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THE TRICYCLE GOES NUCLEAR

The Tricycle in London has established a reputation for groundbreaking political theatre, and their upcoming season, which will run across the theatre,cinema and galley will continue this, exploring the Nuclear Bomb and its proliferation from 1940 to the present day, and the dangers we face.

The season includes ten short plays by some of Britain and America's best playwrights performed in two parts, an extraordinary international film festival (with cult classics like Dr Strangelove and insightful documentaries like Countdown to Zero), exhibitions with talented artists including Ralph Steadman, and talks including 'How to split the Atom'. More details can be found on the website: http://bit.ly/p7gTB5

SPECIAL PREVIEW OFFER: We have a limited number of £10 tickets (usually £14) for February performances for each blast of THE BOMB – a partial history. Be quick to get yours! Book in advance either online or via the box office with the promotional code: NUCLEAR

(Offer excludes 20 …

In Place of Austerity by Dexter Whitfield

A review by Nick Grant in Socialist Review, January 2012

Understanding the real reasons for the assault on public sector workers is a first crucial step in calibrating our best response, especially if we hope to win some battles in this prolonged war.

Dexter Whitfield systematically aids our task in this essential handbook for all those engaged in resistance from within unions as well as community and national coalitions. Whitfield argues that even with equitable taxation providing increased revenue for public health, education, welfare, housing and other services, the prevailing neoliberal consensus forces all recent UK governments to provide the political petri dish for four capitalist objectives.

Firstly, the marketisation and privatisation of services provide "new opportunities for capital accumulation". Governments create self-abolishing markets that lead to the transfer of functions to private enterprise. Business takes an ever larger role in public policy making.

So we ha…

NUCLEAR POWER -- NO THANKS!

Dear friends,

We hope this letter finds you all well, and wish you all the best for new year.

As you are of course aware, the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, have both had a dramatic impact around the world. In response to this massive disaster and its tragic consequences to people's lives and environment, the people of Japan are trying to take steps towards recovery. Meanwhile, the nuclear power plant is still unstable and workers are forced to continue working in life-threatening conditions. As the radioactive contamination spreads, many people including children are forced to suffer from prolonged radiation exposure, unable to evacuate due to lack of support from the government.

It is vital that we do not continue to make the same mistakes. It is now time for humanity to put an end to the nuclear age that started with Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In Japan, well over half the population now supports the goal of brea…