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Save May Day holiday

Issue No. 2238

The Tories want to abolish the one celebration of workers’ rights in the year—the May Day bank holiday.

They are pouring time and energy into the plan, producing a white paper by the end of the month.

Even more disturbingly, they want to replace it with a more “patriotic” celebration, perhaps called “Trafalgar Day” or “UK Day”.

They would prefer to see people parading around with St George’s flags than trade union banners.

The Tories have always hated May Day because it is a celebration of workers and not of bosses or the nation.

Margaret Thatcher dreamed of scrapping May Day—and like many of her reactionary fantasies, David Cameron now wants to turn it into reality.

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Tue 8 Feb 2011, 17:25 GMT
Issue No. 2238
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