Solidarity 373, 19 August 2015

Calais: Let them in!

The solution to the Calais “migrant crisis” is very simple. The British government should help the migrants come to the UK.

Once here the migrants should be provided with healthcare, housing and education.

The benefits and help offered to migrants should be adequate and generous, not mean and miserly. The migrants should be treated with respect, not reviled as they have been by our filthy press and politicians.

Erdogan turns to repression as he loses support

Author

Ralph Peters

In the last week of July, Turkey began its bombing of Kurdish forces of the PKK in Syria and Iraq.  

The cover given for the bombings was Turkish President Erdogan’s eventual agreement to take action against Daesh (ISIS) and support the US’s bombing of them. But the truth is very different.

The bombings began as the two year truce broke down between Turkish armed forces and the Kurdish PKK — the militia, primarily based in Turkey, which has had an on-off war with Turkey for 30 years.

Tube workers set for more strikes

Author

Ollie Moore

London Underground workers are preparing for further strikes in their dispute over terms and conditions, job cuts, and other issues.

Strikes are planned for 25-26 and 27-28 August, amounting to close to a week's worth of disruption. These dates follow strikes on 8-9 July and 5-6 August.

Industrial news in brief

Author

Phil Grimm, Vijay Jackson and Gemma Short

The long-running dispute over outsourcing at the National Gallery in London has escalated, with workers taking indefinite strike action.

Syriza hard left prepares to fight cuts

Author

Theodora Polenta

On Friday 14 August, the Greek Parliament passed a new anti-working class memorandum. With 222 MPs in favour, but only 105 of the 149 Syriza MPs, Alexis Tsipras had to lean on support from the ruling class pro-memorandum parties of Pasok and Potami. Thus Syriza’s betrayal of their popular mandate was complete.

Corbyn: Seize the chance the left now has!

Author

Sean Matgamna

From Solidarity 373, 19 August 2015

In the three months since the general election hundreds of thousands of people have joined the Labour Party, the party that lost the election.

Corbyn: “economically illiterate”?

Author

Ralph Peters

To judge by what you hear from the camps of the other candidates for Labour leader, or the media you might believe that Corbyn's economic policy could only be implemented by a storming of the Westminster Palace with a troop of Red Guards. That is far from the truth.

Unity can only be built on democracy

Author

Jon Lansman

As ballot papers start hitting doormats and inboxes, there’s no doubt Jeremy Corbyn’s entry into the contest didn’t just ignite the debate about Labour’s future and shift it leftwards, but it defined the debate.

And whatever the outcome, that has already changed the Labour party beyond recognition. What has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to join the party as members or supporters is a yearning not only for a different type of politics but for a different type of politician.

Beyond Corbyn: agitate, educate, organise

Author

Editorial

The fact that Jeremy Corbyn has an excellent chance of becoming Labour Party leader should raise the confidence and courage of everyone who wants to see a fighting labour movement in Britain, and a revival of socialism.

Alongside mindless claims that Corbyn is “unelectable”, numerous senior Tories have started to express fear about what his election would mean for British politics.

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