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Why I Wouldn’t Make a Good MP

On 8 February Mike Foster, the Socialist Party candidate for Oxford West & Abingdon was invited to address a group of electors in Oxford. Here is what he said.

Thank you all for taking...

Commercialising Water in Ireland

It’s a funny thing. The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) contains a clause that says: ‘Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-...

Homelessness and Health

Homelessness isn’t just a housing issue. Struggling without a home usually also means struggling with poor health, and being unable to find enough support.

If asked what the three most...

Material World: Xenophobia in South Africa

As the largest economy on the continent, South Africa has attracted Africans from as far afield as Nigeria and Ethiopia. They come as political refugees or economic migrants, with one goal: a...

Editorial: A Free Lunch, Anyone?

‘It’s a free country, isn’t it?’ So we sometimes say, and sometimes believe.  And it is true that the British state permits a relatively high degree of freedom of action and of thought.  To some, such relative freedoms are a source of patriotic pride; to socialists, they are a cynical reminder of the freedoms we do not have.  It depends on what we think freedom is, what we believe we are entitled to as human beings, and how we want to live.

Secrets of the Financial World

Glasgow Branch meeting

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

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The Socialist Party's latest pamphlet

Strange Meeting: Socialism and World War One

The First World War was one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. Referred to as 'the war to end all wars', it was in fact the prelude to a century of mass killing and new ever more destructive weapons.

Socialists pointed out at the time that there were no working class issues at stake in the war: rather, it was fought as a consequence of rivalry among capitalist powers for markets, trade routes, raw materials and politico-military influence.

This pamphlet contains articles from the Socialist Standard between 1914 and 1918, which set out our principled opposition to the war, together with other material giving an overview of the war, its causes and its effects on working-class lives.

Price: £4.50