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Issue No. 1807

LABOUR AND the Tories united in the Scottish Parliament last week to vote down a proposal to give all children free school meals. The plan was put forward by socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan. He argued that it would abolish the stigma of going through a means test to get free meals.

It would also guarantee at least one nutritious meal each day for every child. A huge range of bodies, including the Scottish TUC, the Child Poverty Action Group, Unison, teachers' unions and the British Medical Association, backed the bill.

But almost all Labour MSPs voted against it. The Scottish National Party voted for the free school meals bill. But its leading figures attacked it as 'badly drafted and badly flawed' when they spoke!


Report warns of nuke risk

NINE TENTHS of Britain's hazardous nuclear waste is so badly stored that it could explode at any time with devastating results. The alarming revelations come in an official report to environment secretary Margaret Beckett and defence secretary Geoff Hoon.

It showed that nuclear waste weighing as much as 725 double decker buses is stored in a dangerous state at 24 separate locations around the country. An official at the Nirex firm which disposes of Britain's nuclear waste admitted, 'It's outrageous that most of Britain's nuclear waste is still not properly conditioned and is lying in its raw state.'

The nuclear plants should be shut down and so stop producing any more of the deadly waste. Instead New Labour is considering expanding the industry.


Old need free care

NEW LABOUR claims it cannot afford the £1 billion cost of extending free personal care for the elderly to England and Wales. The law giving such free care came into force in Scotland this week. Yet the government spent £8 billion protecting the profits of the meat export industry last year during the foot and mouth outbreak.

Two government reports this month will argue that the slaughter policy was unnecessary, and that animals should have been vaccinated.


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Sat 6 Jul 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1807
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