Spain: after the nationalist debacle, unite the working class

ON OCTOBER 27, the Catalan Parliament declared independence by 70 to 10, with 55 abstentions. The Spanish state responded by removing the Catalan First Minister and his government from office, dissolving the Parliament, and assuming control of the region’s government, police and media.New elections have been called for December 21. Until then, Soraya Sáenz de … Continue reading Spain: after the nationalist debacle, unite the working class

Farcical Irish Labour Society AGM hijacked by the Right

ON OCTOBER 25th the Labour Party Irish Society (LPIS) held its AGM under tight security at Portcullis House in Westminster reports. Past the airport style searches at the entrance, leading to hour long queues outside the door, was a team of Progress apparatchiks attempting to prevent entry to anybody who wasn’t a Blairite MP or … Continue reading Farcical Irish Labour Society AGM hijacked by the Right

Rally to defend democracy in Catalonia, Spain and Europe!

IN CATALONIA, the Madrid government's refusal to grant bail to the “two Jordis”, Jordi Sánchez chairman of the ANC and Jordi Cuixart, chairman of Òmnium Cultural, and the threats to dissolve Catalonia’s Parliament and arrest its President, have been met with the largest demonstrations yet.Half a million marched in Barcelona, with tens of thousands more … Continue reading Rally to defend democracy in Catalonia, Spain and Europe!

Academy collapses: students, parents and teachers among the debris

JUST DAYS into the new term Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) announced, out of the blue, that it was pulling out of 21 schools, throwing the academic lives of thousands of children across Yorkshire into limbo.The National Education Union (NEU, formed by the merger of NUT and ATL) has led the community response. At a … Continue reading Academy collapses: students, parents and teachers among the debris