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‘IF PRESIDENT Putin were to choose the path of bloodshed and destruction he must realise it would be both tragic and futile,’ Tory PM Johnson said, beating the war drums against Russia yesterday in the House of Commons, a position Labour leader Keir Starmer backed to the hilt. Johnson continued:...
THE METROPOLITAN police are investigating allegations surrounding parties at Downing Street and in Whitehall, M-et Chief Cressida Dick said yesterday, with the Sue Gray internal report now likely to be delayed. In an urgent question in the House of Commons, yesterday, Deputy Labour leader Angela Raynor said: ‘If any evidence...
A NEW report from the International Council of Nurses calls for a global action plan to address the ‘nursing workforce crisis and prevent an avoidable healthcare disaster’. The report, published on Monday, reveals how the Covid-19 pandemic has made the fragile state of the global nursing workforce much worse, putting...
FIRE BRIGADES Union lawyer Martin Seaward has told the Grenfell Inquiry that the disaster was caused by individual private companies and the government! He insisted: ‘It is particularly wrong to blame the individual firefighters and control staff who attended the disaster in its early stages.’ Seaward added: ‘The London Fire Brigade’s...
AN NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) promoting media freedom says at least 17 Palestinian journalists are currently being held in harsh conditions in Israeli jails in contradiction of international law and they condemn the regime for practicing ‘organised terrorism’ to silence Palestinian media. The Journalists’ Support Committee (JSC) said in a statement...
THE CONSERVATIVE Party is tearing itself apart this week as Tory MPs await with trepidation the result of the inquiry by Sue Gray into the so-called ‘party-gate’ scandal that has submerged Boris Johnson’s premiership and implicated leading members of his administration in cover-ups. While the jury is out on whether...
HUNDREDS of key NHS workers, employed by the giant outsourcing company Serco, will stage a two week strike across Barts Health NHS Trust in ‘a battle against low pay and exploitation’, their union Unite announced yesterday. Unite members who are cleaners, porters, security, catering and reception staff across St Barts,...
‘MAKE no mistake we won today in court,’ Stella Moris, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s fiancee said to cheers outside the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday morning. Moris said: ‘The Supreme Court has good grounds to hear this appeal. ‘The situation now is that the Supreme Court has to decide if it...
IRAN, Russia, and China have kicked off joint military drills in the north of the Indian Ocean, with vessels from the three countries hitting pre-determined targets at sea. The ‘2022 Marine Security Belt’ exercise, which began on Friday morning, marks the third of such joint exercises between the three countries. ‘Together...
GERMANY’S navy chief has resigned from his post after drawing criticism from the German government and Ukraine over his remarks in support of Russian President Vladimir Putin. ‘I have asked Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht to relieve me from my duties with immediate effect,’ Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schoenbach said in a...
BANKER Richard Meddings has been appointed as the new chairman of NHS England. Meddings, who is also a non-executive director at Credit Suisse will replace the current chair Lord David Prior in March and will be paid £63,000 per year for working two to three days a week. Health Secretary Sajid...
NOT ONE of the social housing blocks granted building safety funding have had their remediation work completed yet, the latest figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have revealed. Almost five years after the Grenfell Tower fire which claimed the lives of 72 men, women and...
BRITISH forces arrived yesterday in Ukraine to ‘train up Ukrainian troops’ while the US has sent in weapons, to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to be taken to the front line in Ukraine. Several European nations have now moved to bolster NATO’s military deployment in eastern Europe. Spain is sending warships...
US SECRETARY of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met for talks in Geneva yesterday. ‘This is a critical moment,’ Blinken said in his opening remarks. The US and Russia ‘don’t expect to resolve our differences here today’, he added, but hoped to test whether diplomacy was still...
RUSSIA has ruled out any further talks with the United States and NATO over the situation around Ukraine unless the West responds properly to its security demands. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the remark at a joint press conference with visiting German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Tuesday, saying...
THE TORIES have pledged to dump all existing Covid restrictions in the next few weeks in England and ‘get life completely back to normal’. On Wednesday, Boris Johnson announced that he was dumping his Plan B for dealing with the Covid virus, an announcement that had nothing to do with...
THE GRENFELL community spoke out in furious anger yesterday that a building almost two and a half times taller then the Grenfell Tower is being granted planning permission despite it only having one fire escape staircase. The planned skyscraper, which will be situated next to the Westfield shopping centre in...
AFTER A DAY of plots, counter plots and demands that he go, PM Johnson, in his lunchtime statement to the House of Commons, attempted to win back the Tory Party by dumping his Plan B for dealing with the Covid virus. He told MPs: ‘This morning the Cabinet concluded because...
FOOD costs and energy bills are soaring, with the energy crisis driving consumer prices up at the fastest rate in 30 years, latest figures show. Consumer price inflation surged to 5.4% in the 12 months to December, up from 5.1% the month before, in another blow to struggling families. The last...
OFFICIAL figures have confirmed that consumer price inflation surged to 5.4% in 12 months to December – up from 5.1% month before – the highest level in 30 years. When gas and electricity prices soar in April, when the fuel price cap is raised and Tory increases in taxes come...
ON MONDAY a Palestinian man carried a gas canister onto the roof of his home in occupied Jerusalem as his family faced eviction. The Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood resident threatened to blow up his home rather than let his family be forced out. Mohammed Salhiya threatened to set himself on fire if...
HOSPITALS ‘do not have the capacity to cope’ said the British Medical Association (BMA) in response to Emergency Medicine Journal findings about longer waits leading to higher risk of death. Commenting on the publication of a study in Emergency Medicine Journal showing that patients who wait more than five hours...
AS AMERICANS honoured the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, UPS Teamsters across the country mobilised to demand the giant United Parcel Service (UPS) make MLK Day a paid holiday. They are also demanding an end to two-tier jobs, more full-time jobs, and part-time employees...
THE TORY government’s plan for a police state dictatorship over the trade unions and all public protest movements took a big hit yesterday when the House of Lords amended it out of existence, before sending ‘The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill’ back to the House of Commons. It was...
THREE quarters of a million families in London will be plunged into fuel poverty after energy bills spiral by as much as 50% in April when the price cap is re-evaluated, a new report by the Resolution Foundation warns. The research shows that the number of London households in fuel...
THE MILITARY will take charge of the operations targeting refugees and asylum seekers crossing the English Channel in inflatable boats within weeks, the government confirmed yesterday. This caused outrage amongst campaigners and refugee charities, furious at the prospect of armed navy vessels and battleships taking on flimsy boats of the...
HUNDREDS of Palestinian prisoners languishing in Israeli jails have been boycotting the regime’s military courts for 16 consecutive days now, in protest against Israel’s so-called policy of administrative detention. Imprisoned under the controversial policy of ‘administrative detention,’ at least 500 Palestinian inmates have been registering their protest at their detention...
THOUSANDS of workers and young people took to the streets at the weekend in mass ‘kill the bill’ demonstrations across the country against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. The Tories made it clear when the bill was first unveiled last year that its purpose is to ‘strengthen police...
MORE than 10,000 workers, students and youth marched against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill from Lincoln Inn Fields to Parliament on Saturday afternoon, chanting ‘Kill the Bill!’ There is another mass demonstration on College Green opposite Parliament from 5pm-7pm this evening as the police bill, and other reactionary...
WORKERS at Croydon Hospital are staging a protest on January 31st to demand Covid sick pay. Porters and cleaners at the south London hospital are angry after their employer – private NHS contractor G4S – stopped paying Covid-positive hospital workers’ occupational sick pay. This means staff are forced to come into...
NATIONAL Nurses United held a National Day of Action on January 13th to demand their employers, and the Biden administration protect registered nurses (RNs), and all health care workers. Actions included a 6pm candlelight vigil in Washington, DC and a 1pm virtual press conference, featuring stories from frontline registered nurses...
THE TUC trade unions have a duty, and have the power to end the death agony of the Johnson government. Even bankers have remarked that today they have less power than lorry drivers, who if they use their power, can bring capitalism down. The trade unions must not just stand...
BEREAVED families, were joined by speakers from academia, sports, journalism and the arts at an event last Friday for a ‘Hillsborough Law Now’ event broadcast live on Facebook. This comes after the powerful ITV drama ‘Anne’, which tells the story of Anne Williams’ fight for justice for her son Kevin. Speakers...
GAS and electricity prices have gone through the roof leaving families unable to pay their bills, with hundreds of thousands sitting in freezing cold homes with the lights off because they simply cannot afford to heat or light their homes. Energy bills are expected to go up by as much...
AMID a steep surge in Covid-19 cases fuelled by the Omicron variant, thousands of nurses on Thursday staged nationwide protests against staff shortage in hospitals and nursing homes across the US. The protests were held under the banner of National Nurses United (NNU), a labour union with more than 175,000...
THE Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement strongly warns the Israeli regime and illegal settlers against keeping up their provocations in the holy occupied city of al-Quds. ‘Any attack on al-Quds will trigger a regional war,’ Al-Quds Al-Arabi, a pan-Arab daily, cited Khaled al-Batsh, one of the resistance group’s leaders, on...
US INFLATION rate hit 7% last month – the highest since Ronald Reagan was president in 1982 – making it the seventh consecutive month in which inflation has gone above 5% and it is causing panic in the Federal Reserve Bank. In the past, the US central bank has dismissed...
TWO TORY MPs, Sir Roger Gale and Douglas Ross, have publicly confirmed that they have submitted a letter of no confidence in the prime minister, out of the 54 needed to spark a vote. However, the MP for Hazel Grove since 2015 and vice-chair of the 1922 Committee is suspected...
THE TORY government is dumping the National Health Service (NHS), the publicly funded healthcare system in the UK. It is seeking help from private health companies to deliver critical treatments such as cancer surgery, as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 keeps surging amid a healthcare staff shortage. Health Secretary Sajid Javid...
BORIS Johnson opened prime minister’s question time yesterday by apologising for giving the impression that lockdown rules, imposed by his Tory government, had not been followed when he attended a party in the gardens of Downing Street in May 2020 at the height of the Covid pandemic. He apologised that...
PM JOHNSON yesterday apologised for attending an illegal drinks party in the Downing Street garden while millions of people were under lockdown, and making huge sacrifices in the struggle against the Covid virus, with over 150,000 UK deaths now currently recorded. He told the House of Commons: ‘Mr Speaker, I...
LABOUR refused to demand Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation yesterday, following the revelation that he held a party in his Downing Street garden on 20th May, 2020, to which 100 people were invited and told to ‘Bring Your Own Booze’. In fact, the PM did not even turn up...
HEAD of Hezbollah’s Executive Council, Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, has lashed out at Saudi claims that the Lebanese Resistance movement ‘risks Arab national security’. Speaking at an event in Lebanon on Sunday, Safieddine ‘wondered’ if the national security of the Gulf states is the ‘same as that of the United States...
THE capitalist system is now poised to go into its greatest ever crisis and crash because of its mountains of debt. Workers face massive joblessness, huge price increases and poverty as this crisis develops. Today, the capitalist system’s bourgeois ideologists are saying that the UK and US bosses are faced...
BILLS are set to rise by 50% in April when the latest change to the energy price cap takes effect, it emerged yesterday, while Age UK warns that vulnerable people risk freezing to death in their homes. Experts have predicted that rising wholesale costs will drive up bills by so...