Trident is a White Elephant

Originally posted on Andrew Walton's Blog:
The term “white elephant” comes from the 19th century. Kings of Thailand would bequest albino white elephants to courtiers who displeased them. The albino elephants were protected, they could not be used for labour or destroyed. Trident nuclear submarines are a white elephant – ridiculously expensive, outdated and…

Statement from Leicester Socialist Students on the Junior Doctors’ Dispute

This statement was presented at a Leicestershire Against the Cuts demonstration in Leicester on Saturday 9 April to support the junior doctors: We want to extend our warmest greetings and solidarity to the junior doctors. Universities in Leicester are well represented at this demonstration, and this is in no small part because many students today,…

Can the European Union Be Reformed?

On June 23rd the In-Out EU referendum will take place in the UK, the first time the British electorate has been able to vote on continued membership of the EU since the referendum on membership of the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1975. Labour, Greens, the SNP, and Plaid Cymru are all campaigning for an…

Foreign Policy

Foreign policy is how one nation-state interacts with other nation-states. This can be through one-to-one interactions such as embassies, or other diplomatic communications and multi-national groups such as the UN, EU, and NATO. Foreign policy, however, is not cooperative in nature but competitive. Nation-states will try to promote the incumbent political elite’s interests, which is…

The Fight For Queen’s Road Medical Centre

As part of the campaign to save Queen’s Road Medical Centre (QRMC), over 200 people turned out for a public meeting held at Leicester University last Thursday. The closure of QRMC was announced in January when residents of Knighton were sent a letter (mis)informing them that their local GP, Dr Lenten, wanted to take early…

Junior Doctors VS Jeremy Hunt

Now if you’ve started reading this because you believe I will be detailing the happenings of a medical/political wrestling match, I’m afraid to say you have been misled. Sorry about that. But don’t despair – you could always imagine the health secretary in a Mexican wrestler’s mask, being sat on by someone with a stethoscope…

Leicester University’s Housing Rip-Off

As students, many of us know what it is like to live in university accommodation. It’s where you meet people from different courses, from all across the world. Some of them will become life-long friends, others not so much. This is one of the best things about living in university accommodation. For some, university offers…

Campaigning Against War

On February 6, Leicester Socialist Students joined with other campaigners from the group “Leicester Against War” to hold a protest outside the constituency office of Labour MP Keith Vaz (Leicester East). Vaz is one of the two Labour MP’s in Leicester to have voted for the bombing of Syria, the other MP being the notorious…

Students Fight for the NHS

Leicester Socialist Students Society hosted a public meeting on Monday 8th February to discuss ongoing government attacks on emergency service workers, ahead of Wednesday’s planned strike action by the British Medical Association (BMA). Guest speakers included Jeanna Strutinsky-Mason, a registrar in palliative medicine and a junior doctor at Leicester’s hospitals for the last seven years,…