International students left to starve

The COVID pandemic has shone a light on how international students are treated as cash cows. As a result of the ongoing marketisation of education, international students are forced to pay eye-watering amounts with little support from universities. Whilst many assumed that international students come from rich backgrounds and families, this is not always the case. There is a significant layer of working class international students, with parents who saved and struggled Read more…

2020: A Year in Review and an interview with an A Level student!

Across the world, events are moving at a rapid pace. The last few years have shown an increasing amount of politicisation, especially amongst young people and the working class. Revolutionary movement after revolutionary movement has exploded onto the streets, reflecting the volatility of the global situation. COVID has exacerbated this, exposing the contradictions of capitalism. At the time of writing, over 100,000 people have died from COVID in Britain. It is clear Read more…

#tellthetruth – The Peterloo Massacre

The Peterloo Massacre of 1819 was a massive historical moment in the North of England. Working class people from all over Greater Manchester came together in their tens of thousands in protest for reforms.  The French revolution was still fresh in mind for the British ruling class. Fearing these events could trigger a repeat on English grounds, they sent soldiers into the North to keep things in control. The soldiers ended up Read more…

Biggest-ever Marxist Student Federation conference: Join the revolution!

Last weekend, on Saturday 13 February, over 200 students met online for the Marxist Student Federation’s biggest conference yet. Capitalism is in a deep crisis. The COVID pandemic has revealed the callousness and cruelty of the ruling class. The appetite for revolutionary ideas on campus is growing rapidly. The rent strike emerging is the biggest student movement in a decade, bringing with it a new layer of radicalised youth. The Marxist Student Read more…

Tell the Truth: Britain and the slave trade

In 2014, then Tory prime minister David Cameron told Mail On Sunday readers that Britain “was the country that helped abolish slavery.” This lie has been perpetuated for nearly two centuries. History records that the British slave trade was abolished in 1807. What is scarcely mentioned is that colonial slavery under British rule continued for decades to come. Over 700,000 humans remained under the rule of the whip in the British Caribbean; Read more…

Students asked to raise money for their own mental health fund while VC pockets change

Following on from last year’s plea for Alumni to donate to crowdfund a COVID-19 hardship fund, Loughborough University last week announced their newest fundraising initiative. “The £10k Challenge” , is attempting to get staff and students to do a sponsored walk to raise a total of £10,000 to fund their own mental healthcare! This sum, barely over the tuition fee of a single student for one year, clearly shows two things. Firstly, Read more…

The pandemic in children’s mental health

The last 12 months have seen the impact Coronavirus is set to have questioned regularly. It can be measured in ICU overcapacity, case numbers, and excess deaths.However, it is clear that there is much more to this story. Another very real and tangible impact that the Tories’ terrible response to this crisis has caused is a surge in serious mental health problems for young people. The government claims they are doing their Read more…

Tell the Truth – Ireland, England’s First Colony

In British schools the systematic exploitation and oppression of the Irish people over eight centuries is ignored. Ireland has been subject to conquest and reconquest by its English neighbour since Norman times. The rise of capitalism in England gave these conquests a savage character. It was the English Revolution of 1642-1649 that brought the English capitalists to power. Oliver Cromwell and the New Model Army led a revolution that ended in the Read more…

Santiago Rising – Screening and Q+A

Nick MacWilliam “Santiago Rising takes place on the streets of Chile’s capital city in late 2019, as large public protests over economic inequality engulf the country. The film charts the build-up to the historic vote, in October 2020, that saw Chileans vote for a new people’s constitution to replace the one imposed during the brutal Pinochet dictatorship. It examines how a movement which began as a high school students’ protest over transport fares evolved Read more…

Rent strike reports

The MSF is intervening in rent strikes up and down the country. On the ground, we have been supporting and building for the strikes wholeheartedly. We have been raising our own demands (which can be found in this article) and argued for the strikes to be connected with the wider fight for free education.