Statement from Leicester Socialist Students on the UCU Strike

This week, the UCU trade union (representing academic and related workers, including many students who teach as postgrads) will be taking industrial action for fairer pay in higher education. They will be on strike at universities across the country on 25th-26th May, and at the same time beginning to ‘work to rule’, which means they will…

Leicester Makes Short Shrift of Britain First

Like much of the East Midlands, Leicester is well known for its multi-ethnic communities. Narborough Road, for instance, has recently been named as one of the most multicultural streets in the country. It is perhaps for this reason above all that the vile right wing organisation Britain First thought that their ideas might resonate here….

Why Sadiq Khan’t Stop Supporting the 1%

The last couple of weeks have been tumultuous for the Labour Party, to say the least. Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity message has made significant gains at the polls, despite the best efforts of Labour right wingers to smear the left of party with accusations of anti-Semitism. One of the biggest wins for Labour was the election…

Why Cutting Culture Costs Us All

It is to my eternal disgust that the budget for the arts is being continually cut and filed down, as they are not considered as useful, as “proper”, as other subjects, such as maths and science, by our ‘charming’ government. Also, less and less importance is being placed on learning English (as in literature and…

Workers and Students Unite, Fight, and Win

Anyone who has ever been employed on a zero-hour contract will understand that it is not a very reliable source of income. It is also not a coincidence that people employed on these contracts are often paid the national minimum wage. Those relying on such jobs find it difficult to support a single individual, let…

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 Trident nuclear submarines are a white elephant – ridiculously expensive, outdated and…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…