Tom Haines-Doran

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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 increases in fares and job cuts for rail workers. 

Breakthrough for striking rail guards

Striking rail guards have forced a major climb-down from the Northern rail franchise, but questions remain over what will happen next.

The challenges facing Corbyn

The possibility of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister raises many questions about the challenges he would face both within the Labour Party, from the state machine and elsewhere.

Derailing neoliberalism

As Southern Rail workers once again go on strike, we republish this interview with Tom Haines-Doran, a researcher on rail privatisation at Manchester University.

The Labour Party experience – interviews with new Labour activists

Jeremy Corbyn's leadership has attracted new activists to party politics, as well as those who were members of other parties, further to the left of Labour.

Finance, capitalism and imperial power – a review of Tony’s Norfield’s...

Want to reform finance but maintain capitalism? Then you may have a problem. Tom Haines-Doran reviews 'The City' by Tony Norfield, recently published by...

Why public transport is broken

As rail users are once again hit by fare increases, with one season ticket topping £10,000, Tom Haines-Doran discusses the damage that privatisation continues to...

HM 2015: Financialisation and the Built Environment: A Response to or...

Tom Haines-Doran reports from the Financialisation and the Built Environment: A Response to or a Cause of Crisis? session at the Historical Materialism conference in London...

Review: Getting By

Tom Haines-Doran reveiws Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain by Lisa McKenzie, published by Policy Press (2015) "Do the lower classes smell? Of course,...

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Image shows the cover of ABOLITION.FEMINSM.NOW by Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent, Erica R. Meiners, and Beth E. Richie, plus background images of protestors.

Reimagining the relationship between care and power

Zad El Bacha reviews Abolition. Feminism. Now. in the context of radical politics in Britain.
Photo of protestors in the London demonstration as part of the Kill the bill day of action on 15 January 2022. Banners include Stop the War, the Revolutionary Communist Group, Extinction Rebellion, migrants welcome, and homemade placards.

Today’s #KilltheBill protests show that the fight against increased police powers will continue

Protests on the eve of the final House of Lords vote on the Police Crime and Sentencing bill are not a last-ditch effort but a warmup for the fight to come, writes Charlotte Powell.
Photo shows burning hobs on a gas stove, as gas prices are set to rise dramatically in 2022.

The cost-of-living crisis

With high inflation and a sharp rise in energy prices on the way, Ian Allinson argues that the cost-of-living crisis will shape British politics over the coming months.

Capitalism, debt and feminism

Kate Bradley reviews A Feminist Reading of Debt, finding an insightful account of the relationship between debt, gender, and capitalism, as well as examples of how to fight back against debt.
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The Kellogg’s deal: not so grrrreat!

Joe Allen assesses the recent settlement of the eleven-week Kellogg's strike in the US.
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Revolutionary Reads – What books got us through 2021?

We asked rs21 members what they've been reading in 2021, whether new works of revolutionary theory, fiction, or old classics. These were some of...

Highlights

Photo of protestors in the London demonstration as part of the Kill the bill day of action on 15 January 2022. Banners include Stop the War, the Revolutionary Communist Group, Extinction Rebellion, migrants welcome, and homemade placards.

Today’s #KilltheBill protests show that the fight against increased police powers will continue

Protests on the eve of the final House of Lords vote on the Police Crime and Sentencing bill are not a last-ditch effort but a warmup for the fight to come, writes Charlotte Powell.
Metabolic rift - photo shows monoculture timber forest in background with freshly cut tree trunks in foreground.

What do we mean by metabolic rift?

rs21 member Greg Peakin explains the concept of metabolic rift, and why it is an important tool for climate organising today. 
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Extracts from Revolutionary Rehearsals in the Neoliberal Age

On the possibility of socialist revolution and the tragedy of the Egyptian revolution.
Arise: Power, Strategy and Union Resurgence by Jane Holgate is available from Pluto Press from 20 August 2021.

How can unions rebuild power?

Ian Allinson reviews Jane Holgate’s new book, Arise! Power, Strategy and Union Resurgence, an exploration of why unions have failed to revitalise themselves.
Image of Sharon Graham with text 'let's get back to the workplace'

Sharon Graham wins stunning Unite victory

Graham recognises the need to focus on rebuilding workplace power to reverse union decline.

Kill The Bill: the day of action

rs21 members took part in a social media campaign as part of the #KillTheBill day of action against the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill on Saturday 21 August 2021,