Tackling the mental health crisis
Mental health services continue to be so overwhelmed by demand that people seeking help routinely face long waiting lists to access the treatment they need.
Bunting suspension won’t stop far-right
Jolene Bunting has been suspended from her position on Belfast City Council for 4 months while an investigation is carried out into a number of complaints against her. A statement from the Commissioner for Standards said there was evidence that Bunting had failed to comply with the council's code of conduct and that her conduct was likely to have brought the council into disrepute.
Italy: Populists form government as establishment punished
Without a clear and strong socialist alternative, the whipping up of anti-migrant sentiment by the right will continue to go unchallenged in any meaningful way. It is up to Italian socialists to build a credible party of the working class that's capable of challenging the reactionary forces. Only a movement built on working class solidarity, anti-racism and internationalism is capable of taking on the establishment and delivering a victory for working-class people.
Ryanair forced to recognise unions
The victory at Ryanair has the potential to inspire other workers in the struggle against exploitative employers. The fact that such a notoriously anti-union company can be brought to heel by the threat of collective action is a good indication of the power of workplace organisation. Ryanair's approach to workers' rights is hardly unique among employers, and the lesson of this struggle is sure to resonate with other workers who face opposition to their basic rights by similarly exploitative companies.
Fight for free, public education!
Jeremy Corbyn's call to scrap tuition fees and to introduce maintenance allowances is a welcome development in the fight for free education. Although there is a way to go before these reforms are won, the Labour Party's proposal to invest an extra £25 billion into education in England offered a clear alternative to the long-term programme of cuts and corporatisation.