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Reopening schools is bad science

Mike Downham explains the poor science behind the government plans for schools reopening. 

Zero Covid-19: what we can do

Current UK Government strategy, unchecked, would mean thousands of avoidable deaths in the coming months. It doesn't have to be that way.

Rising up against ‘the science’

The latest relaxation of the lockdown is a political rather than a scientific decision, and it will put thousands of lives at risk without a fully functioning Test, Trace and Isolate system.

Lockdown or meltdown?

There’s no need for confusion about when and how to relax social distancing. But more pressure from below will be needed to stop the government from putting our lives at risk.

Older people will not be abandoned

Three urgent demands we can be making to the government and four pieces of advice that we can share with older people we know right now.

Act now or this will happen again

Covid-19 is teaching us lessons that we need to learn fast to save lives now, and to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Review: A Climate Emergency – Beyond a Capitalist Solution

Mike Downham reviews Ken Ferguson's new pamphlet, A Climate Emergency – Beyond a Capitalist Solution.

Review: The Reproach of Hunger

Mike Downham reviews leading expert on humanitarian aid and development David Rieff's book The Reproach of Hunger, which addresses the burning question of why...

revolutionary reflections | Towards a Socialist Health Service

The crisis in the NHS has never been greater and resistance is taking new forms as we have seen with the Junior Doctors and...

Latest articles

Review | Migration Beyond Capitalism

Baindu Kallon reviews Hannah Cross’ new book Migration Beyond Capitalism. Kallon celebrates a book that brings a new left-wing response to the narrative around...

Motion: COP26 and workplace environmentalism

Use this model motion to mobilise for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November and organise for action on climate in every workplace!

South London marches against racist policing

The demonstration was a visible display of the type of solidarity we need when the Tories' hostile environment targets some of the most precarious workers in our communities.

Review | The world turned upside down

In Leo Zeilig's recent novel, the global elite are targeted for murder amid a growing social upheaval that sweeps the central character around the world. Andrew Stone reviews this focused and 'righteously angry' book.
Empty seats on a British train carriage

The Great British fob off 

The recent announcement of a new public sector body called 'Great British Railways' to co-ordinate all rail services has been hailed by many as a victory, but these plans in fact set the stage for further increases in fares and job cuts for rail workers. 
Crowd of strikers with End Fire & Rehire banner

Back the sacked Goodlord strikers

The dispute in the referencing department of East London property services company Goodlord has entered a new phase after the firm sacked strikers in their 13th week of industrial action.

Highlights

The Nakba never ended. Victory to the Intifada

For 73 years Palestinians have not only mourned the Nakba but refused to accept its continuation.
March with banners reading 'end fire & rehire' and 'Unite Queen's Road branch'

Ongoing Manchester bus strike defeats fire and rehire

The longest bus strike in British history is poised to win after a campaign involving an indefinite strike, community solidarity and a leverage strategy.
View from the city walls as Loyalists prepare a bonfire in the Fountain estate in Derry

What’s behind the riots in the North of Ireland?

The riots in the North of Ireland must be understood in the context of continued sectarian division and state repression.
Image of Kill the Bill protesters in Parliament Square

#KillTheBill – where it came from, where it’s going

Th Police Bill is an assault on us all and an attack on us all must be met by resistance from us all. Unity and solidarity must be the clarion call of this movement.
An engraving depicting the 1871 revolt against French rule in the Kabylia region of Algeria

1871: the Commune and the Kabylia

Rosa Moussaoui recalls the uprising that swept colonised Algeria at the same moment that a Universal Republic was proclaimed in Paris

Remembering the Paris Commune

On the 150th anniversary of the instigation of the Paris Commune, rs21's Art Group presents a video project to commemorate the world's first working-class revolutionary government.