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Socialist Alliance conference on the euro

by Rob Hoveman
Issue No. 1822

AROUND 350 people attended the Socialist Alliance conference on the euro last Saturday. There were four different motions put to the conference. Most of the speakers in the debate agreed that the euro project was not about a convenient currency but was about making privatisation and attacks on workers easier.

The conference voted by a majority of around two to one to support a 'no' vote in any referendum. John Rees, speaking for the 'no' position, argued that the referendum would give people a chance to vote against the Blair project without voting Tory. Other speakers were optimistic about the possibilities of building a socialist campaign that challenged 'Little Englander' nationalism.

Many working class activists are against the cuts in public spending the euro enforces. Note was taken of how the Unison union is against the euro.

AROUND 200 people attended a rally on Monday in support of Paul Foot's campaign to be mayor of Hackney in east London. The election result was due for Thursday of this week.

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Sat 19 Oct 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1822
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