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Cops drug bust

UP TO 1,000 jobs could be lost if the government goes ahead with its latest privatisation. New Labour plans to hand the contract for the maintenance of Trident nuclear missile submarines...

Delaying the inevitable?

TONY BLAIR has swanned off to Tuscany, accompanied by the massive entourage that his delusions of presidential grandeur demand. But when he returns he will face the perennial problem of the euro...

Dudley strikers say NHS is not for sale

"WE WANT to stay with the National Health Service. It's as simple as that," said a striking catering worker last week. She was one of nearly 560 health workers at Dudley Group of Hospitals

US vote-should we choose Gore?

THE MAIN parties in the US are gearing up for the presidential election in November. The Democrats start their convention (to crown their candidates) next week...

Nuke threat

ADVICE LINE NHS Direct, one the flagship proposals of the government's health service "modernisation", is endangering people's lives. A survey in the Health Which? magazine found that NHS Direct was ...

Blair's Britain

RAIL companies want to swell their profits by stopping people buying cheap tickets. The privatised train operators have put forward a plan to strip up to 1,600 rail stations of the facility to pre-bo


THE VAUXHALL Project, Lambeth Labour council's giant new housing scheme in south London, is designed to fit the needs of giant companies, not tenants...

Rail lobby on inside track

STEVEN NORRIS, the Tory appointed by London mayor Ken Livingstone to his Transport for London board, has taken a job as a consultant to firms hoping to gain from the capital's transport plans...

Latin America revolts

HUNDREDS of thousands of Colombians held a one-day strike on Thursday of last week. A week earlier neighbouring Peru was hit by massive street demonstrations...

Health phone line puts lives at risk


Christopher Alder inquest

POLICE OFFICERS charged in connection with the death of black ex-soldier Christopher Alder are refusing to give full evidence at his inquest...

MP's report condemns poverty pensioners face

THE LABOUR-dominated Commons Select Committee on Social Security last week savaged the poverty level of pensions in Britain. It backed a basic income for pensioners of �90 a week-�22.50 a week more...

Attacked from within the party

BITTERNESS and disillusionment with the government is growing-inside the Labour Party as well as more generally. Bob Thomson was Labour Party treasurer in Scotland from 1994 to 1999...


SEVENTY people packed out a brilliant meeting of the Brent Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers in Willesden last week. Asylum seekers, Labour Party members, socialists, trade unionists and local resid

New Labour give way to the right

MPs HAVE packed their bags. Their luxurious three month long summer holiday has begun. But although "official politics" may now go quiet, the run up to the next general election is under way in earne


TENS OF thousands of people joined protests in Peru last week in opposition to the inauguration of Alberto Fujimori as president. Fujimori "won" re-election as president earlier this year in a poll t

Blair pays up 'blackmail'

CAR manufacturer Nissan has blackmailed �50 million from the government but it could still destroy thousands of jobs. Nissan bosses had warned that they would cut spending on British components by �2

Mass protests shake Peru


Will our rulers open borders?


The spirit of Seattle blows through the US election

THE TWO main political parties in the US are gearing up for this November's presidential election. The Republican Party's national convention took place in Philadelphia this week. The Democrats' conve

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