Resistance Begins at Home: The Housing and Planning Act

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London’s housing crisis is at a crossroads. The Conservative Government’s Housing and Planning Bill has passed to an Act. We have a new Labour Mayor, elected on a manifesto promise to build 50,000 new homes a year on demolished council estate land. David Cameron will soon launch his Blitzkrieg campaign on 100 so-called ‘sink estates’ across England, many of which will be in the capital. The London Land Commission is compiling a statutory register of brownfield land suitable for redevelopment that includes existing local authority housing estates. And the estate demolition plans drawn up by real estate firm Savills that threaten the council homes of over 400,000 Londoners are ready to be implemented through London Labour Councils. It seems necessary, therefore, to take stock of where we are, where we are going, and what we need both to do and stop doing in order to start doing something about it.

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Can the middle class left ***k off right now please?

THE SOUTH ESSEX HECKLER

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The ‘anti-UKIP’ poster depicted above enough pretty much sums up everything that’s wrong with elements of the middle class left who have no conception of what working class life is like. This kind of anti-working class bile can only come from a political tendency who are wrapped up in their own skewed version of identity politics and who have abandoned any attempt at understanding class dynamics and conflict in 21st century Britain. Not only have they abandoned any mention of class, particularly the working class – they also appear to have no coherent understanding of the crisis of late stage capitalism that’s grinding working class people into the ground. Basically, this is the kind of naïve, finger pointing, self righteous, moralising, anti-working class shite that makes our piss boil!

As we’ve stated many times, back in our IWCA days we did the hard yards in canvassing predominantly white working class…

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In the interests of balance…

See Mal Content for the (A)xit case

THE SOUTH ESSEX HECKLER

To the casual observer, it seems that pretty much all of the arguments for voting to leave the EU in the referendum on June 23rd are coming from the right. There have been some convincing cases to vote to leave the EU made from a radical / left wing perspective but given the totally skewed nature of the UK media, they’re not being given an airing. So as a service to all of you, we’re going to do our level best to address the balance by posting up some links advocating a radical / left case for leaving the EU…

Classic Planet Fear Tactics (Morning Star)http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a430-Classic-Planet-Fear-tactics
The left must put Britain’s EU withdrawal on the agenda (Owen Jones – The Guardian)http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/14/left-reject-eu-greece-eurosceptic
Left-wing euroscepticism: a condensed primer (Democratic Left Network)http://www.democraticleftnetwork.com/#!Leftwing-euroscepticism-a-condensed-primer/il2i0/5702776b0cf27cb8ad18ea89
Party like it’s 1975: how the Left got Eurosceptic all over again (New Statesman)

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Red & Black Telly: REFERENDUM 3 – Exit? Remain? or BOYCOTT? + Anti-University

The hospital funding crisis…. and sleeping in a waiting room – the NHS this week

Sentinel News

By Richard Grimes

Privatisation

A private Surrey-based ambulance company, E-Zec, is to take over the contract to transport hundreds of NHS patients a day across North Staffordshire to hospital.

A terminally ill pensioner missed a potentially life-changing hospital appointment at Bognor Hospital because the transport provided by the private company Coperforma did not turn up.

A&E

People are being advised to use alternatives to A&E at the Royal Stoke University Hospital if their condition is not an emergency.

A patient was told by staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham that patients could either leave or sleep overnight in a waiting room as no-one would be seen for seven hours.

Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry is warning city residents to attend A&E only if they have a real medical emergency. The trust has missed the A&E four-hour target for six months in a row.

Northampton General Hospital reported a huge increase…

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Last “whites” of the East End

The revolution will be streamed

So, after a great NUJ meeting with a brilliantly ethnic diverse turn-out, I turn on the TV and the BBC is showing “Last Whites of the East End“. Despite being fully aware it would annoy me, I watched it. I’ve been trying to think of something to blog about, so here’s another blog about history.

According to the programme, “white British” people are leaving the East London and it’s the end of the “good old East End”. This needs serious unpicking.

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The tactics of Exit voting

This piece goes to the heart of the dilemma some anarchists are experiencing, which stems from the confusion between the balance of revolutionary opportunities, and the likely balance of political forces – the relative fortunes of parties and personalities. The latter is not something we should concern ourselves with. It’s all part of the ‘society of the spectacle’!

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For any readers missing the argument for a left exit vote in the coming referendum, here’s one I prepared earlier. In the EU’s rush to take austerity positions since 2008, the budget mechanisms of the EU have been reimagined and the Commission and the ECB have become devices for forcing cuts on the poorer European states. It is a condition of continued membership that budgets are submitted to the EU each year and there they are scrutinised to ensure a continuous process of cuts, privatisation and diminished collective bargaining. In Ireland, Greece and Spain, EU policies are leading to a rapid diminution of union bargaining, and if these are the worst affected, the direction of travel is the same all across the continent.

That said, while I can recognise that the left exit position can have a principled basis, it’s problem if anything is that it is too principled. I have yet to encounter a left exit argument which finds…

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