Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby versus Prince Harry and his polo-playing American friends

By David Walsh, 17 May 2013

During his recent trip to the US, Britain’s Prince Harry had time for a polo match in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Stephen Hawking and the academic boycott of Israel

By Chris Marsden, 15 May 2013

In a letter explaining his decision to pull out of Israel’s Presidential conference, noted theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking explained that Israeli government policy “is likely to lead to disaster.”

Romanian pseudo-lefts praise Hungary’s right-wing government

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 10 May 2013

At a recent conference in Romania, pseudo-left forces praised the right-wing Hungarian government led by Victor Orban.

New revelations about filmmakers’ collaboration with CIA on Zero Dark Thirty

By David Walsh, 10 May 2013

New information has surfaced about the level of cooperation between Mark Boal, who wrote the script for Kathryn Bigelow’s pro-torture Zero Dark Thirty, and the US intelligence apparatus.

Left Unity: Director Ken Loach fronts initiative of Britain’s pseudo-left groups

By Julie Hyland, 9 May 2013

A campaign for a new “left” party has been launched by sections of Britain’s pseudo-left, modelled on SYRIZA in Greece.

Barack Obama pays tribute to George W. Bush at presidential library opening

By David Walsh, 26 April 2013

The dedication ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center was an opportunity for the US political elite, Democratic and Republican wing alike, to express its essential unity and singleness of purpose.

Australia: Socialist Alternative and the Victorian teachers’ betrayal

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 April 2013

The pseudo-left organisation Socialist Alternative functions as a prop for the trade unions and an accomplice of the federal Labor government.

The petty-bourgeois “left” promotes the CIA war in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 12 April 2013

The petty-bourgeois “left” has reacted to the publication of detailed reports on the CIA’s role in backing Islamist forces for the US proxy war in Syria by intensifying their support for the war.

UK: The political fraud of the “anti-bedroom tax” campaign

By Steve James, 6 April 2013

The pseudo-left parties in the UK are using opposition to the introduction of the “bedroom tax” to help the trade unions, Labour Party and Scottish National Party posture as opponents of austerity.

The Steubenville, Ohio rape case

By David Walsh, 20 March 2013

The Steubenville, Ohio rape case is a tragedy, which has been immeasurably worsened by the intervention of the American media, and in particular its so-called left elements.

Europe’s rulers whip up anti-immigrant chauvinism

By Julie Hyland, 18 March 2013

The rights of Bulgarian and Romanian citizens have been targeted by the European Union.

Bradley Manning and the media

By Naomi Spencer, 2 March 2013

At Thursday’s hearing, Bradley Manning revealed this extraordinary fact: before sending files to WikiLeaks, he contacted both the Washington Post and the New York Times, but neither paper responded.

The intellectually bankrupt defenders of Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty

By David Walsh, 22 February 2013

The release of Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained in the latter part of 2012 ignited an intense and still ongoing media debate on the films’ respective merits and related historical issues.

American Federation of Teachers’ journal slanders historian Howard Zinn

By Charles Bogle and Fred Mazelis, 18 February 2013

A review article on A People’s History of the US in the current issue of American Educator lays bare the union leadership’s slavish support for American capitalism.

The increasingly right-wing, pro-Democratic Party ISO

By David Walsh, 16 February 2013

The response of the International Socialist Organization to Barack Obama’s February 12 State of the Union address is telling about the group’s evolution.

The Nation magazine and Obama’s assassination program

By David Walsh, 13 February 2013

The liberal-left downplays the threat to basic rights and expresses continued support for the Obama administration and the Democratic Party.

The way forward for the New York City school bus strikers

Socialist Equality Party, 4 February 2013

The SEP is calling for the formation of rank-and-file committees made up of school bus workers as well as parents, teachers and other workers to defend the strikers and oppose the assault on public education.

The Nation defends John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for the CIA

By Joseph Kishore, 26 January 2013

In a comment by leading columnist Robert Dreyfuss, the Nation magazine has jumped to the defense of Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, the former chief of the administration’s drone assassination program.

UK Socialist Party backs Len McCluskey reelection in UNITE union

By Paul Stuart, 26 January 2013

The UK Socialist Party web site boasted of a meeting with Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Britain’s largest trade union UNITE.

Pseudo-left conceals refusal of SYRIZA, PASOK and trade unions to oppose Golden Dawn

By Chris Marsden and Christoph Dreier, 25 January 2013

Boasts of a “united front” against Golden Dawn in Greece are aimed at presenting establishment parties and the trade unions as a bulwark against fascism.

Lance Armstrong and the world of professional sports

By David Walsh, 23 January 2013

Armstrong apparently operated a type of mini-Mafia in cycling, bringing to the sport the very worst of American predatory entrepreneurship.

The Australian pseudo-left and the NSW public sector union

By Peter Symonds, 19 January 2013

The ex-lefts play a politically insidious role in subordinating workers to the unions, as the latter collaborate with governments and employers to slash jobs, wages and conditions.

China’s red aristocracy

By John Chan, 31 December 2012

Economic and political power in China is concentrated in the hands of a tiny super-rich elite associated with the Communist Party.

The Scottish Socialist Party and the financial oligarchy

By Steve James, 29 December 2012

In alliance with wealthy social layers in Britain, the Scottish Socialist Party, as part of "Yes Scotland," advances a pro-capitalist perspective to divide the working class.

Germany’s Left Party mobilizes for war against Syria

By Johannes Stern, 21 December 2012

Last week leading figures of the German Left Party signed a statement calling for intervention in Syria.

Germany’s Left Party and the closure of GM-Opel’s Bochum plant

By Dietmar Henning, 19 December 2012

The Left Party has sprung into action to divert workers’ opposition into a dead end and provide support to the IG Metall trade union.

New York Times prescription for “When the Doctor Is Not Needed”

By Kate Randall, 19 December 2012

In the latest installment of its editorial campaign for sweeping cuts in health care, the Times promotes patient “self care” and “community aides” as substitutes for doctors.

Ireland’s United Left Alliance presents its “alternative” budget

By Jordan Shilton, 17 December 2012

The United Left Alliance’s “alternative budget” for Ireland makes clear that the pseudo-left is lining up to defend capitalism against growing opposition within the working class.

Scotland’s Radical Independence Conference pledges to divide the working class

By Steve James, 14 December 2012

The Radical Independence Conference, held in Glasgow late November, was neither radical nor independent.

The SYRIZA model

By Cristoph Dreier, 7 December 2012

A class gulf separates workers from the affluent political operators who gathered at the Left Party youth congress in Cologne, Germany and took Greece’s pro-austerity SYRIZA party as a model.

The PQ budget and the 2012 Quebec student strike

International Youth Students for Social Equality (Canada), 3 December 2012

Continuing the nationalist-protest perspective that resulted in the Quebec student strike being suppressed, the organizers of the Nov. 22nd protest made no mention of the newly introduced PQ austerity budget.

Report to the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party

By David North, 27 November 2012

We are publishing here the opening report to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Second National Congress, given July 8, 2012 by SEP National Chairman David North.

French NPA offers “anti-imperialist” rationale for imperialist intervention in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 10 November 2012

The NPA’s cynical “anti-imperialist” criticisms of Le Monde’s calls for war with Syria show that it shares the pro-war views of figures that the NPA itself calls imperialists.

En Lucha’s Andy Durgan: Historical distortions to justify political betrayal of Spanish workers

Part two

By Dave Hyland, 8 November 2012

This is the second of a three-part article on the distortions of the lessons of Spanish history by En Luncha’s Andy Durgan.

En Lucha’s Andy Durgan: Historical distortions to justify political betrayal of Spanish workers

Part one

By Dave Hyland, 7 November 2012

This is the first of a three-part article on the distortions of the lessons of Spanish history by En Lucha’s Andy Durgan.

George McGovern: Liberal standard-bearer at a turning point in US politics

By Patrick Martin, 26 October 2012

The McGovern campaign marked the rise of identity politics as the principal platform of the Democratic Party.

The issues facing teachers in the 2012 elections

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP US vice presidential candidate

Phyllis Scherrer (SEP US vice presidential candidate), 26 October 2012

The following statement was issued by Phyllis Scherrer, the Socialist Equality Party vice presidential candidate in the 2012 elections. Scherrer is a teacher in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.

The International Socialist Organization and the 2012 US elections

By David Walsh, 25 October 2012

The ISO operates as an advocacy group in and around the Democratic Party, seeking to improve opportunities for the middle class social layers for which it speaks.

Auto workers and the 2012 elections

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

25 October 2012

The following statement addressed to auto workers was issued by Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president.

Imperialism in the garb of human rights:

Washington seeks to exploit outrage over attack on Pakistani schoolgirl

By Keith Jones, 17 October 2012

The Obama administration, the US media and US imperialism’s Pakistani satraps are seeking to manipulate the outrage over the Pakistan Taliban’s attempted assassination of a schoolgirl to legitimize intensification of the AfPak War.

Daniel Cohn-Bendit’s imperialist “For Europe” manifesto

By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2012

Two leading European politicians have written a joint manifesto titled “For Europe”, which argues for a strong European Union and a federal Europe with a powerful central government.

A comment on Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit

By Nancy Hanover, 3 October 2012

The recently released documentary Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit is a moving and powerful tribute to the impoverished city’s embattled firefighters.

Syria and the pro-imperialist “leftists” of the ISO

By Bill Van Auken, 29 September 2012

After more than a month-long silence on the events in Syria, the International Socialist Organization has resumed its depiction of a bloody sectarian civil war stoked by imperialist intervention as the “Syrian Revolution.”

Romney's words

By Barry Grey, 19 September 2012

The video of a Mitt Romney fundraiser posted Monday has provided a revealing glimpse of what the financial magnates think and what they say to one another in the privacy of their board rooms and mansions.

Teachers have the right to know: What’s in the contract?

By Joseph Kishore, 15 September 2012

Today’s rally is being organized under a veil of secrecy. The Chicago Teachers Union is trying to get teachers back to work by Monday, but is saying nothing about the concessions it has agreed to.

German Court ruling on euro bailout fund heralds deeper attacks on working class

By Peter Schwarz, 14 September 2012

With its ruling Wednesday in favour of the European Stability Mechanism, the German Constitutional Court has given a green light to new attacks on the working class.

Syria’s “eerie parallel to Afghanistan” and the pro-imperialist pseudo-left

By Johannes Stern, 10 September 2012

David Ignatius of the Washington Post draws a revealing parallel between the CIA operation in Afghanistan in the 1980s and the current war in Syria.

Perspectives of the Socialist Equality Party

Resolutions of the SEP (US) National Congress

4 September 2012

Published here are the resolutions adopted by the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), held July 8-12, 2012.

Britain’s Socialist Workers Party and Socialist Party back extradition of Assange

By Chris Marsden, 27 August 2012

Britain’s largest pseudo-left groups have lined up behind the demand that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be extradited to Sweden.

Ex-left groups champion “Yes” vote in Scottish referendum

By Steve James, 22 August 2012

The ex-left groups in Scotland have leapt to embrace the campaign for a "Yes" vote in the proposed referendum on Scottish independence, likely to be held in 2014.

Video: An appeal from SEP presidential candidate Jerry White

21 August 2012

In this video, Jerry White, the SEP's candidate for president, appeals for support for the last two and half months of the election campaign.

French ex-left parties support state persecution of the Roma

By Anthony Torres, 21 August 2012

The petty-bourgeois parties are maintaining a deafening silence over President François Hollande’s decision to destroy the Roma camps.

New York Times gives glimpse of sectarian bloodbath being prepared by Syria intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 8 August 2012

An article published last week in the New York Times on the spillover of sectarian tensions from Syria into Turkey belies the “democratic” and “humanitarian” pretexts for the ever more violent drive for regime change by the US and its allies.

What Danny Boyle’s Olympic pageant does and does not say about Britain

By Chris Marsden, 1 August 2012

It is to film director Danny Boyle’s credit that his Olympic Games opening ceremony aroused such a hostile reaction from a section of the UK’s Conservative right.

“Save Our Schools” webinar: ISO shills for the AFT bureaucracy

By Walter Gilberti, 30 July 2012

Union officials and black Democratic Party operatives join forces with the backing of the International Socialist Organization.

Police violence in Anaheim: The class issues

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 26 July 2012

Police brutality is directed at all sections of the working class, white, black, Hispanic, Asian and immigrant.

New York Times’ David Brooks: Aurora tragedy has nothing to do with American society

By David Walsh, 26 July 2012

David Brooks of the New York Times produced an especially stupid column July 23 on the mass killing in Aurora, Colorado, denying that the crime had anything to do with the state of society.

European auto crisis requires a socialist answer

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 July 2012

The crisis in the European car industry is not of a temporary or conjunctural nature, but is rather a direct result of the international economic crisis and the austerity measures imposed by European governments at the behest of the banks.

UK ex-left groups cover up collapsing support for education unions

By Tania Kent and Chris Marsden, 23 July 2012

Marches organised July 14 by the NUT and NASUWT in Sheffield and Oxford were billed as a major new initiative in the fight to defend public sector pensions.

Defend the right to vote! Down with photo ID laws!

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for vice president

Phyllis Scherrer and SEP candidate for vice president, 21 July 2012

The Socialist Equality Party condemns the efforts to use restrictive voter ID laws to inhibit voting, and the collaboration of the Obama administration and the federal courts with this anti-democratic campaign.

Ruth Keedy Benjamin (June 4, 1947—June 29, 2012)

18 July 2012

On June 29, Ruth Keedy Benjamin, a member of the American Trotskyist movement for over 40 years, succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

Spokeswoman for CLASSE: “We have shaken Quebec’s government”

By a WSWS reporting team, 7 July 2012

The World Socialist Web Site recently interviewed Jeanne Reynolds, a leader of CLASSE, the organization that initiated and has led Quebec’s student strike.

Middle-class protest politics or a socialist orientation to the working class: A critique of the politics of CLASSE

By Keith Jones, 7 July 2012

The interview the WSWS has published with CLASSE spokeswoman Jeanne Reynolds exemplifies the protest perspective championed by CLASSE’s leadership. It also sheds lights on conceptions that are widely held among Quebec's striking students.

The heat wave in the US and the decay of infrastructure

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for US vice president

Phyllis Scherrer and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US vice president, 6 July 2012

It is only the beginning of July and already 23 deaths are attributed to violent storms and an unprecedented heat wave throughout much of the US, following one of the warmest winters on record.

The Fourth of July

Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 4 July 2012

The official marking of the Fourth of July will be the usual celebration of militarism and jingoism long used to undermine an understanding of the historical and contemporary significance of the beginning of the American Revolution 236 years ago.

The reactionary politics of Grace Lee Boggs

By Shannon Jones, 2 July 2012

In The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the 21st Century, Detroit’s Grace Lee Boggs advances a political perspective thoroughly hostile to the interests of the working class.

New York Times lauds Supreme Court’s “exquisite delicacy” in health care decision

By Joseph Kishore, 30 June 2012

The specialty of the Times is to serve up the lying hypocrisy of the liberal bourgeois establishment, which is then transmitted in various forms down through the “left” defenders of the Democratic Party.

No to school privatization!

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for US vice president

Phyllis Scherrer and SEP candidate for US vice president, 27 June 2012

In an unprecedented attack on public education the public schools in Muskegon Heights and Highland Park, Michigan are being turned over to for profit charter school operators.

Thirty years since the murder of Vincent Chin

By Shannon Jones, 23 June 2012

Thirty years ago this week, on June 19, 1982, Vincent Chin, an Asian-American draftsman, was beaten to death by a Chrysler foreman and his son in a racially motivated killing.

The way forward for the Quebec student strike

Socialist Equality Party, 22 June 2012

This statement will be distributed at a mass rally of students and workers today.

A modest proposal for indentured servitude

By Nancy Hanover, 22 June 2012

A recent column published in the New York Times makes the case for financing higher education by “venture capitalists.”

Washington’s “democratic” hypocrisy: The cases of Egypt and Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 20 June 2012

The hypocrisy of US imperialism’s pretense of promoting democracy on the world arena is manifest in Washington’s markedly different reactions to the Iranian elections of 2009 and the recent military coup in Egypt.

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists’ reaction to army coup: Complacency and tacit support

By Alex Lantier, 16 June 2012

The coup launched Thursday by Egypt’s ruling military junta has exposed the bankruptcy of the Revolutionary Socialists (RS) and Egypt’s entire petty-bourgeois ex-left milieu.

The bankers rule: Jamie Dimon at the US Senate

By David Walsh, 16 June 2012

The members of the Senate Banking Committee treated JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon with awe and reverence.

ISO silent on Obama’s kill list

By Joseph Kishore, 13 June 2012

In the two weeks since the New York Times report on Obama’s kill list, the International Socialist Organization has not published a single article on the topic.

The Wisconsin election: The political lessons

Statement by Jerry White, Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president

Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 9 June 2012

The victory of Republican Governor Scott Walker in the Wisconsin recall election is the predictable outcome of the sabotage by the trade unions and the Democratic Party of the mass protest movement that erupted in the Midwestern US state in February 2011.

Obama bestows the Presidential Medal of Freedom on singer Bob Dylan

By David Walsh, 1 June 2012

It is certainly permissible to be disgusted by the ceremony Tuesday during which President Barack Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Bob Dylan, but it is perhaps better to understand.

Opel/Vauxhall workers need an international strategy

Statement by the Socialist Equality Parties of the UK and Germany

Socialist Equality parties of the UK and Germany, 31 May 2012

The European head of General Motors, Karl-Friedrich Stracke, will put forward a restructuring plan involving annual savings of $1 billion (800 million euros) at GM’s supervisory board on June 28.

Vote “No” in Ireland’s referendum on EU fiscal treaty

Socialist Equality Parties (UK and Germany), 30 May 2012

The Socialist Equality parties of Britain and Germany call for a “No” vote in the Irish Republic’s May 31 referendum on the European Union’s fiscal treaty.

Harry Belafonte provides an historical insight into the civil rights movement’s decay

By Fred Mazelis, 25 May 2012

Belafonte’s memoir describes in some detail his last meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr. in March 1968, exactly a week before the civil rights leader was assassinated.

A revealing look at Murdoch’s influence on British politics

By A review by Dave Hyland, 25 May 2012

Labour MP Tom Watson and Independent journalist Martin Hickman throw some light on the way in which politicians in the UK have bowed down before Rupert Murdoch’s wealth and power, as well detailing the incestuous relationship between his newspapers and a corrupt police force.

The JPMorgan fiasco and the case for nationalization

By Barry Grey, 18 May 2012

In just four trading days since JPMorgan Chase’s announcement of massive losses in derivatives trading, the estimated toll has risen from $2 billion to more than $3 billion.

Hydraulic fracturing and the case for socialist planning

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for US vice president

Phyllis Scherrer and SEP candidate for US vice president, 18 May 2012

The Socialist Equality Party opposes the uncontrolled application of hydraulic fracturing by private corporations whose sole aim is the maximization of profits at any cost.

Obama, the UAW and the auto bailout

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 17 May 2012

In its campaign for his reelection, the UAW is portraying President Obama—who oversaw an historic attack on auto workers’ jobs and living standards—as a champion of the working class.

Obama campaign underscores dead end of American political system

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 10 May 2012

With his appearances at college campuses over the last few days, President Obama officially launched his reelection campaign. The carefully crafted media events, complete with vetted audiences of cheering college students, were an exercise in empty demagogy.

Washington’s human rights hypocrisy and the case of Chen Guangcheng

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2012

While media attention has focused on charges that the Obama administration bungled the case of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, a more basic question is ignored: what gives Washington the right to sit in judgment on the question of human rights?

The attacks on Günter Grass—a balance sheet

By Peter Schwarz, 5 May 2012

There have been many acrimonious conflicts in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany but there is nothing to compare with the flood of abuse, slanders and insults unleashed in the media against the 84-year-old Günter Grass in recent weeks.

May Day 2012: Unite workers around the world against austerity and war

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 1 May 2012

The following May Day statement was issued by Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US president in the 2012 elections.

CBS’s “60 Minutes” interviews Nora Volkow, head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and great-granddaughter of Leon Trotsky

By Fred Mazelis, 1 May 2012

Dr. Nora Volkow appeared on the “60 Minutes” television program to discuss not only her work as the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), but also her family background as the great-granddaughter of Leon Trotsky.

Behind the right-wing racial politics of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton

By Tom Eley, 1 May 2012

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who seized on the killing of Trayvon Martin to obscure the class divide in American society, have a sordid and right-wing political history.

Germany’s ISSE, SEP denounce attacks on meetings in defence of Günter Grass

28 April 2012

The International Students for Social Equality has issued a statement to the German press denouncing the attacks on their meetings held in defence of Günter Grass

Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin: The historical issues

By Fred Mazelis, 27 April 2012

In the two months since the murder of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin there have been numerous attempts to equate his killing to the lynching of Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955.

Withdraw US, NATO troops from Afghanistan!

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

SEP candidate for president Jerry White, 25 April 2012

The Obama administration and its Afghan puppet Hamid Karzai have codified the long-term presence of American forces in the country, until at least 2024.

Memorial for Christopher Hitchens in New York City: A gathering of the unprincipled and politically clueless

By David Walsh, 25 April 2012

Vanity Fair magazine hosted a memorial in New York City April 20 for the late journalist Christopher Hitchens, a political scoundrel of the first order, who died of cancer in December.

The Breivik trial

By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden, 25 April 2012

The trial of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been dominated by the testimony of the 33-year-old right-wing terrorist.

Housing and utilities are a social right

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for vice president

By Phyllis Scherrer, 21 April 2012

The tragic fires in Philadelphia last week, which claimed the lives of six residents and two firefighters, are an indictment of the social conditions created by the crisis and decay of American capitalism.

The witch-hunt of Günter Grass and the preparations for war against Iran

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 April 2012

Grass’s critics want to suppress discussion of the catastrophic consequences of an Israeli-American military strike against Iran and pave the way for German participation in such an imperialist crime.

Canada: To defeat McGuinty and Harper, workers must rebel against OFL and NDP

Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 21 April 2012

On the part of the unions, today’s show of opposition to the Liberal cuts is political theater meant to disguise the fact that they and the NDP are preparing to prop up the minority Liberal government and ensure passage of its austerity budget.

German Left Party slanders Günter Grass

By Stefan Steinberg, 14 April 2012

The Left Party has joined in the current witch-hunt against German writer Günter Grass.

UK teaching unions complete rout of pensions fight

Socialist Equality Party (UK), 13 April 2012

To understand how the UK’s Conservative/Liberal Democrat government is managing to push through the most drastic cuts in public spending since the 1930s, it is necessary to look no further than last weekend’s annual conferences of the education unions.