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RESPONDING to the annual State of Fire report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: ‘The Inspectorate is doing the bidding of the government and fire chiefs to attack the firefighters.’ He added: ‘This report is a political and biased...
IT IS now estimated that 39% of teachers and school leaders – as well as 51% of teaching assistants and other staff – are working on-site in open settings in the current lockdown. And statistics from the Department of Education (DfE) have revealed that the rate of Covid-19 infection among...
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden will keep the US embassy in Israel in Jerusalem, his nominee for Secretary of State Antony Blinken affirmed at his Senate confirmation hearing. ‘Do you agree that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and do you commit that the United States will keep our embassy in...
‘THERE is still a small minority who refuse to do the right thing and to them my message is clear: if you don’t follow these rules the police will enforce them,’ Tory Home Secretary Priti Patel said yesterday. She was speaking at the Downing Street press conference at 5pm, flanked...
IRAN’S President Hassan Rouhani says that outgoing US president, Donald Trump, registered state terrorism on America’s official record by openly accepting responsibility for the assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Soleimani in a third country. ‘We had never before seen a US president explicitly announcing that he had assassinated a senior military...
THE INAUGURATION of Joe Biden as president of the United States on Wednesday was enthusiastically greeted by prime minister Boris Johnson saying: ‘When you look at the issues which unite me and Joe Biden, the UK and the US right now, there is a fantastic joint common agenda.’ What Johnson...
WORKERS at Sanofi, which is France’s largest pharmaceutical company, went on strike on Tuesday following the announcement of 1,000 sackings as part of a three-year cost-cutting plan. The action came ahead of mass strike action throughout France on three key days this month, in health today, January 21, in national...
THE HOUSE of Lords today will be debating the Overseas Operations Bill which gives the British military a licence to kill and torture throughout the world free from any threat of prosecution. The Bill creates a legal and binding ‘presumption against prosecution’ for any current or former UK military personnel...
MANY junior doctors feel out of their depth with the end-of-life decisions faced during Covid-19 pandemic In normal times, end-of-life care discussions are most commonly led by senior doctors. However, new research from a busy London hospital shows that the high numbers of deaths taking place in hospitals during the...
BRITISH Airways’ (BA) freight services at Heathrow airport are set for nine days of fresh strike action which will begin on Friday 22 January after talks between Unite and BA’s management collapsed. Unite said yesterday that this was due to the determination of the company ‘to opportunistically strip its hardworking and loyal...
THE SHOCKING depth and breadth of the scandalous cruelty and murderous treatment of unmarried mothers and their children by the Catholic Church and the Irish State throughout most of the 20th century is at last being exposed following the belated publication of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and...
THE TORY government was delivered a massive blow on Monday evening when it was defeated by 278 votes to 0 when MPs voted for a Labour motion in the House of Commons to extend the Universal Credit top-up beyond March 31. The PM withdrew his amendment to the resolution when...
‘REDUCING Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit would be fundamentally the wrong decision. It would be a profound mistake and put millions of families into poverty,’ Jonathan Reynolds, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said yesterday. Reynolds was moving a motion in yesterday’s opposition debate to ramp up the pressure...
FAR-RIGHT extremists are reportedly furious with Donald Trump, calling him a ‘traitor’ and a ‘coward’, after the outgoing president pleaded for calm following his impeachment for inciting the violent storming of the US Capitol last week. Faced with an unprecedented backlash after he goaded his supporters to march on Congress,...
LAST WEEK the Bank of England (BoE) finally confessed that it doesn’t understand its own quantitative easing programme (QE) – the central, in fact the only, policy adopted by the Bank to keep British capitalism from total collapse. This startling admission was forced on the BoE by an Independent Evaluation...
‘THE FACTS are very clear and I’m not going to sugar-coat them, hospitals are under extreme pressure and staff are under extreme pressure,’ NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show yesterday. He went on: ‘Staggeringly, every 30 seconds across England another patient is being admitted...
STUDENT nurses who are currently doing their placements are facing serious risks. Their lives are at risk as many are treating coronavirus patients and to make matters worse they are both unpaid and without life insurance. Student nurse Lizzy, who is on placement at the moment has spoke up about...
EVERYBODY knows that the Tory government was completely unprepared for the Covid-19 crisis that erupted in the UK in December 2020. The Operation Cygnus exercise debacle in October 2016 proved that the government was absolutely unready to deal with the epidemic. Huge mistakes were made when the epidemic struck, from transferring...
‘IT would be fatal if this sense of progress over vaccines was now to breed any kind complacency,’ Tory PM Boris Johnson said yesterday at the 5pm Downing Street press conference. As he was speaking, the capitalist press reported that ‘Hundreds of soldiers are to be sent into major London...
DEPUTY governor of the Bank of England Ben Broadbent said this week that ‘resilient’ household spending has been ‘funded by tomorrow’s taxpayers’ – in a thinly-veiled comment on the impact of the UK Tory government’s furlough scheme is having on UK public finances. Broadbent was clearly saying that the mammoth...
THE NATIONAL Audit Office (NAO) has produced a new report which says that the true number of people sleeping on the streets ‘far exceeds’ Tory ‘estimates’. In Autumn 2019, the government claimed that there were 4,266 people sleeping rough on any given night. At the time, homeless charity Shelter said...
DESPITE the Tories’ assurances that no one will be evicted during the pandemic, any renters who have built up arrears before the pandemic face being thrown onto the street, despite the lockdown, new legislation sneaked in now allows. Legislation has been quietly tweaked to mean that renters can now be...
A HUMANITARIAN organisation has made further allegations against French police, accusing them of abusing migrants within the port city of Calais. The Human Rights Observers (HRO) group alleges that French police have been increasingly engaging in aggressive evictions, with the intention of ruining the hope and the spirits of migrants...
DONALD Trump became the first president of the United States to be impeached twice when the House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to charge him with inciting violent insurrection against the US government. With the Democratic Party House leader, Nancy Pelosi, denouncing Trump as a ‘clear and present danger to...
THE DEVASTATING ramifications for BT employees of the brutal new management approach sweeping across BT is not just illustrated by the scores of compulsory redundancies that have already reached their sad conclusions. Dozens more are currently underway. An even starker illustration of the depths to which BT has plumbed is...
By Fra Hughes in West Belfast LAST Thursday, January 7, 2020, Fiona Donohoe led a cavalcade of hundreds of cars with perhaps thousands of people on a marathon drive across Belfast, from Blacks Road Park and Ride, to the gates of Stormont, home to the Northern Ireland regionally devolved government. This...
NINE thousand children died in Irish ‘mother and baby’ homes run by the Catholic Church throughout the 20th century, a long awaited report has revealed. These homes were established by the state as institutions run jointly with the Catholic Church and staffed mainly by nuns for unmarried mothers and their...
‘OUR police officers are now moving more quickly to issue fines where people are clearly breaching coronavirus regulations,’ Tory Home Secretary Priti Patel said at the 5pm daily press conference yesterday adding: ‘Nearly 45,000 fixed penalty notices have been issued across the United Kingdom. ‘So my message today to anyone...
THE Israeli Human Rights group B’Tselem has issued a paper stating that Israel is not a democracy but an ‘apartheid regime’ that systematically oppresses the Palestinians through military occupation and racist laws. In the paper published yesterday, B’Tselem, for the first time in its 31-year history, calls Israel an ‘apartheid...
PALESTINIAN Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh announced on Monday that his government is preparing for new national and presidential elections in Palestine. ‘The Cabinet looks forward to President Mahmoud Abbas issuing the decrees that will specify the dates for the elections in order to begin all necessary preparations for the success...
ISRAELI PM Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday approved 800 new illegal settlement units in the West Bank, determined to drive through the mass expansion while Trump still remains in office. Using the Zionist terms for the West Bank Netanyahu said: ‘We are happy to announce today that 800 new apartments have been...
A SENIOR South Korean official said the situation surrounding a Korean-flagged oil tanker seized by Iran for repeated environmental violations is ‘serious,’ as he and a delegation headed to the Islamic Republic for ‘in-depth’ talks on the issue. ‘I am a little relieved to know that the crew is safe,...
OVER 250,000 small firms and companies are destined to collapse this year according to research carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Nearly a quarter of those surveyed have already cut staff in the past three months and one-in-seven expects they will do so in the next three...
THE Coronavirus Infection Survey published by the Office for National Statistics has revealed the extent that the virus swept through the school system and its results are alarming! Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: ‘It is clear from these results that the National Education...
LAST WEDNESDAY President Trump sent a 100,000-plus howling mob on a mission to break into the Capitol building to stop the certification of election-winner Biden as the incoming President of the United States. The mob was equipped with ropes and ladders as well as firearms to do the storming job. They...
Ambulance services are under ‘unprecedented pressure’ Tracy Nicholls, chief executive of the College of Paramedics said yesterday morning, with hand-over delays at a scale never seen before. Crews are waiting up to nine hours to transfer a patient into hospital, she reported, while there are also cases of emergency patients...
THE LEFT-wing Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) yesterday announced the launch of an upcoming membership consultation on whether the trade union should remain affiliated to the Labour Party. In a statement by national president Ian Hodson, who has been critical of Keir Starmer, the union has declared that...
THE NHS is at breaking point! This is the warning from doctors, nurses and NHS staff, furious that the Tories did absolutely nothing to address the problems hospitals faced during the first wave of coronavirus. NHS workers still do not have enough Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). There are still not...
ARMED supporters of US President Trump stormed the Capitol building and forced a lockdown on Wednesday evening. However, the attempted coup failed. A woman was shot dead by police and three others died of ‘medical emergencies’, US police have said. The masses of right wingers just pushed their way past...

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‘DON’T let this get around, but professionals are forming unions like crazy these days. And, just yesterday, a union unveiled itself at Google … adopting the form of a semi-union in a clear effort to keep Google from crushing it,’ wrote a US labour activist on Tuesday. In just the...
ON WEDNESDAY afternoon thousands of US president Donald Trump supporters rallied in Washington before storming the US Congress to put a stop to the official affirmation of Joe Biden as the next president of the USA. They were spurred on by a speech from Trump in which he urged the...
THE HIGH Pay Centre’s ‘High Pay Day’ research, published Wednesday, is evidence that the government must rebalance the economy after Covid-19 to make it fair, says the TUC. High Pay Day is the day in 2021 on which the typical FTSE 100 chief executive has already earned the same as...
Agricultural workers across India will protest today and tomorrow, January 7 and 8, in solidarity with the ongoing struggle of farmers against the contentious farm laws. As part of the call given by All India Agricultural Workers’ Union (AIAWU), president A Vijayaraghavan and general secretary B Venkat have appealed to...
ON MONDAY night, prime minister Boris Johnson decreed that England’s third national lockdown would legally come into force on Tuesday night with parliament called upon to retrospectively vote its approval of these new laws the following day. The fact that Johnson carried these laws out by decree without recourse to...
WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange has been sent back to Belmarsh high security prison after a judge refused him bail yesterday, despite a decision to block his extradition to the United States. The decision taken at Westminster Magistrates Court in Marylebone means that Assange still cannot be reunited with his family. District...