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Galbraith must go


"HOW CAN he sit there smugly and say it is not his fault?" That was the response of 15 year old Fiona White from Dundee to news that the minister responsible for the exam fiasco in Scotland, Sam Galbraith, has no intention of resigning.

Chance to kick the councils over pay


They are fighting against scandalously low pay. The mostly women council workers, members of the UNISON union, do jobs ranging from admin to social work, cleaning to catering. One council worker explained, "For years we have seen our pay fall when compared to other workers. People have suffered massive cuts. It's just a feeling that enough is enough."

Inside the beast


McDONALD'S IS a symbol of global capitalism. The ruthless corporation now has 27,000 outlets in 119 countries. It is also hell to work in. Socialist Worker spoke to a McDonald's worker ...

Blair's Britain


* KEVIN Renshaw hanged himself after being made redundant from the factory where he had worked for 23 years. He and 250 other workers were made redundant in June. Friends say he was depressed at the ...

Teachers warned exam meant chaos


The Scottish Qualifications Authority, the quango responsible for administering the exams, announced this week that it was re-checking the results of 147,000 pupils who have just sat their end of scho

Relentless fighter for a better world


Trotsky had dedicated his whole life to the fight against inequality and oppression, and for international socialism. In February 1940, just months before his murder, he wrote: "If I had to begin all ...

Witch-hunts whipped up by the affluent


"SALEM-ON-SEA." That was the image that came to mind last week as a crowd rampaged through the Portsmouth suburb of Paulsgrove, driving innocent people on a supposed list of alleged paedophiles ...

Every nuclear sub is a threat


OVER 100 Russian sailors were trapped in a sunken nuclear submarine as Socialist Worker went to press. The accident which sent the sub to the bottom of the Barents Sea underlines just how dangerous...

Fraudsters that Blair will let into the NHS


OBSERVER journalist Nick Cohen last week exposed the rotten record of the US private health outfit hoping to cash in on new Labour's drive to privatise more of the NHS. In May HCA took over the

'Stop killng our people'


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Reality behind the American dream


PRESS COVERAGE of the US Democratic Party convention was dominated by the speeches of president Bill Clinton and presidential candidate Al Gore. But as Clinton was speaking, outside the convention...

How the hysteria erupted


THE PAULSGROVE estate in Portsmouth has been at the centre of the furore around sexual abuse of children over the last fortnight. Five families have been driven off the estate after demonstrators fals

Hague's taste


WILLIAM Hague's claim that he drank 14 pints of beer a day in his youth received much publicity. The same interview also revealed an expensive taste in clothes. The total cost of his suit, tie...

The main dangers that face children


TO JUDGE by much of the media you would think that paedophiles are the main danger to children. They are not. Each year about 80 children are murdered-73 of them will be killed by their parents

Driven to suicide in 'Dickensian' jail


PHILLIP GRIFFIN was just 17 when he died. He was the latest young person to take his own life while locked up in the hell of Britain's young offenders' institutions. Conditions are so bad that last...

Labour activists leave in droves


BOB THOMSON, former treasurer of the Scottish Labour Party, summed up the feelings of thousands of traditional Lab

SWP news


Other workplace sales included 15 at the social services HQ in Sheffield, 7 at Seacroft Hospital in Leeds, and 6 at both Westbourne Park bus garage in west London and the social services office in Le

Why do people abuse children?


IT HAS been hard to find any rational debate amid all the recent press hysteria about paedophilia. Any sexual abuse of children is utterly horrific. But papers like the News of the World have deliber

Should Jubilee 2000 continue after this year?


THE LEADERS of the rich G8 countries failed to cancel any Third World debt at their summit in Okinawa last month. They have not delivered even a tenth of the pathetic promises about debt cancellation ...

"People should come first, not profit. This is our hospital. It's not for the private firms"


"People should come first, not profit. This is our hospital. It's not for the private firms"

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