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Post-election reflections: how the Tories wrecked the economy and why Labour couldn’t take advantage

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Now the election is over, it seems time to take stock of the last 5 years. A lot has been written about the horrific social reforms of the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government, on tuition fees, workfare, sanctions, privatisations and cuts - but the mainstream analysis, and public opinion, seems to be that for all that the Tories were at least competent from a macroeconomic perspective. This couldn't be further from the truth.

The headscarf revolutionaries - DD Johnston

The Headscarf Revolutionaries marching to confront the bosses, Hull, 1968

D.D. Johnston reviews Brian Lavery’s The Headscarf Revolutionaries, an account of a spontaneous campaign by fishermen’s wives in Hull, which following the 1968 triple-trawler disaster forced major changes to UK shipping laws.

The rich at play: foxhunting, land ownership and the Countryside Alliance

The Rich at Play - Foxhunting, land ownership and the Countryside Alliance

Published in 2002 this small book looks at the links between the then upcoming ban on hunting with hounds, landownership and class relations in the British countryside. Written at a time when the 'Countryside Alliance' were receiving a lot of media coverage the text aims to debunk the idea that fox hunting is solely an animal rights issue and is instead directly related to rural class relations. Written by Red Star Research, Published by Revolutions Per Minute.

So, the government got in…

The election results are in. The Tories can form a majority government to rule for the next five years. Now what?

Brief response to '4 reasons working-class radicals should vote Labour’ on Novara

A brief response to the issues raised by AWL member, Daniel Randall, in his article (4 Reasons Working Class Radicals Should Vote Labour) that was recently posted on the Novara Media website….

Neo-Nazi march to be held in Liverpool

White Man March UK taking place in Newcastle, England in March 2015.

Neo-Nazis from across the UK will descend on Liverpool in three months time for an explicitly racist street protest, repeating an event which happened in Newcastle in March.

Liverpool IWW demonstrates for precarious workers

A short account of a protest outside a job centre in Liverpool.

The nation versus human dignity

A brief observation provoked by the latest royal birth and the frenzy surrounding it.

Owen Jones’s dangerous illusion

A response to ‘A cruel society is being built. Voting Labour begins the fightback’ by Owen Jones.

Thoughts on local anarchist newspapers in 1980s Britain

The Kate Sharpley Library have just had a donation of some 1980s local anarchist newspapers (all from north west England).