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5 minute video of victimised UCU rep Alexis Wearmouth speaking on the steps of SOAS earlier today about his case and precarity among HE workers. For more details see http://fractionalsforfairplay.webs.com/ and don’t forget to sign the petition at http://chn.ge/1nUeCt2

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Review: Skylight

Skylight: Nighy and Mulligan

Jack Farmer looks at the current revival of David Hares political play.

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It’s perhaps unsurprising that David Hare’s Skylight has been revived now, 18 years after its debut. At its heart, this is a play about inequality and the political values that excuse or condemn it. But Skylight is also a play about love, in which the personal and political are inseparably fused. I had the opportunity to see…

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'See Them Ah Come, But We Nah Run' - Part Two

‘See Them Ah Come, But We Nah Run’ – Part Two

Anti-immigration and racism is on the rise, a racist party is riding the wave and looking like becoming the third party in British politics. Anti-racists and anti-fascists have to stop them. The year is 1978, the party is the National Front. Colin Revoltingremembers being a punk school kid and getting involved. In Part Two of this account, the NF outwit the anti-fascists, local council workers go…

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The end of Nazi Nick Griffin

The end of Nazi Nick Griffin

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So it’s good riddance to Nazi Nick. He was declared bankrupt in January and kicked out of his Euro seat in May. Now Nick Griffin has been booted out as leader by what’s left of the fascist British National Party.

Griffin’s replacement is Adam Walker, a former teacher with a record of violence, bigotry and deception. Four years ago he was snapped campaigning for Griffin dressed up in a soldier’s…

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Second Time Lucky by Caliban’s Revenge

Second Time Lucky by Caliban’s Revenge

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Singin’ in the rain

Singin’ in the rain

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Ritzy workers went out on their eleventh strike today against Picturehouse Cinema’s refusal to pay the Living Wage. It was also the first time Picturehouse have decided to keep the cinema open to try to break the strike.

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Ritzy management were planning to screen Monty Python Live from the O2, but even Monty Python star Terry Jones denounced the move urging customers to stay away:

“Whatever you do…

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Manchester protest occupies high street shops for Palestine

Manchester protest occupies high street shops for Palestine

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Around 200 people took part in protests in support of Palestine on Saturday in the centre of Manchester.

Protesters gathered despite torrential pouring rain. After speeches and music, they marched down Market Street, the main shopping street in central Manchester, accompanied by legal observers.

Protesters halted outside the Market Street branch of Barclays Bank, which operates in Israel and is…

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Isolate Israel to end this horror

Isolate Israel to end this horror

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palNeil Rogall, a longstanding Jewish socialist in London writes on the background to Israel’s war.

Israel’s vicious attacks on Gaza have left hundreds dead, many of them young children. Israel has targeted hospitals and mosques, making life harder still for an already blockaded and poverty‑stricken society. And Gaza’s population cannot escape. The borders are sealed by Israel – and by General…

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Gaza demonstration – rolling coverage

Gaza demonstration – rolling coverage

Downing St noon

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12 noon Thousands of people are assembling at Downing Street for today’s demo in defence of Gaza, chanting “Free Palestine”.

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Playing the Odds: How fractionals at SOAS organised and won

Playing the Odds: How fractionals at SOAS organised and won

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Today the SOAS Fractionals for Fair Play campaign announced that 95% (on a 63% turnout) had voted to reject a contract offer which fell well short of their demands. They also announced a 25% increase in the fractional population taking out a full UCU membership in July. The UCU branch is now committed to considering industrial action next term in the event of a failure to reach a negotiated…

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National demonstration for Palestine, 19 July

National demonstration for Palestine, 19 July

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National Demonstration Saturday 19th. Assemble Downing Street12 noon  and march to the Israeli Embassy. 

Demonstration called by: Stop the War Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, CND, Friends of Al Aqsa, British Muslim Initiative, War on Want, Islamic Forum of Europe, Palestinian Forum in Britain.

Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza last night is aimed at demonstrating their over whelming…

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Marxism 2014 in review: “There are no new ideas”?

Marxism 2014 in review: “There are no new ideas”?

Alex Callinicos speaks at Marxism

Rob Owen reviews the largest conference of the revolutionary left this year.

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Marxism 2014, the annual political festival organised by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), maintained its place as the largest Marxist conference in the UK. Although at 2600 registrations it was slightly smaller than in 2013 and half the size of previous years. The event may have lost its festival like atmosphere but…

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Anger spills out onto London’s streets in run up to Saturday’s Palestine solidarity demo

Anger spills out onto London’s streets in run up to Saturday’s Palestine solidarity demo

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The Palestinian death toll in Gaza is now over 200, and Israel is warning 100,000 residents of Gaza to evacuate their homes. A large demonstration is organised at 12 noon on Saturday, assembling at Downing St. Ahead of Saturday’s demo, thousands gathered outside the BBC in London to protest against the BBC systematically ignoring and downplaying Palestinian suffering in the name of being…

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4 Things We’ll Remember David Willetts For

4 Things We’ll Remember David Willetts For

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Dan Swain writes:

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So farewell then, David Willetts. The odious Tory ideologue who masterminded the Higher Education reforms has been shuffled off, to be replaced by Greg Clark (who?). Here’s why we’ll never forget him:

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By the time I got to the Tory party HQ on Millbank on November 10th 2010, the first wave of occupiers had already been ejected by the police, and a friend commented to…

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