did things get better?
Teachers are right
MUCH OF the media claimed that industrial action by teachers was responsible for 920 children being sent home early from Holywells High School in Ipswich this week. In fact teachers in Ipswich had not begun their action, refusing to cover for staff vacancies, even though they voted for it overwhelmingly last week. The school had to send children home because it has six vacancies and five of the 60 staff were off sick. This is exactly the reason why teachers are campaigning in an increasing number of areas.
MIKE CRAVEN, deputy prime minister John Prescott's new adviser, is chief executive for the lobbying firm Lexington. Its clients include Metronet, the consortium bidding to run London Underground. He also lobbies for Serco, the firm which heads up one of the groups bidding to take over the National Air Traffic Service. Prescott is responsible for the privatisation of both services.
GIANT BUS companies are cutting back vital bus services because they claim the routes are "not profitable". More than half of Britain's local authorities report that companies have withdrawn services.