Who stole the town hall?

In this provocative new book, Peter Latham argues that the UK Conservative Government’s devolution agenda conceals their real intention: to complete the privatisation of local government and other public services.
Using illustrative examples from across the UK, including the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and the Midlands, the book explains the far-reaching implications of the reorganisation of local government that is already affecting vital public services, including education, health, housing and policing.
Proposing an overhaul of the taxation system to include land value taxation, a wealth tax and more progressive income tax to fund an increase in directly provided services, the author argues that a new basis for federal, regional and local democracy is vital.… Read on ...

Branch Statements

The following UCU London Retired Members Branch statements were written on our behalf by David Binns

  1. Mahdi Abu Dheeb Released, Repression Continues
  2. Bahrain Trade Union Breakthrough, UCU initiated Joint Statement published (29th September 2015)
  3. Bahrain: unions launch campaign against UK failure to act on abuses (24th September 2015)
  4. More on Mahdi Abu Dheeb: News from Amnesty (5th September 2015)
  5. Support Early Day Motion 241 (11th August 2015)
  6. Solidarity with the Teachers of Bahrain: News from Education International (8 July 2015)
  7. UCU Congress debates call for an international union led inquiry into repression in Bahrain (22nd May 2015)
  8. Oppose Opening of British Base in Bahrain!
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Review of Nikolaus Wachsmann ‘A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps’ by Merilyn Moos

Wasserman, in this minutely researched tome, addresses many of the myths and misconceptions that have grown up over who were the victims of Nazism as well as the contradictory and shifting impulses behind the concentration camps. An earlier paradigm: to understand the Nazis as primarily focused on destroying Communists and the left (a perspective which was also dominant in E. Germany) has shifted in the last decades to a focus on the extermination of ‘Jews’. This review will focus on these narratives, rather than the minute and distressing details of how the CCs operated or attempt to provide an explanatory framework for why the Holocaust happened (which anyway is not Wachsmann’s objective).Read on ...