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What is so special about the English?

JACK STRAW'S comment on a Radio 4 programme that the English were "potentially very aggressive" set the Tory press raving in defence of "the English".

Campaigns roundup

A 50-strong meeting in Camden, north London, last week slammed the Labour-controlled council's plans to demolish an old people's home

Merger mania means job cuts

FIVE thousand workers in Britain will pay the price for boardroom celebrations over the merger of two of Britain's biggest drug companies.

Croatia: Out with the old



THE NATIONAL Civil Rights Movement is holding a conference in Sheffield on Saturday 22 January. This is open to all members of the NCRM.

Good and bad war criminals?

THE LABOUR government's failure to prosecute the Nazi war criminal Konrad Kalejs has rightly caused widespread anger. Jack Straw defended the decision, arguing that there was not enough evidence...

Keep up pressure for free education

CAMPAIGNERS ARE planning worldwide protests over the next three months against the threatened execution of radical black journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal in the US...

Support Bayo Omoyiola

Lobby Jack Straw's advice surgery Saturday 15 January 9-10am * Bangor Street Community Centre, Blackburn ...

Proud of this, Blair?

TONY BLAIR and John Prescott tell us that delays in building London Underground's Jubilee Line extension show that the public sector is inefficient and that "public-private partnerships" are the way f

New Straw climbdown on race act

JACK STRAW has watered down his promise to fully extend the Race Relations Act so it covers public institutions like the police...

Firefighters: Get behind Homerton

FIRE BRIGADE bosses in London are out to take revenge on the Fire Brigades Union. That is the only possible explanation for why they suspended 11 firefighters at Homerton station, east London...

Chile: On a knife's edge

THE CROATIAN party which the West backed during the break-up of Yugoslavia has been thrown out of office. There are also signs that workers are mobilising to put pressure on the new regime...

Missing meals to pay rent

HOMELESSNESS IN London is getting worse under New Labour according to recent figures from campaign group Shelter.

Postal workers: Backlog sparks a walkout

AROUND 1,000 postal workers walked out at Watford sorting office on Thursday of last week. The workers, members of the Communication Workers Union, were protesting at management's bullying tactics. ...

Blair faces crisis over Livingstone

TONY BLAIR is in a panic over the election for the Labour Party's candidate for mayor of London. Livingstone won the overwhelming backing of the London membership of the Transport and General Workers

Growing support for Mumia Abu-Jamal

A REPORT last week recommended wiping out whole estates in poor areas, mainly in the north of England. Many estates have be come ghost towns because of high unemployment...

Socialist Worker readers' meeting for all bus workers

Sunday 23 January, 2pm University of London Union, Malet Street ...

Rail workers: Connex drivers ban long hours

"I GET up and go to work at 2.30 in the morning. I finish around one o'clock in the afternoon. When I get home my wife goes off to work. I hardly ever see her. What kind of life is that?"...


RODDY SLORACH, the leading Scottish trade unionist expelled from his UNISON public sector union, will have his appeal against the decision heard on Thursday 27 January in Glasgow...

Minimum wage scandal: Cash stolen from pockets of poor

NEW LABOUR'S flagship New Deal policy is not only failing to help young people. It is making things worse for people in the north of England. That is the startling conclusion of an independent survey...

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