sergei Mironov, the leader of the Just Russia Party.

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Ahed Tamimi and her family banned from travelling abroad

Radio Havana Cuba

BASSEM Tamimi, the father of recently released Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, has confirmed that Israel has banned the Tamimi family from travelling abroad. Bassem said his family had planned to travel to Europe via Jordan but were unable to do so because of the travel ban.

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Irish journalists arrested for exposing British imperialism

by Christian Noakes

POLICE in Ireland’s occupied territory arrested investigative journalists Barry McCafferty and Trevor Birney on 31st August in connection with the documentary No Stone Unturned, which they helped to make. The film investigates the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre, in which members of the loyalist terrorist organisation the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) opened fire on a pub, killing six and wounding five. This indiscriminate killing was meant to terrorise Catholics in the occupied six counties.

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Skills training: the key attraction of Chinese firm in Nigeria

by Olatunji Saliu

OF ALL things that excite Nigerian Aminu Mohammed about working for a Chinese firm, it is the company’s core policy to train and re-train its local employees that comes first.

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Features

It’s not 1981! Why Labour shouldn’t fear a breakaway ‘Centrist’ party

by Neil Clark

THE RESIGNATION of veteran MP Frank field from the Labour Whip last week has led to renewed speculation that a number of Labour MPs, opposed to the party’s left-wing leadership, are about to break ranks and form their own party.

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The 1968 Prague Spring: Counter-revolution!

by Nikos Mottas

IN AUGUST 1968 the internationalist solidarity of the Warsaw Pact countries crushed one of most significant counter-revolutionary efforts of the Cold War era, The events in Prague, the capital of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, constituted a milestone in the struggle of the socialist world against imperialism. At the same time, the events continue to serve as a source of anti-communist propaganda by various bourgeois and opportunist forces.

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Pride at Work convention: ‘Proud and Powerful’

by Martha Grevatt

PRIDE at Work (PAW), the LGBT Constituency Group of the AFL-CIO American union federation, held its triennial convention from 23—25 August in Phoenix. With the theme of ‘Proud and Powerful’, this convention was PAW’s 10th since its founding in 1994 as the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Labour Organisation.

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