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The ghost of Christmas parties past – weekly briefing

The ghost of Christmas parties past – weekly briefing

Opinion December 5, 2021

Lindsey German on Tory double standards and Sir Keir’s relentless rightwards steer  

Vaccine imperialism: A global threat

Vaccine imperialism: A global threat

Opinion December 4, 2021

Leaving a vast section of the world’s population unvaccinated can only create the basis for the virus to spread and mutate, argues John Clarke

Clarks victory: workers bring bosses to heel - News from the Frontline

Clarks victory: workers bring bosses to heel - News from the Frontline

Latest News December 3, 2021

Counterfire’s weekly digest with the latest on strikes and workplace struggles

Nothing to Lose but Our Chains: Work and Resistance in Twenty-First-Century Britain - book review

Nothing to Lose but Our Chains: Work and Resistance in Twenty-First-Century Britain - book review

Book Reviews December 2, 2021

Nothing to Lose but Our Chains is a historically informed and wide-ranging discussion of work and resistance in the present day, finds Lindsey German ...

Establishment ideological contradictions and the left

Establishment ideological contradictions and the left

Analysis November 29, 2021

The left must develop class positions independent of establishment ideologies if it is to end the toxic nature of recent debates and successfully challenge oppr...

Fund the Fightback: Help us launch a brand-new website

Fund the Fightback: Help us launch a brand-new website

Video November 16, 2021

Counterfire is launching a new website. As the struggle grows, socialist organisation and analysis is crucial. Help fund the fightback. ...

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Why is there never enough money for the NHS? – explainer

Why is there never enough money for the NHS? – explainer

The NHS lurches from crisis to crisis. In this explainer, Alia Butt analyses why

December 6, 2021 Alia Butt

Spread the action: A striking scaffolder speaks

Spread the action: A striking scaffolder speaks

Scunthorpe scaffolders entering their tenth week of strike send a strong message to greedy bosses everywhere

December 4, 2021 Kyle Jones

Manchester marches with striking lecturers

Manchester marches with striking lecturers

Hundreds rallied and marched through Manchester on the last day of the UCU strike in a big show of solidarity, reports Chris Neville

December 4, 2021 Chris Neville

The fight has just begun: Day 3 of #UCUstrike

The fight has just begun: Day 3 of #UCUstrike

Counterfire reports on the third day of UCU strikes from university picket lines around the country

December 3, 2021 Counterfire

Building a coalition of resistance against the Tories

Building a coalition of resistance against the Tories

Anger, joy and even revolution were in the air, as Manchester People’s Assembly brought together a wide array of campaigns wanting to build the resistance, repo...

December 3, 2021 Martin Hall

Picket lines and picket signs: Day 2 of #UCUstrike

Picket lines and picket signs: Day 2 of #UCUstrike

Counterfire reports on the second day of UCU strikes from university picket lines around the country

December 2, 2021 Counterfire

Sun sets on relic of Empire in Barbados - Counterblast

Sun sets on relic of Empire in Barbados - Counterblast

Renewed republicanism in the West Indies should be another nail in the coffin of the British monarchy, writes Sean Ledwith

December 2, 2021 Sean Ledwith

Why we strike, how we win

Why we strike, how we win

Counterfire UCU members on the university strikes this week and the battle ahead

December 2, 2021 Counterfire UCU members

Theory

Why is there never enough money for the NHS? – explainer

Why is there never enough money for the NHS? – explainer

The NHS lurches from crisis to crisis. In this explainer, Alia Butt analyses why

December 6, 2021 Alia Butt

Can we avert climate chaos and meet people’s needs? - explainer

Can we avert climate chaos and meet people’s needs? - explainer

As Cop26 approaches, Feyzi Ismail explains why it looks unlikely to deliver and outlines a socialist approach to averting climate catastrophe  ...

October 26, 2021 Feyzi Ismail

Tony Cliff: Roots of Israel’s violence

Tony Cliff: Roots of Israel’s violence

We repost Tony Cliff's 1982 article on Zionism and the foundations of the state of Israel, introduced by Alex Snowdon

June 6, 2021 Tony Cliff, Introduction by Alex Snowdon

Why does the Labour Party fail? - explainer

Why does the Labour Party fail? - explainer

Alex Snowdon dissects the root of Labour's failures as a party that's meant to represent working people

October 27, 2020 Alex Snowdon

What is imperialism? - explainer

What is imperialism? - explainer

Dragan Plavšić examines the roots of imperialism and how to oppose it

September 8, 2020 Dragan Plavšić

Books

The Last Witches of England. A Tragedy of Sorcery and Superstition - book review

The Last Witches of England. A Tragedy of Sorcery and Superstition - book review

A study of the last witchcraft executions in England is very revealing about the roots of witch-panics in conflicts fuelled by capitalism and the state, argues ...

November 25, 2021 Elaine Graham-Leigh

The Making of the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985: A Memoir - book review

The Making of the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985: A Memoir - book review

A memoir by a senior civil servant on the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement opens a window on how the establishment rules, finds Chris Bambery

November 18, 2021 Chris Bambery

Philosophers with No Clothes: A Review of The War Against Marxism

Philosophers with No Clothes: A Review of The War Against Marxism

Tony McKenna’s new book is an important defence of Marxism, against thinkers who have confused and obscured its revolutionary core, argues Chris Nineham ...

November 11, 2021 Chris Nineham