Solidarity with Manchester: only socialism can stop this barbarism

Solidarity with Manchester today: this was an act of repulsive barbarism against innocents, many of them children. I was set to see a gig in the Arena myself in under a month’s time – the thought makes me shudder. As with the assassination of Jo Cox, there is a pressure to remain ‘above politics’ in Read more about Solidarity with Manchester: only socialism can stop this barbarism[…]

Abolish tuition fees! All out for a Corbyn victory! Register to vote today!

The Labour Party under Corbyn’s leadership pledged today that tuition fees would be entirely abolished in time for students starting university in the autumn of 2018. And that, in addition, those who start university in autumn 2017 would have their first year of fees written off, and that there would be no further obligations to Read more about Abolish tuition fees! All out for a Corbyn victory! Register to vote today![…]

Southampton University Conservatives attack nurses

This is a screenshot from the Southampton Conservative Society group chat. This is what our campus’ Tories think about nurses. Nurses currently work in appalling conditions in an NHS that has been underfunded and attacked by the Tory government. The arrogance and ignorance of the comment is that unlike students, nurses often have to care Read more about Southampton University Conservatives attack nurses[…]

Southampton students’ union needs to get political

At the start of this month, a senior lecturer at Southampton University shared an article on Facebook about low morale amongst UCL staff. The article blamed the low morale on the university management. In the post that accompanied the shared link the lecturer wrote a quote from the article “UCL is being run for business Read more about Southampton students’ union needs to get political[…]

Marx’s Capital in a day

September 2017 marks the 150th anniversary since the first publication of “Das Kapital” – Karl Marx’s masterpiece of political economy. With this magnum opus, Marx revolutionised our understanding of the capitalist system, uncovering and explaining its inner processes and inherent contradictions. Following the financial crash of 2008, and with capitalism today stuck in a seemingly Read more about Marx’s Capital in a day[…]

Setbacks for the Left at NUS: students must fight back with socialism!

Nick Hallsworth (a Marxist student delegate) reports on NUS Conference 2017 where a well-prepared right wing outmanoeuvred the Left. Nick explains where the student Left needs to go from here. The National Union of Students’ 2017 conference (held from April 25 to 27 in Brighton) was deeply divided. Since the election in 2016 of Malia Bouttia Read more about Setbacks for the Left at NUS: students must fight back with socialism![…]

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United Airlines has made our choice clearer than ever: socialism or barbarism!

The world was horrified by a video emerging from a United Airlines flight at O’Hare international airport in Chicago, showing 69-year-old grandfather and physician Dr David Dao being forcibly dragged from the overbooked plane by the police. Having been asked to leave the plane, Dr Dao refused on the grounds that he had to return Read more about United Airlines has made our choice clearer than ever: socialism or barbarism![…]

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NUS Conference 2017: Day three round-up

The last day of the NUS national conference saw intense factional fighting over a democratic reform motion, capping off an intensely divided conference. After speeches decrying the underhanded and at times aggressive tactics of campaigners, including personal attacks and racism, as well as an impassioned warning against depoliticisation, conference discussed a motion that aimed at Read more about NUS Conference 2017: Day three round-up[…]

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NUS Conference 2017: Day two round-up

Incumbent Malia Bouattia loses to Shakira Martin for NUS president after only a year in power! Martin drew attention to her professionalism, expert research, unity and credibility in representing further education, working with institutions to win reforms etc. Making a big U-turn from her left-wing credentials in the past year, she has shared a platform Read more about NUS Conference 2017: Day two round-up[…]

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NUS Conference 2017: Day one round-up

Developments on first day of conference: Speeches from a founder of Black Lives Matter, and a Syrian refugee, along with a clip demonstrating the dangers refugees face in travelling to the West. Delegates voted to educate and mobilise around the general election, register voters, educate students on key issues and pressure politicians (with an amendment Read more about NUS Conference 2017: Day one round-up[…]

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NUS Conference 2017 begins in Brighton: Expect daily updates from Marxist Student

Student delegates from all over the country have arrived in Brighton for the National Union of Students’ annual conference. With the recent shock announcement of a snap general election and rekindled controversy over alleged antisemitism, this promises to be an explosive event. Motions up for debate include proposals to defend political organisation on campus, fight Read more about NUS Conference 2017 begins in Brighton: Expect daily updates from Marxist Student[…]