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EVERY frontline police officer in Northamptonshire is to be armed with a Taser gun, the East Midlands county’s Chief Constable Nick Adderley announced yesterday. Adderley said the weapons would be issued to all officers who want one. According to a Parliamentary briefing, there were 1,044 frontline officers in the Northamptonshire Police...
‘THEY say in this country we’re free, but only some are free, others are not. A policeman has the power to kill and it’s not a big deal. Justice is not a real thing. I have not seen it.’ Zameka Nungu on Wednesday stirred pap on the stove in between...
US AND UK-backed Islamists are on the run from their last stronghold in Idlib province in Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported yesterday that the anti-Assad forces had pulled out of the town of Khan Shaykhun in the southern part of Idlib and a nearby area in...
Jeremy Corbyn, speaking at a children’s centre in Corby, Northamptonshire yesterday, announced that ‘we will do everything necessary’ to stop a No Deal Brexit and claimed: ‘Labour can be trusted to deliver to end austerity.’ He declared: ‘I will bring a vote of no confidence in the government, and if...
ALTHOUGH Zimbabwe’s main opposition group, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), called off anti-government protests in the capital Harare at the last minute last Friday after failing to overturn a police ban, protesters who had already gathered in the city were violently dispersed by police and several were hurt. The...
JOHN McDONNELL made his bid to lead the proposed government of national unity to smash Brexit during his interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday. The Shadow Chancellor said: ‘What is annoying me is, it’s all well and good for Michael Gove or Boris Johnson to say all will...
FORMER Tory Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind spoke out in support of bringing down the Johnson government to prevent a no-deal Brexit yesterday. Appearing on the Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme on Sky TV, Rifkind first of all commented on the crisis in Hong Kong, saying: ‘The position of the United...
ON the Israeli violations in al-Aqsa Mosque – statement from the Hamas movement. The leadership of Hamas held an urgent meeting on the ongoing dangerous Israeli violations in Al-Aqsa Mosque. Indeed, the Israeli occupation took new measures in Al-Aqsa on the Day of Eid Al-Adha which are still ongoing. All of these...
THERE IS VERY great resistance to the proposal of Labour leader Corbyn that he should put down a motion of no confidence in PM Johnson and his government, and that it should be replaced by a time limited government of national unity led by Corbyn. This is despite the fact...
AFTER the Scottish government announced they will nationalise Ferguson Marine shipyard, trade unions are calling on the UK government to safeguard jobs and skills in Harland and Wolff in Belfast. Susan Fitzgerald, Unite Regional Coordinating Officer demanded the UK government move quickly to renationalise the Belfast shipyard: ‘The historic stand at...
FUEL DRIVERS in Portugal are continuing their strike, now entering its second week, as the Portuguese government called a state of emergency, deploying the army to deliver fuel while petrol stations dry up. The government have threatened fuel drivers with jail if they do not go back to work. However,...
THE HOME Office itself has produced figures showing that more than 3,000 refugees and asylum seekers have been on hunger strike in the last four years, protesting at their detention, threatened deportation and conditions. The Home Office defines a hunger strike ‘when someone refuses to eat or drink for at...
KENSINGTON and Chelsea council have re-housed Grenfell survivors and their families in a block found to have a ‘high risk’ of fire! A fire risk assessment of the Hortensia Road block in Kensington, which is currently housing 20 people and was set aside for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower...
LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday wrote a letter to leaders of the LibDems, the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party along with selected Tory Remainers calling on them to join Labour and form a National Government with himself as the ‘caretaker’ leader. Corbyn insists this would be a strictly...
THERE is to be a 2.8% rail fares rise for 2020. The increase will be based on the Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation measure of 2.8% for July. The figure is likely to lead to an increase of more than £100 in the annual cost of getting to work for many...
‘MEDICARE for All’ is shaping up to be one of the defining issues of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign, with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren the leading candidates in favour, while former Vice President Joe Biden is the most prominent right-winger opposed. The right-wingers are scraping and scratching around...
THE EVENTS in Hong Kong over the past month have seen thousands of people storming the Hong Kong parliament and raising the Union Jack flag – known as the ‘Butcher’s Apron’, a visible symbol of the former brutal occupation by British imperialism over China, that began with the notorious...
CORNWALL Partnership Foundation Trust is withholding rent payments to NHS Property Services to force it to take urgent action over fire safety. Patients have had to be evacuated from two wards at Camborne and Redruth Community Hospital, because the risk is so high. The Trust warns that if a fire did...
MALTESE authorities on Monday refused the Ocean Viking rescue ship permission to refuel in their harbours while on its search and rescue mission off the coast of Libya. According to SOS Mediterranee, which operates the ship together with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF – Doctors Without Borders), the Ocean Viking was...
JOHN BOLTON, President Trump’s National Security Adviser, was in town yesterday recruiting mercenaries to the US cause, including its trade war with China and the EU, and its war plan against Iran. His campaign started at the very top with Prime Minister Johnson. He came bearing potential gifts to bribe...
HOMELESS people are to be forcibly evicted from the Westminister underpass, which leads to Parliament, by installing rolldown shutters blocking the shelter off. In December 2018, rough sleeper Gyula Remes was found dead in the underpass. The underpass is part of the Parliamentary estate. Parliament announced over the weekend that it...
US AIRCRAFT are flying over Iraqi territory collecting intelligence on the country’s popular forces, a senior Iraqi expert said, adding that a drone that crashed this week was on a mission to raid Hashd al-Shaabi (the Iraqi popular resistance) forces. Kazzem al-Haaj told the al-Ma’aloumeh news website on Sunday that...
A NEWSPAPER investigation has revealed that the Home Office has been making huge profits out of the human misery of the Tories’ ‘hostile environment’ campaign against every foreign-born worker and their families in the UK. According to the report, the Home Office has been profiteering from the soaring immigration fees...
Young Socialists & All Trade Unions Alliance present: Lobby the TUC on Monday September 9th, 8am at the Brighton Conference Centre. TUC delegates must act to leave the EU on Oct 31! Defend all jobs! Support Harland & Wolff occupation End low pay! End all tuition fees! End privatisation! Call a general strike now to kick the...
TORY PM Johnson’s new police state measures allowing police unlimited stop and search powers have been condemned by Stopwatch, while Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott described them as a ‘recipe for unrest’. In an article in yesterday’s Mail on Sunday newspapper, Johnson announced the removal of restrictions on using ‘Section...
IRAN says it considers possible Israeli presence in a US-led coalition in the Persian Gulf as a clear threat to its national security, and reserves the right to counter it. Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi last Friday referred to the ‘illegitimate existence’ of the Israeli regime in the Middle East...
TORY Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has said that a special committee will look at what happened last Friday, when a huge power cut affected millions of people, with train passengers stranded, traffic lights failing to work, passengers at King’s Cross forced to use the lights on their phones to...
LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for the Labour Party to consider backing the creation of a government of ‘national unity’ to stop Brexit. He said yesterday that while the ‘starting point for any conversations’ should be that it is led by Jeremy Corbyn, other options should not be excluded. He...
LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn has written to Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill asking him to rule out a no-deal Brexit on October 31, reneging on Labour’s 2017 General Election manifesto pledge to support the ‘Leave’ result of the 2016 EU referendum. This pledge saw Labour wipe out then-PM May’s parliamentary majority,...
DOCTORS have welcomed a series of concessions by the Treasury, altering the effect on them of punitive pension rules which are in fact forcing many to retire early or ratchet down work hours. In his initial response Chaand Nagpaul, the council chair of doctors’ union the BMA, (British Medical Association),...
IN THE LATEST attempt to block a no-deal Brexit, Labour leader Corbyn has called on the civil service to move into action and do the bidding of the Remainer MPs in Parliament. Corbyn has written to senior civil servant, Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill, seeking confirmation that Boris Johnson could not...
SOUTH Wales Police have launched a facial recognition app which is to be installed on their officers’ phones, prompting human rights campaigners Liberty to exclaim: ‘This technology is intrusive, unnecessary, and has no place on our streets.’ In a three-month trial of the new police facial recognition app which has...
SOUTH Africa’s automotive sector, already reeling from poor sales, now seems set to suffer a further blow – as carworkers threaten to take strike action should their wage demands not be met. The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), which represents the bulk of the workers in the sector, and...
THE FRONT page of The Daily Telegraph yesterday led with an article headed: ‘John McDonnell threatens to march on the palace and tell the Queen: “We’re taking over”, if Boris Johnson loses a no confidence vote’. This referred to Labour’s shadow chancellor saying that he would be ‘sending Jeremy Corbyn...
LABOUR shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has thrown a political bomb into the middle of the Labour Party with his pledge to the Scottish Nationalists that a future Labour government will give the go-ahead for a Scottish referendum on leaving the UK. In an interview at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he...
THE RMT warned on Tuesday that the long-awaited Government Rail Review – set up on the watch of serial failure Chris Grayling – is set to be a wholesale sell-out to the private operators. It will enable the privateers to tighten their grip on the rail network through the creation...
IN AN interview in Edinburgh on Tuesday Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell brazenly broke with the official Labour Party policy of opposition to a second Scottish independence referendum and its commitment that a future Labour government would block any demands from the nationalist SNP to call one. McDonnell stated that...
THE TORIES’ Hostile Environment is alive and kicking with a new extortionate fee of £2,033 charged every 30 months, targeting people whose immigration status is labelled ‘limited leave to remain’. The Home Office’s draconian approach to those with ‘limited leave to remain’ status particularly affects young people. The fees have...
THE PALESTINIAN Presidency on Monday ‘reiterated the firm position of the State of Palestine that supports the right of the People’s Republic of China to maintain its territorial unity and sovereignty, especially in Hong Kong, and express its rejection of any foreign intervention and attempts to destabilise it,’ reports...
HARLAND AND WOLFF shipyard has been occupied by the workforce to prevent its closure. However on Monday, the unions involved revealed that staff had already been given redundancy notices and that the business would cease trading that evening. The yard went into administration yesterday. This is now an emergency situation! The...
WORKERS vowed to continue their occupation and stop the closure of Harland and Wolff shipbuilding industry in Belfast, after the yard went into administration yesterday afternoon. Joe Passmore, Unite representative and worker at Harland and Wolff, said: ‘This requires government money to keep this going. We will stay here and...
RESPONDING to PM Johnson’s comments in the weekend’s Sunday Times newspaper, in which he pledged a £1.8bn cash injection into the NHS BMA council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul insisted that sustained levels of investment were needed. ‘For the NHS to provide high quality services fit for the 21st Century and...
THE GOVERNMENT of French president Emmanuel Macron went into a full blown crisis this week with riots in Nantes on Saturday where thousands of demonstrators marched through the western city outraged at the death of a young music fan who drowned after being tear-gassed by police. 24 year old Steve...
A health board is paying over a million pounds a month to a private consortium for a hospital it cannot use. The new children’s hospital in Edinburgh was due to open in July, but last-minute inspections found safety concerns over its ventilation systems. NHS Lothian has confirmed repayments for the hospital...
‘THROUGH our Universal Credit Fact Versus Fiction campaign, PCS is exposing the massive problems with a system that we say needs to be scrapped and replaced,’ the civil servants union said launching a fresh fight to put an end to the hated benefit system. The union said: ‘PCS continues to...