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FIGHT FOR SOCIALISM

The ‘Great Recession’ has already led to millions of jobs being lost across the world. According to the International Labor Organisation, in the US alone 7.2 million jobs have been lost in less than two years.

In Northern Ireland, the speculation and profiteering of wealthy business people and property developers has led to a jobs massacre, particularly in construction. The real number of people unemployed is 111,000 when you include those classified as being economically inactive but looking for work. That means unemployment now stands at 14%!

Michael Moore’s Assault on Capitalism

What is the Alternative?
By Dan DiMaggio, Socialist Alternative (CWI USA)

Michael Moore’s new film, Capitalism: A Love Story, opens with a simple message: “Capitalism is evil,” and must be replaced with a system that puts the interests of ordinary people over profit.
Moore calls this movie “the culmination of all the films I’ve ever made.” In his previous films, he focused on specific industries like health insurance (Sicko) or corporations like General Motors (Roger & Me). But in Capitalism, Moore shows how the problems we face are systemic in nature, rather than the product of a few bad apples or a handful of evil corporations.

Tommy Sheridan – a socialist fighter on a worker’s wage

Glasgow North East by-election
By Ray Gunnion, International Socialists (CWI in Scotland)

Tommy Sheridan is standing in the Glasgow North East by-election on 12 November. Standing as a “Workers’ MP on a Worker’s Wage” for Solidarity – Scotland’s Socialist Movement – Tommy contrasts strongly with the disgraced former incumbent, Michael Martin (now Lord Martin of Springburn), whose resignation as Speaker and as an MP, triggered this by-election, in an area that has been represented by Labour since 1935.

News in brief – October 2009

Electricity price rip-off – More pay rises for the rich – £106 million wasted on consultants – Bosses spell out attacks on third level education – Scrap Invest NI

By Owen McCracken, Socialist Party

NIE’s decision to cut electricity bills by a mere 5% from October will mean little to those currently living in fuel poverty in Northern Ireland. After electricity prices rocketed by 52% between July 2008 and January 2009, NIE has now reduced bills by a mere 15.8% over a period when wholesale fuels costs have fallen by 40%. This situation is a direct result of privatisation. As householders are being ripped off this company is exploiting its monopoly position to make huge profits. The only way to provide affordable energy is to bring NIE back into public ownership and run it democratically in the interests of ordinary working people.