THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 26th of October 2018


National News

Prison deaths — a modern British plague

Sputnik

GOVERNMENT figures on prisons point to the “disturbing reality of prison life with escalating levels of distress, self-harm, homicide and violence”, a justice activist said in response to fresh report on British prisons.

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Fracking halted due to tremor

by Mu Xuequan-Xinhua

FRACKING at Britain’s only active shale gas site was halted for a third time on Monday by the largest tremor recorded there since work kicked off at the site two weeks ago.

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Taking the piss

by New Worker correspondent

ON MONDAY the Chancellor of the Exchequer enlivened his budget speech with some toilet puns, so it is appropriate to report on some more serious lavatory-related matters.

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Jobs go at Cammell Laird

by New Worker correspondent

AT CAMMELL LAIRD’S shipyard in Birkenhead workers are facing management plans to cut its workforce by 40 per cent despite having a healthy order book for the next decade. Bosses want to lose over 290 jobs by March 2019

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Postal woes

by New Worker correspondent

ONCE AGAIN Britain’s Post Office network is at risk from a planned programme of closures. The beneficiary of this will be high street newsagent and bookshop chain WH Smith, who have their greedy eyes on 74 franchise opportunities.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

The Health of the Nation

IT IS now a ritual, almost as strictly choreographed as the state opening of Parliament or the Trooping of the Colour, for Audit Scotland to produce a report deploring the state of one public service or another to be followed closely by a refutation by the Scottish National Party (SNP) Government. This generally takes the form of denying anything is amiss, or if there are problems at all it is all due to the Tories or Brexit. Last week saw the latest example of this theatrical performance when Audit Scotland reported that the deficit for NHS Scotland, which had been projected at £132 million, will grow to £159 million by 2023. In 2016—17 it was £34.1 million

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Karl Marx Forever

Telesur

AN EXHIBITION honouring the memory of Karl Marx opened in St Petersburg last month. This is the first exhibition in Russia to honour the German thinker since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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An avoidable tragedy REVIEW

by Ben Soton

The Grenfell Tower fire: Background to an Atrocity. The fire Brigades Union (2018) HEALTH and Safety has for a number of years been part of a conspiracy of faceless bureaucrats to stop us from having fun, destroy free enterprise and generally make our lives a misery. Or at least this is the line peddled by the neo-liberal right and their supporters in the media.

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Campaigning for the unemployed

LONDON campaigners last week took part in a protest against Universal Credit called by Camden Labour Party and the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group. The demonstration began outside Kilburn High Road station and then moved on to Kilburn Square.

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TV REVIEW The Little Drummer Girl

by New Worker Television Correspondent

THE BBC’s Sunday night espionage thriller is an adaptation of a John le CarrÉ’s (real name David John Moore Cornwell) novel published in 1983. Le CarrÉ, who worked for MI6 in the 1950s and ‘60s had an insight into the workings of the murky world of intelligence.

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International News

Libya turned into hell: seven years without Gaddafi

Sputnik

THE 23rd October marked the 7th anniversary of the ‘end of the civil war’ in Libya in 2011. And, according Boris Dolgov (Senior Researcher at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Science), when NATO intervened in that conflict it led to the collapse of the Gaddafi government and the collapse of the Libyan state. “As a result Libya has collapsed as a state; and today there are various political forces, including Islamist ones, competing to become the only authority in the country.

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Workers Party call to defend democracy

b Pavel Jacomino Radio Havana Cub

WITH THE victory of far-right Jair Bolsonaro in the second round of Brazil’s presidential elections, the former candidate of the Workers Party (PT) said that Brazilians must aspire for a great social movement to defend their freedoms and rights. Speaking after the results of the Brazilian elections were announced, Fernando Haddad said that he will use his political gains to work for the social unification of the Brazilian people.

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Regime- changers promoted ISIS recruiter

Sputnik

NEW information has come to light regarding the identity of the person behind the ‘ShamiWitness’ Twitter account, a conduit for ISIS messaging and recruitment that was heralded for its expertise on the Syria conflict by foreign policy thought leaders in Washington and beyond.

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New Russian arms for Cuba

Sputnik

RUSSIA is going to supply Cuba with weapons worth over $50 million, the Russian newspaper {Kommersant} reported, citing two sources in the sphere of technical and military cooperation.

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Features

Trumping the UN

by Rob Gowland- Guardian Australian communist weekly

IT IS AN irony much remarked upon by those that know about these things, that ignorant people are often also the most arrogant. Surely you too have noticed this? It was very much in evidence towards the end of last month when Donald Trump took his style of buffoonery to the United Nations General Assembly

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Lessons of an early socialist experiment

by Deirdre Griswold-Workers World (US)

NOT FAR from the Wabash River in the south-western US state of Indiana is a little town called New Harmony. Its population of about a thousand hasn’t varied much for decades. It has been seen for many years as a cultural centre in a largely agricultural region. The town of New Harmony has considerable significance from a historical point of view. It was a milestone in the evolution of socialist thought and has retained some features of social reform that have practical political significance, even today

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