Lessons from the Lucas Plan – Don’t waste working class creativity on Labour and the state

Angry Workers of the World

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Some of us take part in the ’40 years of Lucas Plan’ conference in Birmingham
(http://lucasplan.org.uk/)

See leaflet below

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One of our grandfathers was a manual worker at Lucas in the Bedford battery plant during the 1970s. He arrived from Punjab in the 1960s and worked in industrial jobs until his retirement. Like many other manual workers, he was left pretty untouched by the Lucas Plan at the time. While this might seem like an individual story, behind it lies more general problems. In light of the current resurgence of leftist politics trying to rekindle trust into the Labour party (or other parties) amongst workers, we want to use the opportunity to write down some basic thoughts on the subject…

1) The Lucas Plan was proof of workers’ potential to run production themselves, with the wider social and environmental good in mind.

2) The Lucas Plan was also proof…

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Red And Black Telly: SOCIAL CLEANSING, RIGHT-WING POPULISM, REVOLUTION

Save Devon’s NHS Rally Exeter 3rd December 2016

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Assembly points and map

12:00  Princesshay, EX1 1 Exeter, Devon. farcebook

Defend Democracy in Turkey! March in London, 12pm, 11 Dec

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

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Defend Democracy in Turkey as Dictator Erdogan & AKP Attempt to Destroy all Opposition including HDP, Trade Unions, Women’s organisations, Media and NGOs! Unite on this Day of Action to ‘Defend Democracy in Turkey’.
In Turkey on 7 June 2015, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, HDP received more than 6 million votes across the political and cultural spectrum and prevented the governing AK Party from gaining a majority. This prevented Erdogan from creating an executive presidential system. Since then Erdogan has unilaterally ended negotiations for a political resolution to the Kurdish question, and the Turkish state have declared war on all progressive opposition forces united under the umbrella of the HDP.Kurds, Armenians, Arabs, Assyrians, Turks, Alawites, Sunnis, secularists, feminists, workers, students and LGBTI groups all unite under the banner of the HDP. By uniting these diverse constituencies under the banner of democratising Turkey, the HDP became the 3rd largest party in…

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Bolton, Egham and Glasgow

Anti-Fascist Network

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Today saw anti-fascists confront a “no more mosques” demo in Bolton in Greater Manchester. Former BNP activist Bryn Morgan, the organiser of the demo, stated it was “not a racist protest” despite it being absolutely stuffed with overt Nazis such as the repugnant National Action and North West Infidels pulling sieg heil salutes.

Luckily the assembled anti-fascists significantly outnumbered the racists.

According to Manchester Anti-Fascists who mobilised for the demo: “A small group of Nazis from minuscule various groups and some assorted local racists were kettled by the police while being pelted by abuse and missiles from locals and antifascists.”

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Payers of $8.4 million for false claims Universal Health Services take over Cygnet Health Care for £205 Million.

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Cygnet Health Care is one of the three controlling providers of mental health services in England.

In 2014 Cygnet was bought by USA’s Universal Health Services (UHS) for £205 million..
http://www.healthinvestor.co.uk/ShowArticle.aspx?ID=4285

Cygnet Health Care then increased UHS’s UK mental health footprint by a £95 million acquisition of Alpha Hospitals .

http://www.healthinvestor.co.uk/ShowArticle.aspx?ID=4274&search=Alpha

In September 2012, UHS, and its subsidiaries, Keystone Education and Youth Services LLC and Keystone Marion LLC,Keystone Marion Youth Center, agreed to pay over $6.9 million, to settle allegations that they had submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicaid.

Between October 2004 and March 2010, these subsidiaries, had provided substandard psychiatric counselling and treatment to adolescents in breach of Medicaid requirements.

And, the United States alleged, that UHS had falsely represented Keystone Marion Youth Centre, as a residential treatment facility, providing inpatient psychiatric services to Medicaid enrolled children, when in fact, it was a juvenile detention facility.

It further…

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