Lidl – knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing

From Ferrier Estate to Kidbrooke Village: Decoding a ‘Place in the Making’

“The irony here is that the marginalisation and social inequality, which is claimed to be solved through the improved architecture of new developments like Kidbrooke Village, is also more widely exasperated by this process of regeneration, through its nationally marketed rhetoric that reinforces the negative ideas which, in recent decades, have come to be embodied in the decaying concrete of these neglected buildings.”


Kidbrooke Village is a one billion pound, one hundred and nine hectare residential development, under construction in London’s Royal Borough of Greenwich, by the developer Berkeley Homes. Described as ‘the largest residential development in the UK outside the Olympic games area’[1], when Kidbrooke Village is completed in 2030 it will comprise 4,763 homes set within four new neighbourhoods, a ‘village square’ with shops, restaurants, a supermarket, community health centre and ‘village hall’, a train station and a primary school, all linked by a new park that will connect to the existing Blackheath and Sutcliffe parks.[2]

Kidbrooke Village is presented by Berkeley Homes, the Greater London Authority and the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council as a regeneration project, which followed the Council’s decision in 2001 to demolish and redevelop the site of the Ferrier estate.[3]

The Ferrier, completed in 1972, was typical of other post modern social…

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Calais Migrant Solidarity

How to (nearly) incite a riot: Lessons from the French police in the Jungle

On Tuesday the Calais police made a dangerous move to fuel violence in an already-tense moment in the Jungle. If violence erupts, the state will have the blood on their hands. For now, the communities in the Jungle have refused to rise to the bait.

On Monday night, conflict broke out on the motorway near Marck, between predominantly Afghan and Sudanese groups attempting to make the crossing to the UK. The police were called in with water cannons to disperse the crowd. In the course of the evening, 15 Sudanese were hospitalised and one was killed. The exact circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear.
On Tuesday, a gang of at least 20 cops – some CRS, some Police Judiciare – entered the Jungle at approximately 6pm. They marched to the intersection on the main road where…

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Narrm / Melbourne: Graffiti for the Week of International Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners

Received on 29.08.16: Slogans painted around inner-city Narrm / Melbourne,  so-called ‘Australia’ as a minimum contribution to the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prison…

Source: Narrm / Melbourne: Graffiti for the Week of International Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners

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Greece: A contribution to the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners

Received on 29.08.16: Contribution to the international call for solidarity with the imprisoned anarchist comrades (August 23-30) As a contribution to the international call for solidarity with the…

Source: Greece: A contribution to the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners

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Call for the latest telephone blockade of Laibaz restaurant, Bolton – Saturday September 3, 6pm-10pm – 01204 227 649.

solfedManchester Solidarity Federation’s dispute with Laibaz restaurant in Bolton continues and we would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the successful blockades on July 23 and August 6 & 20. After the last blockade, SF members covered the centre of Bolton, including Laibaz, with posters demanding the owner pay what he owes.

As a reminder, a number of former employees at Laibaz are owed wages for hours worked and holiday entitlement. The owner, Sunar Alom, has paid workers at an hourly rate below the minimum wage and has failed to provide pay slips. Sunar Alom has also failed to provide P45s when workers have left their jobs at Laibaz. He has yet to enter into dialogue with us to resolve this dispute, refusing to pay the monies owed, and insisting he has done nothing wrong.

Manchester Solidarity Federation’s campaign is aimed at recovering all the monies owed and ensuring that Sunar Alom acts within the law and treats his employees with more respect in the future. The campaign now includes postering / leafletting in the vicinity of Laibaz, as well as poor reviews of Laibaz on Trip Adviser (see below).

The campaign therefore continues with another phone blockade on Saturday September 3, aimed at preventing “take away” orders. We again request that you repeatedly phone Laibaz on (01204) 227 649 any time between the hours of 6pm and 10pm in order to block the line and prevent take away orders getting through.

Should you get through to the restaurant, we ask that you put the phone down and redial, or state “pay the workers what they are owed” and then redial. Remember that the person who answers is most likely another worker, not the owner, so please do not be abusive or hostile towards them.

We are now also asking supporters to leave poor reviews of Laibaz on Trip Adviser [click here]. Please do not directly mention the dispute in your review or it will probably be removed. Instead, make a generic complaint, for example about hygiene standards or the behaviour of the manager or disappointing food / service. Sunar is known to frequent Trip Advisor regularly to read reviews and seems to be paranoid about bad reviews.

Please support us. This kind of contempt for workers is growing in Britain and has to be challenged. We also ask that you spread the blockade to as many of your contacts as possible and to ask them to do likewise.


Swindon Radical Bookfair: Saturday 17th September 2016.


Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch. Celebrate Palestine day Saturday 17th Sept, New Members Welcome Session 1st Oct..

Dear All,

I am pleased to be able to inform you all that we will be holding a Celebrate Palestine day in Southampton on Saturday 17th September, 11am-4pm.

The programme for the day will include a film “Where Should the Birds Fly?” made by and for the children of Gaza, a talk by Glyn Secker – a leading member of Jews for Justice for Justice for Palestinians, live Palestinian music, and a further talk and discussion on the idea of a single democratic state by Professor Haim Bresheeth who teaches at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Salma Karmi-Ayyoub who is co-chair of the British legal charity Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights.

The event will be held at the Friends Meeting House, Ordnance Road, Southampton, SO15 2AZ.

The event is open to everyone and is completely free of charge. Please come along if you are able and invite any friends and family that may be interested. If you have a Facebook Page please do consider sharing our events page on your own Facebook page and even inviting people along that you think may be interested. See:

A fortnight later, on Saturday 1st October, we will be holding a New Members Welcome Session at 1a Diamond Hill, Bitterne Park, Southampton, SO18 1JF from 10.30am – 12.30pm.

This will be an opportunity to meet informally with current members of Southampton PSC over tea/coffee, to learn about the type of activities we engage in and to share thought and ideas. If you would like to attend or have any questions please contact Cathryn who will be hosting the event.

Adam Waterhouse Branch Secretary – Southampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign




Trial By Triage – how they profit from other peoples misery (12 August)

scottish unemployed workers' network


This week’s report is dominated by cases generated by the private firm, Triage, which advertises its services on its website in the following glowing terms:

‘Founded by Kate Carnegie MBE in 1998, the company has grown to become one of the most successful Scottish private sector welfare-to-work companies in the UK. Its mission is to develop new and innovative approaches to employment and training that work for both individuals and companies alike.’

The difference between the firm’s rhetoric and the reality of the kind of ‘service’ (sic) they actually provide, can be demonstrated by this observation, from the pages of a Scottish Left review article;

‘A BBC documentary illustrated how staff of Triage (a sub-contractor of Ingeus and Working Links) in Aberdeen referred to clients of the Work Programme as LTBs – code for ‘lying, thieving bastards’. The documentary also reiterated that staff were told not to spend much time…

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Hunger, Homelessness and Despair, The Stark Reality of the Benefit Cap

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benefit-cap2It is hard to imagine a more poisonous piece of legislation than the lowered Benefit Cap, set to be introduced this Autumn, which will plunge quarter of a million children into desperate housing insecurity and possible homelessness.

This will be the third time that the Benefit Cap – which limits the weekly amount that can be received in benefits – has been lowered in just five years.  In 2011 George Osborne capped Housing Benefit in a sweeping move which made much of central London unaffordable for those unable to work due to childcare responsibilities, sickness or unemployment.  Then in 2013 benefits were capped further, at £500 a week for a family with children, extending the problem of unaffordability out to Greater London, the Home Counties and beyond, with many large cities seeing families affected.  And now the cap is to be lowered again, to around £440 a week in London…

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