Dated: 10 Jul 2004
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NEW LABOUR’S campaign in the Hodge Hill parliamentary by-election will send shivers down the spine of anyone on the left. Labour has issued a barrage of bigoted, right wing leaflets.
BLAIR’S FIVE-year plan for education will haunt ordinary parents and schoolchildren for generations to come.
Coppers caught out by figures THE RECENT statistics on police stop and search show that racism is still alive and kicking throughout the police force.
THE AMICUS union held its section conferences last week. About 80 delegates from both blue and white collar sections attended the aerospace conference.
A MEETING of the Labour left in London last week showed the anger and frustration felt by many party members.
AMBULANCE WORKERS in the north east of England met on Monday of this week to plan the next step in their campaign.
LONDON: Hundreds of people protested in Parliament Square on Wednesday of last week over the fake handover in Iraq.
WORKERS AT Arriva North Western and Wales buses could be heading for strikes after they rejected a pay offer by 1,166 votes to 670.
ABOUT 30 people picketed a BNP meeting in Southend, Essex, where its leader, Nick Griffin, was due to speak on Thursday of last week.
ABOUT 200 delegates met for the seventh TUC lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered conference last week.
A vote to get this rise in the bag WORKERS AT airport baggage handling company Aviance have voted for strikes just as talks with their bosses were due to take place on Wednesday of this week.
DURING LAST week’s tube strike the same right wing media that viciously attacked firefighters and post workers for daring to strike laid into tube workers and the RMT union.
Leytonstone train crew depot Quite a lot of new people on picket line, about a dozen of us from 4.45am.
SOME TUBES were running during our strike, but management were very worried by just how few Aslef union drivers crossed the picket line.
IT’S HARD to find the words to express my contempt for London mayor Ken Livingstone’s call for tube workers to scab on last week’s RMT strike.
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"CHOICE IS the political buzzword this week, but up until Respect was formed voters had no real choice.
PEOPLE OFTEN talk as if revolutions are made by existing groups of socialists getting a bit bigger and suddenly changing things.
A CLUTCH of business people in Britain meet over drinks at various social occasions. One is planning a takeover bid of Marks & Spencer—a company that Tony Blair has described as one of the best examples of British capitalism.
Nick Berg, an American contract worker, was kidnapped and beheaded in Iraq earlier this year. MICHAEL BERG, his father, came to Britain last week to attend demonstrations against the fake handover of power in Iraq. He spoke at a press conference organised by the Stop the War Coalition.
‘CHOICE" was the buzzword on the politicians’ lips last week. It is rapidly becoming the ideological linchpin of Blair’s vision of a "radical" third term.
WHEN PATIENTS come to me, the one thing they want is to get better.
MOST PARENTS and pupils know choice is a complete and utter fraud.
SHOCK AND anger spread through job centres and pension centres last week when the government announced it was going to axe 550 benefit offices and ten pension centres—and do it all with a smile.
THERE IS a full spectrum assault on the PCS union and jobs in the DWP.
IRAQ IS "sovereign and free", declared the BBC’s Matt Frei on 28 July. The staged "handover" was dubbed an "enormously significant day for Iraq".
AYAD ALLAWI, the unelected interim prime minister of Iraq, has come out in support of the latest air strike on Fallujah, which killed ten Iraqis.
MICHAEL MOORE’S new film Fahrenheit 9/11, released in Britain on Friday of this week, has got right up the nose of the establishment. First they tried to stop us seeing this anti-Bush documentary and when that failed they attacked it by saying its facts were questionable.
THE IMAGES of Saddam Hussein on trial filled our TV screens and newspapers last week. This week it was the trial of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic that made the headlines.
WHATEVER THE excesses and absurdities of his life (and there were many), Marlon Brando was one of ours.
JOHN NEGROPONTE’S takeover in Iraq indicates a new stage in the American war and occupation—death squad democracy.
WE ALL know from bitter experience that many products don’t do what they say on the label.
Come to the opening rally LINDSEY GERMAN, convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, will be joined by Respect MP George Galloway, Walden Bello from Focus on the Global South, Brazilian socialist Luciana Genro, and Giuliano Giuliani, father of Carlo Giuliani who was killed by Italian police at the anti G8 summit protest in Genoa.
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