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Taking on the #TradeUnionBill

Expanding on my previous post on the subject, an in depth look at the provisions of the Tory government’s proposed Trade Union Bill and how it can be challenged.

Responding to the new Tory strike laws

Business secretary Sajid Javid standing outside 10 Downing Street

The Queen's Speech recently confirmed that the Tory government's intent to bring in new laws further restricting strikes. The unions have reacted with fury - but will they really do anything about it?

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?

Five reasons "red" Len won't break the law

“Red” Len McCluskey is once more rattling his sabre ahead of the General Election. But don’t expect it to ever be drawn. Here’s five reasons why.

Viva Miuccia! Cursory notes on the political t-shirt

What do political t-shirts as a form — and their content — say about current attitudes to LGBT issues in parliamentary parties?

Thatcher's death – some quick thoughts

Former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died. The occasion has been the cause of both mourning and jubilation. What follows is a reflection on what this means in the context of the ongoing class struggle.

I'm striking on N30 because...

...the ruling class is attacking all of us, not just our pensions but our jobs, benefits, public services and communities. It's about time we fought back.

Theories of Thatcherism and Capitalist Decay - Peter Kennedy

'Fordism/Post-Fordism' cannot be used to understand Thatcherism. Marxism must come to terms with 'Labourism' which itself emerges out of a decaying form of capitalism and which extends capitalism's life beyond its years. The emergence of 'Thatcherism' served only to escalate capitalism's decay and so bring closer the day when workers must take democratic power into their own hands and conscious regulation of social labour becomes a political necessity.

Government cuts - 'Are they really as stupid as they seem', by Hillel Ticktin

There are a surprising lack of convincing explanations as to why the capitalist class is pushing through the present unprecedented austerity drive - even at the risk of provoking both mass opposition and a double-dip recession. The following excerpts, from Hillel Ticktin's recent articles in Critique, do offer an interesting partial explanation:

Students smash Tory headquarters

A first person report of the 10 November demonstration against huge hikes in university tuition fees which ended in the occupation and vandalism of the Conservative Party offices.