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Climate not Trident – Kate Hudson, CND

"Every penny of the £205 billion that the UK government is spending on replacing Trident is money that should be spent on combating the climate emergency" By Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Nuclear annihilation and climate catastrophe are the two biggest threats to human existence. This has been confirmed by…

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The Global Challenge of COP26 – Roger McKenzie, Liberation

"There is an urgency to move beyond the usual fake promises and half-hearted commitments that usually accompany these events. For the people of the Global South COP26 represents one of the last remaining opportunities to save their lives." By Roger Mckenzie, general secretary of Liberation, and long time union and anti-racist organiser.      Last year…

The Hancock debacle has damaged the UNECA and the credibility and the standing of its Executive Secretary – Third World Network Africa

"Ms. Vera Songwe’s ill-judged decision to appoint Mr. Hancock and her celebration of his competence and value in the face of evidence to the contrary are beyond parody." Coordinated by the Third World Network Africa & Crisis Action, over 60 African bodies, officials, activists and academics have signed an open letter criticising the "ill-judged" decision…

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Socialist Campaign Group MPs slam Sunak’s budget speech

"It’s clear that for all the rhetoric on ‘levelling up’ or ‘building back better’, the Tory plan for the economy remains as it always was – defending the profits of the banks and the big businesses at the expense of both people and planet." By Same Browse, Streatham CLP & Arise Volunteer. Yesterday, Rishi Sunak delivered his…

To end the lacklustre polling, Labour needs to tell a story rooted in people’s experience – and offer solutions that face-up to the multiple crises we face.

"Rather than provide an alternative, debate-shaping economic and political narrative, the Labour leadership is speaking in terms of a miasmic set of values, attributes, and abstract concepts" By Sam Browse, Streatham CLP & Arise Volunteer. The dust has settled on party conference season, with parliament reconvening last week. While politicians and pundits can sometimes wrongly speak as…

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The Tories’ wage offer doesn’t cut it, we need much bolder action – Shona Jemphrey, Momentum

"Workers in this country are overdue a proper pay rise, and have been for more than a decade. Wage stagnation is the worst it’s been in over 200 years." By Shona Jemphrey, Momentum National Coordinating Group. On Wednesday, Rishi Sunak will announce his autumn budget. One thing that is not expected to be included, but…

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What women need from the Comprehensive Spending Review – Ruth Hayes, Labour Women Leading

"The Tories are using elements of the language of the labour movement, whilst actually pouring money into the pockets of cronies and donors and pushing our public services into melt down." By Ruth Hayes, Labour Women Leading & Unite Executive Committee. On Wednesday, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, will announce the outcome of the comprehensive spending…

Rebuilding Bolivia, one year on from victory over the coup regime – Miriam Amancay COLQUE

"Indigenous people were killed in Sacaba, Senkata, Pedregal, Montero, Betanzos... [the Coup Regime] bankrupted the economy, looting and corruption was their calling card." Miriam Amancay COLQUE is a indigenous Aymara woman, Bolivian activist for Bartolina Sisa Resistance and former trade unionist. She gave a passionate speech highlighting the repression and violence of the coup regime,…

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No cheap way to save cash starved NHS – John Listen, Health Campaigns Together

"Huge sums are being mis-spent. NHS England’s plan to spend up to £10 billion over 4 years sending NHS patients to private hospitals is short-sighted and inadequate." By John Lister, Editor of Health Campaigns Together and co-editor The Lowdown Almost everybody but ministers and right wing Tory fundamentalists can see the NHS is on the…

System Change is possible If we confront the companies, corporations and governments profiting from the climate crisis – Juliana Moraes, Washington Brazil Office

"Private agricultural conglomerates like Cargil, a US based company, and investment giants like Blackstone are the forefront of the deforestation in the Amazon and other parts of Brazil." Juliana Moraes, executive director of the Washington Brazil Office, details the destructive agenda being implemented by far-right President Bolsonaro and his corporate backers. This call for international…