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Issue: 1748

Dated: 19 May 2001



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New Labour caught lying

THE GULF between rich and poor has grown faster under Tony Blair than it did under Tory John Major....


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Target Marks & Spencer

WORKERS FROM Marks & Spencer in France and Belgium were due to march in London on Thursday of this week against job cuts. Their target is the British company which plans to close all 18 stores in Fran

'Third Way' ends in failure

RIGHT WING Thatcher-loving businessman Silvio Berlusconi swept to power in the Italian elections last weekend. Berlusconi's Forza Italia (Go Italy) increased its share of the vote...

Anti-Nazi

THE POLICE in Bermondsey, south London, ensured that the Nazi National Front (NF) marched last Saturday for the third time through the area...

SOME 30,000 college lecturers are to strike for the day on Tuesday of next week. Picket lines will be outside every further education college in England and Wales...

The socialist manifesto

Sick of New Labour? Hate the Tories? THE MAIN parties standing in the general election have far more which unites them than divides them. They all agree with privatisation...

Further education

NORWICH CITY College lecturers took their second day of strike action on Friday of last week. The members of the NATFHE union are opposing management restructuring plans...

Bus workers & In Brief reports

DRIVERS FOR the Wiltshire and Dorset bus company held their second one-day strike on Friday of last week. It followed a 400 to 39 vote for action by members of the RMT union...

Bosses get away with breaking law

NEW LABOUR has amended the Tories' anti-union legislation to make it illegal for an employer to sack workers during the first eight weeks of an official dispute...

Blair's real school report

IT IS ironic that Tony Blair chose a Southwark school to fire the starting pistol for the general election. Southwark is one of the poorest boroughs in the country...

Why we are taking on Labour ministers

"WORKING PEOPLE have faced huge attacks from Gordon Brown and his government's policies. I am a student and have to rely on a loan. It's wrong. People should be entitled to a grant..."

Colleges set for shut down

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Diary - upcoming events

NORWICH CITY College lecturers took their second day of strike action on Friday of last week. The members of the NATFHE union are opposing management restructuring plans...

Socialist Alliance

OVER 100 people attended the launch meeting of the Socialist Alliance in Hampstead & Highgate, north London, on Monday of this week. "There has not been a meeting like this in the constituency for over 15 years," said a long standing Labour Party member. The lively meeting is just one example of how the socialist campaign is growing.

Lib Dems are all things to all people

TONY BLAIR is so pro-business that he makes all sorts of politicians seem left wing. That is true of Charles Kennedy's Liberal Democrats. Some people hope they offer a left wing alternative to New La

Postal workers

POSTAL WORKERS at the NDO mail centre in north London and distribution staff in the NW1, NW2, NW3, NW10 and NW12 areas started a strike ballot this week...

Strikers put safety before profits

THE RMT union has called two strikes on London Underground during the week of the election. That puts the issue of tube and rail privatisation firmly at the heart of the election campaign in London. ...

Armed and dangerous

"THE MOST important issue in this election won't be discussed at all," someone said to me the other day. He was referring to US president George W Bush's Son of Star Wars missile defence programme...

Obituary

MARY CROFTON, a lifelong, well known socialist and fighter for Irish freedom, died unexpectedly last week after a short period in hospital. Though in her 80s, she was always fit and active...

Hit the streets and raise profile

TONY BLAIR isn't facing any serious electoral challenge from William Hague. Yet this isn't making many Labour voters feel jubilant. Many are disgusted that New Labour boasts it will be even more...

MSF/AEEU

ABOUT 45 members of left groups in the MSF and AEEU unions met in Preston on Saturday to discuss the way forward in the new merged union...

Black, white and shades of blue

THE POLICE are fiddling the figures on racial attacks. They suggest there is a big increase in attacks on white people by blacks when in fact there is not...

NHS gets worse so Blair says privatise

THE HEALTH service suddenly became an election issue this week-and no wonder. Four years of New Labour government have totally failed to drive down the wait for NHS operations...


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