Miliband wants to stop benefits to 18-21 year olds unless they “skill up”, he’s spoken in favour of workfare-style jobs and wants to toughen things up to favour the “strivers”. He has opposed public sector strikes on pensions and pay. And Labour will not be re-nationalising anything. So why do the unions continue to back […]

Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts (TUSC) are holding a public meeting on Thursday 8 May 7.30 pm at Hesters Way Resource Centre, Cassin Drive, Cheltenham. So where’s the recovery? Five British families are worth more than the poorest 20%. With one million fed by food banks, 1.4 million on zero hour contracts, millions out […]

ARE YOU SICK OF THE MAIN PARTIES? TIRED OF POLITICIANS TELLING US ABOUT AUSTERITY? We need councillors who fight cuts, privatisation & austerity & we need an alternative to the pro-business parties – from Labour to the ConDems Gloucestershire has seen food bank usage double in a year – it has quadrupled in Cheltenham Unemployment […]

The labour movement has been dealt a double blow, first losing the indomitable union leader, socialist and class fighter, Bob Crow and then Tony Benn. While it was widely known that Tony Benn had been unwell, this did not lessen the shock of his death.  In the 1980s he was the figurehead of the Labour […]

Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) general secretary Bob Crow was an inspirational union leader and socialist whose death is tragic news to all of us. Our thoughts are with Bob’s family at this sad time. We pay tribute to a militant trade union leader who has inspired a whole generation of workers by winning […]

Education minister Michael Gove recently accused ‘left wing academics’ of using Blackadder Goes Forth as propaganda in the teaching of the First World War. On reflection, he may regret his decision to visit the school of a former pupil who played the part of one of the characters, Captain Darling. Current Stroud school students angry […]

2013 was a very eventful year for Socialist Party members in the county and last week we briefly reviewed the campaigns and activities in which we played a part. At THIS WEEK’s MEETING we will be considering the likely political mood & developments this year, ConDem policies for 2014 and the current state of the […]


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