THE 20th anniversary of the 1984-5 miners' strike has reunited the miners in the Nottinghamshire area who dared to support the NUM union throughout the bitter dispute. After all these years the focus by some of the media is on why the NUM would not hold a national ballot. Over 80 percent of miners were already out on strike. They had voted with their feet.
SO MICHAEL Howard had his day out in Burnley. The local Conservatives gathered together all the Asian and black people they could muster, about 12 in total, and placed them where they would be on camera.
MY FRIEND and I were discussing your article on how much (or little) things have changed since the 1840s (Socialist Worker, 31 January). The following day I went into my workplace (telesales) to find that the company had gone into liquidation that very morning and that we wouldn't be paid for the previous week's work.
1,400 school students left without hot food
I recently started work in one of 27 schools in the London borough of Tower Hamlets which is part of a £127 million Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme. It was claimed that this would provide much-needed new buildings and urgent repairs throughout the borough. But it has proved to be a complete disaster.
RECENT NEWSPAPER headlines screamed that four out of ten whites did not want to have a black neighbour, after a poll by MORI. We live in a racist society. But if the headlines were accurate we would have taken a significant backward step to a more segregated society. The problem is not what people were asked or what people said. It is the way the findings were reported.
I AM speaking on behalf of a large group of women who have suffered an injustice in our fight for equal pay.
Avoiding the state
Mike Gonzalez (Socialist Worker, 17 January) is right to describe how the Zapatista movement in Mexico has provided a great inspiration for activists across the world.
MANY OF us here have watched with disgust how the French government has said it wants to ban Muslim women from wearing the headscarf in schools. However, we should not be complacent about Britain.
ASYLUM SEEKERS are a vulnerable group who are being scapegoated.
THERE WERE three events last week which emphasised Labour's continuing failure to address the horror of child poverty in this country.
Abortion – why we defend women's right to choose
THE COURT case brought by trainee vicar Joanna Jepson to have a doctor charged for performing an abortion after 24 weeks because of "severe foetal abnormality" has caused uproar in the media.
The Israeli state’s racist policies are not in our name
The British press has been full of stories lately about the reported rise of anti-Semitism, hatred of Jews, throughout Europe. It has said that criticism of Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians equals anti-Semitism.
THE CONSULTATION on one of the most cynical government Green Papers ever closes on 1 December. Yet there has been virtually no public debate about its contents. "Every Child Matters" is meant to be a response to the killing of Victoria Climbie, and the subsequent Laming Report.
WE ARE primary school teachers in south London. Next week we will begin balloting to boycott the SATs tests.
THE SERIAL liars in the US administration keep telling the world and an increasingly sceptical US public that "the security situation in Iraq is improving and everything is returning to normal".
EUROPEAN countries are stepping up their war against asylum seekers with plans to establish a new list of safe countries.
I WORK for £5.20 an hour in a call centre. Recently the Unifi union has started to hold regular stalls at my workplace.
Blair just doesn’t get it
AROUND ELEVEN million people are facing hunger in the African country of Ethiopia in 2003. But the huge multinational Nestlé has caused outrage by demanding $6 million from the Ethiopian government. It is claiming compensation for a company that was nationalised 27 years ago by the military government and later bought by NestlŽ. Nestlé is one of the world's largest food companies. It makes $6 million profit every hour.
Speaking out against racism of police force
A couple of weeks ago I was with my friend at Forest Gate train station, east London, when we were stopped and searched.