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Dated: 18 Mar 2000

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They've lied to us all

Blunkett lied about selection in schoolStraw lied about civil liberties Dobson lied about NHS waiting lists"...

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other



THE LONG overdue inquiry into the army shooting of 14 unarmed civilians in Northern Ireland in 1972 is due to begin this month...

Newspaper's tidal wave of hatred

"THE TIME has come to get the beggars off the streets." So ran the disgusting editorial in last Friday's Daily Mail...

Postal workers

SOME 1,500 lecturers in Scotland were set to strike for two days this week, following two successful strike days last week...

Plenty of food, no democracy


A party in turmoil

THE ARGUMENTS over the London mayor election are causing debate and soul - searching among every one of the 300,000 members of the Labour Party and the 700,000 activists...

Boeing strike going strong

THE STRIKE by 20,000 white collar engineers and technicians at the giant Boeing aeroplane factory in Seattle, US, is now in its fifth week.

MS sufferers fight back

MORE THAN 1,000 sufferers from the killer disease multiple sclerosis (MS) lobbied parliament last week over fears that vital drugs they depend on could be banned from NHS prescription..

Ishtiaq Ahmed

UP to 500 UNISON union members at Dudley Group of Hospitals in the West Midlands may vote on industrial action against the transfer of jobs to a private consortium under the Private Finance Initiative...

Build left out of Blair's crisis

REMEMBER WHAT the Tories said as they slithered to defeat from 1992 onwards? "Our policies are fine. It's the press which is against us," was their unconvincing message...

Things they say

Things they say

Irving's mates

Irving's mates

The businessmen in the ministries

BOB AYLING was sacked as boss of British Airways last week. But BA workers will still suffer from the legacy of this high profile Blair supporter...

Ripon ballot was rigged for rich

NEW LABOUR seems to be becoming addicted to ballot rigging. Not content with stitching up internal party votes, last week it rigged the ballot to end selective education in Ripon,

Defend beggars from the bigots

A FILTHY alliance has developed whose targets are innocent women and children. Metropolitan Police commissioner John Stevens, Labour minister Paul Boateng, AEEU union leader Ken Jackson...


AROUND 80 people attended the national student gathering of the Campaign against the Arms Trade last weekend...

For the Homerton 11 and Ken

AROUND 25 members of the Anti Nazi League leafleted the Bradford City versus Leeds United game on Sunday.

In brief

Demonstrate against fees Defend non-payers

Blair backs butcher of Chechnya

VLADIMIR PUTIN has the blood of thousands of innocent civilians in Chechnya on his hands. Yet Tony Blair last week paid a personal visit to Russia to meet Putin, the country's acting president...

BAe bung for palace in the sky

THE government's decision to bung BAe (British Aerospace) 530 million has received almost universal welcome. But why should multinationals get this cash from the governmen

By a striking lecturer

Cracks in the World Order

LAST YEAR'S Balkan War was meant to mark the new expanded NATO's emergence as a united alliance capable of intervening wherever it was necessary to restore order and human rights...

Bitter blow for Belfast

THE GOVERNMENT claims it is pumping 21 billion into the NHS over the next three years. The real figure is less than half that.

Bomber Tony's Balkan shame

ONE YEAR on from NATO's war against Yugoslavia, the easiest response would be to gloat and say, "I told you so." Yet such are the human misery and destruction left behind that there is no room for glo

'It's great to see an alternative'

KEN LIVINGSTONE'S decision to stand against New Labour for mayor of London is creating shockwaves in the labour movement across Britain...

Not just London

Across the country-not just in London-Socialist Worker sellers have been out building support for both Ken Livingstone's campaign for London mayor and the London Socialist Alliance...

Depression, suicide the price of poverty

NEW LABOUR peers are threatening a revolt because the government is reluctant to regulate care for the elderly...


ABOUT 450 firefighters marched in London on Friday of last week against the disciplining of 11 colleagues from the Homerton station, east London. The 11 faced disciplinary hearings...


SARAH FRIDAY, the sacked health and safety union rep at London's Waterloo station, has won her ballot for strike action...

Strikers stone Souter's scabs

BUS WORKERS in Ayr, south west Scotland, staged an angry one day strike last Saturday.

Ayling dives

POVERTY is leading to a soaring depression and suicides in Wales, according to a new survey. The report, "Mapping Social Exclusion in Wales", shows that more than half of all households in Wales have ...

New Labour's betrayed us

TO BE unemployed today is to feel like a hunted animal. Listen to any speech by a Labour minister...


HOW TORY can New Labour chancellor Gordon Brown get? Not content with thieving all their economic policies, he is now filching all the Tories' lies and hypocrisy...

What can you buy with 10p?


Sarah Friday

POSTAL WORKERS at Leamington Spa sorting office have shown how to fight victimisations. They walked out without a ballot and won.

Film roundup

THREE KINGS is set in the hours following the Iraqi surrender which ended the 1991 Gulf War. It begins with the US troops' bullish victory celebrations. ...

The NHS sums do not add up

A STRING of Britain's biggest businesses have "donated" employees to work in key government departments, an investigation by the Observer reveals.

Spain's right victory

THE TORY Popular Party romped home in Sunday's election in Spain. It stayed in office, winning 44.5 percent of the votes...

Hain's shame on Zimbabwe

PETER HAIN, who won renown as a fighter against apartheid South Africa, is now defending white farmers against the majority black population in Zimbabwe

Missing rifles

MORE THAN 1,000 sufferers from the killer disease multiple sclerosis (MS) lobbied parliament last week over fears that vital drugs they depend on could be banned from NHS prescription..





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