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Steel and cars


23 COPIES of Socialist Worker were sold last week outside Llanwern steelworks in South Wales. 15 papers were sold at Longbridge car plant, 5 at each of Camford Pressings in Llanelli...

Cubie says Labour has barred students


WHO IS responsible for elitism in education? A withering answer to that question was provided by lawyer Andrew Cubie, the man the Scottish Executive put in charge of its report into student finance

Populism and chasing votes


WILLIAM Hague has a conscious political strategy to rebuild his party's fortunes. When he first took over he tried to gain votes by appearing "liberal" and as a "man of the people"...

Going the Major way


I DON'T think I ever expected to have warm feelings about the Women's Institute. It was worth a lot just to watch Tony Blair's face freeze into that idiotic fixed grin as he realised just how badly...

Changes the NHS really needs


NEW LABOUR says it is going to change the way NHS consultants behave. This week a second consultant gynaecologist, Richard Neale, was accused of botching operations. This follows the report...

What is Hague up to?


TORY LEADER William Hague has transformed himself in the eyes of the press and political commentators over recent weeks. Just a few months ago Hague was treated as a joke figure...

Euro row ignores the real problems


PICTURES OF William Hague's campaign to save the pound were splashed across newspapers last week. It has reopened the old debate over the single European currency. But the argument is a diversion...

Nightmare of a Tory revival


ANN WIDDECOMBE as home secretary. Michael Portillo in charge of public spending. William Hague as prime minister. This is the nightmarish spectre...

NUT


TEACHERS reacted with fury as they returned to school this week to discover that leaders of the National Union of Teachers had decided not to call a ballot for a one-day strike...

'It was a kind of torture'


THE Metropolitan Police have paid out �1 million in damages after a woman police officer sued them for racial and sexual discrimination for the second time. Sarah Locker, who is of Turkish origin...

Why are the Irish rowing over flags?


NO SOONER was the Northern Ireland Assembly set up again last week than a massive row broke out over the flying of flags on public buildings. Unionists demanded that the Union Jack flag was flown...

Snatch and grab


THE FAT cats are getting fatter. A new survey by the Financial Mail on Sunday has found that bosses of Britain's companies got an average 30 percent pay rise last year...

A piece of cake


GLASGOW SOCIALIST Worker sellers were out on Saturday campaigning against Brian Souter and his band of bigots demanding the scrapping of Section 28. As a result 141 copies of Socialist Worker were sol

We are proud to defend refugees


JACK STRAW, the home secretary, and his shadow, Ann Widdecombe, failed to win over anyone in a 350-strong audience to support their attacks on refugees on Monday of last week...

The price of bigotry


THE OLD Bailey saw the most horrific face of race hatred and bigotry on Monday. Nailbomber David Copeland admits that he planted the bombs in Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho in April of last year...

Major union threatens to break from Labour


BRITAIN'S SIXTH biggest trade union, the 300,000-strong Communication Workers Union, delivered a crushing verdict on New Labour this week. Delegates at the union's annual conference in Bournemouth...

Letters


I WAS working at the Dome as a performer until recently. It was only for two months, but I was pleased when I passed the audition for it...

M25 Three


THE M25 THREE, three black men wrongly convicted of murder, start their appeal on Monday 12 June at the Court of Appeal in central London. Raphael Rowe, Michael Davis and Randolph Johnson were jailed ...

The politics of race and class


Moreover, once class rears its ugly head in one place, it will start popping up everywhere. Take the case of David Lammy, the young black barrister who has been selected as the Labour candidate...

Anti-capitalists to hit Prague


ON THE streets of Europe, in 12 weeks time, anti-capitalist revolt will confront a high profile target. The world's top bankers, businessmen and government officials will meet in Prague...

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