Gender Recognition Reform in Scotland

The de-medicalisation of Gender Recognition in Scotland appeared to have majority political support, but as rs21 members Graham Checkley and Leslie Cunningham describe it has revealed a vein of transphobia. LGBT+ activists block out transphobic bigots.  Edinburgh, October 2022.  Photograph by Graham Checkley. The Bill ‘If you spent any time promoting the idea that trans […]

Back on the streets in China

After a weekend of widespread protests across China, rs21 member Charlie Hore explains the movement’s significance and looks at what might come next. Protesters on Urumqi Road, Shanghai – picture by unknown Chinese photographer via Ming Pao Weekly, Hong Kong. Protest returned to the streets of China’s cities last week on a scale not seen […]

Landlords need us; we don’t need landlords

rs21 housing fraction members Kate Bradley and Charlotte Powell write on long awaited renters’ reforms – but ask, what is it we want in the long-term? Homes for People, Not for Profit. Photo credit: Kate Bradley Now that Michael Gove has been restored to his former position in government – with the word salad job […]

Ideologues, apologists and the Qatar World Cup

As the 2022 World Cup kicks off, rs21 member Lisa Leak considers what gets left out in rows between Western liberal ideologues and apologists for the Qatari state. Former Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro visits Qatar in 2021. Photo credit: Palácio do Planalto, Flickr. It’s impossible to precisely enumerate the migrant workers who died needlessly […]

Yes to the escalation of UCU disputes!

UCU workers are escalating industrial action in their disputes over pensions, pay, casualisation, inequality and workloads. UCU striker and rs21 member Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal explains why this is a vital move, and how students can show solidarity. Demo in solidarity with UCU strikers, November 2019. Photo: Steve Eason, used with permission. The higher education sector is preparing to […]

Growing strike wave can beat Hunt’s attack on workers

Hunt’s autumn statement is a disaster for millions of people. But the Tories are weak and divided, writes Colin Wilson, and the growing strike wave can defeat them. After twelve years of Tory rule, the best that Jeremy Hunt can offer is biggest fall in living standards since records began in 1956. Fuel bills are […]

Yet more anti-strike laws

As Britain’s strike wave continues to grow, Ian Allinson argues for a more serious response to the Tories’ latest repressive legislation. RMT solidarity picket at London Kings Cross station – photo by Steve Eason. When the Tories and Liberal Democrats passed the Trade Union Act 2016, unions argued that it was unnecessary because strikes were […]

Why should socialists think about psychoanalysis?

Following a series of rs21 meetings this autumn, Marianne Kelly, who organised the series, considers what we gained from our discussions of therapy, the mental health industry and psychoanalysis as a tool to critique capitalism. Opposing the abuse of psychiatric patients, Mad Pride, July 2022 Psychoanalysis is a mental health treatment involving regular one-to-one conversations […]

Thousands march for climate justice

Marches took place across Britain on Saturday 12 November. Jane Graham and rs21 members report from the marches in Blackpool, Edinburgh and London. Marching in London. Photo: Steve Eason The urgency of the climate crisis is mounting, with the last eight years the hottest on record globally and the UN’s environment agency reporting last month […]

Tories collapse amidst a growing strike wave

Strike votes are multiplying as the Tories struggle to cope with growing economic pressures. Raymond Morrell, a Unite rep in aerospace, explains the growing revolt in the context of the weakness of British capitalism and the divisions among the Tories. RMT picket line in Edinburgh – photo by Graham Checkley. This is a revised and […]