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Day of action to stop Iran attack

The Stop the War Coalition is organising national protests against an attack on Iran.

Don’t Attack Iran demonstrations are being planned across the country as part of an international day of action.

The coalition is asking every anti-war group to organise lunchtime protests and rallies at 2pm this Saturday, 6 May, in the centre of towns and cities.

Stop The War said in a statement, “The countdown to an attack on Iran has started. There are reports that the US military is considering the use of tactical nuclear weapons against Iran’s nuclear processing centres.”

All-London protest Saturday 6 May, assemble 1pm Peace Gardens, Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, WC1. Speakers include Bruce Kent (CND) and Tony Benn. For more information on local protests turn to page 12, phone 020 7278 6694, e-mail or go to

Cash for stock market school

When he opened the Business Academy in Bexley, south east London, Tony Blair said “I have seen the future of education.”

Let’s hope that he’s wrong. The school is the most expensive built in Britain. It cost the taxpayer over £50 million. It is sponsored by property developer David Garrard—a man at the centre of the cash for peerages row.

The school also has its very own mini stock market.

According to the Sunday Times last weekend, Garrard who loaned Labour £2.3 million before the last election, but had his peerage blocked last year by the Lords Appointments Commission, issued a series of warnings in that unless government funding was increased he would be forced to pull out of the school.

He also threatened to declare the academy insolvent and complained that the stress was ruining his holidays.

If the government’s education bill is passed then academies will be the only option available for most local authorities.

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Sat 6 May 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1999
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