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Social care matters

by New Worker correspondent

WE ARE eternally grateful to the Times for providing us with the intelligence that in the social care sector workers are leaving to work in supermarkets and in hospitality, simply because pay and conditions are better.

As a result, the NHS is suffering increased pressure because they are unable to discharge recovered hospital patients who cannot fully look after themselves in their own homes. At the moment the pressure on hospital beds is worse than at the height of the pandemic for this very reason.

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P&O latest

by New Worker correspondent

THE STRUGGLE of transport union RMT to secure justice for the 800 workers sacked by P&O ferries continues, but with a twist. P&O ferries has attempted to cut wages, once again. This time the victims were the very agency workers recruited to replace the sacked workers.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch took credit for preventing this, saying: “Due to the pressure from RMT seafarers, P&O have been prevented from further cutting the pay of vulnerable agency crew.

“There are no depths to which P&O and their Dubai owners at DP World will sink to extract the maximum profit from ferry crews operating our vital maritime supply chains.”

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

THE LONG-RUNNING ferries saga continues unabated. First the situation with the existing ferries is getting worse. The main ferry between the Isle of Arran in the Firth of Clyde and the mainland is out of action with engine failure. It has been replaced by another ship which has widespread deck corrosion.

Claims have been made that pensioners are deserting the island, which has been a favourite retirement place, due to the unreliable services. Those services that do actually run are speedily booked out by outsiders, leaving islanders in the lurch. Last week the island nearly ran out of petrol and worse, beer.

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Unsurpassed Parliamentary Eloquence

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Proceedings in the Holyrood debating chamber are normally only useful to those needing something to send them off into their afternoon nap.

One exception was the recent incident when Willie Coffey, the SNP MSP for Kilmarnock & Irvine Valley who is deputy chair of the local government, housing and planning committee, had to open a debate on the Fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4). He had carefully prepared a speech for the occasion. It included the lines: “From my perspective, the debate has been immensely constructive, and I hope that it has been helpful in shaping the final version of NPF4, and a planning system and culture well-suited to delivering on its ambitions.”

There was one slight problem with those words. He (or more likely, someone on his staff) had written a speech which was clearly designed to close the debate rather than open it. Coffey’s prepared text would have included reference to what he knew SNP and Green speakers would say.

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Sanctions send inflation soaring

by Ekaterina Blinova INFLATION SOARED to seven per cent in March – the highest since March 1992. According to Goldman Sachs, inflation will hit the real incomes of Britons harder than people living in continental Europe.

“UK inflation is now at 7.0 per cent and set to rise at least a little further before there is any chance of it falling back,” says Kevin Dowd, professor of finance and economics at Durham University. “It is already having a big impact on UK living standards and is now the number one UK economic policy issue.”

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End apartheid – free Palestine!

by New Worker correspondent

LONDONERS took to the streets last week to protest outside the Israeli embassy in solidarity with Palestinians resisting Israel’s brutal repression. The emergency demonstration in Kensington was called by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) to call a halt to Israeli violations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and show support for the Palestinians standing up to Zionist violence in Israeli-occupied Arab Jerusalem.

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International News

Macron re-elected

by Guillermo Alvarado

EMMANUEL Macron has won a new five-year presidential term following the second round of French presidential elections last weekend. Macron easily beat his rival, the ultra-right Marine Le Pen, with a 17 per cent lead in the poll.

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Sankara’s killers condemned

by G Dunkel

AFTER 35 years, the killers of African hero Thomas Sankara have been condemned. The trial of the Burkinabè soldiers who in 1987 killed Thomas Sankara, the president of Burkina Faso, and some of his closest advisors ended on 6th April with a guilty verdict and life sentences. But the role in the assassinations played by French imperialism and its agents in the neighbouring Ivory Coast remains unclear.

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Nazi hitmen seized in Moscow

Sputnik

NEO-NAZIS plotting to kill a prominent Russian journalist have been arrested in Moscow. They were working for the Kiev regime.

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) say their men have “detained a group of members of the Russian ‘National Socialism/White Power’ terrorist organisation that planned the murder of famous journalist VR Solovyov on the instructions of the Ukrainian Security Service”.

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South Korean fears over US biolabs

Xinhua

SOUTH KOREA has been gripped with rising fear over American germ warfare laboratories operated by the US Forces Korea (USFK), aiming to transform the Asian country into its ‘overseas hub’ for biological warfare experiments.

The USA has flouted international conventions by steadily advancing its germ warfare programme here. It sees south Korea as a country ‘friendly’ enough to let the US military test lethal toxins without institutional hurdles.

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Features

Johnson eyeing up an early election

by Svetlana Ekimenko

BORIS JOHNSON may opt for a general election in 2023, a year earlier than he has to, to stave off a potential leadership challenge, according to senior UK government sources cited by the Daily Mail. If the Prime Minister (PM) succeeds in surviving further fallout from the so-called ‘Partygate’ scandal and Tory poll damage doesn’t ruin the party’s prospects at the local elections on 5th May, sources put the odds of Johnson leading the party into the next election at 50:50.

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The myth of Bucha

by Fausto Giudice

NINTH OF APRIL: The mayor of Bucha, a residential suburb of 36,000 people north-west of Kiev, Ukraine, announced on 1st April that the city was “liberated” the day before, on 31st March, from Russian occupiers. At the same time, the Ukrainian police announced that they had launched a hunt for “saboteurs” and “Russian agents disguised as civilians”.

On 2nd April Ukrainian lawyer Ilya Novikov posted on his Facebook page a video from a Ukrainian social media Telegram page. This one-minute and nine seconds long video shows a convoy of Ukrainian tanks moving down a street in Bucha. Twelve bodies can be counted; one body had his hands tied behind his back with a white bandage.

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Liberated Donbas comes back to life

by Ekaterina Blinova

SONJA van den Ende, an independent journalist from Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, returned to the Donbas last week to chronicle the situation on the ground. She has been to Volnovakha, Mariupol, and other cities and villages of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

“My assessment of Volnovakha is that the city has come to life again, I was there two weeks ago and everywhere in the city, I saw the results of heavy fighting, ammunition and rubble on the streets, even mines, no people on the streets, a ghost town. The hospital was hit severely,” Sonja van den Ende says.

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The meaning of May Day

by Chris Mahin

HOLIDAYS are important. Whether joyous celebration or solemn remembrance, each one conveys some meaning or teaches some lesson.

When we celebrate a particular holiday – or decide not to – each of us says something about who we are and what we believe.

For the downsized and the dispossessed, one holiday stands above all others. It is the only one observed by victims of capitalism the world over: International Labour Day, observed on 1st May – May Day.

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