Posts under ‘Social Affairs’

BAME representation: “community leaders” or genuine advocates?

by Lizzy Ali.

Back in the 1980s, a new generation of radical black leaders like Bernie Grant and Sharon Atkin emerged in the Labour Party, determined not only to increase minority representation, but also to commit the Party to socialist policies. The struggle for Black Sections took place against the backdrop of uprisings within the inner cities in […]

Rushing into new anti-extremist powers has a troublesome history

by Michael Meacher.

Here we go again. The undoubted threat represented by ISIS and the return of its recruits to the UK is leading to calls for new banning orders for extremist groups, new civil powers to target extremists, and measures to target persons even when they have actually not broken the law. It has also led to […]

Avoiding charge of racism is a cover for patriarchy and misogyny in Rotherham

by Diane Abbott.

The child sex abuse scandal in Rotherham is a toxic mix of race, class and misogyny. And this was not a handful of girls hidden in a cellar by a particular gang. This was hundreds of young women (and some young men), year on year, being victimised in plain sight. Anybody who took a cab […]

How not to write about Rotherham

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Sexual violence against women and girls comes in all skin colours, all languages, all forms of religious belief. One would hope its tacit acceptance by institutions laying claim to the protection of the most vulnerable lies in the distant past. But the report into the institutional silence, if not silencing of the victims of a Pakistani-descent paedophile gang […]

Private pension markets are not working

by Michael Meacher.

Thatcher ended the best pension scheme the UK has ever had, and pensions have never recovered from the consequent decline as constant mis-selling scandals continue abundantly to demonstrate. Barbara Castle’s SERPS schme in the 1970s was generous particularly to the low-paid and to women, highly popular, and provided universal protection against poverty in retirement. Thatcher […]

March for the NHS

by Grahame Morris.

The NHS is firmly on the Road to Privatisation. The promise to protect the NHS and to halt any top down reorganisation lasted up until the point David Cameron became Prime Minister. Without any mandate David Cameron undertook the largest top down reorganisation since the foundation of the NHS, laying the framework for the whole […]

Is this the kind of US healthcare system the UK is headed for?

by Michael Meacher.

A deep and alarming insight into US healthcare has recently been published by two authoritative figures within the system which holds profoundly worrying lessons for where UK healthcare may be heading under the Tory Health and Social Care Act of 2012. Healthcare in the US is a magnet for thieves. Medicaid hands out $415bn a […]

Iain Duncan Smith and the race to the bottom

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Here we go again. In the topsy turvy Tory world of our beloved Department for Work and Pensions secretary, joblessness is not caused by a lack of jobs but instead “cultures of worklessness“. To his mind, there are millions living it up on the taxpayer dollar – skivers being kept in e-cigs, iPads and Jeremy Kyle appearances. They do […]

Marketisation gives NHS managers £1.6bn redundancy, care workers 25% pay cut

by Michael Meacher.

The market degrades all decent human instincts of fairness and concern for others. Two events in the last few weeks dramatically expose how far this corruption of the values of the health service and social care has now gone. One was the publication of the latest Department of Health accounts which shows payouts to some […]

Stop the witch-hunt of Tricycle theatre for a “boycott” that never was and a false charge of antisemitism

by Jon Lansman.

For a number of years, the Tricycle theatre & cinema in Kilburn (alongside other cinemas in London, Manchester and elsewhere) has hosted a Jewish film festival. Although most films are non-political, last year, films did include UK premieres of ‘Besa: the Promise‘ about mostly Muslims Albanians who risked their lives sheltering Jews during WWII, ‘From Cable Street to […]

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