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Post-referendum debate continues: And now the backlash

And now the backlash By Mike Phipps The panic is over. The neck and neck opinion polls that led the Westminster party leaders to make uncosted promises of greater devolution to Scotland and guarantees of bigger grant funding from the centre have unravelled within hours of the result. The “vow” to which party leaders committed offering extensive new powers to the Scottish parliament suddenly seems to be without a timetable - and locked in to a Cameron commitment to guarantee English votes on English-only issues. [continue...]

The end of the beginning? Thoughts on a referendum

Labour's Future

The end of the beginning? Thoughts on a referendum By Ewan Gibbs Hangovers are healing and the dust is slowly beginning to clear. The initial fallout is almost over.  Alex Salmond has announced his imminent departure from the post of First Minister. Meanwhile schemes for devolution and constitutional changes across Britain are being formulated and are already under fire for not meeting ‘Better Together’s’ late campaign promises and mixing delivering them with long-term UK constitutional fixes. At this point these are very much my own tentative and personal thoughts. This is a contribution to consider where things go from here and how socialists should think about how we move on; it’s much more the beginning than the end of that. My advice would be to suspect anyone that claims to have a fully formulated ready-made answer. [continue...]

Labour Party Conference 2014: LRC Fringe Meeting

Labour's Future

Labour Party Conference 2014: LRC Fringe Meeting Policies for a Labour Victory [continue...]

Stop the Privatisation of the Probation Service

Stop Welfare Reform

Stop the Privatisation of the Probation Service Chris Grayling, currently Minister of ‘Justice’, is bidding for the title of the biggest rogue on earth. He is desperate to privatise the probation service, despite the repeated failure of past privatisations.
It costs £38,000 a year to keep someone in prison, more than sending them to Eton.  Grayling’s predecessor Ken Clarke wanted to save the taxpayer a lot of money by rehabilitating criminals in the community. Good idea – rehabilitation has a better record at preventing reoffending than prison. But rehabilitation requires a properly funded probation service with trained professionals. Instead Grayling is determined to outsource 70% of probation service work to the usual suspects such as G4S and Serco. Probation chiefs fear the Tories plan to slash their budgets by £125 million - 25% - over the next four years. So this is all about saving money. [continue...]

NHS Privatisation by the Backdoor

NHS Privatisation by the Backdoor Disaster-looms-for-NHS_large-e1308062563878Evidence has now been leaked which proves that big healthcare corporations, including some of the biggest US healthcare multinationals, are now taking the lead in directing GPs’ clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in allocating the £80bn NHS budget at their disposal. The previously unknown Commissioning Support Industry Group (CSIG) has been seeking to win contracts worth some £1bn for advising CCGs on purchasing patient care. [continue...]

Outlawing Blacklisting is a Vote Winner

Trade Union Rights

Outlawing Blacklisting is a Vote Winner Articles from the LRC TUC 2014 special By Dave Smith, Secretary Blacklist Support Group  [continue...]

A Trade Union Agenda for Labour

Trade Union Rights

A Trade Union Agenda for Labour John McDonnell MP Articles from the LRC TUC 2014 special [continue...]

Break with Austerity

Break with Austerity Articles from the LRC TUC 2014 special Darren Williams, National Policy Forum member [continue...]

Save our NHS!

Stop Welfare Reform

Save our NHS! This is the text of the leaflet the LRC is distributing on Saturday 6th September as the 999NHS march arrives at London. Darlington mums have marched 300 miles from Jarrow to London to help save the NHS. We salute them. [continue...]

Suggested Contemporary Motions for Labour Party Conference

Labour's Future

Suggested Contemporary Motions for Labour Party Conference This year, Labour’s national policy forum did not agree to a single minority report. Nor did any policy papers include even a single option for decision by conference. This means that meaningful policy debates at this year’s conference, the last before the general election, can only happen on the basis of contemporary and emergency motions. The deadline for receipt of contemporary motions is Thursday 11 September at 12 noon. The title has a maximum of 10 words and the motion a maximum of 250 words. [continue...]

Palestinian Workers Fighting for Union Recognition

International solidarity

Palestinian Workers Fighting for Union Recognition,
Zarfati Garage, Mishor Adumim [continue...]

The Moral Prostitutes of the Liberal Media

McRant on the Moral Prostitutes of the Liberal Media Just been reading the Sunday Guardian; almost overwhelmed with disgust - only way out a rant. [continue...]

Labour executive elections: best Left result since 1980s

Labour's Future

Labour executive elections: best Left result since 1980s with 55% of members’ votes Report from Left Futures [continue...]

Scottish referendum: time running out for ‘Yes’

Scottish referendum: time running out for ‘Yes’ By Ewan Gibbs Political life in Scotland has been dominated by September’s independence referendum since the moves towards it began about two and a half years ago, and the ‘Yes Scotland’ and ‘Better Together’ ‘No’ campaigns were launched in the summer of 2012. Since then it’s at times often felt as though things were more or less on hold in the build-up to the vote and almost every major political issue is viewed and discussed through the prism of independence. This has intensified over recent months as the official campaigning period began and the first of a series of televised debates took place. [continue...]

UKRAINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN: Appeal for Solidarity

International solidarity

UKRAINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN
C/O LRC, PO Box 2378, London, E5 9QU The Ukraine Solidarity Campaign is issuing the following appeal from the trade unions representing workers at the ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih, the giant plant in the Ukrainian industrial metropolis of Kryvyi Rih.  Recently the miners of the city made significant gains in their dispute with the company EVRAZ.  The workers of Kryvyi Rih are setting an example to the labour movement of all Ukraine in this difficult time.  Ukraine Solidarity Campaign, a labour movement based campaign in the UK will be doing its upmost to assist them in their struggle with this corporation which is profiting from the misery of the Ukrainian workers.  We appeal to all sections of the labour movement to assist.  Please republish the appeal below (translated by Olga Papash and Nick Evans) and circulate it as widely as possible.   [continue...]

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