Civil liberties, justice, crime

What Prevent does and doesn’t “prevent”

Published on: Wed, 16/10/2019 - 08:53

Sacha Marten

It’s not just Islamists and the SWP who criticise the government’s Prevent programme. In some ways, the targeting of Islamism is just a welcome bonus for the Conservatives, since the core point is to increase the government’s ideological control over education and other areas where children are present.

Prevent was “revised” in 2011 along with the launch of two other projects, the promotion of “British Values” and the deputisation of teachers, social workers, healthcare workers and so on as immigration officials.

All three of these measures were part of an increasingly jingoistic tone forced

Prevent database revealed

Published on: Wed, 09/10/2019 - 10:56

Zack Muddle

UK police have a secret database with details of thousands of people referred to “Prevent”, the government’s supposed “anti-radicalisation” programme, it was revealed on 6 October by the Guardian, via human rights group Liberty.

The National Police Prevent Case Management (PCM) database is accessible to all UK police forces and the home office, and contains personal details and reasons for “referral” of all those referred. People referred are not notified, and so have no (straightforward) rights to due process.

The stated aim of Prevent is to prevent “radicalisation” which is at risk of

A sticky time for Teflon Don

Published on: Wed, 02/10/2019 - 08:37

Barrie Hardy

Donald Trump is such an obvious crook that he’s been a prime candidate for impeachment from the minute he assumed office.

There has been such a substantial menu of grounds for impeachment that it’s difficult to know what to choose.

Soliciting help from Putin’s secret services to win the election itself? Illegal election payments to porn stars?

Trump’s various businesses benefiting from his presidency? As of last week, there were 30 separate investigations into Trump being conducted by Congressional, Federal or State authorities.

The problem so far has been that none of the accusations have

Beijing goes for attrition

Published on: Wed, 11/09/2019 - 11:40

Chen Ying

On the morning of 9 September, outside hundreds of secondary schools in Hong Kong, thousands of students, supported by their alumni, held hands to form human chains.

This followed days of school student protests the previous week, at the start of the academic year.

That previous week too, Chief Executive Carrie Lam eventually announced the complete withdrawal of the Extradition Bill.

Immediately the entire spectrum of the protest movement declared this as “too little, too late” as they insisted that the Hong Kong Government concedes to all five of their demands.

Lam opposed the demand for a

Morality and the Birmingham bombings

Published on: Thu, 30/05/2019 - 19:49

Lawrie White, Sean Matgamna

The "Birmingham bombings", on 21 November 1974, killed 21 people and injured 182 others through bombs in Birmingham city centre.

The reaction to the killings included protest strikes; some workers seen to be sympathetic to Irish Republicanism being driven out of their jobs; and drastic curbs on civil liberties through a Prevention of Terrorism Act rushed through Parliament (with no votes against - supposedly as a temporary measure, but renewed again and again over decades until its provisions were folded into more recent "anti-terrorist" legislation).

Six people were quickly arrested and


Published on: Wed, 17/04/2019 - 10:57

We should advocate the revoking of Article 50 by Parliament. A second referendum was a tactic that has outlived its usefulness.

The point of a second referendum was that it was thought a more acceptable, less divisive way of stopping Brexit than revoking Article 50; and that since both parties are officially for Brexit, it took it out of Parliament’s hands.

But now the second referendum is less popular in many polls then stopping Brexit. People are tired of the division and focus on this issue. A referendum will sharpen the divisions and suck up all politics and news.

Anecdotally, plenty of

1919 - Purging the Police

Published on: Mon, 15/04/2019 - 11:39

Janine Booth

This would be the year in which the capitalist state rigorously enforced the role of the police, purging them of rebels, ensuring their loyalty and cutting any link between them and the workers’ movement. The events of 1919 shaped the police force we have now: an obedient enforcer of the system’s interests.

The year began with unfinished business. In 1918, British police had taken strike action and the government, keen to avoid distraction from its war effort, conceded all their demands except one. Official recognition of their trade union – the National Union of Police and Prison Officers

Bristol couriers discuss risks

Published on: Wed, 27/03/2019 - 07:07

Zack, Bristol Deliveroo Courier

Nottingham Couriers’ Network voted to affiliate to the IWGB union on Monday 25 March, another step in increasing our organisation on a national level in the struggle for better pay from Deliveroo. This follows a significant growth in membership, in Nottingham and elsewhere, and improved coordination nationally. Our national structures are progressing and we have a national programme of “rolling strikes”. Several places are holding demonstrations, and other types of industrial actions as well as strikes, for example systematically rejecting certain types of order over a given time period.


Wrong priority

Published on: Wed, 30/01/2019 - 12:30

Mike Zubrowski

On Saturday 26 January, the Labour Party called a national day of action. Against no deal Brexit? For migrant rights? Against the academy rip-offs recently exposed by a parliamentary report? For the NHS? Over Universal Credit? No — to “say no to police cuts”.

Leaflets implicitly linked “deep Tory cuts to the police” to rising violent crime, and called for 10,000 extra officers and more resources for the police. Many BAME and working-class people directly experience high levels of police harassment and violence which make their communities feel less not more safe. Socialists aim to limit

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