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He won’t take responsibility for lies that led to Iraq war...
"SUPERBUG CRISIS worse than feared". "The deadly superbug that puts Britain’s hospitals to shame."
A TRAGEDY at the refugee detention centre in Harmondsworth, near Heathrow airport, sparked protests by inmates this week.
THE BRITISH National Party was reeling after a BBC documentary ripped away their mask of "respectability" last week.
Mass graves claim overstated TONY BLAIR claimed that 400,000 bodies had been found in mass graves in Iraq.
CAMDEN COUNCIL in north London has summonsed me to court for "placing posters on a bus shelter by means of sticky brown tape".
PAY TALKS between baggage handlers and check-in staff and British Airways broke down last week.
ALL THREE unions involved in the local government pay talks have now accepted the deal on offer from the council employers’ body.
PROTEST IS growing against plans by Middlesbrough council to demolish the St Hilda’s estate against the wishes of the residents and tenants.
THE GOVERNMENT plans to introduce new fire precautions legislation with far-reaching implications for all workplaces, and especially the railways.
COCA-COLA’S national force of field engineers have voted 90 percent in favour of union recognition with Amicus.
AROUND 10,000 people attended the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs celebration in Dorset last Sunday.
LEWISHAM RESPECT, and others, are campaigning against the closure of Ladywell leisure centre in south east London.
TENS OF thousands of people—black, white and Asian—joined the Respect anti-racist festival in London’s Victoria Park last Saturday.
THREE DISPUTES over pay on the buses have come along at once.
AN IMPORTANT strike ballot is taking place at AH Marks Ltd, a Bradford-based chemicals firm.
THE THREAT of a strike has won major concessions from the Bernard Matthews turkey company.
EIGHT WEEKS ago management at City & Islington College announced the immediate closure of the engineering department. They said it was a "failing" department. They gave no guarantee that there would be no compulsory redundancies.
RESPECT’S national executive met on Saturday to plan a strategy for building on the by-election successes in Leicester and Birmingham.
WORKERS AT the F Bender Ltd paper tableware company in Wrexham returned to work last week after a five-day strike over pay.
MORE THAN 30 campaigners lobbied the immigration appeal hearing of Tham Sarki last week.
YASSER Arafat’s Palestinian Authority was thrown into crisis last weekend.
I HAD some sleepless nights in the build-up to the Butler report. One thing about the whole Iraq story was nagging at me—would Butler get to the bottom of it?
CIVIL SERVANTS are gearing up for a big fight against over 100,000 job cuts—and Socialist Worker’s backing for their campaign is proving a hit.
RESPECT’S RESULTS in the Leicester South and Birmingham Hodge Hill by-elections have rocked the political establishment.
LYNNE HUBBARD, a health worker who was active in the Hodge Hill campaign, told Socialist Worker, "In some areas of the constituency it was clear that we had won many of the people who were central to all the stop the war activity to Respect.
I ARGUED last week that a revolutionary party is not necessary for a revolution to begin—but it is necessary for that revolution to succeed.
Canary Wharf in east London is the site of the cathedrals of capitalism. It is the most concentrated area of wealth in Britain. Its only rival is the very heart of the City around the Bank of England.
I work as a cleaner, 9.30pm to 6am, five nights a week, Sunday to Thursday.
A GROUP of workers in Merseyside had a "miracle escape" two weeks ago, according to firefighters. The minibus they were travelling to work in crashed into a lorry.
THOUSANDS OF civil rights activists flock to a place where the state is systematically persecuting an ethnic minority. Idealistic young people are beaten and even killed by police in alliance with paramilitary gangs, who bomb churches and homes.
BETWEEN THE lines of the Butler report lies a damning indictment of the Blair government—proof positive that parliament and the people were lied to about Iraq’s "weapons of mass destruction".
MILLIONS OF public sector workers are facing a massive threat. Gordon Brown plans to axe 104,000 civil servants and clamp down on paid sick leave. This represents an attack on every worker.
HUNDREDS OF workers in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) lobbied parliament on Wednesday of last week.
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AS NEW Labour’s lies and betrayals mount up around him, Tony Blair has responded by lurching even further to the right.
SOCIALIST WORKER’S online presence has been relaunched. Our new website, <a href="http://www.socialistworker.co.uk" target="_blank"> www.socialistworker.co.uk</a>, has been redesigned and upgraded.
Paul was a brilliant socialist writer, a speaker more able than any other to make people see what was wrong with capitalism, a tireless campaigner against injustice, and an investigative journalist whose revelations caused the resignation of a Tory cabinet minister and exposed the corruption of businessmen, big and small.
WHEN I left school there were only two options facing me in the village I lived in near the Faslane naval base in Rosyth—the dole or working in forestry.
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