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Gordon Brown this week made clear his enthusiasm for ending universal healthcare on the NHS.
Gordon Brown in his budget today has laid down his credentials as Tony Blair's natural heir. His only difference is a little bit of extra Thatcherism thrown in for good measure.
The latest outburst of anger over New Labour’s attacks on the health service saw 12,000 junior doctors take to the streets of London last weekend.
Over 2,500 Birmingham local government workers gathered last week at one of the biggest trade union mass meetings for years.
Thousands of PCS members are set to strike on Friday of next week as the next stage of their union’s campaign.
Staff at Runcorn Royal Mail delivery office in Cheshire have voted not to work on Good Friday.
Hundreds of lawyers demonstrated outside parliament on Monday against attacks on legal aid and access to justice.
Over 600 angry local people and athletes attended a recent public meeting inside the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh to voice their anger at the politicians that are supposed to represent them.
After five days of strikes, 70 GMB members, mainly African migrant workers, have secured union recognition from NCP in Enfield, north London.
Over 250 people came to the Bristol Organising For Fighting Unions (OFFU) meeting last week. It showed how OFFU can attract a broad range of trade union activists and also act as a forum for other campaigners.
European rallies against job cuts Some 40,000 Airbus workers protested last Friday in Germany, France, Spain and Britain against plans by the European aircraft maker to cut one in ten of its workforce of 87,000.
When I run for leadership of either the Labour or Tory Party (either will do), please remind me to gas on about the family.
Respect is standing candidates in target seats across England in the council elections on 3 May to provide an alternative to the policies of war and privatisation followed by mainstream parties.
Respect is urging its supporters to throw themselves into the campaign to re-elect Michael Lavalette as a councillor in Preston.
‘Solidarity activists have been delivering pre-election bulletins to houses across Scotland over the last few weeks. Tens of thousands have been delivered so far.
The campaign to defend Yunus Bakhsh, a leading Unison union activist and fighter for the NHS, from victimisation by both his management and his trade union gathered pace this week.
There is general agreement among lecturers that while many people were happy at the number of UCU Left supporters elected to the executive, the numbers voting were pitifully low.
Amicus members at Fujitsu in Manchester continue their long-running battle to defend union recognition and agreements on redundancy, redeployment and pay.
Over 2,000 Southampton council workers struck for 24 hours on Tuesday. The strike was called in protest at the council’s proposal to transfer over 700 jobs to private company Capita.
Tuesday 1 May is set to see a major strike in defence of public services as the PCS civil service workers’ union steps up its action against job cuts, low pay and privatisation.
The left has achieved remarkable success in the national executive elections for the lecturers’ union, UCU.
Jahan Hajipour is an Iranian journalist. He took time off work to join a delegation from Sheffield, where he now lives, to the People’s Assembly held in London on Tuesday of this week.
New Labour pushed its plans to renew the Trident nuclear missile system through parliament last week – by relying on the backing of the Tories.
An opinion poll commissioned by the BBC this week offers a snapshot of what ordinary Iraqis think about the US-led occupation of their country four years on from the invasion
"We here at this assembly represent the opinions of the people far more than those in houses of parliament," said Tony Benn, president of the Stop the War Coalition, to hundreds of delegates at the People’s Assembly held in central London on Tuesday.
Spain Some of the biggest demonstrations took place in Spain. Hundreds of thousands marched in Madrid and more than 10,000 in Barcelona. Protests involving thousands more took place in many other Spanish cities.
Council tenants in Swansea have delivered a resounding no to the council's plans to transfer their entire housing stock to a private limited company.
Opposition groups in Egypt have demonstrated against a constitutional amendment that would silence criticism of the regime.
A growing crisis threatens military rule in Pakistan, a key US ally in the "war on terror".
"Bodies were scattered all over the paddy fields, smeared with blood. The injured were screaming for help – and police kept kicking them."
Around 1,000 teachers were arrested in the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday of last week, as they gathered for what would have been their third protest outside Iran’s parliament in recent weeks.
Thirty-year old Nelson is waiting and hoping for a mass riot. Like many other residents of the Highfield township in Harare, he knows Zimbabwe is on a knife-edge.
Tony Blair is spending what is meant to be the twilight of his premiership rushing around in a frenzy of policy initiatives meant to define his famous "legacy". The decision to update the Trident submarine-launched nuclear missiles is apparently part of this.
In the coming months, it will be hard to turn on the television or pick up a newspaper in Britain without seeing some mention of the 200th anniversary of parliament’s abolition of the slave trade. A flood of forums, lecture series, museum exhibitions and commemorative ceremonies are also marking this event.
Here are articles about the revolt against slavery including Adam Hochschild and Marika Sherwood, on the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire.
‘If you take a step back and look at how the political landscape has changed over the past couple of years you can see how much has been achieved. Climate change was barely mentioned during the last general election. Now it seems to be top of many people’s priority lists.
Gordon Brown is in competition with David Cameron as to which party takes global warming more seriously.
Books on the fight against the slave trade
Ms Dynamite in Search of Nanny Maroon Niomi Daley, the British hip-hop star better known as Ms Dynamite, travelled to her ancestral land Jamaica to make a TV documentary about slaves who fought back.
Within days of the 1807 anti-slavery act coming into force, British slave traders were already deploying a number of ruses to circumvent it.
"When Wilberforce came forward, public attention became directed to the matter.
William Wilberforce is presented as "the man who freed the slaves". Often this is done in an incredibly patronising way that removes or diminishes the role of the British mass movement and, above all, the struggles of slaves themselves.
Racism as we know it today developed during the Atlantic slave trade. In the 17th century it emerged in its roughest form in the mouths of the plantation owners who wanted to justify their treatment of the slaves.
Slavery was not a one-off event – a single horror confined to the 18th century or simply to Africa.
There will be no street parties or popping of champagne corks in Britain to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. The best that this country could manage was a half-hearted friendly football match between a Manchester United team and a motley collection of European footballers.
The former slave Olaudah Equiano was a key figure in the British campaign to end slavery.
March marks the 200th anniversary of the act of parliament that officially ended direct British involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. The act of 1807 made it illegal for a British ship to transport captive Africans across the Atlantic for sale into slavery.
Africans resisted slavery at every point. There were rebellions on board the ships that carried them across the oceans, which often resulted in the cruelest retaliation. But it was on the plantations that the most serious challenges to the slave economy took place.
Very few people these days would question the barbarity of the Atlantic slave trade. Nor can anyone easily deny that vast profits were made from slave labour in the plantations.
On the fourth anniversary of George Bush’s invasion of Iraq, just one in five Iraqis have confidence in occupation forces.
Trident is an outrage In the dim and distant past, namely the 1970s, I was a British soldier.
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