Tag: Conservative party

The pandemic lays bare a government out of its depth

How did Boris Johnson's government so quickly lose its grip?
Winston Churchill waving to crowds on VE Day

Winston Churchill: the man, the myth, the murderer

Churchill is central to the Tory myth of national unit. But the historical record is clear: he was a virulent racist, a diehard colonialist, and responsible for the deaths of millions.

Review: Can’t Pay Won’t Pay

The 30th anniversary of the Trafalgar Square riot is a good time to reflect on Simon Hannah’s engaging account of the movement that scuppered Thatcher’s poll tax, writes Andrew Stone

Bollocks to the Poll Tax

Colin Revolting remembers the day 30 years ago when one of the biggest marches ever turned into a mass riot which sunk the Tory flagship Poll Tax policy and took Prime Minister Thatcher down with it. 

Other people are not the problem

Whilst the government continues to condemn millions by asset stripping the healthcare service and backing landlords and bosses, we must remember that we are all united by their contempt for us.
Poll Tax Riot 31 March 1990

revolutionary reflections | The Anti-Poll Tax Federation: Organisation and spontaneity

The anti-poll tax movement was arguably the most successful social movement in Great Britain since the 1970s. In advance of the 30th anniversary of the poll tax riot (31 March 1990), Andrew Stone explores how political organisations and grassroots initiative interacted.

Myths of ’83 and ’97, lessons of ’92

Ian Allinson looks at the elections of 1987, 1992 and 1997
Anti-Boris demo in Uxbridge

How we fight back

A devastating electoral defeat for Labour brings with it an inevitable battle for interpretation. It also sharply illustrates the need for our side to build power beyond parliament.
Giant banner across bridge reads "reclaim your future. Vote the Tories out"

Get the Tories Out!

After weeks of frenetic campaigning, election day is finally here. Today is a chance to shape the terrain we fight on. Everyone can help with the final push to get out the vote - turnout could be decisive. Whatever the result, relationships, skills and experiences from the campaign will be vital in the coming months.

All out to unseat Bob Blackman!

Harrow East's Tory MP Bob Blackman is a right-wing extremist. He's opposed equal marriage, called for the reintroduction of the anti-gay Section 28, has retweeted anti-Muslim hatred and a post by far right leader Tommy Robinson, as well as backing the bedroom tax, austerity, cuts to taxes on the rich, trebling tuition fees, privatisation of the NHS, and other assaults on the working class. rs21 will be organising a canvassing session, giving us an opportunity to put our ear to the ground in this general election campaign, and put popular grass-roots pressure on a far-right candidate. Be there on time. All welcome!

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China ends Hong Kong autonomy

Beijing hopes that the imposition of the 'National Security Law' will mean the end of the democratic movement in Hong Kong. Colin Sparks argues that they are likely to be disappointed.

The Black Lives Matter movement in 2020: results and prospects

Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal considers the situation of the BLM movement in Britain and argues for centring the politics of abolition and anti-imperialist solidarity.

The British left must stand in solidarity with Palestinians

Max Stein argues for vocal solidarity with Palestinians as the annexation of the West Bank goes ahead.

Artivists at Work

Artivists at Work was formed in response to the government's handling of the Covid-19 crisis. Here's a round-up of highlights from June and details of how to get involved.

Leave Labour with a plan

For the thousands leaving Labour, the key is not just to leave, writes Colin Wilson – it’s to leave with a plan to build something different.

Solidarity on the streets of London and Manchester

People protested to stand against the Tories' attacks on trans rights and to demand justice for Shukri Abdi. The two causes found each other on the streets.
Aretha Franklin (seated on the left) and Jerry Wexler (standing on the right, leaning over)

The Fairplay Committee

Mitch Mitchell recounts the legacy of the Fairplay Committee, a group aiming to improve the conditions of black workers in the music industry.

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.

Anti-racism and re-building union strength

Liverpool dockers fought a valiant campaign in the 1990s to defend their jobs from an anti-union crackdown. Now they are rebuilding their union with fighting and internationalist traditions.
Protesters at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in London, standing around Nelson's Column with banners.

Anti-racism, solidarity and the language of our movement

Arjun Mahadevan shares his perspective on political education coming from a place of solidarity.

Highlights

Whose side are you on?

The Black Lives Matter protests have come up against police and the far right in the streets. Starmer’s Labour Party has taken the side of the cops.
Kwasi Agyemang-Prempeh

Video: Black Lives Matter

Black activists in Britain talk about the response to the murder of George Floyd, underlying racism and economic factors, links with the pandemic and how we build anti-racist solidarity.

Johnson’s 1 June plans in tatters – how do we build our strength?

Rob Owen argues that the NEU has won a convincing, but not complete, victory over the government and addresses how we develop workplace organisation in the coming weeks.
Viktor Orban at the European Parliament.

Trans rights and ‘gender ideology’ in Hungary

The Hungarian parliament has passed new legislation that will eradicate any recognition of transgender people. Hanna Gál situates the new developments in the context of the far-right ruling parties’ hostility to ‘gender ideology’ and argues for a trans-inclusive feminist fightback.
Large 3D word "debt" with chain and shackle

Debt in a time of coronavirus

Video: How has coronavirus boosted household debt, the impact on working-class people and on the capitalist economy, and the possibilities for campaigning and resistance?