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Drive out Blair… and all he stands for!

Join the Time to Go demonstration in Manchester to push Blair out, and make hime realise when he goes that it was his policies on Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon that finished him. Don't let him forget that the vast majority of the population hate his privatisation policies.


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News

Clare Short: Labour is collapsing on the ground

Tony Blair's forced admission that he will go within a year has done nothing to stem the growing crisis in the Labour Party.

Discontent and demoralisation dominates throughout the Labour Party

Clare Short’s move is not the only example of Labour’s crisis.

John McDonnell: support for left wing leadership challenge

John McDonnell MP has launched a left wing challenge for the Labour leadership.

Nestlé controversy at Labour Party conference

Nestlé, the chocolate maker and Labour Party donor, is sponsoring a Christian Socialist Movement meeting at Labour’s conference.

Fat is a socialist issue

Levels of obesity in Britain have reached record levels and are rising. The health impact of obesity is such that for the first time in recent history children could face a lower life expectancy than their parents.

‘Iraq war crimes’ defence convinces jurors

A jury in the case of two peace activists accused of sabotaging military equipment has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict.

Respect piles up pressure on Labour in east London

It is less than six months since the local elections - and already the cracks are starting to show within the New Labour group that runs Tower Hamlets council in east London.

Babar Ahmad: a message from my prison cell

Terrorism is the bulldog used by Tony Blair’s administration to frighten the electorate into accepting repressive legislation. And once that legislation is set in stone, it is used against anyone but terrorists.

Refugees from Zimbabwe protest against deportations

Over 300 Zimbabweans from across Britain led a vibrant and lively demonstration in Leeds last Saturday against the government’s resumption of deportations of refused asylum seekers back to Zimbabwe, writes Stuart Hodkinson

Electricians strike at Hunterston nuclear plant

Electricians in the Amicus union working at two Hunterston nuclear power stations in Ayrshire, Scotland, have begun a series of strikes due to the removal of a 50 pence per hour enhancement that had been in place for 30 years.

Chep UK workers strike against arrogant bosses

Workers at Chep UK in Pontefract struck for five days this week over pay, sackings and the general attitude of management.

Don’t talk about privatisation - court gags a union rep

Southampton city council have taken out a high court injunction to prevent a Unison union shop steward, Mike Tucker, telling his fellow workers the council’s plans for privatisation.

Coventry council workers vote for action over single status - twice

A new wave of strikes is likely at Coventry City Council in a long-running dispute over pay.

Reports round-up

Heathrow Express to strike over pay More than 70 workers on Heathrow Express were set to strike on Thursday this week.

The NHS is under threat

The scale of the NHS Logistics privatisation reflects Labour’s wider ambitions to entrench the market in the health service. These plans are driving the NHS into crisis.

Save Whipps Cross Hospital

Some 50 health workers and members of the public lobbied the health scrutiny committee of Waltham Forest council in east London on Thursday of last week to oppose drastic cuts in health services.

Heated debates over Trident and Europe at TUC

Trident

NHS Logistics: a strike to save the health service

Workers who supply hospitals across England were set to strike this week as part of their battle against privatisation. It will be the first national strike in the NHS for 18 years.

Merseyside firefighters' action in fourth week

Merseyside firefighters are engaged in a bitter and very important strike.

TUC calls demonstration to support trade unionists in Zimbabwe

The TUC is organising a demonstration in front of the Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe at 1pm on Friday 22 September 2006 to protest against the repression of trade union and human rights by the Zimbabwean authorities and to express solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe.

Nine hundred at Sheffield anti-war rally

An audience of 900 people in Sheffield heard veteran Labour left-winger Tony Benn warn that "war with Iran could be the beginning of a Third World War."

Dissent ruled out of order at Labour conference

In an astounding example of crushing democracy the arrangements committee for the Labour Party conference moved on Thursday to stamp out dissent.

NHS Logistics strike confronts privatisation

The first national strike in the health service for 18 years began on Thursday evening. The 24-hour strike by 1,000 members of the Unison union at NHS Logistics saw low paid workers in direct confrontation with New Labour’s privatisation policies.


International

US ‘dodgy dossier’ on Iran exposed as lies

The warmongers have been caught red handed again - this time using lies to spin the case for a war on Iran.

Israel breaks ceasefire - and the UN turns a blind eye

The United Nations (UN) has broken its pledge to protect Lebanon from Israeli attacks, saying instead that it will focus on disarming the resistance.

The democratic convention: a step forward for democracy in Mexico

Last Saturday the civil resistance movement in Mexico held a national democratic convention in the capital Mexico City.

Zimbabwe government cracks down on opposition

Zimbabwe’s government launched a brutal series of arrests last week when workers held a protest for basic rights.

After coup dictatorship rules Thailand

Last night the military staged a coup against the elected, but controversial, government of Thaksin Shinawatra. In the tradition of all Thai military coups for the last 60 years, the dictatorship claimed to have staged the coup in order to "reform politics" and "protect democracy". They said they had "no interest in taking personal power" and would be "returning power to the people as soon as possible". And in the tradition of many previous coups they later sought and received support from the monarchy.

Statement against the coup in Thailand

A group of people under the name of the "Administrative Reform Council (ARC) under the Democratic System" have staged a coup d'etat and removed power from a government elected under the constitution that was drafted by the people. Abolishing the constitution, harassing the media, and putting an end to the independent agencies are acts regarded as abolishing the system of parliamentary democracy. This act will lead to the same outcome as previous coups that had happened in Thai society.

Thailand: background to the coup

On the evening of 19 September a military junta calling itself "The reform committee in the democratic system with a monarchy as head of state" staged a coup and overthrew the democratically elected, but controversial, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.


Comment

Pope has joined the ‘war on terror’

The most striking aspect of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks on Islam at Regensburg on 12 September was the way they harmonised with George Bush and Tony Blair’s propaganda line on the Middle East.

Darfur: foreign intervention will mean more pain

A clamour is growing to send United Nations (UN) troops to Darfur in western Sudan - whether the Sudanese government agrees or not.

Bush’s ‘long war’ is falling apart

Five years after 11 September 2001, George Bush and his advisers continue to affirm that they are engaged in a global "long war" against terrorism.


Features

Deepening catastrophe in Afghanistan

The British, US and other Nato troops in Afghanistan are losing. How has this happened?

Map of central Manchester with march route

Manchester's history of rebellion

Abolitionists There is a myth that the abolition of the British slave trade came about because of pressure from enlightened liberal individuals such as William Wilberforce.

An Inconvenient Truth: a warning to the world about climate change

An Inconvenient Truth, the new documentary based on the multi-media lecture about global warming given by former US vice president Al Gore, had its mainstream release in Britain last week. The previous day Nasa revealed that the Antarctic ice is melting 14 times faster than expected.

Military families will defy peace camp ban

Families of British soldiers have told Socialist Worker they will set up a peace camp outside this week’s Labour Party conference in Manchester, despite attempts to ban them by the city’s council.

Reasons to march in Manchester this weekend

From Beirut to Brighton Tony Blair faced anti-war protests last week. Now all roads lead to Manchester. This weekend the Labour Party conference is coming to town - and the anti?war movement will be there.

Pictures of the Manchester Peace camp

Pictures of the Manchester Peace camp

Malcolm Kendall-Smith supports Time to Go demonstration

Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith told a public meeting on Thursday that the crimes of the British and American governments may cause a "return to barbarism in the modern age" unless they change their foreign policy.  Speaking to a meeting of students in the build up to the demonstration at Labour Party conference, he said that "when you look into the history, the UK and US government have been engaged in criminal activity for many years."

Tony Benn to join George Galloway on TalkSport after demonstration

Tony Benn will be joining George Galloway on his TalkSport radio show on Saturday 23 September straight after the mass anti-war protest in Manchester. Tony and George will be discussing the anti-war movement, the politics of protest and the future for the left in this special show broadcast from Manchester.

Military families peace camp goes ahead

Military families campaigning against the war in Iraq and Afghanistan are delighted to have won the right to set up a peace camp In Manchester's Peace Gardens, an area in the city centre that borders Albert Square, the assembly point for tomorrow's demonstration. The council had originally refused the families permission to hold a protest camp, but backed down at the last minute.

Video appeal from Rose Gentle to join the Time to Go Demonstration

Rose Gentle of Military Families Against the War at the peace camp in Manchester calls on people to join the demonstration on Saturday 23 September (Friday 22 September 2006)

Video of Lindsey German calling on people to join the Time to Go demonstration

Lindsey German, convener of the Stop the War Coalition, calls on people to join the demonstration on Saturday 23 September

On the move to Manchester for the Time to Go demonstration at Labour Party conference

Students' feeder march Hundreds of young people took part in a students' feeder march to the Albert Square assembly point. Beginning with a couple of hundred, it grew to over 600 by the time it arrived. There were very large numbers from both Manchester University and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Pictures from the London peace train (1)

People traveling to the Time to Go demonstration outside the Labour Party conference in Manchester on the peace train from London

Pictures from the London peace train (2)

People traveling to the Time to Go demonstration outside the Labour Party conference in Manchester on the peace train from London

Pictures of the Time to Go march setting off

Opening rally of Time to Go demonstration

Thousands of anti-war protesters streamed into Albert Square in Manchester today at the start of the Stop the War Coalition's Time To Go demonstration on the eve of the Labour Party conference.

Picture: Time to Go demonstration in Albert Square, Manchester

At least 50,000 people joined the Time to Go protest in Manchester today, the biggest event of its kind ever held in the city.

Trade unionists join the protest outside the Labour Party Conference

There were at least 80 union banners on the march, a very high number. They included:

Pictures: over 50,000 march in Manchester (1)

Pictures: over 50,000 march in Manchester (2)

More than 50,000 protesters tell Blair it's Time to Go

Between 50,000 and 60,000 protesters converged on Manchester city centre today for the Stop the War Coalition's "Time To Go" demonstration on the eve of the Labour Party's annual conference.

Picture: a sea of union banners

Video shorts of the Manchester demonstration

On the march Protesters on the march through Manchester

Video of George Galloway speech at Manchester Time to Go demonstration

Respect MP George Galloway speaks to the crowd at the rally after more than 50,000 people marched on the Stop the War Coalition 'Time to Go' demonstration against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for Tony Blair to go. The demonstration was in Manchester outside the venue of the Labour Party conference on Saturday 23 September 2006.

Video of the Time to Go march in Manchester

A selection of views of more than 50,000 marching through Manchester, the venue of the Labour Party conference to say it's time for British troops to go from Iraq and Afghanistan and time for Tony Blair to go from Downing Street

Video of Tommy Sheridan's speech at Time to Go demonstration

Solidarity MSP Tommy Sheridan speaks to the crowd at the rally after more than 50,000 people marched on the Stop the War Coalition 'Time to Go' demonstration against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for Tony Blair to go. The demonstration was in Manchester outside the venue of the Labour Party conference on Saturday 23 September 2006.

Video of Soumaya Ghannoushi speech at Time to Go demonstration

Soumaya Ghannoushi of the British Muslim Initiative speaks to the crowd at the rally after more than 50,000 people marched on the Stop the War Coalition 'Time to Go' demonstration against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for Tony Blair to go. The demonstration was in Manchester outside the venue of the Labour Party conference on Saturday 23 September 2006.

Video of Eamonn McCann speech at Time to Go demonstration

Eamonn McCann, civil rights activist from Derry and one of the Raytheon Nine, speaks to the crowd at the rally after more than 50,000 people marched on the Stop the War Coalition 'Time to Go' demonstration against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for Tony Blair to go. The demonstration was in Manchester outside the venue of the Labour Party conference on Saturday 23 September 2006.

Video of Rose Gentle speech at Time to Go demonstration

Rose Gentle of the Military Families Against the War speaks to the crowd at the rally after more than 50,000 people marched on the Stop the War Coalition 'Time to Go' demonstration against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for Tony Blair to go. The demonstration was in Manchester outside the venue of the Labour Party conference on Saturday 23 September 2006.

Video of Craig Murray speech at Time to Go demonstration

Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, speaks to the crowd at the rally after more than 50,000 people marched on the Stop the War Coalition 'Time to Go' demonstration against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for Tony Blair to go. The demonstration was in Manchester outside the venue of the Labour Party conference on Saturday 23 September 2006.

Video of Lindsey German speech at Time to Go demonstration

Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, speaks to the crowd at the rally after more than 50,000 people marched on the Stop the War Coalition 'Time to Go' demonstration against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for Tony Blair to go. The demonstration was in Manchester outside the venue of the Labour Party conference on Saturday 23 September 2006.

Video of John Rees speech at Time to Go demonstration

John Rees of the Stop the War Coalition speaks to the crowd at the rally before more than 50,000 people marched on the Stop the War Coalition 'Time to Go' demonstration against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for Tony Blair to go. The demonstration was in Manchester outside the venue of the Labour Party conference on Saturday 23 September 2006.

Video of Nahella Ashraf speech at Time to Go demonstration

Nahella Ashraf, chair of Manchester Stop the War, speaks to the crowd at the rally after more than 50,000 people marched on the Stop the War Coalition 'Time to Go' demonstration against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for Tony Blair to go. The demonstration was in Manchester outside the venue of the Labour Party conference on Saturday 23 September 2006.

Video of Lancet editor Richard Horton's speech at Time to Go demonstration

Dr Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet, speaks to the crowd at the rally after more than 50,000 people marched on the Stop the War Coalition 'Time to Go' demonstration against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for Tony Blair to go. The demonstration was in Manchester outside the venue of the Labour Party conference on Saturday 23 September 2006.

400 at Time for Change conference

Some 400 people attended the Time For Change "alternative conference" organised by the Stop the War Coalition in Manchester on Sunday - the day after the Time To Go demonstration and on the first day of the Labour Party conference.


Reviews

Injustice CD: sounding the alarm over deaths in police custody

A new CD has been released by the people behind the 2001 film Injustice that told the story of families seeking justice for deaths in police custody.

Winter Soldier: a powerful testimony against the Vietnam War

This is the film about the investigations held in Detroit by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War into the war crimes carried out by the US on the people of south east Asia during the Vietnam War.

Love Sheffield Music Hate Racism | Mary Barton | Crazy Itch Radio - Basement Jaxx

Love Sheffield Music Hate RacismCD out now£8 from various Sheffield music shops and <a href="http://www.lmhrsheffield.co.uk" target="_blank">www.lmhrsheffield .co.uk</a> Sheffield Love Music Hate Racism have put together a double CD of tracks donated by local bands to raise money for the campaign. The 35 tracks include soul, indie, reggae, drum & bass and funk.


What We Think

Our power can confront New Labour’s agenda

The plan is that Tony Blair will slip out of Downing Street some time next spring, leaving the New Labour project intact and on the road. Loyal Blairite cabinet ministers will guarantee the continuation of Tony’s work, while the presence of David Cameron’s "New Tories" on the right flank will check any tendency for Gordon Brown to lurch left.


Other Categories

Tim: Twinned with Budapest

Leon Kuhn: Sink Blair!

Letters

They’re drunk on profit We have suffered months of moralising and a plethora of "initiatives" from the government over diet, binge drinking and alcohol abuse. Yet at the first serious test ministers entirely caved in to the big drinks firms.

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