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The Path Not Taken - Colin Ward

photo of Colin Ward speaking at the International Anarchist Conference in Venice

Colin Ward contrasts working class self-help with the welfare state.

From The Raven #3, 1987.

How the Pandemic Revealed the Real Health of Nations

As we noted in our last issue, a pandemic is as good as any event to demonstrate the efficacy, or not, of a social system. This one has generally found the capitalist mode of production wanting. By now most people will have forgotten the early failures.

NHS pay dispute from below – Online newsletter no.2

1%? Up yours! We need health workers' and patients' power!

Things are heating up – the 1% pay increase insult dished out by the government led to a lot of angry discussions in tea rooms and on ward floors.

Caribbean women and the black community

Race Today Women on the collective struggles by Caribbean women in Britain. Published in April, 1975.

Workers are Paying for the Bosses' Crisis

For years now the whole Brexit issue has diverted attention from the declining quality of life experienced by the working class in the aftermath of the financial crash. Now we have an election campaign where Labour and the Conservatives are vying to outdo each other as to how much they will increase state spending in order to end austerity. Labour's plans for a kind of soft nationalisation (a sort of John Lewis employee share scheme, “when the market will allow it”) and Boris' gob shite about the NHS (as the break-up continues) are not going to alter the fact that the working class is paying for capitalism's crisis.

Something should be done (or How to revolt) [book review]

Something should be done: an anarchist’s adventures in trade unionism by Peter Good tells how he and his workmates tried to improve things (for the workers and patients) at a large mental hospital back in the 1970s.

The Crisis in Care For the Elderly

The dire situation really does pose the question of what sort of society we should and could be living in the 21st century.

NHS pay deal: too low, too slow, vote no!

Bristol Care Workers Network break down what the proposed NHS pay deal, being pushed by government and unions alike, really means for NHS staff and why they should vote no.

Hospital workers continue striking for fairer pay

St Bart's hospital staff continue to fight for fairer pay

Workers at St Barts hospital trust in London are set to continue one of the largest ever hospital strikes in the UK.