Dated: 05 May 2007
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Gordon Brown, Tony Blair's proposed successor, gave "Blair's decade of achievement" in government "ten out of ten" in the Sun on Tuesday.
The fortunes of Britain’s wealthiest 1,000 people has grown 20 percent in a year, the Sunday Times Rich List has revealed.
"This is not just about language. We will lose everything if these cuts go ahead," said Somali refugee Ibrahim Abdullahi as he joined a lively protest on Saturday against proposed cuts to the provision of English for speakers of other languages (Esol).
Left wing campaigners reported growing anger against New Labour everywhere in the run-up to Thursday’s local government, Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly elections.
Greenwich single status lobby Over 250 Unison union members met in Greenwich, south east London, last week as part of the campaign against the single status pay offer. This was despite the council refusing time off until just two days before the meeting. A lobby of the council brought together around 50 workers. Another lobby is planned for Wednesday 16 May.
Management at the Tyne & Wear NHS Trust continued their victimisation of leading Unison union activist Yunus Bakhsh this week, insisting that they will use "anonymous witnesses" in their disciplinary hearing against him.
Piara Kalayan, a baggage handler at Heathrow airport devastated at being sacked hanged himself last week.
Post bosses are pumping out propaganda in an effort to stop a pay revolt. But it's based on lies.
Over 100 family and friends of two men who were killed after a crane fell in Battersea protested as part of Workers’ Memorial Day last Saturday.
This week’s "bomb plot trial" verdicts have not satsified all questions about the case.
First Group, which has a near monopoly on the inner city buses in Bristol, has recently increased its attacks on bus drivers.
Wakefield public meeting Nearly 50 people attended the first public meeting against a number of schools in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, leaving local authority control and becoming trusts.
Lecturers at City College Manchester have put strike action on hold after management said that proposed new contracts would not be implemented for new starters.
The 205 lecturers at Harlow College in Essex are holding a strike ballot after management announced redundancies and changes to terms and conditions.
Ten years after Tony Blair announced that there were "24 hours to save the NHS" the extent of the financial crisis in the health service and the mania for privatisation has become even more apparent.
Tower Hamlets council in east London has been forced into a humiliating climbdown over the case of sacked journalist Eileen Short.
If you live in a large town or city, it’s easy to walk, drive, ride on a bus or train without knowing how the space you’re in was divided up, shared out and indeed goes on being divided up and shared out.
Respect councillor Michael Lavalette stood for re-election in the Town Centre ward in Preston on Thursday.
Dave Ward has decided to stand down as the CWU union’s representative on the Labour Party national executive committee (NEC) because he believes it conflicts with the best interests of union members.
The Solidarity campaign for Thursday's Scottish parliament elections struck a chord with working class people across the country. Candidates and members report receiving a great response everywhere.
Thursday's elections took place before Socialist Worker went to press but look likely to mark a sea change in Scotland. Labour is set to lose ground to the Scottish National Party (SNP).
Some 250,000 civil service workers in the PCS union struck on May Day against job cuts, low pay and privatisation.
Across Britain workers joined May Day marches on Tuesday or took the chance to hold protests in their own workplaces.
Last Wednesday George Galloway came to Scotland to back Solidarity, taking time out from Respect's council campaign in England to lend his support.
Royal Mail workers are pushing for a strike ballot over pay cuts.
The likelihood of a summer of discontent in the health service increased last week as the NHS Pay Negotiating Council (PNC) – which sets wages for over 300,000 non-clinical staff like porters, cleaners and cooks – announced the same 1.9 percent "pay rise" that has been offered to clinical staff.
Baha Musa, an Iraqi hotel worker, died with 93 separate injuries to his body as a result of severe beatings he received while detained by British troops in Basra.
The war is lost. That's the message coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan by those sent to fight it.
April has been a bloody month for British troops in Iraq. Twelve soldiers have been killed and scores wounded – the highest monthly figure since the invasion four years ago.
Tony Blair pleaded with Scottish voters not to give New Labour a "kicking" in this Thursday's elections. But that hasn't stopped them expressing their revulsion at New Labour's record.
<h4Barnsley About 60 staff and students joined a lively dinnertime protest outside Barnsley College today to protest at the threatened cuts to Esol language classes.
MACCLESFIELD POSTAL workers last week walked out unofficially to support a colleague with chronic renal failure – and won a complete victory against uncaring bosses.
Results for Respect and Solidarity in the English Council, Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly elections held on 3 May 2007
Michael Lavalette has been re-elected as Respect councillor for Town Centre ward in Preston. He won 1,179 votes compared to 717 for Labour, 206 for the Lib Dems, 87 for the Conservative and 63 for the Green Party.
Mohammed Ishtiaq has been elected as Respect councillor in Sparkbroook, Birmingham. He won 3,514 votes compared to 2,503 for Labour, 919 for the Lib Dems and 548 for the Conservatives. Congratulations to Mohammed Ishtiaq and everyone who helped with the campaign.
Ray Holmes won the Shirebrook North West seat on the Bolsover District council in Derbyshire. In a close fought election, Ray won 53 percent of the vote – 295 votes to the Labour candidate's 264 votes.
The May 2007 election results have underlined the urgent need to create a radical alternative to the party of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
Early results from the local elections make grim reading for the fascist British National Party (BNP). Despite standing 750 candidates across the country in an attempt to take advantage of anti-immigrant hysteria coming from press and politicians alike, the Nazis have failed to win any seats in their key target areas.
A savage bombardment of the Somali capital Mogadishu by occupying Ethiopian forces has left thousands dead and driven over 350,000 people from their homes.
A large swathe of Africa is either on the verge of war, or actually at war – and outside intervention by the great powers will only make it worse.
Generals in Turkey have threatened "military intervention" to halt a vote in the country's parliament that could see Abdullah Gül, the current foreign minister from the mainstream Islamist party Justice and Development (AK), elected as president.
On two occasions in April hundreds of thousands of Turks took to the streets of Istanbul and the capital Ankara to defend "the Republic".
"More migrants please" – so read the headline of last week's Investors Chronicle magazine.
It’s hard to judge how serious the confrontation over Iraq between George Bush and the Democrats in the US Congress is.
Abusing hooded prisoners is not the work a few rogue soldiers, but a systemic US policy of torture that dates back to the start of the Cold War. The US military watched with interest the Russian show trials of the 1930s and 1940s, in which opponents of the regime stood up and admitted to anything and everything they were accused of.
Every Labour government has been elected on a promise to protect and improve workers’ living standards, and each has tried to impose cuts in pay.
It's not often that a politician's actions can rally together millions of ordinary people from all walks of life. But that's what chancellor Gordon Brown has managed to do by imposing a maximum 2 percent wage rise across the public sector.
Both Eyes BlindThe Tribunessingle out now The Tribunes are a fiercely political up-and-coming jazz act. They combine music with spoken words to create what band member Gary Duke describes as "a head-on collision between The Streets and John Coltrane".
Imagine music that falls somewhere between French cabaret, classical symphony, Latin jazz and pop – and throw in a few touches of Japanese film noir, big band anthems and romantic melodrama.
Pink Martini are a big band with a big sound, a big live presence – and big ideas. Thomas Lauderdale, a classically trained pianist, formed the group in 1994 to play political benefits in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, on the West Coast of the US.
The convictions of five men for plotting to attack targets in Britain has set off a predictable furore in the mainstream media.
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