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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...

New Labour caught lying


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

In Brief


In Brief

We can still stop the tube privatisation


FEELINGS OF bewilderment and fury swept tube workers last week. Their strike was called off just hours before it was to begin. The RMT union suspended the 24-hour strike on Wednesday...

New Labour has betrayed us


THE RICH have nothing to fear from a Labour election victory. That was Tony Blair's main message as he launched his election campaign. He pledged not to raise the top rate of income tax...

Stop George W Bush


Over 600 people protested outside the US embassy last Saturday against George Bush's decision to condemn the planet to global warming...

Reform or revolution?


THE MAY Day protest in London last week forced sections of the media briefly to treat seriously the arguments of the anti-capitalist movement.

Campaign off with a bang


SHOPPERS on Erdington High Street in Birmingham last Saturday got their chance to throw a wet sponge at Tony Blair. A Socialist Alliance supporter wore a Tony Blair mask and was pelted with sponges...

Big mood for strike


MEDICAL SECRETARIES in Scotland are balloting for strike action to fight for better pay. Around 100 medical secretaries, and admin and clerical staff from UNISON branches across Scotland...

Scotland's socialist challenge to Labour


THE SCOTTISH Socialist Party (SSP) will be a powerful force in the general election. Socialist Worker spoke to Tommy Sheridan, the SSP's member of the Scottish Parliament, about the potential...

Police target anti-Nazis


THE POLICE ensured that the Nazi National Front (NF) was able to defy home secretary Jack Straw's ban on its march in Oldham last Saturday. Greater Manchester police deployed 500 police...

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