THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 5th of October 2018


National News

More Tory rifts over Brexit

Sputnik

AN INFLUENTIAL Tory party donor has threatened to back calls for a snap general election if Britain looks set to withdraw from the European Union (EU) without a deal. Businessman Alexander Temerko, a major political donor, has accused several senior members of the Conservative Party of behaving like “political jihadis”, urging them to support Prime Minister Theresa May’s Chequers plan to avert a hard Brexit

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Skripal saga continues

by New Worker correspondent

LAST week the Telegraph reported that the counter-terrorism police and the security services had identified a third suspect in the alleged nerve agent attack on Russian ex-intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury

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More work — no more pay

by New Worker correspondent

DRIVERS at the Bury St Edmunds based animal feedstuffs firm of AB Agriculture have voted to take strike action after the bosses demanded that 18 drivers double their Saturday working rota from one Saturday every four weeks to two with no extra pay. Two years ago the company tried the same thing.

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Tips instead of wages

by New Worker correspondent

JUST TO SHOW that she was on the side of the workers, Theresa May made a pledge finally to ban employers in the hospitality industry from taking deductions from workers’ tips.

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Supermarket Wars

by New Worker correspondent

SAINSBURY’S, the purveyor of sun-dried tomatoes to those who cannot afford a visit to Waitrose, have incurred the wrath of the unions both for their treatment of their workforce and over their merger with down-market rival ASDA

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Shocking New Discovery: Poverty Exists

THE Joseph Rowntree Foundation has just published a volume entitled Poverty in Scotland 2018, which demonstrated convincingly that there is poverty in Scotland. It points out that 230,000 children in Scotland, or one

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A Tale of Two Funds

In June of last year the SNP government proudly announced the creation of the Scottish-European Growth Co-investment Programme for “small and medium sized firms”. Another form of outdoor relief to capitalism, it was a £200 million fund composed of £50 million from Scottish Enterprise and £50 million from the European Investment, which was to be used to secure another from £100 million from fund managers

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Teacher Shortages

Newly published figures show, or rather confirm, that Scotland is facing an acute shortage of teachers, especially in subjects important to the economy.

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REVIEW Palin in Juche land

by Ray Jones

Michael Palin in North Korea: Channel 5 TV ‘EERIE’ MUSIC in the early morning over the capital, Pyongyang. Not a good start for an attempt to depict the true Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) I thought, as I had stayed in the same fine hotel as Palin some years before and I had not heard it.

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A Pagoda for peace in London

by Carole Barclay

PAGODAS were once the follies of the landed aristocracy of the 18th century during the craze for anything from the Far East. Nowadays these towers, also known as stupas, that were originally built to house religious relics are invariably linked with Buddhism. So it’s quite surprising to find one in plain sight in a London park.

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A replica of Shakespeare’s house for China

Xinhua

THE Shakespeare Birthplace Trust announced on Friday that it will help to build a replica of William Shakespeare’s family house in the home-town of ancient Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu, in Fuzhou, in east China’s Jiangxi province.

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International News

Marching towards a brighter future

Xinhua

ON MONDAY, a huge crowd of people — numbering over 145,000 — turned up at Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing to watch the raising of the national flag at daybreak.

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Forking out for ‘Fort Trump’

Workers World (US)

POLAND’S president, Andrzej Duda, visited the White House on 18th September for a photo op with President Donald Trump and to make an offer. His government will chip in $2 billion if the USA agrees to build a military base named Fort Trump in Poland, cementing Poland’s allegiance to NATO and helping Poland confront Russia.

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North and south Korea start de-mining

Sputnik

TROOPS from north and south Korea have started removing landmines from the demilitarised zone that separates the two countries as part of an agreement to search for the remains of soldiers killed in the 1950—1953 Korean War, the South Korean Defence Ministry said this week.

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Features

How the Vichy police served the Nazis

Radio Havana Cuba

A NEW BOOK and documentary have revealed the lengths to which the French wartime Vichy regime went to please the Nazis. The new research carried out by historian Laurent Joly and film-maker David Korn-Brzoza uses previously unseen documents to show how the French police and top officials were willing collaborators in the rounding up of tens of thousands of Jews

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The founding of a revolutionary paper

People’s Democracy (India)

COLOGNE, where Marx and Engels arrived on 11th April 1848, was not an accidental choice. The capital of the industrially most advanced Rhine province had also become a centre of the young working class movement. Here there was a strong organisation of the Communist League. Marx had already worked in Cologne as the Editor-in-chief of the Rheinische Zeitung in 1842—43, and could count on many friends and comrades who shared his views.

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Cuban leader backs same-sex marriage

People’s Voice (Canada)

IN AN exclusive interview with teleSUR aired on 16th September, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel defended the right to consensual same-sex marriage that has been approved by the country’s assembly, as part of the constitutional draft now under review by popular referendum across the country. “Let’s not give way to any kind of discrimination,” he said.

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Socialist Realism

Guardian Australian communist weekly

THE ARTS scene in the early years of revolutionary Russia was one of hectic activity and ferment. Initially there were those — mainly youngsters — who thought that anything that shocked their elders must be revolutionary, so obscenity must be super revolutionary! We’ve all met ‘revolutionaries’ of that stamp.

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