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Issue: 1712

Dated: 02 Sep 2000

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Chaos hits private finance hospital

The first ever hospital built under New Labour's Private Finance Initiative (PFI), Cumberland Royal Infirmary, has become a disaster zone...

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New mood in heart of beast

That's how Sharon Smith of Socialist Worker's US sister organisation sums up politics across the Atlantic. The recent week of protest outside the Democratic Party convention in Los Angeles was the ...

'We are united to support refugees'

A REFUGEE family in Leeds seemed to have become victims of the anti-refugee witch-hunt conducted by Tory and New Labour politicians, and their friends in the press. The Yorkshire Evening Post reported...

File pile

A report produced last week revealed the amazing cost that goes into inspecting universities. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education Costs, which produces reports on universities, runs up ...

Dog's life?

There is a new craze hitting New York City-designer dogs....


The Millennium Dome's unpopularity is costing the public over �50,000 a week in transport costs. The Jubilee Line has been up and running-but the crowds haven't. The buses have only been used to...

Holiday rip off

Britain has one of the worst records in Europe for treating patients with heart disease, says a new report. Heart patients in Britain are far less likely to get potentially lifesaving treatment and...

Officers joked as he died

The inquest verdict was extensively covered in mass circulation newspapers such as the Sun, the Mirror and the Mail. THERESA BENNETT talked to Christopher's sister Janet Alder about the verdict and h...

All sold out

At the last two Labour Party conferences deputy prime minister John Prescott won acclaim from delegates for promising to take rail franchises away from companies that let down the public. But the...

Eight hours battling three foot waves

A "CIVIL Rights Caravan" will be touring Britain in solidarity with asylum seekers, migrants and black victims of racist attacks. It is organised by the National Civil Rights Movement. It is demanding...

Paper in poll scam shock

A MAJORITY of people said in a survey that they didn�t agree with the News of the World�s recent naming and shaming campaign against paedophiles...

Cancer scare


Homelessness Tsar is hiding the truth

Louise Casey infamously stated last year that charities were encouraging homeless people by giving them sleeping bags and soup. Casey's self congratulatory report shows that she has been moderately...

What's behind Loyalist feuding?

THE BATTLE is between two Loyalist paramilitary groups-the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). The killings have a political dimension. The battle is not only a ...

System based on violence

"VIOLENCE IS inevitable," claimed a Guardian feature on the anti-capitalist protests against the International Monetary Fund/World Bank annual summit planned for Prague during the last week in Septemb

Straw's racist visas


Things they say

IT IS two years since financial chaos ricocheted around the world, bringing economic hardship to East Asia, Latin America and, most notably, Russia. It has become fashionable for commentators to wri

Truck driver makes stand

MANY PEOPLE are taking a stand in support of refugees. They include a truck driver who picked up a leaflet from campaigners in Brighton during a recent protest against New Labour's refugee voucher sch

Solidarity caravan


Low Pay

New Labour's drive to get people off benefits and into work was exposed as a sham in a survey last week. ...

Coppers lose it

Bad news for Kent police. The same cops that allowed the Nazis to demonstrate in Margate three times this year at �50,000 a time have now been forced to pay compensation to the Anti Nazi League (ANL)...

British workers get a tanning

Tony Blair this week returned from the latest leg of his luxury holiday in Italy and France. But the figures for how much holiday ordinary people get are shocking. Workers in Britain get just 28 day...

Rain didn't stop play

Rain didn't stop play

Poor can't phone home

BT, which made a profit of �2.9 billion last year, has announced that the minimum price of a call from a phone box is to double to 20 pence. The charity Age Concern says that almost one in ten pensio

New BSE nightmare

Mad cow disease may be jumping from species to species undetected by any safeguards. That is the nightmare scenario research scientists warned of this week. If true, this would make the potential ...

Protest against killer policies

The press in Britain, the Czech Republic and elsewhere say protesters are planning violence and riots. But these are scare stories designed to deter people from protesting. The real violence is ...


The Asda supermarket chain made Nazi Clive Potter runner up in its Local Heroes competition. Potter is a member of the National Democrats, a split from the National Front. The Anti Nazi League has ...

Barclays plan to slash jobs

Barclays bank bosses are planning to slash their already depleted workforce massively in an information technology "e big bang". By doing so the bank aims to double its profits in three years....

Widdecombe hounded from festival

SHADOW HOME secretary Ann Widdecombe was hounded by angry protesters when she visited the Edinburgh Book Festival last Saturday. Some 100 protesters, enraged by her attitude to asylum seekers, joined ...

Killed by the profit system he hated

SIMON JONES would have been celebrating his 27th birthday on Friday. But his life was tragically cut short on 24 April 1998 when he got a new job as a casual worker at Shoreham docks in Sussex. Simon...

Britain's heart failure

THE COST of travelling by train has soared 300 percent on some services. An unpublished study by the Rail Passengers' Council (RPC) has found that:* Rail travel is 40 percent more costly in real term

Gunning for trouble in Africa

The right wing press have been going mad over the capture of 11 British troops taken hostage with their guide last Friday by "rebels" in Sierra Leone. The kidnappers, dubbed the "West Side Boys", ...

UNISON backs debt protest

WE READ out a letter from Rodney Bickerstaffe-the general secretary of our union, UNISON-at our union branch meeting last week. It calls for every UNISON branch to support the Jubilee 2000 protest in...

Is this as good as it's going to be?

IT IS two years since financial chaos ricocheted around the world, bringing economic hardship to East Asia, Latin America and, most notably, Russia. It has become fashionable for commentators to wri

'They said I sent racist mail'

"I feel totally vindicated. It is now possible to lay the silly allegations against me to rest," Virdi told Socialist Worker. Those allegations led to Sergeant Virdi getting sacked in March of this y...

Rail fares soar

The government wants to charge people for appealing against Home Office refusal of a visa to visit Britain. The move comes after home secretary Jack Straw was recently forced to back down on slapping...





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