​Defeating austerity, social housing not social cleansing, & an unexpected speaker (E171)

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on what the rise of the radical left could mean for trade unions. Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, calls it the ‘triumph of the politics of hope over the politics of fear’ and thinks it could point the way for Labour to take an anti-austerity stance. Jasmine Stone and Sam Middleton from the Focus E15 group, return to tell others that the fight for ‘social housing not social cleansing’ can be won, if people stand up, unite, and refuse to be intimidated by those ‘in it for the profit not the people.’ Bez, of the Happy Mondays, explains why he has formed the Reality Party, and plans to stage a bed-in against fracking, TTIP, and the infrastructure bill. We take a look at PMQs, with tax-dodging donors dominating the discussion. And at the arms trade Annual Dinner, an unexpected speaker causes a bit of a stir.

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