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Dated: 16 Feb 2013

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Tories make us sick

David Cameron is allowing horsemeat that could contain a banned drug harmful to humans to be exported from Britain for human consumption.

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Man who spied on the left met Tory cabinet minister

Jack Winder spent over three decades spying on people for the Economic League – a shadowy organisation set up in 1919 to combat Bolshevism.

Protests over NHS cuts pile pressure on health bosses

Almost every part of the NHS is under attack.

Yorkshire health trust shifts cuts deadline

Bosses at Mid Yorkshire hospitals NHS trust have extended by three weeks the deadline for medical secretaries and admin workers to accept "downbanding" wage cuts.

Horsemeat scandal - union demands public health check

The GMB union has demanded confirmation that food supplied to hospitals, schools and council care services does not contain horsemeat.

Burgers - where's the beef?

Food is often processed into products with a longer shelf life.

Humiliated Michael Gove is forced to Ebacc down

Education minister Michael Gove has been forced to abandon his plan to replace GCSEs with an "English Baccalaureate".

After Gove's climbdown - continue to fight against Tory attacks

Michael Gove is "consulting" on a new school curriculum that will make life hell in primary schools.

Protest against Marine Le Pen in Cambridge

Leading French fascist Marine Le Pen’s visit to Cambridge will be met by an anti-racist protest next week.

Campaigners occupy against Levenshulme library closure

Around 50 people occupied Levenshulme library in south Manchester on Friday night of last week.

Dorchester unions march against the cuts

Over 200 people marched through Dorchester on Saturday of last week as Dorset council prepared to vote on £11 million of cuts.

Sussex university sit-in defends jobs

University of Sussex students have occupied a third floor conference suite in opposition to the university’s plans to privatise services, affecting 235 jobs.

Sacked Howdens delivers workers protest

Delivery drivers sacked by Howdens joinery and kitchens in Widnes protested in London on Thursday of last week in their fight to get their jobs back.

Ten years after Iraq protest, hundreds attend Stop the War conference

Around 800 people attended a conference on Saturday of last week marking ten years from the huge demonstrations against the invasion of Iraq (see pages 10 and 11).

Solidarity for student protesters facing trial

Some 50 friends and supporters of Alfie Meadows and Zak King rallied outside Woolwich Crown Court in south east London on Monday of this week. The two were beginning their third trial.

South west bus drivers to strike

RMT union members on Wilts and Dorset buses have voted by 70 percent to strike against the company’s attacks on their terms and conditions.

Liverpool fights the Tories’ bedroom tax

Protesters occupied the offices of the Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) housing association on Thursday of last week, in opposition to the Tories’ planned bedroom tax.

BBC staff walkout set for this Monday

The National Union of Journalists has called a strike across the BBC for Monday of next week.

Stop the presses, says journos’ union

More than 80 percent of journalists in a ballot at the Observer and Guardian newspapers have voted for strikes.

Workers demand an end to rail disasters

The rail workers’ RMT union was set to hold a commemorative rally on Friday of this week for the 2004 Tebay rail disaster.

Build vote for strikes in the PCS

Some 250,000 PCS union members in the civil service are voting in a strike ballot over government attacks on their pay, conditions and pensions.

Bankers say, 'Bonus for us, cuts for you'

The chair of bailed out Bank of Scotland claimed this week that boss Stephen Hester’s £1.1 million salary and £6 million annual bonus was "modest".

Hated workfare scheme illegal

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a government scheme to force people to work for free or lose benefits is illegal.

Ministers back secret courts

The government moved closer to holding secret courts last week.

Energy firms get complaints

The UK’s biggest energy firms got more than 15,000 complaints a day in the last three months of last year.

More support abortion rights

More people in Britain support abortion rights, according to a YouGove poll. It found that the number who backed a ban on abortion dropped from 12 percent in 2005 to 7 percent.

Standing up to Gove's forced academy attacks at Gladstone School

There was a lively protest outside Gladstone Park primary school in west London at home time on Friday of last week.

St Helens strike against constant observation

Teachers at Newton-le-Willows primary school in St Helens began a two-day strike on Tuesday of this week.

Teachers meet to organise resistance

Around 90 education activists gathered at an excellent Education For Liberation conference in Camden, north London, last Saturday.

Vote Left in UCU elections

Elections have begun in the lecturers’ UCU union for national officer and national executive committee positions.

Were Tories involved in Elm House nightmare?

Police are investigating former senior Conservative figures and other prominent people over allegations of sexually abusing boys in a guest house in the early 1980s.

Battle is on for a fighting Unite union

More than 100 branches and workplaces of the Unite union have nominated blacklisted engineer Jerry Hicks to be their new general secretary.

Firefighters challenge London station closures

The fight to save 12 London fire stations threatened with closure stepped up a notch last week. First the Fire Authority that runs the London Fire brigade voted against the cuts proposed by fire brigade bosses.

Lecturers strike to defend Halesowen Four

UCU union members at Halesowen College in the Black Country struck today, Thursday, in defence of four sacked lecturers.

Whittington Hospital meeting calls demonstration

More than 600 angry campaigners met in Archway, north London, on Tuesday to save Whittington Hospital and called a demonstration next month. NHS managers plan to sell off £17 million worth of buildings and sack 570 staff. Local Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn chaired the meeting, which was also attended by local Labour MPs Emily Thornberry, Frank Dobson and David Lammy and author Owen Jones.

London Metropolitan University workers stand up to victimisation

University workers, students and other trade unionists lobbied management at London Metropolitan University yesterday, Wednesday, to defend two suspended workers.

Support grows for Sussex occupation

Support continues to grow for students occupying at Sussex university against the privatisation of 235 jobs.

Bahrain's 'Strike of dignity' faces down repression

Thousands of men, women and children are marking the second anniversary of the revolution in Bahrain by taking to the streets today, Thursday.

Workers and tenants join forces for benefits justice

Over 160 tenants and trade unionists joined forces at a Camden Benefit Justice meeting in London on Thursday of this week. They included parents and many disabled people.

Sussex students' call for solidarity

Students at Sussex university have been occupying part of a university building as part of a campaign against the privatisation of 235 jobs, including cleaners and security guards.


Ireland: 30,000 women used as slave labour for their ‘sins’

High Park in Drumcondra is a quite, small suburb of Dublin City, filled with bright modern, town houses.

Tunisia erupts for murdered leftist

Hundreds of thousands of people marched at the funeral of Chokri Belaid, a leading opposition politician in Tunisia, on Friday of last week.

Mali: French ‘victory’ descends into chaos

French claims of victory turned out to be premature as Islamist rebels counter-attacked in northern Mali’s largest city, Gao. The city saw two days of heavy fighting last weekend.

Marches across Ireland show the bitterness at austerity

Some 100,000 people took to the streets across the Republic of Ireland against austerity on Saturday of last week.

Migrants protest in Greece after death of street vendor

Anti-racists joined Senegalese migrants to demonstrate outside Athens town hall on Thursday of last week, over the killing of a Senegalese street vendor.

Car workers strike in France

Workers at two major car plants in the Paris region have been on strike against massive job losses.


Why there's trouble ahead for the Tories

Last week ended well for David Cameron. Lined up with German chancellor Angela Merkel he secured, for the first time, a cut in the European Union’s long-term budget for 2014-20.


15 February 2003: the world against the war

Saturday 15 February 2003 went down in history. Over 20 million people across the world joined a global protest against war in Iraq. The scale of the action stunned rulers everywhere.

The anti-war movement politicised millions

The Iraq war will haunt Tony Blair to his grave.

How the anti-war protest changed us all for better

"The school student walkouts were inspiring.

The creation of ‘normal’ sex

The rapid expansion of capitalism and its need for the family lie at the root of homophobia and the creation of the homosexual label, writes Laura Miles


Man Ray’s surrealist world of black and white portraits

This new show at London’s National Portrait Gallery brings together some of the most iconic photographs taken by Man Ray.

The Captain of Köpenick: toy soldiers in east Berlin satirise militarisation

In 1906 Wilhelm Voigt, a cobbler just out of prison, dressed up in a captain’s uniform, commandeered ten soldiers and marched on Köpenick Town Hall, south east of Berlin.

Complicit: one-off drama

Gordon Brown inspired this MI5 drama in 2009, when he said the British state did not engage in torture.

LGBT History Month events

February is LGBT history month.

What We Think

Food testing cuts let bosses feed us on filth

The Tories have raced to reassure people that they should keep buying processed food after horsemeat was found in several beef products.

No debate for fascists

The Cambridge Union has defended its invitation of French fuhrer Marine Le Pen to a debate.

Other Categories

Tim's view

Tim: Pantomime horse


If Gramsci was here now, he could teach Gove a lesson Tory education minister Michael Gove has confirmed what Russian revolutionary Lenin said in 1917.

The things they say

‘It is Alice in Wonderland territory, Orwellian almost’

Fixed rates for lunch dates—but Hester keeps his bonus

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) carried on rigging the Libor rate for two years after we bailed it out.

Toxic Tory outfoxed in the Huhne house

Senior Tories are said to be "de-toxifying" their brand. They might want a word with whoever selected Maria Hutchings as their candidate to replace Chris Huhne in the Eastleigh by-election.

Marble Lady falls on stony ground

Former prime ministers are often remembered with statues in their home towns.

What deficit? asks confused Cameron

David Cameron has received a stern letter from the UK statistics authority, telling him to stop getting deficit mixed up with debt.

Staffordshire - how job cuts and bosses' bullying led to NHS deaths

Savage cost-cutting by health bosses in Staffordshire led to the deaths of up to 1,200 people.

A promotion for health boss at heart of Stafford scandal

David Nicholson became chief executive of the regional regulators for Mid Staffordshire NHS foundation trust in 2005.

Stafford health disaster could happen again

The public inquiry into the disaster at the Mid Staffordshire NHS foundation trust made 290 recommendations.

A foundation for business

The Department of Health does not manage foundation trusts (FTs).

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